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Default Folder X is a system preference pane that can save you a lot of time finding and flipping through folders, especially when opening and saving files.
The primary interface pops up with every open and save dialog, across all your applications, giving you faster access to multiple folders and commands. You can jump to favorite and recently used folders (even by clicking on open windows), enter Spotlight metatags, and manage files and folders right from the dialog--so you don't need to go to the Finder for simple tasks like renaming and deleting.
Default Folder X also lets you "rebound" to the last file you were using, and you can work with recent and favorite folders right from the dock or menu bar. The fact is, once you see all the added functionality in the open and save dialogs, we think you'll wonder why you hadn't already downloaded this app.
Default Folder X may be a little expensive, but we think some will find that its smart, time-saving functionality quickly pays for itself.
From St. Clair Software:
Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to your 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. Default Folder also adds the ability to see zoomable previews in Open dialogs and to save Spotlight comments and OpenMeta tags for documents in the Save As dialog, while you're saving them.
Very helpful in navigation and saves time.
User interface is good and easy to learn.
Most disappointing is to find that upgrades occur fairly often and they require a significant payment. I have owned DFX for just over two years and been hit with two upgrades more than doubling the original cost. Second most disappointing is that the upgrades come as updates when they are really free trials and when they expire you get charged or dumped. Not a very up front way to do business. I really dislike their marketing model!
It is a good product and it is useful. Just be aware that they are not up front about what it will cost you.
"You can't be without this great time saver utility!"
"You can't be without this great time saver utility!"
June 18, 2011
Version: Default Folder X 4.4
Easy to use. Saves alot of time. Does almost exactly what you're thinking you want done every time. Apple should have built this into the operating system.
So many features, I don't have the time to learn them all at once.
This great utility works in the background. It allows you to specify target folders in the open & save dialogue boxes, OR lets you choose on the fly. You can surf through your choices easily or automatically. It is a super time saver!
March 05, 2010
Version: Default Folder X 4.3.6
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Some apps and plug-ins simply pass you by and you feel they don't add anything to your day to day productivity. This, however, is just genius, which is why I've been using it since the OS9 days and will continue to.
The amount of time drilling down menus on open and save dialogues that this app saves you is brilliant. You simply go back to where you left off on Save or Open and it remembers folders you were looking at. Quality. Dialogue don't feel right with this turned off anymore.
Keep developing guys, I guess they'll need one for the iPad next.
November 01, 2009
Version: Default Folder X 4.3.2
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. So Default Folder works great. I'm a registered user and recommend it. That being said, the downside is that they frequently want you to update their product, and this is the type of thing you want to stay on top of. Updates are complicated and cumbersome. You click "yes I want to download," then go to their web page and have to hunt for the small download link on their odd web page, then download the installer, then run the installer, click OK, then you have to log out and in to have it take effect. This happens frequently enough. They could make it easier and I have asked and they acknowledge this is something they could improve but they cannot be bothered to do it yet. Because of this thing, I give it 3 stars, as it is a frequent and significant annoyance they could fix but don't.
Fixed a problem with Default Folder X not recognizing the currently selected file or folder in some Open and Save dialogs on High Sierra. This caused previews, comments and tags to be missing in DFX's attribute window, as well as causing Copy, Rename, Move to Trash, and other commands to fail.
When Default Folder X relaunches the Finder after adding or removing itself from Finder window toolbars, windows that are open in the Finder will be properly saved and restored.
You can now enter relative paths with spaces in them when using Default Folder X > Preferences > Folders > Favorites > + > Add Path or URL.
If you add an application to Default Folder X's exception list and that application is already running, Default Folder X will now warn you that you have to quit and relaunch the app before changes will take effect.
Fixed a problem with packaged files (such as RapidWeaver documents) not getting added to Default Folder X's recent file history.
Corrected a bug that could cause Default Folder X's preference file converter to crash when importing v4 preferences.
Folder switching did not work correctly in Pro Tools' Import Audio file dialog. This has been fixed.
If an alias is selected, Default Folder X will show a preview of the original file or folder.