1Password is the de facto choice for password safekeeping on the Mac. Can you give us some background on the project? How did you get from the raw idea to a product with a massive user base and a myriad of awards?
I am sure that a lot of us have heard that great software starts out as something that developers write for themselves as opposed to something created to be a product. This is certainly true in the case of 1Password. Roustem and Dave (the founders of Agile Web Solutions) like myself were previously Windows users and came to the Mac only in the last few years. So basically we were switchers who arrived on the Mac platform looking for Mac equivalents of software we used on Windows. The thing all of us had in common was that we were not able to find a password manager integrated into our browser on the Mac. In my case, this was the only software I did not find a Mac equivalent for and continued to search.
Roustem and Dave took matters into their own hands and decided to write their own since they both had a long history of application development in the corporate world. In early 2006 Roustem and Dave started investigating whether it was even possible to do an application of this nature on the Mac. Luckily they found that it was possible, had a beta released in May, and released 1Passwd version 1.0 on June 18th, 2006. Note the spelling of the name without the "or" in 1Password.
The original name was always intended to be 1Password and not 1Passwd but when Roustem went to purchase 1Password.com he discovered it was already taken. Since 1Password was an unproven application at that time, it was decided to change the name to the unix flavor spelling and thus it became 1Passwd. This decision tells a little more about 1Password as well.
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