Archive for the ‘Mountain Lion’ Category

Default Folder X 4.5 – Smarter File Dialogs, Retina, 10.8.2 and More

Monday, October 29th, 2012

After far too many beta iterations, Default Folder X 4.5 is finally available for download.

One of the things I’m happiest about in this release is a “quiet” feature – there are no controls for it and no fancy user interface – it just works. Since the release of Mac OS 10.7 Lion, I’ve found that OS X sets the default location for file dialogs somewhat randomly in some applications. Choose File->Open and you’re taken to your Documents folder, or your Home folder, or the folder you used last, or a folder on your neighbor’s file server – it always feels like a bit of a crap shoot. So now Default Folder X does it for you – intelligently. It keeps track of where you’ve been and puts you back there the next time you Open or Save, and it does so reliably.

Oh, and that business in Mountain Lion where it forces you to iCloud every @!$# time you want to save a file? No. If you saved to iCloud last time, that’s where it’ll direct you. But if you saved to a folder somewhere on your hard drive, that’s what you’ll see the next time you choose File->Save. That makes sense. Yay :) A big thanks to Ted Laundau for bringing this into focus and helping define what the correct behavior should be.

Version 4.5 also fixes a bunch of things that got flaky when some underpinnings in Mac OS X changed with the 10.8.2 update. It works reliably on Mountain Lion, smoothly handling the expanding array of sandboxed and iCloud-aware applications and increased OS security. It’s also pretty easy on the eyes, with hi-res graphics and controls for the Retina displays now delivered on the MacBook Pro 13 and 15. I have to admit that I scoffed at the HiDPI stuff at first, but after getting it all working in Default Folder X, I must say the crisp look is pretty sweet.

So, go grab your copy of Default Folder X 4.5. If you have a license for Default Folder X 4, the upgrade is free. If you don’t, go buy one – it’ll save you a lot of time opening and saving files :)

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Default Folder X 4.5b8 Corrects Mountain Lion Issues

Friday, October 5th, 2012

A new public beta of Default Folder X 4.5 is available, resolving a number of issues that have been occurring when running under Mac OS 10.8.2 “Mountain Lion.” It fixes problems with Default Folder X appearing intermittently or refusing to respond to mouse clicks when you use it. It also properly accesses iCloud items, adds support for additional applications, and resolves a number of bugs.

Complete details and download links are on the Default Folder X Beta Testing page.

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Jettison 1.2.4 available on the Mac App Store – Finally

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

So after 4.5 weeks and a few prodding email exchanges back and forth with Apple, they finally got around to reviewing and approving the update for Jettison that adds support for Mountain Lion. Customers that purchased Jettison via the Mac App Store will now be notified that there’s an update and will be given the option to download it. If you’ve already visited our site and downloaded version 1.2.4, you’re up to date and don’t need to do anything more.

For more information on Jettison, or to download a demo or purchase a copy, take a look here: http://www.stclairsoft.com/Jettison/ If you prefer to find it on the Mac App Store and buy it there, by all means do so, but please be aware that you may get updates and bug fixes a month or more later if you buy it from Apple instead of through us.

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Jettison 1.2.4 – Enough is Enough

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

So, I released Jettison 1.2.3 three weeks ago. It fixed some problems that Jettison was having with Mac OS 10.8.

I simultaneously submitted version 1.2.3 to the Mac App Store, since we sell it both directly from our website and through the App Store. Then I waited for it to be reviewed and approved. And waited. And waited. Customers who purchased Jettison through the Mac App Store sent emails, asking when the update would be available for them. The version available from the web site didn’t know that they’d purchased Jettison from Apple because we’re required to use a different licensing scheme for the Mac App Store vs. our direct-sale version.  “I don’t know,” I replied, “I’m waiting for Apple to review it and approve it for sale.” These customers were understandably annoyed, since the version they have doesn’t work well on Mountain Lion.

Yes, notice the present tense in that last sentence. “The version they HAVE…”  Folks who bought Jettison through the Mac App Store still don’t have an update, three weeks after it was finished and submitted for review.

So I’m sick of waiting and telling our customers to wait for the update to be available via the Mac App Store.  Here’s Jettison 1.2.4 – it fixes a sound problem when you’ve got your speakers muted, but more importantly, it recognizes the receipt embedded in versions of Jettison purchased through the Mac App Store. That means that people who purchased Jettison via the Mac App Store can now upgrade to this version by simply downloading a copy and running it once from the disk image before copying it to their Applications folder to replace their old copy.

I have no idea why Jettison 1.2.3′s status in iTunesConnect is still “waiting for review.” When I asked, Apple sent a non-committal email saying “Please be assured that your app has not been forgotten. Unfortunately we cannot provide an estimate of when a review will start or how long it will take to complete due to the variety of factors that contribute to the review process.” Thanks guys.

If you want real customer service and timely updates, buy software directly from the developers. We want to support our products and give you timely updates. The Mac App Store makes it harder to do that.

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Default Folder X 4.4.12 : Bug fixes, a file named “/-” and other troubles

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

There’s a quick update for  Default Folder X today – version 4.4.12 fixes a nasty bug that could cause Open and Save As dialogs to hang in DVD Player, Adobe Bridge, Flash, Vector Magic and other applications. Please install the update now.

And if you’re seeing a little file named “/-” constantly appearing at the root level of your hard disk, update your copy of Default Folder X to fix that too. The problem is actually due to a bug in the “codesign” utility that’s built into Mac OS 10.7 – I submitted a bug report to Apple and they replied that they know about it and are working on a fix. In the meantime, version 4.4.11 or higher of Default Folder X avoids the bug, so once you update, you shouldn’t see that file anymore.

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Default Folder X 4.4.10: Mountain Lion + performance + OpenMeta

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Version 4.4.10 of Default Folder X is now up on the site, sporting compatibility with the latest developer release of Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion). This includes being properly code signed so Mountain Lion’s new “Gatekeeper” will allow you to install it when you have the default setting of “Mac App Store and identified developers” turned on.

Other improvements include an increase in performance – two bottlenecks that were causing long pauses when refreshing file dialogs have been eliminated – and corrections for compatibility with Firefox 11 and Mathematica. Default Folder X’s OpenMeta support has also gotten some love, bringing back autocompletion of tags that you’ve entered using Leap and Yep (this was lost when Ironic Software modified them to meet Mac App Store requirements), and addressing a problem when tagging files inside of Adobe InDesign.

Round that out with some additional bug fixes and performance tweaks and you’ve got a worthwhile (and free) update. Enjoy!

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