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10.3: Live sidebar updates within Save dialog
Authored by: Frederico on Feb 16, '04 08:19:14PM

Since I so often see tips replied to with advocation of shareware to "do the same thing, only better" [wink], I thought I'd chime in here with a plug for Default Folder, a utility I have used and rely on since at least OS 8.

Default Folder adds its own set of controls to each Save and Open dialog sheet; among its huge list of valuable feature enhancements and additions, is the ability to use your mouse to hover over open (visible) windows in Finder -- even just a scrap of a title bar or any line item within a window -- and have that target identified by a floating 'tool-tip-type' text line; clicking on that identified target will immediately change the navigation in the Open or Save dialog **all without changing focus away from the original dialog**. Extremely cool. Also works fairly well within the beauty of Expose.

What's that? You know you have the target window open in Finder, but can't see it, and don't want to bother with Expose? Fine. Just use the handy 'Finder' popdown menu Default folder has installed in its toolbar in the Open or Save dialog; it lists all open Finder windows by title. Sweet.

If you do a lot of file manipulation, especially managing large projects with many files, Default Folder is a must. It's list of additional features and uses, beyond the obvious ability to set default folders per application, maintain handy shortcuts to recent folders, and the ability to rename, add and delete items within a Save or Open Dialog is far too lengthy to quote here. Do yourself a favor and try the free, fully functional demo.

[Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with Default Folder or its owners; I'm merely a very satisfied customer.]



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10.3: Live sidebar updates within Save dialog
Authored by: denismailloux on Feb 17, '04 09:05:48AM
I also am a very pleased customer of Default Folder. I bought this product as soon it was released many years ago and it was the best buy I made. The features of Default Folder are very useful and the developer is always listening to customer's suggestions. He rapidly deploys new version to comply with the evolving version of Mac OS.

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