You asked for it – changes made to your passwords via Passpack Desktop, can be uploaded to your Passpack.com account. Want to test the release candidate? It’s official.
Local vs. Sync-able Entries
In the entry window in Passpack Desktop, tick Set as local entry only if you’d like the Synchronization procedure to completely ignore the entry. That means it will never be available on your Passpack.com account… unless of course you decide to untick that option in the future. [smile]
Whenever you create a new non-local entry, or make changes one, that entry will be clearly marked with a TO SYNC label in your list. Go to Tools > Sync with Passpack.com to synchronize all changes.
What Syncs and What Doesn’t
Any changes made online can sync down to our Passpack Desktop account. Generally, the entry data can be synchronized from Passpack Desktop “up” to Passpack.com. However not all, all, all changes made in Passpack Desktop will sync back to Passpack.com.
Here are the three exceptions for Desktop -> Online sync:
- Whether or not the entry is a favorite
This is pretty useful since you usually have a totally different set favorites on the desktop as opposed to online. With the upcoming mobile version release, we’re making some changes to how favorites work, so we’re leaving these untouched for the time being.
If you have set up your favorites separately on the two platforms, you might also want to deselect the favorites checkbox under Tools > Sync with Passpack.com to keep them from being overwritten during a synchronization.
- The entry tags
Passpack entries, and Passpack tags use two completely different databases – so this is a technical limitation, at least for the foreseeable future. Again, if you have set up your tags separately on the two platforms, deselect the tags checkbox under Tools > Sync with Passpack.com.
- Deleted entries
This is mostly a precaution. If you want to permanently delete entries from your Passpack.com account, you must do that from your online account. Got it? Ok, let me restate that… if you delete an entry from Passpack Desktop – but not from Passpack.com – the synchronization process will plop it right back into your Desktop account.
Give Us Your Feedback
If you choose to download and try the release candidate, please leave feedback. Thanks for the feedback. All seems to work well, so it’s now an official release. Cheers!
We’ve made a few minor updates and have realigned the functionality on both the Adobe AIR and Google Gears platforms. More importantly, a bug was fixed which was effected people who changed their Packing Key in the Desktop or Offline version, then were unable log back into the offline account afterwards.
- If you have encountered this bug, please contact the Help Center for further instructions.
- If you have never encountered this bug, simply download the newest versions and you’re all set.
This bug is not present online, it effects the installable products only.
If you’ve downloaded Passpack Desktop and like it, we’re glad to hear that. If you haven’t, here are a few tips and tricks on how to make your Passpack Desktop more than just a password manager.
1. Back Up And Read
Passpack has always let you make backup of your passwords. Just go to Tools > Backup Your Account, continue the process and you have an encrypted backup of your Passpack.com.
But what do you do with backups?
Most people have them set aside (as backups) in case they ever need to restore their Passpack Account. But there is one other option…
What if you don’t necessarily want to restore your account but just take a peak into the past at one or two old passwords?
Since you can create as many Passpack Desktop accounts as you like, go ahead and set up separate one, choosing another User ID and Packing Key — et voilà — you have just created yourself a backup reader.
2. Its Freedom Is Limitless
Let’s say you have 108 passwords in your online account (as opposed to the 100 password limit) – Passpack Desktop has more than enough space for those extra 8 passwords! Now you could just create another online account, but who wants to remember two Packing Keys? In Passpack Desktop, space is limitless.
Of course we wouldn’t mind if you went Premium once we introduce paid upgrades, but if you have under 100 passwords and aren’t looking for fancy features, Passpack Desktop may be the right fit for you.
3. Share And Share Alike
As personal as passwords are, some of them (sometimes) are shared. You may find yourself working with others on a project which requires the joint use of accounts. Your spouse/children/family and yourself very likely have web accounts in common in which you share the same password. It can be unavoidable but it doesn’t have to be unmanageable.
We realize that sharing is important and it is something we are working on but for now, here’s a neat trick that can help:
First, set up an account at Passpack.com and share it amongst yourselves. Add ONLY the necessary shared passwords/info.
Then, each person downloads a copy of Passpack Desktop and can sync all the online passwords/info to the desktop application itself.
So how is this different from just sharing the online account?
When you need to add or make chages to the shared online account, each Desktop can sync from web to client with just a click. Since Passpack Desktop is well…on your desktop, whatever else you add to your account is yours and yours alone.
So make some space on your desktop, because there’s a new software in town and it’s just waiting to be installed. Feel free to let us know of any other Passpack Desktop tips or tricks of your own.