Make-A-Pass
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Make-A-Pass generates secure, random passwords with the click of a button! This widget is highly configurable, similar to the online utility at WinGuides.
What's New
Version 2.5:
  • Updated for OS X 10.7 Lion compatibility.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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MarkOh commented on 27 Feb 2008
not a widget but much better imho:

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10285/rpg
[Version 2.4.1]

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Roy-Van-Der-Woning replied on 27 Feb 2008
Except that it doesn't do FIPS-181 like Make-A-Pass.
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MacD reviewed on 04 Sep 2006
The most professionally made password generation widget for Mac. Excellent idea and realization. Keep up the great work!
[Version 2.4]


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asmeurer commented on 18 Jun 2006
"Changed password algorithm to randomly choose between upper- and lower-case for the first letter"

How does this make a password better?
[Version 2.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Nov 2005
I am posting this because the 3-star reviewer is a dork (doesn't seem to understand the concept). This is a great app and deserves 5 stars. It is convenient and effective!
[Version 2.3.1]

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Jeff-H. replied on 26 Mar 2006
LOL!
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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Sep 2005
I'll give this a 3 beacause what if someone else had this and found out you had it, your computer would not be safe....But I like it anyway keep up the good work.
[Version 2.3]

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Andrew Hedges (developer) replied on 23 Sep 2005
Hmm. Not sure what you mean by this. Make-A-Pass is meant to create passwords for use in other applications. It does so by using a highly random algorithm that will not replicate on another machine. You're implying there's some security risk to using Make-A-Pass, but there's simply not. Can you explain what you meant? Thanks!
-Andrew
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Johan Allard commented on 17 Jul 2005
It would be really great to be able to have 2 create buttons - create random and create pronounceable.

Great tool!
[Version 2.2]

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Andrew Hedges (developer) replied on 23 Sep 2005
Good idea. I may incorporate that into the next version!
-Andrew
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jun 2005
Hi, I'm the reviewer who made the initial comments about the widget width below. :)

This is more like it! Three last comments though: -

Is there any chance you could reduce the width a little more? Perhaps you could do this by shortening the 'copy to clipboard' string on the button to just 'copy'? Something around 300-320px wide would do the trick I think.

Secondly, there definitely seems to be an issue with grabbing either the length slider or the resize corner. If the mouse moves too fast, the element slips off the mouse and is left behind - if you see what I mean? The only way to guarantee the slide or resize is to do the movement slowly. Now I'm not sure how this could be, as a 'grab' element should be just that, with no room for error with the system, but I do not get this behavior with any other screen element on any other app?

One last comment would be to reduce the brightness on the upper side of the preferences flip side in order to increase text legibility for low vision users.

HTH :)
[Version 2.1]

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Andrew Hedges (developer) replied on 01 Jul 2005
In version 2.2, I have just made Make-A-Pass even narrower (320px) by changing "Copy to Clipboard" to "Copy" as you suggested.

I also made the top half of the backside a little darker. Good suggestions!

I am aware of the issues ith the slider and resizer controls. They are like that to prevent some erratic behaviors that were happening, but I will look into whether there is a way to implement these controls that is more consistent with how desktop apps behave.

Thanks, again! Very helpful comments, Anonymous!

-Andrew
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Andrew Hedges (developer) replied on 21 Oct 2005
The issue with not being able to move the slider or resize the widget very fast have been fixed, as of version 2.3. Thanks for your patience!
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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jun 2005
Great new interface! Not as tall, a nice feature. The slider was a great idea for the password length.
A nice "feature" is the fact that the length slider is a mask, hiding the extra characters so if you want a longer password there is no need to increase the length and then generate again. Just move the slider!
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jun 2005
Features wise, this has now become the best widget of it's type - the only problem now, is that the space it takes up is too wide and therefore takes up too much valuable screen estate on my PBook. The other issue of note is that the pass length slider seems a little unresponsive when dragging sometimes. But for complex 64 char password generation with a whole host of options, this is hard to beat - Just make it narrower, please? :)
[Version 2.0]

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Andrew Hedges (developer) replied on 29 Jun 2005
Thanks for your review of Make-A-Pass. Yes, it's wide. This was so you could preview the entire 64 character password before using it. As I see it, the options to make the widget narrower are as follows:

1. Use a reduced font size for the password field

2. Use a password field that is shorter than 64 characters

3. Make the widget width user-configurable, either with a resize handle, or by varying the length of the field as the user changes the password length

I think each of these has some drawback or other, as follows:

1. Smaller fonts are harder to read, especially for older eyes

2. A password field shorter than 64 characters means you won't see the whole thing before you use it

3. Variable width widgets are more of a pain to program!

Well, even just writing this out, I realize #3 is probably the way to go. The user should be in control of how wide the widget is. If you're only ever going to use 16 character passwords, why have it 64 wide?

Thanks again for the feedback!

-Andrew
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Roy-Van-Der-Woning had trouble on 27 Feb 2008
The widget's buttons don't look right on my MacBook (Leopard).

http://img.skitch.com/20080227-gjht1mkisb8ysmgaecfyduhgbe.jpg
[Version 2.4.1]


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Downloads:5,463
Version Downloads:236
Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Free
Date:21 Jun 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Make-A-Pass generates secure, random passwords with the click of a button! This widget is highly configurable, similar to the online utility at WinGuides.


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