What's New

Version 5.1.3

  • Improved the tracking of recent files in Microsoft Office 2011 and other older applications.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur if you dismissed a file dialog immediately after it opened.

Version 5.1.2

  • Fixed a bug that could cause spurious crashes.
  • Corrected a problem that could cause Default Folder X to use more memory than it should.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when you attempted to perform an operation (Duplicate, Move, Copy, etc) on a broken alias.
  • Turned off HockeyApp metrics reporting so Default Folder X no longer contacts hockeyapp.com or visualstudio.com.
  • Updated to version 1.15.1 of the Sparkle automatic update checking framework.

Version 5.1.1

  • Eliminated a conflict with DwellClick.

Version 5.1

Feature enhancements:

  • New Move, Copy and Make Alias commands let you reorganize your files from within Open and Save dialogs.
  • You canchange a file's creation and modification datesby clicking on them in the Info panel below Open dialogs.
  • Selecting an item from one of Default Folder X's menus while holding the Command key will reveal it in the Finder.
  • Default Folder X can create folders in your Library folder for Favorites, Recent Folders and Recent Files. They contain aliases to the folders and files shown in Default Folder X's menus, and can be used as a way to access Default Folder X's data from other applications. You can turn this on in the Options tab of your Default Folder X preferences.
  • You can now set keyboard shortcuts to switch between folder sets.

Bug fixes:

  • Corrected several bugs that could result in Default Folder X mysteriously disappearing from the menubar.
  • Fixed reliability issues when changing between folders while the system is busy.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in tags and comments not being applied when setting them in a Save dialog.
  • Eliminated a hang that occurred when you had two Finder windows open, both showing the same folder, and tried to use a keyboard shortcut to go to the folder shown in the next Finder window.
  • When switching to iCloud in Default Folder X's Computer menu, you're now taken to the iCloud Drive folder rather than the root iCloud folder.
  • Corrected a bug that caused the Drag Zone to show duplicate copies of items and could also make those items impossible to remove.
  • Changing the "Locked" checkbox in the Info panel will no longer prevent you from unlocking a file or folder later.
  • After trashing a file or folder, the file listing in the file dialog will update immediately to show the change.
  • Eliminated crashes caused by Default Folder X's helper services failing to run.
  • Fixed a problem with Default Folder X warning you multiple times when you remove its menu from the menubar.
  • Corrected problems displaying the names of folders that contained a single quotation mark.
  • Fixed a problem with file dialogs flickering when dismissing a modal alert.
  • The Folder Sets menu no longer gets confused when you delete a folder set.
  • Added a way to save debug logs so we can bypass Sierra's terrible Console logs.

Compatibility fixes:

  • Default Folder X's controls will no longer overlap Keyboard Maestro windows that pop up while a file dialog is showing.
  • Corrected a problem where Default Folder X wouldn't remove its controls when a popup menu popped up.
  • Worked around a bug in Sierra that would cause sheet-style file dialogs to be the wrong size if Default Folder X was used to save and restore their sizes.
  • Added support for PDF Studio.

Version 5.0.7

  • Worked around a crash that occurs at startup under macOS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Fixed problems handling minimized Save dialogs. This was causing Default Folder X not to appear in Save dialogs when it should.
  • Brought back the hidden pref that makes file dialogs start in the topmost document's folder when exporting or printing.
  • Corrected problems detecting the current folder when running on systems for which Default Folder X isn't localized.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an inoperative file dialog to be left on-screen.
  • Panels in the preferences that contain lists are now resizable.

Version 5.0.6

  • Added support for macOS 10.12 Sierra.
  • Added an option to keep Favorites sorted by name.
  • Default Folder X will now hide its controls if LaunchBar pops up while a file dialog is displayed.
  • Added support for version 3 of iTerm2.
  • Fixed a problem with the cursor sometimes disappearing.
  • Fixed a hang that could leave a file dialog on the screen until you quit Default Folder X.
  • Default Folder X shortcuts are correctly disabled in an application that is in the exclusion list in your preferences.
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in Default Folder X failing to appear in an application until the app was quit and relaunched.
  • The Finder-window menu would sometimes fail to show some windows. This has been fixed.
  • Default Folder X now correctly recognizes the active tab in a Finder window rather than using the first one.
  • Corrected a bug that caused the rebound feature to fail in a few applications, including Silhouette Studio.
  • Default Folder X will work correctly with CoverFlow view if a file dialog uses it, even though it's no longer a selectable option in 10.11+.
  • Preferences are only saved when necessary, reducing disk I/O and delays when waking from sleep.
  • Default Folder X's launch speed has been improved.

Version 5.0.5

  • Resolved unreliable switching between folders on some machines, especially when running Yosemite.
  • Clicking on Finder windows now works more smoothly.
  • Added support for Alfred 3.
  • Added compatibility with Geneious.
  • You can now choose between iTerm2 and Terminal when opening folders in a terminal application.
  • Fixed a problem that could cause an application to crash if it didn't properly handle accessibility requests while in the background.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Default Folder X to "get lost" and not know what folder the file dialog was showing.
  • Added a user defaults option to ignore Finder windows that are hidden. To turn it on, use this command in Terminal:
    defaults write com.stclairsoft.DefaultFolderX finderClickShowHiddenWindows 0

Version 5.0.4

  • You can now create a new folder set directly from the Folder Set menu.
  • The toolbar can now be aligned with the top of file dialogs as well as the middle.
  • Added an option to sort the menus for subfolders of recent folders by name instead of by date.
  • Default Folder X now supports reduced transparency when it's turned on in System Preferences.
  • When a default folder was set to be used in an application once, Default Folder X would mistakenly use it every time in some applications. This has been fixed.
  • Compatibility issues with Magnet and HyperDock have been resolved.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Default Folder X to use more energy than necessary.
  • Default Folder X no longer stops working if its rebound feature encounters an error.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Default Folder X to hide its controls when you clicked on the column headers in a file dialog.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in comments not getting saved correctly when saving files.
  • Eliminated several bugs that caused Default Folder X to crash or hang.
  • Improved reliability when running on Yosemite.

