St. Clair Software has brought its Default Folder X utility to Mac OS X. Default Folder 1.0.1 is now available and offers an OS X system enhancement that speeds access to files and folders in Open and Save dialogs.
“We’re thrilled to have this tool available for Mac OS X,” Jon Gotow, president of St. Clair Software, said in announcing the product. “While OS X provides incredible power and functionality in most respects, many people have been struggling with Open and Save dialogs, especially in Carbon applications. Default Folder X fixes those problems.”
With Default Folder, when you begin typing in the name of files and folders, they’re automatically, correctly selected in the file listing. The utility also shows you where you are. In other words, the top menu in a file dialog lists the active folder and its enclosing folders, just as it did in Mac OS 9.
Default Folder X lets you rename, delete and get information on files and folders without leaving the file dialog (a la Action Files for Mac OS 9). It “rebounds” back to the last item that you selected in a folder. The utility also opens folders for you in the Finder. When you need to do more with a file or folder, Default Folder X can tell the Finder to open the folder shown in an Open or Save dialog.
Default Folder X gives you access to windows you have open in the Finder and a popup menu gives you a list of all of the windows open in the Finder. You can also use the utility to jump quickly to recently used and favorite folders. Heck, you can even assign command keys to your favorites to save time.
Default Folder X supports such Carbon applications such as Office X, Acrobat, Illustrator 10, Internet Explorer, Metrowerks CodeWarrior, Eudora, GraphicConverter, BBEdit, AppleWorks, Password Wallet and FileMaker Pro. Support for Cocoa applications will be added in an upcoming free update.
The US$34.95 shareware product will operate on any Mac running Mac OS X version 10.1.2 or higher. Registered Default Folder 3.x users can upgrade to Default Folder X for $19.95. A demo is available from the product Web site.