Shared Tags Are On, Also in Bulk Edit Mode

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?).

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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

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We also added the ability to apply tags in bulk edit mode. The options should be self explanatory. A couple of particular cases are:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
For those of you who have been waiting for the shared tags feature, you should find #2 above very useful.
Don’t worry about mistakes, in bulk edit mode the autosave is disabled, so if something looks wrong you can safely undo the changes.

What else?

The version 7.7.7 of Passpack fixes some minor bugs and improves performance a bit. For example, the tags format has been optimized and now during encryption and decryption the process is faster.
Also, as you can see, the entry table has been enlarged and a smaller font size is used to allow for longer titles.
Finally, there are two new themes in Settings > Appearance & Themes. The Warm Grey theme is inspired by Google+ colors, and the Khaki Brown theme was requested by Allen – Allen, if you don’t like it, let me know :)

5 Comments

  1. Allen

    Both of the new themes are great, thanks for including Khaki, I do like it! At risk of being picky, the two new themes logo/fullness bars on the summary page don’t match.

    I’m thrilled about the bulk tagging — wish I’d have held off on my mass tag cleanup a few weeks back. . . but I’m sure it’ll come in handy again in the future.

    Is there an update for Passpack Desktop on the way? 2.2.3 isn’t syncing correctly. (I’ve submitted a more detailed ticket)

  2. paul

    Is there an option to increase the font size?

    I can barely see it now – with my glasses on….

  3. Francesco

    @Allen Thanks for the feedback. I will fix it asap.

    @Paul, I will add an option in the Settings.

  4. Francesco

    @Allen, I fixed the wrong match in “your” theme.

    @Paul, in the entry table, if you mouse over the field Name in the black bar, you can see the phrase (font size: small). Click it to change the font to medium or large.

  5. Thank you for continuing to improve this wonderful product!

    I love the new shared tags feature! Also, I’m glad you mentioned changing the font size. I thought maybe I was going crazy there for a minute…I kept hitting CTRL+0 to reset my browser’s zoom when you first pushed the new version!

    Passpack has been a godsend for me, and my entire team. It’s shocking that nobody else has built such a high quality solution for distributed password management. I’m incredibly grateful that you have. :-)

    Keep up the great work!

    Vivek M. Chawla

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