Group two are the Mac power users. What they use every day varies, but the apps are decidedly more, uh, let’s go with complex. Those would include Adobe Creative Suite, perhaps Microsoft Office, Apple’s own Final Cut Pro or Logic Pro, and an array of useful utilities not necessarily common but perfect for those of us who live in Mac Power Country. Among the first utilities I install on every Mac I own, and recommend to Mac users looking for more productivity and efficiency, is Default Folder X.
This is one of those great Mac utilities than anyone can use right out of the box, but definitely falls into the high end of useful apps. Default Folder X is like having access to the Finder from within pop up Save… and Open… dialog boxes, and it lives conveniently in the Mac’s Menubar and gives you one-click navigational access to nearly anything anywhere on your Mac.
Notice the extra utilities that surround a Mac’s open Save… and Open… dialog boxes. The tools line the edge of most dialog boxes and give your a laundry list of useful options.
Check out this list of basics that any Mac user can master within a day.
- Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X’s toolbar.
- Real time saving: If you’re constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
- Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a single click.
- Instant Recall: To help you quickly return to folders you’ve recently used, Default Folder X remembers them for you.
- Spotlight on the spot: Default Folder X lets you add Spotlight keywords, OpenMeta tags, and Finder labels on the spot, while you’re still in the Save dialog.
- Information central: With Default Folder X you get previews below every Open dialog, expanded to fill the available space. Need to see more detail? Click on the image and it zooms up to full size.
- Workflow without work: Rather than make you learn and set up a new application, Default Folder X blends into OS X.
What you get is easy access to common tools for navigation, renaming files, and from the original feature list, an option to have the dialog boxes automatically open to a specific Mac folder for each individual app so you won’t need to navigate around to find a folder. It automagically appears.
The so-called ‘instant-recall‘ of where a file or folder resides– without having to navigate to it manually– is a huge timesaver. Just as huge is the hidden feature of navigating the Finder from the Menubar. That’s right. Click the Default Folder X icon in the Menubar and you get a pull down menu of folder locations on your Mac (like the Finder) but as a navigating menu.
All these pieces add up to a power user app which is simple enough for mere mortal Mac users. I’ve used Default Folder for many years and love it. Caveats? A few but mostly nitpicking. On older Macs DFX runs a bit slower but the animations and other effects and select visual functions can be turned off or used with keyboard shortcuts. Otherwise, it’s a must have app.