Default Folder X
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Enhances Open and Save dialogs.   Shareware ($34.95)
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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:
    What's New
    Version 4.6.4:
    • The initial folder in a file dialog is now set more intelligently in many applications, including Mail, Sublime Text, Pages, Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign and Photoshop.
    • Fixed a problem that could result in file dialogs in Carbon applications switching away from a folder after Default Folder X switched to it.
    • Corrected a visual glitch with the path popup menu in save dialogs of iCloud-aware applications.
    • Fixed a problem with the rebound feature that could result in nothing being selected.
    • Corrected a bug that sometimes caused the Save button to stop working in Save As dialogs.
    • Fixed a conflict with TypeIt4Me, Typinator, Keyboard Maestro and other macro utilities that automatically type text into the filename field of Save dialogs.
    • Changed the way Default Folder X does some of its tracking of recent folders to avoid a possible conflict with Leister Productions’ Reunion.
    • When Default Folder X prompts for your password, you no longer have to click on the dialog before typing your password.
    • Fixed a conflict with OmniOutliner 4 that would cause its Export dialog to hang.
    Version 4.6.4:
    • The initial folder in a file dialog is now set more intelligently in many applications, including Mail, Sublime Text, Pages, Microsoft Word, Excel, InDesign and Photoshop.
    • Fixed a problem that could result in file dialogs in Carbon applications switching away from a folder after Default Folder X switched to it.
    • Corrected a visual glitch with the path more...
    Requirements
    Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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    Default Folder X User Discussion (Write a Review)
    ver. 4.x:
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    +21
    Hippeman commented on 15 Mar 2014
    Since this new version it seems the shortcuts in the File Dialog are broken. For instance Desktop (Command-shift-D), Applications (Command-shift-A), Home (Command-shift-H) and so on don't work anymore in my case. Anyone else experiencing this issue..?
    [Version 4.6.4]


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    Stickman67 reviewed on 13 Mar 2014
    I can't imagine how many hours Default Folder has saved me over the many years I've used it now. To be able to move quickly to recent and favourite folders, or navigate via a dialogue box to the window open in the Finder, or to click on a file name to save typing ... It all adds up to hours and hours and hours. And that means productivity.

    It's stable, functional, logical and intuitive, and has more features than I'm ever going to need.

    Nothing else has ever come close. Recommended without reservation.
    [Version 4.6.4]


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    +220

    Fariborz reviewed on 13 Mar 2014
    This is another Darwinian evolution theory at its best - at least for a software! Since its first release in the late 80’s Default Folder has been continuously evolving from a tiny simple utility to a complex multifunctional app that can handle nearly everything you throw at it. I’m one of the lucky Mac users who have witnessed all its evolutionary path since its beginning until today and have never stopped admiring all the software engineering that has gone into it. Maybe it’s one of the rare cases that evolutionists and creationists agree on one thing: it's the most venerable “revolutionary” product for the Mac ever designed/created - bar none! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
    [Version 4.6.4]


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    Macintalkpro reviewed on 13 Mar 2014
    I've been using this for years and personally find it exceptionally useful (especially the click on a folder window in the finder to navigate there in the open/save dialog feature). St. Clair software is very responsive and regularly updates the product. What's not to like? Give it a try and see if it meets your needs.
    [Version 4.6.4]


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    Thecharles reviewed on 21 Feb 2014
    Default Folder X is one of the few mac utilities that I find indispensable. As has been noted in other reviews, the feature set is one of the obviously-missing aspects of OS X.

    As is the case for all of these system add-on utilities, active development is key. Over the years, I have had a few cases where Default Folder X does not behave as expected and in every case the developer responded quickly and with a helpful solution.
    [Version 4.6.3]


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    +2

    +299
    F451 commented on 07 Feb 2014
    Heads-up:

    Elite Keylogger Pro is currently part a of software bundle elsewhere in the software world that will cease Default Folder X from working. You must uninstall Elite Keylogger Pro in order to re-establish Default Folder X’s functions.

