Archive for the ‘Default Folder X’ Category

Default Folder X 4.6.6 arrives with important compatibility fixes!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Version 4.6.6 of Default Folder X is now available on the Default Folder X release page. It’s compatible with the developer release of Yosemite, and addresses a number of issues as well. Among them, it corrects problems with unintentionally triggering the discrete graphics card on Macs that have one, applications saving files with the wrong name, and an annoying glitch that could cause OS X to ask for your admin password while you were opening or saving a file. It also enables rebound in column view as well as icon and list view and provides some user interface improvements.

If you’ve purchased a license for Default Folder X 4 already, this update is free. There are more details and a download link on the Default Folder X release page.

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Using Default Folder X to remount network drives

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

You learn something new every day!

Default Folder X was featured on the Mac Geek Gab podcast again this week, but not for the usual reason of being a fast way to navigate all of your files and folders. A user wrote in to say that he uses Default Folder X to solve a common problem with accessing disks on a network. OS X will sometimes drop a network-connected drive off the desktop, making it inaccessible until you explicitly contact the server again. Default Folder X can actually help with this by automatically reconnecting to the server when you use an Open or Save As dialog. You simply have to set a folder on the server as a Favorite folder or the default folder for the application you’re using. When you access that Favorite or default folder using Default Folder X, it will automatically find the server and reconnect to it if it’s available.

Thanks for that reminder Carsten!

 

 

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Using command-D to go to the Desktop

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Wow, I think I touched a nerve :)

When I added the Duplicate command in Default Folder X 4.6.5, I took the opportunity to update the command keys to follow what Apple currently does in the OS X Finder. In the Finder, cmd-shift-D goes to the Desktop and cmd-D is used for the Duplicate command. Everyone will want things to be consistent between the Finder and the Open/Save dialogs, right?

WRONG

We’ve gotten a lot of hate mail from Default Folder X users in the last 24 hours, asking (with various levels of politeness) why we changed their workflow. Umm – cohesiveness of user interface? OK, maybe not, then. Since this change has made a lot of people angry, I’ve removed cmd-D from the duplicate command and made it so both cmd-D and cmd-shift-D  take you to the Desktop, and re-released Default Folder X 4.6.5. To get this change, just re-download Default Folder X and reinstall it.

For those of you that actually want command-D to invoke the Duplicate command like it does in the Finder, you’re going to have to suffer with a little dissonance in your user experience. Sorry about that.

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Default Folder X 4.6.5 : Features and Fixes

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Default Folder X 4.6.5 is now available, giving you the ability to save a copy of a file while you’re in an Open dialog. It’s great for creating a backup copy of a document before you open it.

This update also resolves some pesky issues, the most important of which is a fix for a problem with OmniOutliner 4. Default Folder X would sometimes make OO4 freeze for 2 minutes when you saved or exported a file. This version also works around a Mavericks bug that could make Default Folder X’s Spotlight and Preview windows pop up in the middle of the screen instead of below the file dialog where they’re supposed to be.

There are a number of other smaller fixes and improvements as well – you can read about all of them and download the update from the Default Folder X Release page.

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Folders disappearing from your Favorites in the Finder sidebar

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Several people have reported that folders that they’ve put in the Favorites section of the sidebar in Finder windows just disappear, and have thought that either Default Folder X or Jettison was at fault. I’ve confirmed with Apple that this is a known bug in Mac OS 10.9.2. It’s not caused by Default Folder X, Jettison or any other 3rd party application. It’s an issue that Apple needs to fix in OS X.

Here’s a more complete description of the problem:

Bug:

If I drag a folder to the Finder sidebar to add it as a Favorite, then later eject the disk containing the folder, the Finder deletes the folder from the sidebar. It doesn’t return when I remount the disk.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Plug in an external drive (I used a FW800 drive, but apparently any old disk will do).
  2. Open a Finder window, navigate to the external drive and then drag a folder from the drive to the Favorites list in the Finder window’s sidebar.
  3. Eject the external drive.
  4. Run Disk Utility and remount the external drive.

Expected Results:

I would expect the folder to stay in the Favorites list in the sidebar, regardless of the availability of the disk. If I click on it it should ask for the disk or try to remount it automatically. Failing this, if the folder is going to be hidden in the sidebar because the disk is unavailable, it should reappear when the disk is available again.

Actual Results:

The folder is removed from the Favorites list in the sidebar, never to return.

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Default Folder X 4.6.4 delivers compatibility fixes

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I just put the finishing touches on Default Folder X 4.6.4, which is now available on the Default Folder X page. It includes a bunch of fixes for bugs and compatibility issues.

There are corrections for problems with specific applications like OmniOutliner, Sublime Text and Reunion. More importantly, there’s new logic for automatically setting the initial folder for all Open and Save As dialogs. Seems like that’d be a simple thing, right? Unfortunately, there are a host of application- and OS-specific quirks that Default Folder X has to deal with, as well as several options that you can select in your Default Folder X preferences. The combination of all these things had made for some contorted logic, especially with Mavericks’ “creative” handling of Carbon applications. It’s now simplified and properly sorted out and works a lot better. If you still encounter problems with a specific application, send us a tech support request and I’ll have a look.

