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Default Folder X 4.7.3 : Compatibility fixes for El Capitan, iCloud, Strata 3D and Carbon apps

July 22nd, 2015 by Jon

Icon  shadowVersion 4.7.3 of Default Folder X just went live, bringing you a number of compatibility fixes, as detailed in the release notes. Among the improvements is conditional compatibility with the latest El Capitan beta.

“Wait! Didn’t you just say in your last post that Default Folder X won’t run on El Capitan?” Well, yeah – that’s why I stuck the word “conditional” in there. Default Folder X 4.7.3 works fine IF you disable El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection feature. That’s a pretty big “if,” and not something that should be considered a long term solution. But if you installed the El Capitan beta without realizing you’d lose Default Folder X and are really upset about it, this will carry you through to the release of Default Folder X 5 without feeling like you’re working with one hand tied behind your back :-)

If you need instructions on how to turn off System Integrity Protection in El Capitan, hop over to the Default Folder X FAQ. If you’d like more info about System Integrity Protection, Glenn Fleishman’s article at Macworld.com is a good primer.

Other changes in Default Folder X 4.7.3 include improvements in the way it handles iCloud, Carbon applications and support for version 8 of Strata 3D. They’re worth the minute it takes to download the update, so download it with this link or select Default Folder X in System Preferences and hit “Check for Updates”.

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Default Folder X and El Capitan

July 10th, 2015 by Jon

ElCapitanScreenshot2 As some of you have undoubtedly noticed since installing beta 2 of El Capitan (aka Mac OS 10.11), the current version of Default Folder X is not compatible with the upcoming OS X release. The Default Folder X background application will run, but cannot enhance the file dialogs of many applications.

To dip into the technical side a bit, this is due to Apple’s new System Integrity Protection, which prevents Default Folder X’s scripting addition from loading into some applications and, most importantly, into the “PowerBox” helper app that presents Open and Save dialogs for all sandboxed applications.

Never fear, however – Default Folder X isn’t dead. I’ve been hard at work on a major revision of Default Folder X that will support El Capitan (yes, I saw this coming). It uses a completely different method for enhancing your file dialogs, and adds a number of handy new features and changes that you folks have requested.

I don’t yet have a firm release date – to be honest, I may have to scale back in a few places to get this into your hands before El Capitan ships, but it’s on the way. The upgrade will be free for anyone who purchases Default Folder X in the 6 months before the new version is released, which means if you buy now, you won’t be paying again for version 5 in a few months.

More news as things develop – for now it’s back to Xcode for me…

– Jon

P.S. And yes I KNOW the website relaunch is way overdue, but software comes first.

P.P.S. For more on System Integrity Protection, read Glenn Fleishman’s article at Macworld.com.

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New Jettison 1.5b4 public beta

June 28th, 2015 by Jon

For those of you testing (or interested in testing) the new version of Jettison, I’ve got a new build that corrects some timing issues with driver reloading and with the handling of SD cards. Grab it at:

http://www.stclairsoft.com/download/Jettison-1.5b4.zip

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Default Folder X 4.7.2 : Revisiting Yosemite’s 50-foot-save-sheets and DFX’s trouble with alias files

June 18th, 2015 by Jon

Open with preview The 10.10.3 release of Yosemite fixed most of its “Attack of the 50 foot save sheet” issues, but a few remain. Specifically, in Photoshop and Illustrator there are still dialogs that grow larger each time you use them. Version 4.7.2 of Default Folder X fixes these problems.

Version 4.7.2 also adds additional safeguards to keep Default Folder X from hanging when it encounters damaged alias files, fixes some graphical glitches, and addresses a number of bugs and compatibility issues.

A full list of changes is available on the Default Folder X Release Page, along with links to download installers in English, German, French, Danish and Japanese. Because Default Folder X 4.7.2 includes a fix for possible freezes when it encounters bad alias files, we recommend that anyone who’s using Default Folder X upgrade to this version. Download your copy now!

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Public beta of Jettison 1.5 – new and improved!

June 17th, 2015 by Jon

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After a lot of restructuring, debugging, testing and wrangling with various types of disks, Jettison 1.5 is close to finished. It handles ejecting and remounting more smoothly, and includes a workaround for situations where the old version failed to eject drives at sleep time because the screen was locked.

What I need now are some volunteers to do some final testing to make sure Jettison works well in all situations. If you’d like to try it, just download a copy here:

http://www.stclairsoft.com/download/Jettison-1.5b3.zip

http://www.stclairsoft.com/download/Jettison-1.5b4.zip

Once you’ve installed it, drop me an email at jettison@stclairsoft.com to let me know you’re testing it, then send any issues or questions to the same address if you encounter anything.

Thanks!

– Jon

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Default Folder X 4.7.1 gets MS Office working correctly in 10.10.3, addresses a crash and other issues

April 29th, 2015 by Jon

Default Folder X 4.7.1 is now available on the Default Folder X Release page. It fixes what appears to be a bug in the 10.10.3 update of Yosemite: old Carbon applications like Microsoft Word and Excel always dump you back to your Documents folder when you use an Open or Save dialog. This release also fixes a bug that could cause Default Folder X to crash if it encountered a damaged alias file, and brings its super-wide filename edit fields to Mavericks for all you folks that have been smart enough not to upgrade to Yosemite.

