Archive for April, 2010

Default Folder X 4.3.7 is available!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Version 4.3.7 of Default Folder X is now available. It brings Drag and Drop support to the preference pane for adding favorite and default folders, adds nice little shortcuts to make working with your preferences easier, includes two new AppleScript commands and fixes a number of bugs and compatibility problems.

Things run more smoothly in general, so I recommend this update for everyone. In particular, make sure to download this version if you use Microsoft Word, FileMaker Pro, PyMOL (yeah, I’d never heard of it either), or if you’ve had instances in which Default Folder X’s toolbar buttons stop responding.

More information and download links are available on the Default Folder X What’s New page.

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Renaming Favorites in Default Folder X

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Default Folder X lets you mark folders as favorites so you can get to them quickly.  Unfortunately, it displays those folders in its menus using their names – if you’ve got two identically named folders named “Images,” for instance, they both show up in Default Folder X’s menus as “Images” and it’s hard to tell them apart.

Because of this, I’ve gotten a few requests for the ability to change the names of Favorites without changing the name of the actual folders that they point to.  This feature is on my To-Do list, but in the meantime here’s a workaround to do it with the current version of Default Folder X:

  1. Open Default Folder X in System Preferences.
  2. Click on the Settings button.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab and turn on “Create aliases for Recent Folders and Favorites in your Library folder”.
  4. In the Finder, navigate to this folder: HOME/Library/Favorites.  Locate the aliases of the folders you want to rename.
  5. Rename the alias files using the Finder.  Default Folder X will then read those names and substitute them for the original folder names in its menus.
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