Mar 27

Default Folder X

Normally: $34.95

ZOT Price: $24.50

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Get to the folders YOU want!

Save your files effortlessly and open your folders instantly — Default Folder X makes Mac OS X’s Open and Save dialogs work as quickly as you do. Custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. Pop-up menus let you navigate your folders and open Finder windows. Open, save, and get back to work: Default Folder X is workflow for the rest of us.

Directory Assistant

You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X’s toolbar. Its hierarchical pop-up menus expand as you mouse over them, letting you navigate your folders to get to your files. To work faster, you can assign a keyboard shortcut for all of your favorite folders. If an Open and Save dialog isn’t open, then you can use Default Folder X’s menu bar, Dock icon, or keyboard shortcuts.

Real Time Saving

If you’re constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you. You can even set a different default folder for each application you use. That way, you’ll already be in the right folder when you’re working.

Finder Management

Have you ever wanted to save a file to an open Finder window? Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder window with a single click. It also lets you get info on, rename, and delete existing files, putting the Finder’s power in every Open and Save dialog.

Instant Recall

To help you quickly return to folders you’ve recently used, Default Folder X remembers them for you. It can even rebound to the last file you used in all your recent folders. With Default Folder X, you’ll never forget where you put something.

Spotlight on the Spot

Mac OS X “Tiger” delivers amazing search capabilities with Spotlight, but adding your own search keywords requires a trip to the Finder’s Get Info window. No more! Default Folder X lets you add Spotlight keywords on the spot, while you’re still in the Save dialog.

Workflow Without Work

Rather than make you learn and set up a new application, Default Folder X blends into Mac OS X. Its pop-up menus and Finder integration will start saving you time immediately, and it will put your pre-existing Favorite folders in its toolbar right away. When you do decide to start customizing it, Default Folder X lets you set default folders and assign shortcuts right from its toolbar. Finally, effortless workflow.

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11 Responses to “Default Folder X – Workflow for the rest of us.”

  1. F451 Says:

    I paid full-price for this app, and I would happily do it again. This price is a bargain. The price of admission has always been complained about by people on VT and MU, but the reality is after you initially pay for it the upgrades are very reasonable. To get in this way makes it painless. Default Folder is in my top five of must-have apps for the Mac OS.

  2. lonniehb Says:

    Z O T G E I S T ?

  3. Jim Harris Says:

    I agree with F4S1. Default Folder X is one of those utilities that you get so used to, and taken for granted, that it seems to be part of the OS. Then take it away and you realize how much time you were saving, and can’t live without it. I also paid full price for this over a year ago, and would easily do it again. This is one of the best Zots I’ve seen here, but I already have it. If you don’t have it yet, get it.

  4. Lee Says:

    Great ZOT!

  5. Groxx Says:

    Looks like a great idea for an app… I don’t really feel like spending $25 on something I really don’t need, though.

  6. Dave Says:

    Apparently there are no more zotgeists.

    Even at $25 this is way overpriced.

  7. EveryZot Says:

    Awesome, I’ve been wanting this one! This works great with GUI automation tools for saving to known locations.

  8. Aric Says:

    I’ve used Default Folder since the classic Mac OS days and honestly, I think the product is misnamed. Switching to a particular folder is only one small part of what this excellent app does.

    If any of you are old enough to remember Now Utilities (in particular the Super Boomerag control panel), you’ll have a better sense of what this can do (without the instability that Now Utilities caused).

    DF X doesn’t change the way Mac OS X works. It just extends the features and makes open/save dialogs actually useful.

    This utility is well worth the full price and it is a steal at the Zot price.

    Download it and try out its features before deciding if you are unsure.

    The product is also exceptionally well supported and is easy to turn on and off on the fly if needed.

  9. Jim Says:

    I’ve used this before and won’t argue on how useful it is. $35 useful? Not a chance. $25 useful? Sorry charlie. $20? I’m listening and tasting it. $15? I’m there in a heartbeat. If my plans work out to get a second Mac, I can afford two at the $15 price. Buying one when I might have two systems just won’t work for my workflow.

  10. Rees Maxwell Says:

    Hey, this is great!

    I had sent an email to Brian about DFX last month… really great to see it here!

    Now I own it! Thanks for helping to make it more affordable!!


  11. Jim Harris Says:

    For those of you that think this was too expensive, consider this:
    As a graphic designer, I make $75/hour from my clientele. Default Folder X, which I use as part of my workflow, saves me approximatley 2-3 hours per week in time-saving navigation that’s not a part of OS X. One hour of time saved pays for this app 3 times over if I paid the Zot price. People who haven’t used it will just not understand this app’s value until they use for a month. Then try to take it away from them and there’ll probably be a fight.

    Default Folder X is one of the top 2 (IMHO) timesaving utilities for the Mac, with Quicksilver being the other (again IMHO).