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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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Default Folder X 5.0b14 – it’s just about done!

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

I just posted beta 14 of Default Folder X 5 – it squashes a bunch of miscellaneous bugs and now checks your serial number. If you bought your version 4.x license (full or upgrade) after June 1, 2015, it’ll automatically give you a free upgrade to version 5.

My bug list is down to just a couple, so it’s looking good for release in the first week of January. Thanks for your patience – this has been a much longer beta period than I expected. Despite a few bugs that have trickled in over the last couple of weeks, I’m very happy that the feedback has been extremely positive, with Default Folder X working trouble-free for most of the people who are running it.

There are a few issues, of course – one being a bug in Photoshop that renders Default Folder X inoperative in the Save for Web dialog. I’m afraid there’s not much I can do with it until Adobe fixes Accessibility support in that dialog (my bug report is here, if you’d like to “me too” it in hopes of making it more of a priority in Adobe’s eyes).

Anyway, Merry Christmas! I’m taking the day off to go skiing – you should get away from your computer too :-)

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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 http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/beta.html

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 http://stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/beta.html 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:

http://stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/beta.html

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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