Today we’ve released two long awaited features: the ability to include tags along with the entry sharing and the ability to apply tags in bulk edit mode.
As a background: when we first introduced tags, we had considered them as a personal way to organize your data. Technically the Tags data was encrypted separately from the Entries data, in a different, simpler way and… couldn’t be shared the same as entries could be.
So once you all made it clear to us that you did indeed want to share your tags, we were faced with the problem of how to introduce that feature securely, without completely overhauling the way entries work (Passpack is stable, why risk critical bugs?).
Initially we were thinking of changing the logic of the Tags collection, but the risk of add critical bugs was too high. So in the end, we opted to use a sort of plugin to the entry to contain extra data. This extra data is perfectly sharable and is integrated dynamically in the Tags collection, without changing any of its rules.
This approach solved the immediate problem of how to share tags, but it also will allow us to expand the entries in the future too. I am sure that you have a lot of ideas about what can be added to standard entries. So let us know!
Oops, I was forgetting that if you want to transfer an entry to another user preserving your tags, set the tags as shared and you are done.
Bulk Tag Editing
We also added the ability to apply tags in bulk edit mode. The options should be self explanatory. A couple of particular cases are:
- If you want to delete all the tags, leave the field empty and chose the merging option “No, substitute them instead” (the logic here is that you are substituting all existing tags with nothing – it’s the equivalent of deleting them).
- If you want to quickly convert the settings on a bunch of shared entries to incude tag sharing all at once, without changing any of the actual tags, leave the field blank, leave the substitution checkbox unchecked, and select the “No, activate tag sharing on all of them instead.“