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Default Folder X 5.0b6 – Happy with the progress!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

It seems like it’s taking forever (at least to me), but there are a lot of good changes in the latest beta (5.0b6) which I just posted at

Older Carbon apps will no longer always start in your Documents folder, the Finder-click feature once again allows you to click on the Desktop as well as on Finder windows, and there are significant improvements in several areas that speed things up and make Default Folder X more reliable.

My bug list has gotten much shorter, and there are only a few features missing now – yay!

Thanks for all the feedback (both positive and negative) and all your support. Please let me know if you run into any problems with 5.0b6!

– Jon

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Default Folder X 5.0b3 is available

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

So there was some faulty logic in 5.0b2 that caused the shortcuts for Favorites to be pretty flaky – sorry about that. They’re fixed in b3, along with numerous other things (some of which didn’t make it into the release notes, now that I’m looking at them again). The biggest changes in b3 are internal – I spent quite a bit of time tightening up Default Folder X from top to bottom to make sure that no resources are left open, in hopes of fixing the “The application Default Folder X is not open anymore” error message that some of you have gotten. You may see that error one more time (and will have to restart to make it go away), but it shouldn’t occur when Default Folder X auto-updates in the future (from b3 to b4, for example). If it does, please let me know!

Progress has been slower than I’d like over the last few days – mostly due to the aforementioned analysis of Default Folder X’s internals – and now that’s done and the flaky shortcuts are fixed, I should be able to get back to forward progress.

As always please let me know if you encounter any issues or have any suggestions!

Oh yeah – you can get the new build with “Check for Updates” if you’ve already got b2 running on your Mac, or go to and download it from the link at the bottom of the page.

– Jon

P.S. Yes, I know that the buttons at the top of the beta page download version 4. If you’re beta testing, you should certainly be patient enough to read through the page and find the link at the bottom. Let’s just call that a first-order filter to get into the beta program 😉

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Default Folder X 5.0b2 is now up, with a bunch of fixes.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Thanks to everyone that’s given me input and bug reports on the first public beta of Default Folder X 5. There’s now a new build based on your feedback – you can can click “Check for Updates” if you’re already running 5.0b1, or grab it from:

If you submitted a bug or feature that’s not in yet, that doesn’t mean I’m not listening. I was just anxious to get this build out because it fixes several big problems that affect quite a few people.

I’m particularly happy that I was able to find the bizarre one that was causing the Save button to stop working in save dialogs. It’s actually a bug in OS X that Default Folder X was triggering – get this: If a file dialog is showing the contents of a folder and you tell it to show the contents of that same folder, the Save button stops working. Who knew? So the hugely complicated fix was just to make sure that Default Folder X checks to see what the current folder is, then just does nothing if the file dialog is already showing the folder it wants to go to (which it really should have been doing all along in the interest of efficiency anyway).

You can reproduce the bug by hand pretty simply (turn off Default Folder X before doing this – otherwise its Finder-click feature will get in the way):

  1. Run TextEdit
  2. Create a document
  3. Choose File -> Save
  4. Switch to the Finder and drag any folder into the file dialog to make the dialog show that folder
  5. Drag that same folder to the file dialog again
  6. Now try to click the Save button. It doesn’t work!

Pretty cool, eh? Not really >:( This has been stressing me out for a couple of days because I had no idea what was going on. Glad it turned out to be easy to fix after a bunch of you helped me track it down and reproduce it here. It’s really nice when beta testing works like it’s supposed to :-)

So thanks everyone! And keep the feedback coming.

– Jon

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Default Folder X 5 Public Beta is up!

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Here it is!

Please read the list of what’s still to be implemented. Then download it and let me know how it goes. Thanks for your patience!!

– Jon

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Default Folder X 5 public beta tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

So I just finished the preference file conversion – version 5 now imports your settings, favorites and default folders from version 4. It was surprisingly gratifying to get that done, I guess because I’ve been dreading doing it for a while. Converting data and moving it from one place to another is rarely something developers enjoy doing…

The current testers report that version 5.0a19 is working well for them (well, except for the new drag and drop area, which is still a work in progress). There are still some things that need to be done, but version 5 is definitely functioning well enough and is complete enough that I feel comfortable putting it out into the world tomorrow – at least with the “public beta” moniker to let everyone know that there are still some rough edges.

