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Default Folder X 5.0.6: Sierra support, bug and compatibility fixes, and a few new things

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Shot1 Version 5.0.6 of Default Folder X is officially out! It’s the product of a lot of bug-chasing and wrangling of little details, especially where Sierra is concerned. I know there are still features that some of you are waiting for – I still have a long To-Do list – I haven’t forgotten.

In addition to supporting macOS 10.12, this update delivers a few often-requested features, including the ability to keep your Favorites sorted by name and better interoperability with LaunchBar. It also addresses some occasional glitches and compatibility issues, and starts up more quickly than previous versions.

If you’re running Sierra, El Capitan or Yosemite, you should update to this version, as most of the improvements apply to all versions of macOS, not just Sierra.

There’s a full change list and download links on the Default Folder X What’s New page. Have at it!

And stay tuned for updates to App Tamer and Jettison as well – they’ll be here shortly.

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Default Folder X 5.0.6b5 fixes some glitches with Sierra betas

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

There’s a new public beta of Default Folder X that addresses issues with the latest beta releases of macOS 10.12 Sierra. I’m also testing some changes to Default Folder X’s activation method that get rid of problems with it occasionally not loading in some applications, as well as fixing a hang that could occur under some circumstances. Oh, and there’s also improved support for LaunchBar.

You can see the full change history and download a copy from the Default Folder X Testing page.

If you’re running App Tamer, make sure you get a copy of the latest App Tamer Beta too.

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Default Folder X 5.0.6b1 brings support for macOS 10.12 Sierra

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

SierraA new public beta of Default Folder X 5.0.6 is available, adding support for the developer release of macOS 10.12 Sierra that was unveiled at WWDC last week. It also adds “always sort by name” to your Favorite Folders list and fixes a couple of compatibility issues.

More details and download links are on the Default Folder X beta testing page.

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Default Folder X 5.0.5 resolves reliability problems

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Icon-shadow.pngSo there’s been this long-standing issue with Default Folder X 5 – a number of people had written to say that it would occasionally beep and refuse to switch to a folder they’d selected from one of its menus. Until recently I couldn’t reproduce it here, but finally narrowed down the problem by creating an artificial test environment with several worst-case conditions all set up at once. I’m very happy (and relieved) to report that with that setup, I could get the problem to happen reliably enough to track it down and fix it. So…

Default Folder X 5.0.5 is now available, making folder switching more reliable (especially under Yosemite). Also in this release, I’ve made the Finder-click feature work more smoothly, added compatibility fixes for several applications, and addressed a few really annoying bugs and crashes.

The change history and download links are available on the Default Folder X Release page, or by choosing “Check for Updates” in your copy of Default Folder X (you are using Default Folder X, aren’t you?)

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Default Folder X 5.0.3 delivers fixes

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Version 5.0.3 of Default Folder X is up on the site! It fixes a number of issues and I’d recommend grabbing it if you’re running Default Folder X 5.

This release delivers the most important bug fixes and improvements, but there are a bunch of things still in the queue. So if you’ve emailed about other issues or sent in a feature request, don’t dismay – I’m working on them. I just felt it was important to address the most critical issues sooner rather than later.

For version 5.0.3 info and download links go to the Default Folder X Release page.

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Integrating Default Folder X with LaunchBar

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

launchbar_320@2xI’ve long been an avid (addicted) user of LaunchBar – if you’re a person that’s keyboard-based like I am, it’ll save you ridiculous amounts of time. Hit Command-Space to activate LaunchBar and then start typing – you can do anything you want to without taking your hands off the keyboard.

Now I’m happy to announce that Manfred Linzner, an engineer at Objective Development (the makers of LaunchBar), has put together a LaunchBar action that gives you access to Default Folder X’s favorite and recent items within LaunchBar.

If you’re a LaunchBar user, you just need to download the Default Folder X Files action from Manfred’s Github repo. After it downloads, double-click on the .lbaction file and LaunchBar will offer to install it for you. Then it’s just a matter of invoking LaunchBar and typing the first few letters of “Default Folder X Files” (or “DFX”) to get this:

launchbar_dfx

Hit the right arrow key from there to select any favorite or recent folder or file from Default Folder X, or Command-right-arrow to narrow the search to just your Favorites, Recent Files, or Recent folders.

launchbar_dfx_select

Yet another way to get to your files and folders faster – thanks Manfred!