    I did not discover this solution, it was discovered by another user, but I did undergo the symptom and worked with Default Folder X’s developer (whom I have nothing but high-praise) to try to resolve this issue. If you need to use both Default Folder X and Elite Keylogger Pro I urge you contact WideStep (the developer of Elite Keylogger Pro) at: http://www.widestep.com/elite-keylogger-mac
    [Version 4.6.3]

    1 Reply

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    +203
    St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 19 Feb 2014
    WideStep has released a new version of Elite Keylogger Pro that fixes the problem. I'm waiting to hear more details from them, but version 1.2.026 should be compatible with Default Folder X.
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    +9

    Machobbes reviewed on 21 Jan 2014
    No question, Default Folder ist indispensable, and I've been using it now formally, many years.

    For this reason, it's getting on my nerves that with each and every update, it also asks for permission to install a scripting addition. I doubt this is really necessary.
    [Version 4.6.3]

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    Machobbes replied on 21 Jan 2014
    Sorry - formally = for many ...
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    Macolyte reviewed on 20 Jan 2014
    Default Folder remains the most obvious system implementation/augmentation Apple hasn't usurped. There is no way I could ever go back to Open And Save dialogs without all of this functionality.
    [Version 4.6.3]


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    +4

    +397
    Derekcurrie commented on 18 Nov 2013
    The Default Folder X v4.6 installer puts a 32-bit version of the preference pane into OS X. Therefore, every time you attempt to open the preference pane you get that nagging old message:

    'To use the "Default Folder X" preferences pane, System Preferences must quit and reopen.'

    If you follow these instructions, the System Preferences opens in 32-bit mode and lets you use the Default Folder X pref pane. This means, apparently, that the pref pane was compiled incorrectly!

    As a workaround, I dragged over the previous, 64-bit version of the pref pane from my server, trashed the v4.6 32-bit version and replaced it with the older 64-bit version. This works fine while we wait for St. Claire to correct the problem.

    I'm currently testing this odd problem on 10.7.5. I've downloaded and installed DFX v4.6 four times now with the same results. I have written to St. Claire with all the details. Hopefully they will sort out this error in a hurry. In the meantime, either live with the 32-bit version of the pref pane or replace it with the previous version, if you have it handy.

    Meanwhile, keep an eye out for v4.6.1.
    [Version 4.6]

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    Fishscale replied on 18 Nov 2013
    Thanks for letting us know about that little snafu which I am sure will be resolved shortly. Everyone has to make a mistake here and there... hopefully you did not have to downgrade too many versions back but if you did and would prefer to grab the last beta of 4.6 before this release they luckily keep versions on their servers for a long time and do not try to hide them away into different urls. I would upload it for you but always better to get it from the source:

    http://stclairsoft.com/download/DefaultFolderX-4.6b3.dmg

    Cheers! I like the blog btw, my kind of interests...
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    Fishscale replied on 18 Nov 2013
    Just took a look at the prefpane you said was 32bit requiring the pain restart of sys preferences and I saw nothing wrong -> installed -> am running the latest release (above as of this date 4.6) with no problem, no 32bit restarting of system preferences window needed to access. Running smooth as normal on 10.8.5...


    weird... but maybe after a restart although it should and would kick in immediately along with the clear distinction of being 32bit but I am seeing the agent as 64 bit... Yeah, 95% sure it is on your end but 99% of the time I am partially correct.
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    St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 18 Nov 2013
    The problem's been fixed. It only occurred on Lion and Snow Leopard, and was the result of Xcode "upgrading" the project and throwing out a necessary flag in the process.

    For the detail obsessed - 10.6 and 10.7 require that preference panes support garbage collection (a memory management scheme). Supporting this requires a special flag, which Xcode 5 did not carry over when I upgraded the dev tools here. So everything worked fine when run on 10.8 and 10.9, but the 64 bit prefpane wouldn't load on older systems so they defaulted to running the 32 bit version.

