Default Folder X
Default Folder X
5.4.2

4.7

Default Folder X free download for Mac

Default Folder X

5.4.2
07 November 2019

Enhances Open and Save dialogs.

Overview

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views.

Features:
  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a single click.
  • Instant Recall: To help you quickly return to folders you've recently used, Default Folder X remembers them for you.
  • Spotlight on the spot: Default Folder X lets you add Spotlight keywords, OpenMeta tags, and Finder labels on the spot, while you're still in the Save dialog.
  • Information central: With Default Folder X you get previews below every Open dialog, expanded to fill the available space. Need to see more detail? Click on the image and it zooms up to full size.
  • Workflow without work: Rather than make you learn and set up a new application, Default Folder X blends into OS X.

What's new in Default Folder X

Version 5.4.2:
  • Corrected a bug in Default Folder X that resulted in it asking to relaunch the Finder frequently when running Catalina.
  • Worked around a bug in MATLAB that could cause it to freeze when Default Folder X is running.
  • Switched the embedded crash reporting framework from HockeyApp to AppCenter.

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LeMerlot
24 March 2019

Most helpful

Awesome software and service since so many years – and if there's an issue it will be solved always very fast. Default Folder is a must have for every Mac – worth every penny!
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Version 5.3.6
Eveningclouds
10 December 2019
Have used this for years and it continues to work great. Very responsive developer. Enormously time saving.
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Version 5.4.2
baxsur
07 November 2019
Have used and loved it for many years :)
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Version 5.4.2
ocean442
06 November 2019
This is something that Apple should have included by default to macOS!
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Version 5.4.2
Aargl
12 August 2019
I've tried a few iterations of v5 in El Capitan but there's always a lag in open/save dialogs before you can click on a Finder's window.
Reverting to 4.7.4 fixes it! No particular issue in El Capitan with that old version.
EDIT: well... actually, it looks like some app won't use it — all the browsers I've tried just now.
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Version 5.3.7
Derekcurrie
27 June 2019
Yes, v5.3.7 is the update from May.
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Version 5.3.7
Craig Paterson
16 May 2019
Can't imagine using my Mac without Default Folder X installed. Apple should buy this and integrate it into the system.
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Version 5.3.6
LeMerlot
24 March 2019
Awesome software and service since so many years – and if there's an issue it will be solved always very fast. Default Folder is a must have for every Mac – worth every penny!
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Version 5.3.6
dwp-1
25 January 2019
Still crazy about Default Folder after all these years and it had been many years. Default Folder is Fantastic application developed by an Indie developer who is always updating, adding and fixing.
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Version 5.3.4
Wikno
06 December 2018
Most responsive Dev I've ever communicated with, period. That includes Peter N. Lewis of Keyboard Maestro. Jon sweeps away the rest, even if by a slim margin sometimes. App: for all the file moving & saving & temporary file management I do, this is the first, not joking, first app I install of about a dozen of my necessary shareware programs. The confusion I suffer when I use a machine to work with documents (as oppose to all the machines I fix), my head explodes and friends and family have a seance to revive me, with DFX as the medium. This app has many features, and it is possible to miss some as I have in the past, that reveal themselves as truly helpful. I encourage everyone to who hasn't, whether new to Default Folder X or unaware, try the Finder Toolber Menus. The finder Toolbar is that thing at the top of each finder window (typically visible), where you change which view you're in and can navigate forward or backward, perform an inplace search, etc. I don't think all people who disagree with the 5-star reviews are wrong, especially if they've found a bug that's fatal for their workflow. Consider this a tool like a Swiss army knife for file & folder placement & navigation. i know there are others out there, but I personally find those overkill and too different from the native OS for my needs. If you only ever use the toothpick on your swiss, this might not be for you. If you use two or three of the tools regularly, like the saw, the knife, and the pliers, this has that down like an ace and with scissors and tweezers to boot. Peace and goodwill.
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Version 5.3.2
Scott-C-H-
02 November 2018
It is a nostalgia-ware at this point. People using it since the Classic Mac OS days will feel right at home, think that it is a "must-have" software and believe that we could not live without it.