 

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App Tamer 2.0.1 improves performance and fixes bugs

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

App Tamer 2.0.1 corrects a few issues that were causing slow-downs in App Tamer itself, especially when it first started up. If you had an application that had a lot of sub-processes (typically Terminal, Google Chrome or Safari), App Tamer’s launch time could be glacially slow. And even after startup, pausing and un-pausing those apps took much more CPU than it should have.

In addition, CPU usage was reduced in several other areas and several bugs were squashed, including one that could cause App Tamer to fail to reenable itself after you turned it off for a specified amount of time.

For a full list of changes as well as links to download the new version, go to the App Tamer Release page.

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Elite Keylogger Pro disables Default Folder X

Friday, February 7th, 2014

It’s come to our attention (after about a week’s worth of debugging) that a software package called Elite Keylogger Pro disables Default Folder X. The Default Folder X Helper application will still run and you’ll see Default Folder X’s icon in your menubar, but none of its controls will appear around your Open and Save dialogs.

The frustrating problem has been that Elite Keylogger Pro actually hides itself so that it can be installed on a computer and surreptitiously record keystrokes and screen snapshots without anyone knowing (yes, that’s pretty sketchy). When I started receiving bug reports saying that Default Folder X had suddenly stopped working, the System Information reports, Console logs and other debugging information that I got from affected users showed no clear clues as to what was causing the problem. Finally, one observant Default Folder X user (with a good memory) remembered buying Elite Keylogger Pro as part of the Mac Bundle 4.0 and installing it (thank you Adam Olson!)

So, if Default Folder X has suddenly stopped working on your machine, see if you bought the Mac Bundle 4.0 recently – or purchased Elite Keylogger Pro separately – and installed it. If so, this is probably what’s causing the problem.

To get Default Folder X working again you need to uninstall Elite Keylogger Pro. And be careful – you must uninstall it according to WideStep’s instructions http://help.widestep.com/how-to-uninstall-elite-keylogger-mac/. Using a “clean up” application or just throwing the application in the Trash is not enough to remove it from your system.

I’ve contacted WideStep to see about fixing or working around the conflict and will update this as I have more information. Sorry for the trouble and for any time you’ve wasted troubleshooting this (hopefully you haven’t killed an entire week like I have…)

Update: WideStep has issued an update to Elite Keylogger Pro to fix this problem.  Get version 1.2.027 or higher from their website to ensure that Default Folder X runs correctly with their software.

- Jon

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Default Folder X 4.6.3 delivers bug fixes for Open & Save, AppleScript and Mac OS 10.8.5

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Default Folder X 4.6.3 includes fixes for several problems, the biggest of which was the propensity for some applications (like InDesign, Pro Tools and Word) to start their Open or Save dialogs in the wrong folder. In addition, it gives Default Folder X’s SetSaveName AppleScript command the ability to understand UTF-8 text and fixes a bug that caused the popup path menu in Save dialogs to disappear in Mac OS 10.8.5.

This version also works reliably on Mac OS 10.6.8 – though Snow Leopard users should be aware that it does not support PowerPC applications. If you’re still running old PowerPC apps in Rosetta, stick with Default Folder X 4.5.12.

You can get the new version from the Default Folder X release page.

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Sorting in Open and Save dialogs – what IS up with that?

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

“How the heck do I change the sort order of my files in Open and Save dialogs?” We get this question a lot, and I can’t blame you for being confused. The controls for sorting the list of files in Open and Save dialogs are a bit of a mess. They’re the result of new features being layered on top of older user interface controls, leaving you with some odd and confusing combinations.

In the beginning – well, OK, not The Beginning beginning, but quite a few years ago – you could only sort in file dialogs by clicking on the top of the columns in list view.

If you want to sort by date, you click on the “Date Modified” column header. The little triangle at the right side of the header shows you whether you’re sorting in ascending or descending order. Clicking the header again toggles between ascending and descending. To sort by name, click on the “Name” header. Pretty simple, right?

Wait, what column headers?That original method still works today, but only in List View, because there aren’t any column headers in Column View or Icon View. I know, you may not even be aware that there are different views in file dialogs. This is column view:

Click on those little buttons I’ve marked in red to change views. Note that they’re on the bottom of the file dialog in some applications, but at the top of the dialog in others. Don’t ask – that’s just the way it is.

So.. Method #1 for sorting your files: Click on the List View button and then on the column header you want to sort by.

But that doesn’t always work. Yeah, I just told you how to do what you want, but now I’ll screw it all up by showing you the new sorting controls, which completely disable method #1. In Mac OS 10.7 and later, there’s this nifty little sorting button at the top of the file dialog:

Selecting a sorting method from this menu gives you the new Finder-style sorting with interspersed headers saying “Today”, “Yesterday”, “Previous 30 Days”, “Earlier” etc – you can see them in the screenshot above. The confusing thing is that this will also sort List View windows that way, and will completely disable your ability to click on the column headers to sort the Old Way (what I called method #1).

So… Method #2 for sorting your files: Click on the Sort Menu button and select a sorting method.

And now the inevitable question: What if I don’t want those “Today, Yesterday, Previous 30 days” things in the way? I’m glad you asked – mostly because I don’t like them myself :) If you want to go back to the Old Way of sorting in list views, start with the Sort menu and choose “None”. Then click on the List View button and click the column headers to select your sort method.

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