I’ve also fixed a number of less earth-shattering issues:

  • two window redraw glitches and some flickering that happened on occasion
  • a situation where Default Folder X could miss some open Finder windows in its Finder-click feature
  • better compatibility with DEVONthink
  • making command-delete put up a warning in Save dialogs before deleting the folder you’ve got selected

If you’re a Default Folder X 4 user, grab a copy of this free update, especially if you use Word, Excel, or pre-CS6 versions of Adobe’s applications.

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Default Folder 4.7 enlarges filename edit boxes, addresses various issues

April 7th, 2015 by Jon

I’m very happy to be able to deliver a feature that a lot of people have been asking for: Default Folder X 4.7 now enlarges the edit box in Save dialogs, letting you see and type long filenames without having to scroll back and forth in a narrow little text field. Here’s a picture from my earlier post showing the new wide text box:

In addition, this release addresses a bunch of issues (aka bugs), including one that could sometimes cause long delays in Default Folder X appearing after a file dialog came up. Default Folder X used to ask OS X to mount network drives when it checked to see if your favorite and recently used folders were still around, and apparently that’s a Bad Thing To Do in Yosemite.

Version 4.7 turns off Default Folder X’s fix for the 50-foot-save-sheet bug if you’re running Mac OS 10.10.3 because Apple’s finally gotten around to fixing that themselves. It also fixes the duplication of Spotlight comments when it saves them, makes command-delete safer in Open dialogs, and addresses a few other issues.

Get the full details and download links on the Default Folder X release page.

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Changing the columns shown in your file dialogs

March 31st, 2015 by Jon

I haven’t seen this little Yosemite tidbit anywhere on the web and have had people request it as a feature in Default Folder X, so I know it’ll help at least a few folks out there.

In the Open and Save dialogs of Cocoa applications (Safari, Preview, Pages, etc) you can right-click on the column headers to get a popup menu to change which columns are displayed in all of your file dialogs.

Simply turn the checkboxes off and on by selecting items from the menu. Once you’ve got the columns you want, you can rearrange them by clicking on a particular column header and dragging it left or right.

As I said, the popup menu is only available in Cocoa applications, but the changes you make will take effect in all of your applications – even Carbon apps (like Chrome, Word, Excel, etc) that don’t have the popup menu.

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Default Folder X : Making space for longer filenames

March 27th, 2015 by Jon

Notice anything different about the “Save As” dialog below? I’ve highlighted part of it in red to give you a hint :-)

The edit field for the filename is much wider than usual – you can actually see the entire (long) name that Safari supplied for me. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this in the past, but haven’t been able to make it happen until now. If you’re interested in trying it out and giving me feedback, I’m busy testing it and could use your help.

The details:

  • This is a Yosemite-only feature at the moment
  • It’s only been tested with a handful of applications and needs more exercise
  • If it doesn’t work in some application, the results shouldn’t be awful – some UI items will just be misplaced

If you’d like to help out (or are just anxious to get your hands on this) you can download this pre-release version of Default Folder X:

http://www.stclairsoft.com/download/DefaultFolderX-4.7d6.dmg

Please send your feedback to DefaultFolderX@stclairsoft.com.

Thanks!

– Jon

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App Tamer 2.0.5 offers a number of improvements and tweaks

March 25th, 2015 by Jon

App Tamer 2.0.5 just dropped, fixing a compatibility glitch with Safari that could cause App Tamer to mis-manage full-screen Flash playback (among other things). There are also a host of smaller fixes that will improve your user experience, like better error messages, fixing permissions problems automatically, etc.

This version also explicitly offers to switch to a logarithmic cpu graph on 8- and 16-core Macs to increase the amount of detail you can typically see on the graph (science and tech nerds nod here, while everyone else says “what the heck is a logarithmic cpu graph?”).

What’s logarithmic graph good for?

Basically, it changes the vertical scale of the graph so that data toward the bottom of the graph is magnified, while the top of the graph is squeezed together. Since most of the activity on the cpu graph is down below 50% on 8- and 16-core Macs (because you’re rarely actually using all 8 or 16 cores), this lets you see more details that you care about.

In the screenshot of App Tamer’s logarithmic cpu graph to the right, each horizontal gray line on the graph represents a 10% increment. As you can see, the bottom 10% increment takes up half of the vertical space, the next 10% takes up 15% of the space, and so on, with each successive 10% increment taking a smaller amount of screen real estate. This magnifies the bottom end of the graph, where most of the activity happens on Macs with lots of cpu power.

You can toggle between a regular linear graph and the logarithmic one by control-clicking (or right-clicking) on the graph.  A little popup menu lets you choose which scale you want to use.

Back to your regularly scheduled program…

Sorry for the digression. You can see the full change history and download App Tamer 2.0.5 on the App Tamer Release Page.

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