Version 5.0.3

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Default Folder X to hang or stop enhancing Open and Save dialogs.
  • Eliminated a crash that could occur when selecting favorite or recent folders.
  • Corrected reliability issues when switching folders.
  • Fixed some situations where rebound didn't work.
  • Resolved a problem with tags sometimes not being applied when saving a file.
  • When you select a smart folder or search in a file dialog, the path menu no longer gets confused.
  • Fixed a crash when revealing a favorite folder in the Finder.
  • Holding down the Option key changes the "Copy Path" commands so they copy just the file or folder name rather than the entire path.

Version 5.0.2

Feature enhancements:

  • Default Folder X 5.0.2 is faster andmore reliable.
  • Localized in Japanese, French, German and Danish.
  • Default Folder X now detects that a file dialog has closed even if an application performs a long operation afterwards.
  • Rebound (reselecting the last selected file in a folder) is turned on by default in column view. If you use the keyboard to navigate in file dialogs, you may want to turn this off. To do so, hold down the Option key while selecting Preferences from the Default Folder X menu in the menubar, then turn off "Re-select the last selected file in column view".
  • Save dialogs are no longer auto-expanded every time you use one. This is still done once, but after that, Default Folder X will leave it in whatever state you left it.
  • There's now an "extra settings" preference dialog that allows you to fiddle with various details. Hold down the Option key while choosing Preferences to get to it.
  • When multiple items are selected in an Open dialog, Default Folder X's preview view will show a preview of the first item rather than turning off previews.
  • Alias files are now resolved when using Option-arrow keys to traverse recent folders.
  • There's now a dark background behind the name of a Finder window when you hover over it so that the name is more legible.
  • Changed Finder window tracking so that Default Folder X's list of windows is updated immediately if you quit the Finder or Path Finder.
  • The user guide is now online, making the Default Folder X application take up less disk space.
  • Applications will no longer appear in the Recent Files list.
  • Folder sets are always sorted alphabetically.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Default Folder X to hang during startup.
  • Fixed problems with Default Folder X not enhancing some file dialogs.
  • Corrected a problem with Default Folder X's controls popping up after a file dialog closed.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Save button to stop working when printing to PDF files, saving files in Word or saving attachments in Mail.
  • Fixed problems with tags and comments not being added to files from Save dialogs.
  • The Finder drawer now correctly appears on All My Files and search result windows.
  • Fixed a number of crashes, including ones in the recent file and folder menus, license code entry, building the utility menu, and the drag zone.
  • Corrected a bug that caused the path menu (above the file listing in file dialogs) to be incorrect on some occasions on non-English systems.
  • When importing v4 preferences, default folders aren't added if the application they're associated with can't be found.
  • If you have a file dialog open and Option-click to switch to another application, DFX no longer mistakenly thinks the dialog has closed.
  • Default Folder X's toolbar and icons were sometimes offset by 23 pixels when running in Full Screen mode. This has been fixed.
  • Default Folder X will no longer put its windows behind the Dock if it's at the bottom of your screen.
  • Names of items in the drag zone no longer get left on your screen when a file dialog closes.
  • Fixed Reveal in Finder in the Favorite folder preferences so it works correctly.
  • The contents of Default Folder X's preference tabs are no longer occasionally mis-aligned.
  • User interface glitches and misalignment of items have been fixed.
  • Fixed Default Folder X's SetSaveName AppleScript command so it works correctly.
  • DFX would sometime pop up an incorrect confirmation about importing your preferences after a software update was installed. This has been fixed.

Compatibility fixes:

  • Default Folder X now disables its keyboard shortcuts when Alfred 2 pops up its window.
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in Default Folder X's controls not hiding when they should while dragging a window in InDesign.
  • Fixed compatibility with Final Cut Pro's Share dialogs.
  • Default Folder X now works in TextMate 1.x.
  • DFX now works in Finder Get Info windows when retargeting aliases.
  • Fixed a conflict with MailPlane 3 that would cause it to always default to your Applications folder.
  • Fixed a conflict with Yoink.
  • Enabled Default Folder X in MKVToolNix, Spearfish III, Stingray and Infix.
  • Regardless of your preference settings, Default Folder X will no longer default to a document's parent folder in ProTools because it causes problems for plugins.
  • Updated to Sparkle 1.13 (even though Default Folder X wasn't susceptible to the recently reported Sparkle security issue).

Version 5.0.1

This release contains a few small bug fixes, plus changes to make the installation and upgrade process clearer.

  • When the preview pane auto-sizes itself below a file dialog, it will no longer go behind the Dock.
  • When relaunching the Finder, it's now launched in front if it was in the front when it quit.
  • Switching to the dark theme no longer causes the Finder drawer "+" icon to turn white.
  • The Accessibility permission prompt on first launch now includes a reminder to click the lock icon to make changes.
  • You're now offered the option to enter a new license code if the check of your existing code determines that you need to buy an upgrade. This should alleviate confusion for people that buy the upgrade first and then install Default Folder X.

Default Folder X (com.stclairsoft.defaultfolderx5) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com. The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is Default Folder X 313. The most popular version of this application used by our users is Default Folder X 213.

Operating System: Mac

Minimum OS version: 10.10

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