Those of us who are familiar with macOS Open & Save sheet's essential features, though, will find many Default Folder X's features redundant and unnecessary. For example, I find it more than sufficient to hit Command + R in Open & Save sheet to open the corresponding folder in Finder to rename files and perform other file management actions. When you open a file, select a file in Open sheet and hit Space bar to preview the file while you are still in the Open sheet. A quick Command + Tab will bring me right back to where I was. I find judicious use of Finder's Sidebar more than sufficient for shortcuts to various folders. Apps nowadays do an adequate job to remember the previous folders I opened and saved files, but long-time DFX users will not know it since they most likely haven't given the stock environment a fair chance. Granted, it's not perfect, but I usually add folders to the Sidebar on the fly if it bothers me.

I often use the built-in search to jump to a particular folder, so I don't usually bother navigating through file hierarchy if something is not in the Sidebar. I use tags in file names, so it's relatively quick to narrow down my choices with a few keywords. I also use Spotlight search to instantly locate a folder while I'm in Open and Save sheet. I drag and drop a folder icon from Spotlight popup to Open and Save sheet, and it will jump straight to that folder. Again, no need to fiddle with menu hierarchy with a mouse/Trackpad.

To me, effective usage of the stock OS functionalities and proper naming of folders render this utility unnecessary. I used it for several years in the past, but I haven't missed it since I learned to take more advantage of built-in features.
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Version 5.3.2
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Wikno
Wikno
06 December 2018
Nostalgia? Not for me. I've only been using Default Folder X since the late 3.x/early 4.x days I think when it came with an MU Bundle. One of the features I like the most is the ability to click on Finder windows in the background and have that folder selected. This is so seamless for how I work on the computer it's a necessary app for me. Saves ridiculous amounts of time. What about the ability to make... Default folders for your apps? That's surely a plus. I don't typically use a program exclusively for one project, but there are many programs that tend to be in the same parent directory at least, even if contained within different child dirs. I also have about 8 volumes mounted on my computer, so this becomes even more useful in that case when finder window/save dialog searches search only child folders (as opposed to system wide).

Also I think you mean the standard "Search" bar in the save dialog. Spotlight refers to the system wide pop-up overlay on the screen or the menu item more accurately, as the behaviors are so wildly different between those two types of searches, it took me a second to figure out if you knew about a system feature I did not. Yes, even if the system search function and framework as a whole has been referred to as "Spotlight" in the past, I believe the convention Apple is using now distinguishes them, including the one in finder windows as "Finder Search" or something like that.

Cheers for sharing your knowledge of built-in functionality. I need more because I work differently than you do, as I imagine do many of this fantastic software's user base, which is why it has such a strong following. Perhaps with some training some of the users might share your opinion. But what's the time-cost of training versus using this software? Pro rate the time savings against that and you might be surprised. If it's full of features that don't suit your needs then why bother indeed.

One feature I just discovered a couple weeks ago was how useful the finder Toolbar menus that you can optionally enable are! That's such an awesome feature, and I can't remember when it was added or if I just missed it, but I'm loving it and I suggest everyone give it try.
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
21 January 2019
Apple has done a great job of adding folder navigation shortcuts to macOS over the last 10-15 years, so there is a lot of truth to the idea that you don't need Default Folder as much as you used to.

But I tried that. I got a new Mac and did not install Default Folder on it, using only the macOS Open/Save shortcuts. It was fine, even tolerable. But there are many more Default Folder shortcuts that I missed, so after several months I installed Default Folder on that Mac too. In some cases it was just that the Default Folder shortcut was more direct or saved steps, but that matters a lot and adds up over time.

Sure, there are great stock features in macOS Open/Save now, but after my extended test, I would say, if you really believe Default Folder is no longer advantageous, all you have proven is that your knowledge of Default Folder is incomplete. I have gone back to saving tremendous amounts of time with Default Folder, more than I ever could with the stock macOS shortcuts.
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daveyarddave
daveyarddave
18 May 2019
I agree DF isn't essential. I got it as part of a bundle, tried it for almost a year and finally uninstalled it. There isn't a single feature I miss. Not to dismiss those who swear by it - different folks have different workflows - but for me it was more hindering than helpful. Anyone interested should definitely take advantage of the 30 day trial and decide for themselves.
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