    Anyway, as I said at the beginning, it's fixed. Thanks for the heads-up, Derek.
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    Derekcurrie replied on 18 Nov 2013
    I worked with Jon at St. Clair Software this afternoon via email. They have a repaired and working version that solves the problems. All is well! Very responsive folks. The revision should be out ASAP. Note that the problem was only on OS X 10.7.
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    +5
    St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 18 Nov 2013
    Because this was only a problem for Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7 users, we just updated the 4.6 installer with a new build. So if you download version 4.6, you'll get the fixed version.
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    Johnk77 replied on 19 Nov 2013
    Confirming that downloading 4.6 from
    http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html
    solved the problem of prefpane opening in 32-bit on MacBook Pro running 10.6.8.
    Thanks to the developer for the great suppport, which has been there for years. Just a satisfied user.
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    ohmmmmmm reviewed on 18 Nov 2013
    One of the best add-ons for more years than most ad-ons have existed. Developer continues to keep pace with Apple's ever-evolving OSes.
    [Version 4.6]


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    F451 had trouble on 07 Feb 2014
    Heads-up:

    Elite Keylogger Pro is currently part a of software bundle elsewhere in the software world that will cease Default Folder X from working. You must uninstall Elite Keylogger Pro in order to re-establish Default Folder X’s functions.

    I did not discover this solution, it was discovered by another user, but I did undergo the symptom and worked with Default Folder X’s developer (whom I have nothing but high-praise) to try to resolve this issue. If you need to use both Default Folder X and Elite Keylogger Pro I urge you contact WideStep (the developer of Elite Keylogger Pro) at: http://www.widestep.com/elite-keylogger-mac
    [Version 4.6.3]


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    Kobalt had trouble on 19 Jan 2014
    I was using v4.6.2 and had enabled the "Enable Finder-click (choose a folder by clicking on its Finder window)" option just like I always have it enabled, but it doesn't seem to work, instead selecting the Finder every time I clicked in an open folder window where I want to save a file to.

    So I've gone back to v4.6.1 and everything is sweet again.

    Anyone else with this little problem?
    [Version 4.6.2]

    1 Reply

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    Kobalt replied on 21 Jan 2014
    Just installed v4.6.3 and that solve my problem. Thanks to the devs for sorting this out.
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    Dorkypants had trouble on 07 Jan 2014
    Version 4.6.2's Default Folder X Helper keeps crashing continuously on my Snow Leopard (10.6.8) MacBook Pro. Reverted back to version 4.6.1 and the crashing stopped.
    [Version 4.6.2]

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    Jarek-O replied on 10 Jan 2014
    I've got the same problem (SL on MBP)... 4.6.1 stopped restarting.
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    +15
    Garyi had trouble on 14 Jan 2013
    Hi, giving this a try but in the open dialogue I have a huge preview icon, that no amount of preference changing gets rid of.

    O really don't want to see this. Infact all I am really interested in is a very quick way to add spotlight comments to saves.

    Any hints or other softwares that will do this. Default Folder seems a bit OTT and clunky.
    [Version 4.5.4]


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    Bushwhack had trouble on 29 Sep 2011
    Well here's an interesting question...
    Does DefaultFolderX work with Chrome in Lion or is this a known issue?? I have tried searching and have not found a response.

    Safari and Firefox work fine, but I tried to download a picture for the first time today using Chrome and did not get the DefaultFolder dialog to pop up when saving a file.
    [Version 4.4.5]

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    St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 07 Oct 2011
    The Chrome team is blocking all 3rd party additions. I'm talking to them, but can't fix it until they give us a means of loading into Chrome again (they've got a plan, it's just a matter of when it reaches you).
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    Stormchild had trouble on 22 Jul 2011
    4.4.3 works correctly in Lion, with the exception of any apps that are now "sandboxed" (find out which ones are by enabling the Sandboxed column in Activity Monitor), because those apps don't present their own open/save dialogs. Another process handles that on behalf of the app (it's a system security measure).

