If I could recommend one single utility that would easily improve your productivity, increase your efficiency, and save you time, it would be Default Folder X which does to OS X pop up dialog boxes what Apple probably should have done in the first place.
Where’d The Folder Go?
Just to clarify, the pop up dialog boxes I speak of are those that are typically found in Open, or Save As in most menus, so you’re familiar with them and use them if you’re not sure what they are.
Select Open in most Mac app menus and what do you get? A pop up dialog box which you use to navigate to the file to be opened.
Similarly, Save As does mostly the same thing and that’s about the best you can expect unless you add Default Folder X to your Mac.
Instead of the typical OS X pop up dialog box, Default Folder gives you a pop up on steroids or other performance enhancing pharmaceuticals.
You still get the same pop up dialog box but with Default Folder the box is surrounded by a dark charcoal box with toolbar menus, navigation options, and a memory.
Without leaving the pop up dialog box you can navigate to any file or folder on your Mac. Even better, Default Folder remembers your most recent folders by app, so they can be opened right from the toolbar.
Instead of having to navigate through the Finder to find a file or folder, Default Folder remembers which ones you use the most and with which applications and automatically opens that one first.
The savings of time is enormous if you’re a Mac user who’s constantly digging through the Finder to find a file or folder.
Not only does Default Folder remember where important files reside on your Mac, it lets you navigate anywhere, setup favorites, and give you file details without the Finder. Mac power users will appreciate the quick access to create Spotlight tags without having to venture out to the Finder’s Get Info window.
Did I forget to mention previews? The Finder gives you quick access to preview files, but the pop up dialog boxes have only small previews. Default Folder brings back the big file preview from the Finder and puts it into the dialog box.
This is the app to get your geek on. It’s fast, simple, handy, and just works. Lots of four and five star reviews for this handy utility that’s been around the Mac for ages.