Archive for November, 2020

Go64 1.2 checks apps for 64-bit compatibility and for Apple Silicon support

Friday, November 20th, 2020

The new version of Go64 is a universal app that natively supports both Intel and Apple Silicon powered Macs. It still scans all of your installed applications to tell you which ones are 32-bit, meaning that they won’t work on macOS Catalina or Big Sur.

What’s new, however, is that it now also shows you which of your applications are built for Apple Silicon, so you can get the most out of your fancy new M1-powered MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or Mac mini.

Just launch Go64 and perform a new scan. The “Architecture” column will show the type of each app that it finds. Click on the column header to sort the results by architecture type, and you’ll then be able to quickly see which of your apps will run natively on Apple Silicon. And now you’ll know which developers you need to pester to update their apps so they also take advantage of Apple’s ridiculously fast new processors 🙂

Default Folder X 5.5.2: Big Sur 11.1 compatibility and a bug fix

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Version 5.5.2 of Default Folder X is available. It works on Apple’s recent macOS 11.1 Big Sur beta release.

Amusingly, the biggest problem on macOS 11.1 was the new version numbering scheme that Apple is using for Big Sur. Default Folder X checks the OS version and had always assumed that if the minor revision number (the ’15’ in 10.15.7, for example) changed, it was a major new OS release, because that’s the way it’s always been in the past. Big releases like going from Mojave (10.14) to Catalina (10.15) generally require significant testing and development to ensure compatibility, so it just disables itself and waits for me to finish a compatibility update.

So when Apple went from Big Sur 11.0.1 to Big Sur 11.1 beta (with a version number change that surprised a lot of us developers), Default Folder X said “Oh no, it’s a major OS release! I don’t know what to do, so I’ll just be safe and do nothing” and refused to even look at the Open and Save dialogs. So yeah, redoing the OS-version-checking logic and making a minor functional tweak was all that was actually necessary to get things working on 11.1.

In the process of testing Default Folder X on the Big Sur 11.1 beta, I did find a bug that could potentially cause file dialogs to lock up for what seems like an eternity (potentially as much as 2 minutes), so that’s also fixed in 5.5.2. Because of that, you should update if you’re running Big Sur, even if you’re not using 11.1.

Release notes and download links are on the Default Folder X release page.

Default Folder X 5.5.1: A fix for version 5.5’s failure to launch, and how to update if you’re stuck

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

TL;DR: There was a bug in Default Folder X 5.5 that resulted in it failing to launch correctly. Version 5.5.1 delivers a fix. If you’ve been affected and are having trouble updating to version 5.5.1, read on.

What Happened: First, my apologies. Default Folder X 5.5 introduced a new feature that tracks changes to files and folders synced via the cloud. Part of the startup process is to look at your current cloud settings to determine which folders need to be watched. In the case of Google Drive File Stream, Default Folder X didn’t properly read old settings files, resulting in the launch process being disrupted and leaving it running, but with no user interface (no icon in the menu bar, no toolbar in Open and Save dialogs, etc). This also breaks the auto-update mechanism, so you have to update to version 5.5.1 manually.

So yeah, big oops. In retrospect, I should have coded that even more defensively than I did so that the error would have been caught. I’m sorry.

How to Fix It: If you’ve been bitten by this bug, you have to manually download and install Default Folder X 5.5.1. Ostensibly, that’s not hard – just download 5.5.1 5.5.2 from this link:

Once the download completes, double-click on the .dmg file and drag the Default Folder X app to your Applications folder.

Now here’s the rub: If you ran the old, broken version 5.5, you may get an error message saying that you can’t replace it.

It’s still invisibly running, but there’s no clear way to quit it. The regular macOS “Force Quit” procedure – accessed by pressing Command-Option-Esc on your keyboard – won’t show Default Folder X even though it’s running. Here’s what to do instead:

1. Run Activity Monitor. It’s located in /Applications/Utilities.

2. Use the search field in Activity Monitor’s toolbar to locate Default Folder X in the process list.

3. Click on the (x) icon in Activity Monitor’s toolbar.

4. Choose Force Quit when prompted.

Now you’ll be able to drag the new copy of Default Folder X 5.5.1 to your Applications folder. Once it’s there, just open your Applications folder and double-click Default Folder X to launch it.

Again, my apologies for the hassle!

Default Folder X 5.5 supports Big Sur, cloud services and more!

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Version 5.5 of Default Folder X is finally done and available for download. It’s a universal application that runs natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon powered Macs, fully supports macOS 11.0 Big Sur and includes a number of benefits for users of older macOS versions as well.

One new feature is nearly invisible, but can be super convenient. Default Folder X now keeps track of changes in shared folders that are synced from the cloud. If something gets synced to your Dropbox or OneDrive folder, the changes will appear immediately in Default Folder X’s Recent Files and Recent Folders menus. So if your coworker updates a document in a shared Dropbox folder and then accosts you on Slack to review it, you can just select it straight from your Recent Files menu. I’ve tried to be an equal-opportunity cloud supporter: This feature works with iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box Sync.

Along with updating Default Folder X’s internals to work with Big Sur’s Finder and Open / Save dialogs, this release also updates its look to fit in with Big Sur’s iOS-ish look and feel. As you may have seen in the beta releases, Default Folder X has a new app icon and new toolbar icons all around. It’s not an enormous change, but it does integrate more smoothly with Big Sur.

There’s also smarter handling of Finder windows when you have more than one “Finder” running (meaning you’re also using Path Finder or ForkLift), some additional “hidden preferences” (see the release notes – the documentation’s being updated now, so doesn’t show them yet) and some important bug fixes.

Full details and download links are on the Default Folder X Release Page.

App Tamer 2.6: Ready for Big Sur

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

App Tamer 2.6 is available, supporting macOS 11.0 Big Sur. This release updates App Tamer’s application icon and preference icons to conform with Apple’s latest UI makeover on Big Sur, while also adding native support for the Apple Silicon processors coming soon to Macs near you.

It also corrects a bug that could result in App Tamer slowing down some Spotlight searches, and fixes issues with it repeatedly showing notifications when an app fails to quit or hide when App Tamer tells it to.

Full release notes and download links are on the App Tamer Release Page.

And yes, there are still a couple more Big Sur updates coming!