Default Folder X ready for Leopard

To all those who are wondering (and haven’t emailed yet) – yes, Default Folder X 3.0.6 is mostly compatible with Leopard. It’ll run fine, but there are a few wrinkles – mainly that it doesn’t work with 64-bit applications.  As far as I’m aware, that basically means it doesn’t work with Xcode – I don’t think there are any other 64-bit apps shipping yet (and yes, I know – if you’re a developer, Default Folder X not working in Xcode is still extremely annoying).

The good news is that I have a development build of Default Folder X 4 running in Leopard so I can get my own work done in Xcode.  This new, Leopard-savvy version will be seeing the light of day (or the glow of other users’ screens) soon.  The interface has been revamped, it uses QuickLook to generate nice previews that you can see even if you’re in ‘list mode’ in an Open dialog, and it fixes a few nigglety little things in Leopard.  Some screenshots are on the way…

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5 Responses to “Default Folder X ready for Leopard”

  1. oblaum says:

    bring it on :)

  2. Mat Lu says:

    I’ve noticed random problems in Leopard; the helper daemon will hang and require force-quitting. This generally happens when I’m too fast in closing the sheet. Is there any way to speed Default Folder X up?

  3. Jon says:

    Mat – This type of thing is usually a symptom of some kind of corruption or damage in your preference file. Please follow the steps in the Default Folder X FAQ for deleting your preference file. I suspect that’ll fix things – if not, drop an email to our support address and we’ll see if we can find any other possible causes.

  4. Shawn says:

    Jon, as you’re working on DFX for Leopard, do you have any plans you can share publicly about History Hound?
    Thanks!

  5. Jon says:

    Shawn – I’m mulling over the HistoryHound plans. There’s obviously a market for HistoryHound, despite the integration of Safari’s history into Spotlight in Leopard. HistoryHound supports other browsers and gives you a more purpose-built UI for searching. I’m also adding more targeted searching (restricting your search by date, for example) and have been considering generating small preview images to display in the search results. What’s holding me back on preview images is the performance overhead of creating them when HH scans pages – it requires pulling down all the images, rather than just the text in the page, so it’s going to bog things down when HH is updating its index. I think HistoryHound can be a faster, more efficient way to search your browser history if its UI is done right. It’s just a matter of finding something that works well for a broad spectrum of users. At this point, I don’t have a release date for the changes I’ve got for HH – basically “after Default Folder X 4.0″

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