Default Folder 5.4 for Catalina, with Path Finder SetApp support, improvements for scripters and more

I’m happy to announce that the final version 5.4 of Default Folder X is now available. Thank you to everyone who beta tested the pre-release versions and reported issues!

The marquee feature of this release is, of course, support for macOS 10.15 Catalina, which Apple should drop any day now. In addition, there are a couple of new AppleScript commands in Default Folder X’s scripting dictionary to help scripters automate the handling of file dialogs (and don’t forget the scriptable default folders too). This version also adds support for the version of Path Finder distributed via SetApp.

Finally, there are a handful of bug fixes, including corrections for issues with Finder windows, adding new Favorites, and Accessibility quirks. These fixes apply to both Catalina and earlier macOS versions – if you’re running an older version of macOS, you can still update to Default Folder X 5.4. It supports anything from macOS 10.10 to 10.15.

The update is free if you’ve already got a license for Default Folder X 5 – just choose “Check for Updates” from Default Folder X’s menu, or download a copy here. A list of changes and download links, including localized versions, are available on the Default Folder X release page.

3 Responses to “Default Folder 5.4 for Catalina, with Path Finder SetApp support, improvements for scripters and more”

  1. Troy Buccini says:

    Why does this want to record my screen to be able to use it? I can’t run it without authorizing it.

    • Jon says:

      This is addressed in the FAQ:

      To repeat it here, Default Folder X needs screen recording permission because, in some circumstances, it needs to actually select something from a menu in a file dialog in order to perform an action. To hide the menu when it pops up on the screen, Default Folder X takes a screenshot of the file dialog and displays that in front of the dialog for a fraction of a second. This hides the activity of operating the menu behind a temporary “fa├žade”.

      The screenshot is only stored in RAM, never saved to a file, and is destroyed immediately after it is used.

      • Jon says:

        This is, by the way, something that Default Folder X 5 has always done. It’s just that Catalina now requires your approval for it.

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