Archive for November, 2011

Default Folder X 4.4.7 Resolves Issues

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Default Folder X 4.4.7 fixes several bugs that resulted in crashes or incorrect behavior. At it’s worst, one bug could actually cause Save As dialogs to crash in Keynote, and resulted in Bias Peak not responding to mouse clicks. Because of the nature of this problem (it could impact just about any application), we strongly recommend that everyone using Default Folder X 4 upgrade to version 4.4.7.

So go to the Default Folder X Release Page and download a copy now. And as always, if you run into any trouble or have comments or suggestions, just let us know!

Default Folder X 4.4.7b1

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

We’ve put up a quick public beta just to make sure there are no lingering problems with Default Folder X 4.4.7. I finally tracked down the issue that’s been dogging us since Lion’s release – the beta should cure any remaining compatibility problems (namely with Bias Peak and Apple’s Keynote, but there may be others, including GraphicConverter and System Preferences).

Please take the time to download a copy from the Default Folder X Testing page and put it through its paces. Your feedback will really be appreciated.


– Jon

Catching Up: Default Folder X, App Tamer and Jettison Updates

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I’ve been quiet for a while – a lot has been going on both within St. Clair Software and around it. For starters, we’ve had a number of updates:

App Tamer is up to version 1.1.1 now, addressing compatibility with Alien Skin’s Photoshop plug-ins as well as improving on App Tamer’s own miserly CPU usage. There was one problem in particular that was interesting: When people update to Lion, there are often background or helper applications that are no longer configured correctly (components installed in /System or /Library are missing, for instance). This can result in startup applications launching over and over again. As a user, you often never see this, but if you look in your Console log, there are heaps of messages documenting it. Because App Tamer does some work each time an application launches, customers were complaining that it was using lots of CPU time – an investigation turned up this repeated-launching problem on their machines. App Tamer has now been tweaked to minimize the impact on CPU usage, but the solution is really to fix whatever’s broken on your system.

Jettison was updated to version 1.1 in the Mac App Store, giving you the option to hide its menubar icon and working around a bug in Lion (a bug in OS X, not Jettison) that delayed Jettison’s “it’s ok to unplug” beep sound until the Mac woke back up from sleep. Which, yeah, made the beep totally useless…

Finally, there have been some compatibility issues with Default Folder X, the worst of which actually caused some applications to crash. Versions 4.4.4, 4.4.5 and 4.4.6 addressed various problems that resulted from architectural changes in Lion and the corresponding adaptations in Default Folder X. So things are once again right in the Default Folder X world. The latest beta (more on that in the next post) closes the last issue that I’m aware of.