As long as nothing comes up in the next 24 hours, we’ll finally have Default Folder X up and running on El Capitan with System Integrity Protection turned on. Yay :-)

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Default Folder X 5 status – it’s the end of October

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Ok, here’s where things are. You’ll notice a couple of unfinished bits in the screenshots – the menu prefs are missing the bottom half, which allows you to custom configure Default Folder X’s menu in the menubar. And the appearance style in the Open & Save prefs is grayed out because I haven’t finished the “minimal” toolbar appearance. Those will come after we’re in public beta – I don’t see either as critical to getting it into your hands.

Functionally things are in good shape. I’ve still got a good-sized To-Do list, but what’s there has been working well for the 30 person test crew who’ve been using it. To be perfectly frank, I’m a bit sleep deprived and feel I need a couple of days to methodically go over everything and weed out any issues, so I’m looking at next week for a public beta release. The last thing I want to do is put something crappy out there that’s going to cut into your productivity and generate lots of email for me (which cuts into my productivity too!)

Thanks for being so patient – it’s been a long haul on this one.

– Jon

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Default Folder X 5 Progress Report

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Wow – I’m getting inundated with email and tweets asking what the status is and when it’s going to be done. It’s great to hear from everyone and I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Some bits have taken quite a bit longer than I expected :-/

So, taking a break from coding for a few minutes, here’s a summary of where things are:

  1. DFX5Shot File dialog stuff is all working except for handling default folders. Recents, favorites, hierarchical menus and the new drag and drop bar work well. Here’s a quick screenshot of what’s on my screen today (that’s the tagging view showing below the dialog, including recently used tags, and the drag and drop bar on the left).
  2. DFX now also automatically adds a button to your Finder toolbar, and clicking it slides out the drag and drop bar below the current Finder window. This lets you toss a file into the bar, switch to another Finder window, and then drag it to where you want it.
  3. There’s more information in the attribute tabs below the file dialogs and it all works more smoothly than it did in v4 (and the code is way better now – much easier for me to work with!).
  4. Update checking just went in – it wasn’t hard, but just hadn’t been on my hot list until I got all DFX’s basic features working and debugged well.
  5. So what’s left? The big thing is getting the preferences finished. There’s a lot of configurable stuff under the hood (the menu structure, shortcuts for a ton of things, etc), but I may hold off on actually putting that in the prefs due to the amount of time involved. Other things: I have to drop in the licensing engine and get the upgrade process put together (both for licensing and upgrading from old prefs).
  6. There are still a lot of features and suggestions on my To-Do list, but I’m making sure the fundamentals work well for the first release and getting it into people’s hands as quickly as possible, given how much feedback I’m getting that you just want that stuff to work on El Capitan first and foremost.
  7. Oh, and yes, there’s the appearance… This is what I’ve got now, and like v4, version 5.0 will probably ship with one appearance. Then you’ll all send me hate mail about what you think of the new look and I’ll add other appearance options (including something that takes up less screen real-estate).

I’m trying to balance features with getting it into your hands ASAP.

So the bottom line? We’re half way through October and it’s not feature-complete, so it’s not going to be fully tested and done by the end of the month, as much as I’d like it to be :-( But I’ll have a public beta in your hands by the end of October that will be solid and will get your workflow sped back up again.

OK – back to work….

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Default Folder 4.7.4 : Updates for TypeIt4Me, bug fixes and El Capitan SIP detection

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Version 4.7.4 of Default Folder X is now available, bringing several compatibility updates such as support for the latest version of  TypeIt4Me. If you’re running El Capitan, it will also detect System Integrity Protection (SIP) and let you know that Default Folder X is only compatible with El Capitan if you turn SIP off. Of course, if you’re here reading this, you already know that and don’t need the warning message, do you? In any case, details and download links are on the Default Folder X Release Page.

Speaking of El Capitan, I’ve now put together a longer explanation about what’s going on with System Integrity Protection, how to turn it off and why the current version of Default Folder X needs it turned off – you can read it here.

Happily, version 5 of Default Folder X is coming along well and we’re using development versions of it in-house. I wish I could just wave my hands and have it finished, but with something like Default Folder X there’s quite a bit of experimentation and invention involved in the development process. Some features work as expected, while others uncover bugs in OS X or quirky behavior that then requires a day or two of wrangling to get working right. It can be a frustrating process, but is exciting when things start coming together and really working well – and I’m getting to that point :-)

Anyway, grab version 4.7.4 of Default Folder X and I’ll keep you posted on the progress of DFX 5. Oh, and just to make our policy clear, the version 5 upgrade will be free to anyone who purchases version 4 now.

– Jon

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

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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 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

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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

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