There is one thing I don’t like about Mac OS X. The pop up dialog boxes. Yes, they’re easy to use. Select File > Open in any Mac app and you get a pop up dialog box.
The same box pops up when you want to save a file, print a file, and so on. The problem? Those dialog boxes are just plain stupid. All they do is navigate from the app to some location on your Mac. That’s it. Fortunately, there’s something better.
Apple Needs These Folder Features
It’s one thing to use the default pop up dialog box to navigate around your Mac’s file structure to find a file or save a file. It’s something else to realize there are many more options available.
On every new Mac I install Default Folder. It’s a Mac app that extends the functions in the dialog boxes.
There are four notable functions that make using Default Folder a pleasure, even for experienced Mac users.
#1 – The first is that DF remembers the location of files, apps, and destination folders. As you sling files around, DF remembers them and gets ready to use those locations first.
#2 – The second function is the charcoal gray navigation frame of icons around the default pop up dialog box. You simply mouse over an icon to navigate the folders on your Mac.
#3 – Third, you don’t even need the Open and Save dialog boxes in the first place.
Default Folder also resides in the Menubar, in the Dock, and comes with keyboard shortcuts to perform many of the same functions.
#4 – The fourth function is previews. Default Folder delivers file information right in the pop up dialog box. Size, create and modify date, the Finder label, meta tags, access permissions, and more. No hunting. They’re right there where you can see them.
How To Work Better, Faster, Easier
Because we’re so familiar with the simple Mac pop up dialog boxes, Default Folder might appear a bit intimidating on first launch. It’s new. It’s different. It’s charcoal. It has unfamiliar options. But the icons are familiar. Mouse over each one to become acquainted with what you can do. This is an add on app you’ll like.