There is something inherently elegant and purposeful about the pop up dialog boxes on your Mac. These boxes are almost invisible. Open and Save. We hardly know the boxes are there.
What if you could make those boxes really useful? Instead of just moving around to open or save a file in a dialog box, what if the box had tools, and could remember what files go where? There’s a Mac app to do just that.
Simple Tools Are The Best Tools
When tinkering around the house, my father seemed to have three basic tools. A muti-head screwdriver, a hammer, and a crescent wrench. As a Mac user, I keep my basic toolbox to a minimum.
Navigating around dialog boxes should be easy and productive.
Therein lies the secret to selecting the most useful Mac utilities; those apps that add enough to become highly productive. Default Folder X is one of those tools.
The Mac OS X dialog boxes doesn’t give you many choices. Open, navigate, save or open, repeat. Default Folder X makes those pop up boxes bristle with additional functions you already know how to use.
Add On With Purpose
I tend to prefer set it and forget utilities; those that install and don’t bother me again. Default Folder X is a Preference Pane. Installation and set up are simple and straightforward.
Choose where you want Default Folder X’s icons and menus to go. You have three choices. Select which options take place when you click or mouse over menus.
Open & Save gives you more options, a bit bewildering at first. Even the Options have options, including a toolbar style. Toolbar? That’s what Default Folder X really is—an add on toolbar to your Open and Save pop up dialog boxes.
Notice what happens in some apps when you Save As… or Open. The pop up dialog box has tools (in this case, the right hand side).
Click on a tool icon and you get more options than the standard dialog box. Default Folder X remembers the folder you’re using for a particular app and the document. You’ll always be using the appropriate folder, thereby saving time.
This nifty app also displays a preview of the documents inside the pop up dialog box so you can quickly view the contents of each file without opening the file—just like in the Finder.
Ditto for viewing file information, setting and changing file permissions, and all those little navigating extras you can do in the Finder, but can’t do in a pop up dialog box—now you can.
Add keywords and tags to make searching faster and easier. Mouse over a tool to see the navigation trail without even clicking.
Your Mac can remember specific apps and documents, but Default Folder remembers recently used folders, which apps and files used them, and makes them easy to navigate. Does it look complicated? It’s not. Set it up with the default settings because you already know how to use the basics.
Once you’ve mastered the additional tools in the dialog boxes, tweak to add a new function, or add keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate. Default Folder X is useful and easy. I’ve had it as part of my minimal add-on tool set since the Mac OS Classic days.