Archive for the ‘Default Folder X’ Category

Default Folder X 5.1.3 improves tracking of recent files and fixes a crash

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

My apologies for releasing another Default Folder X update so soon after the last one, but a bug snuck through in version 5.1.2 and was serious enough that it merited an immediate fix. It has been causing crashes for a lot of people – we’ve had over 100 crash reports submitted in just 5 days. Given that comprises only the fraction of motivated people who took the time to submit crashes, it was clearly being encountered by a lot of you. Again, my apologies for the trouble and the need for two back-to-back updates.

One bonus is that I’ve also enhanced the Recent Files feature so it recognizes newly-saved files in old applications like MS Office 2011. Those apps don’t report their new files to OS X so they’re not included in the Apple menu’s Recent Items menu, and until this release weren’t shown in Default Folder X either. Now Default Folder X will see them as soon as they’re created.

As always, full details and download links are on the Default Folder X Release page.

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Default Folder X 5.1 delivers more power in Open & Save dialogs

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Default Folder 5.1 is now available, and includes a long list of changes. Key among them are new commands that let you copy, move, and make aliases to files and folders right in your file dialogs. Want to save a copy of that file to your Desktop folder before you make changes to it? Just use the Copy command in Default Folder X’s toolbar and choose the Desktop as its destination.

Default Folder X will now also mirror all of your favorite folders, recent folders and recent files using aliases in your Library folder. If you use another file management utility like Path Finder, Alfred, LaunchBar, etc for quick access to files and folders, you can connect it with your Default Folder X data by pointing it to these folders:

HOME/Library/Favorites/
HOME/Library/Recent Folders/
HOME/Library/Recent Files/

There are other convenient additions as well, like the ability to change the creation and modification dates of files and folders, and Command-selecting an item from a Default Folder X menu to reveal it in the Finder.

And as usual, there are also compatibility improvements and bug fixes – quite a lot of them this time. While Default Folder X has been performing very well for nearly everyone, the automated crash logs have uncovered a handful of infrequent but persistent problems. I’ve done a lot of stress-testing and debugging to ferret them out, making this release more reliable – and thereby less annoying for both you and me 🙂

For a complete list of changes, bug fixes and download links, check out the Default Folder X Release page!

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Default Folder X 5.0.7 brings fixes for Sierra

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Default Folder X 5.0.7 is now available. It includes a couple of important compatibility fixes for Sierra, while also offering resizable preference windows for you folks that like to add a lot of Favorites or default folders.

The biggest deal is a fix for Default Folder X’s handling of Save dialogs. In version 5.0.6, if a Save dialog came up ‘minimized’ – meaning it wasn’t showing the file listing – then Default Folder X wouldn’t show up. And it wouldn’t even add its controls if you un-minimized the dialog with the little button next to the filename edit box. You had to un-minimize the dialog, then hit Cancel, then Save again to get everything to show up correctly – not helpful.

There’s a full list of the changes and links to download version 5.0.7 on the Default Folder X ‘What’s New’ page. Or you can just select “Check for Updates…” from Default Folder X’s menu in your menubar if you’re running an earlier version. Please update to get these latest fixes – they’re important.

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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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