    There's probably a way to work around it, but I don't know the details.
    [Version 4.4.2]


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    Mr-Camaleo had trouble on 16 Dec 2010
    Hi,

    I am trying it with Photoshop 12.0.2 but it does not shop up.
    The FAQ at the developer site states to disable an option present in every open/save dialog but I cannot find that option.
    Can you please help?
    I like to get the bundle just for this one and 1password.

    thanks!
    [Version 4.3.10]

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    Mr-Camaleo replied on 17 Dec 2010
    Just got this by email, followed the instructions and it works!

    I'm afraid that advice no longer applies in CS5 - Adobe has changed Photoshop so you access its custom dialog via the "Browse in Bridge" command in the file menu. So, if Default Folder X isn't working in Photoshop, it's not because you have its file dialogs configured incorrectly. Instead, you've probably got a corrupted Default Folder X preference file. Please try using the steps below to delete your prefs file so Default Folder X can create a new one. I think that will fix your problem.

    Sorry for the trouble.

    - Jon

    To delete Default Folder X's preference file:

    1. Take note of any Default Folder X Favorites and preference settings you've made, since they will be erased when you perform this procedure.

    2. Open System Preferences, select Default Folder X, and turn it off. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. If you do not turn off Default Folder X first, it will simply write damaged preference data into a new preference file after you delete the old one.

    3. Quit System Preferences.

    4. Open a new window in the Finder and go to your home folder. Within that, locate and open the Library folder, and within that, open the Preferences folder.

    5. Find the file named "com.stclairsoft.DefaultFolderX.plist" in the Preferences folder and throw it in the Trash.

    6. Open System Preferences, reconfigure any settings you need, enter your registration code and turn Default Folder X back on.


    Going to buy the bundle...
    Merry Xmas!
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    +11
    Victorlgarcia had trouble on 09 Dec 2010
    I just bought this in the bundle and i can't register. It's saying that it's an invalid license. Help DEV?
    [Version 4.3.10]

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    St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 13 Dec 2010
    Contact us at support@stclairsoft.com and we'll get the problem resolved - it's undoubtedly something simple. We've run into problems with a few users who have incorrect or missing information in their MacUpdate profiles that tripped up the serial number system.
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    +21
    Hippeman had trouble on 21 Aug 2010
    It seems like this version is causing Photoshop CS5 to crash sometimes when placing files. It happens when the DF dialog pops up and no files or preview appears, so I'm wondering if there's a conflict between DF en Adobe's dialog box. Is anyone else experiencing this..?
    [Version 4.3.9]


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    Hippeman had trouble on 14 Feb 2010
    I love this utility since I own a Mac, but it's a pity there's always a bug around to spoil the happiness.. DF v4.3.5 is still leaving white ghosts from the Open/Save bezel so now and then. Please fix it in the next update..
    [Version 4.3.5]

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    St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 05 Mar 2010
    The white ghosts are fixed in version 4.3.6.

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    Christel1987 rated on 14 Mar 2014

    [Version 4.6.4]



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    Widber rated on 20 Jan 2014

    [Version 4.6.3]



    Jacklarm rated on 15 Jan 2014

    [Version 4.6.2]



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    Christel1987 rated on 13 Jan 2014

    [Version 4.6.2]



    Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

    [Version 4.6]



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    AlexHughy rated on 19 Nov 2013

    [Version 4.6]



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    Widber rated on 13 Nov 2013

    [Version 4.6b2]



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    sunrocket rated on 11 Nov 2013

    [Version 4.6b1]



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    StevensPeter rated on 09 Nov 2013

    [Version 4.6b1]



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    Thomas-Holloway rated on 11 Oct 2013

    [Version 4.5.12]


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    License:Shareware
    Date:13 Mar 2014
    Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
    Price: $34.95
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    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.


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