Dashlane re-embraces the Mac, releases native Catalyst app

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Dashlane password manager re-embraces the Mac, releases Catalyst app
A new Mac version of the Dashlane password manager was built with Catalyst so it was ported from the iPad one.
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Dashlane released a new macOS version of its password manager on Monday. This is a surprise because its developer announced last year that the Mac app was being replaced with web access.

And the iPhone version was updated with smarter search and other improvements.

Dashlane for Mac is back

In late 2020, Dashlane told customers that “a web-first Dashlane would be our new default desktop experience.” And it was going to stop supporting its Mac and Windows apps.

But forget that because the company has now launched a new macOS app. This was built with Catalyst, which Apple created to make it easier for developers to port their iPad apps to the Mac.

Dashlane always planned to keep its iPhone and iPad app, and Catalyst allows the developer transfer this to the Mac. It’s the first password manager using the new Apple technology to debut in the Mac App Store.

Don’t confuse this with a move recently made by 1Password. The new version of that rival password manager was rewritten as an Electron app so it’s no longer a completely native macOS app. That’s not what Catalyst does at all.

The new version of Dashlane is available now in the Mac App Store.

Improvements for iOS, too

Beyond macOS, the iOS version of Dashlane got an update on Monday that lists search results by recently searched items. The goal is to make finding passwords, secure notes and payments easier.

And the app detects new accounts created on iPhone or iPad so it can prompt users to save their passwords within the app. Plus, Password History lets users easily retrieve any password created with the Password Generator tool. All these changes are part of an ongoing rollout of enhancements to Dashlane’s user interface.

It can be installed now from the iPhone App Store.

“Building the best product possible for every context requires leveraging the latest technology and the capabilities each operating system has to offer,” said Derek Snyder, Chief Product Officer at Dashlane. “Launching a Catalyst app delivers on this promise, while user experience improvements in the iOS app strengthen our commitment to being the easiest password manager to use.”

Dashlane is the official password manager of Cult of Mac. Beyond being a feature-packed password manager, it also includes its own VPN to bolster your online security.

Source: Dashlane