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Catching up: Default Folder X 5.0.2

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

My apologies for the silence over here lately – polishing up and beta testing Default Folder X 5.0.2 took quite a lot of time and energy.

The update (free for those of you who’ve purchased a license or upgrade for Default Folder X 5) was released last Friday and includes a ton of improvements – everything from a significant speed boost to compatibility and bug fixes to localization in Japanese, French, German and Danish. A complete list of the changes is on the Default Folder X release page, along with download links for the English and localized disk images.

I’m very happy to have finally gotten all of the improvements out to the world!

– Jon

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Auto-Update Vulnerability in Sparkle

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

A security vulnerability has been found in Sparkle, the framework used by many Mac applications to check for and download software updates automatically. Full details are at:

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/02/huge-number-of-mac-apps-vulnerable-to-hijacking-and-a-fix-is-elusive/

While some of our applications (like HistoryHound) are using older versions of the Sparkle framework at the moment, they all use encrypted HTTPS connections to check for and download updates, so there’s no chance of a man-in-the-middle attack, as described in the report.

So you can safely leave automatic update checking turned on in all of our products – it’s being done safely.

– Jon

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Hey folks, I’m not out to get you!

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I probably shouldn’t be writing this – I’ve certainly got better things to do with my time – but heck, this really gets to me. I’ve gotten several emails over the past week that are similar to this one:

I am fairly sure you sneakily intended to try to get me to have to BUY a new key for DF 5. Please note I used the word SNEAKILY. 

Sorry, it won’t work, I won’t be using it.  Maybe that is what you intended…

His email was in response to a mailing announcing Default Folder X 5, which said:

… And because you purchased an earlier version, you can upgrade to Default Folder X 5 for only $14.95 USD.

and gave the recipient a link to a web page that says:

If you bought a license before June 1, 2015, there is a $14.95 upgrade fee for version 5.

and which has a download button that shows you a page that says:

Before you install version 5, we’d like to make sure you know that you’ll be asked to pay a $14.95 upgrade fee if you purchased Default Folder X before June 1, 2015. We don’t want anyone to feel that they weren’t told about this before trying the new version.

So now – “SNEAKILY”? Really? I’ve tried to be as up-front about this as possible. Yes, I am asking you to buy a new key for Default Folder X 5. No doubt about that. It’s written everywhere. And based on the feedback I’ve gotten from the vast majority of folks out there, that’s entirely reasonable. I certainly think it is. The last time I charged for a Default Folder X upgrade was 8 years ago. Long enough that people had started sending me money out of the blue because they thought I should have charged them something by now for reliably supporting and upgrading the product for that long.

So listen folks. I’M NOT OUT TO GET YOU! Yes, I’m asking you to pay for software that saves you time and frustration on a daily basis. I’m not trying to sneak that by you. I’m not trying to dupe you. I’m not playing you for a fool. I’M RUNNING A BUSINESS. And yes, if you don’t think Default Folder X is worth as much as a meal at Denny’s, you certainly don’t have to buy the upgrade. It’s your choice – you can vote with your wallet.

Now to everyone else who’s sent me notes of congratulations, thanks, appreciation, and generally just been awesome – THANK YOU SO MUCH! You’re one of the big reasons that owning and running a small software company is so rewarding. I really appreciate your input and feedback.

Glad I got that off my chest 🙂

– Jon

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Finally! Default Folder X 5.0 Released!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

 

Default Folder X 5.0 is finally done and out! You can get it from http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html now. A quick list of the new features is at http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/release.html, though there’s so much new and improved that it’s impossible to really list it all. It’s a ground-up rewrite that brings in all the improvements I’ve wanted to do for years.

Important details, for those of you who haven’t been following the betas:

  • It’s fully compatible with El Capitan and doesn’t require that you turn System Integrity Protection off anymore.
  • Yes, it’s a paid upgrade. It’s $14.95 unless you bought your license on or after June 1, 2015.
  • There are more features that are on the way – I held back a few in order to get 5.0 out sooner.
  • Localization in other languages still needs to be done – that’s a high priority now.
  • Version 5 also runs on Yosemite, but not on earlier versions of OS X.
  • If you turned off System Integrity Protection to use version 4 on El Capitan, you can turn it back on now.
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