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10 Jul 2011, 20:21
FinderPop BETA
FinderPop Beta (imaginatively tagged "Lion") is now available.

You probably shouldn't bother updating to this version unless you're using Lion GM - there will be further FP changes before Lion is officially released!

  • MacOS X 10.7 Lion compatibility
    FinderPop now requires authorisation when installing on 10.6 or 10.7 - it installs the Scripting Addition (osax) into /Library/ScriptingAdditions instead of in your home directory.

    Note that there are still a couple of minor quirks with FinderPop in the Lion Finder (like control-free popup not working 100% of the time) - I'll get around to fixing them once Lion is officially released.

    EDIT: Silently updated 2.3.3 to correctly create the /Library/ScriptingAdditions directory if needed.

    Previous fixes:
    • Updated localisations for the new "Aliases in Italics" checkbox - thanks to all the localisers!
    • New click-in-unused-menubar code for 10.6 and 10.7 ("Lion") - thanks to Rene for testing this
    • When "Use custom icons" is turned off, apps now appear with a generic application icon rather than as a folder (err, whoops)
    • Bump maximum number of Recent Items to 16 (this was already the max, I just added 13, 14, 15 and 16 to the popup menus)
    • Labels and Cmd+Option "Info Window" on Snow Leopard Finder, incomplete but it's a start.
    • Fixed a number of longstanding alias bugs
    • Italicised Aliases now possible via checkbox in Appearance pane
    • Labels displayed for aliases use the alias's label, not the target's.
    • Some 10.7 "Lion" compatibility (thanks, Rene)
    • Folders with .fp-ignore files inside are ignored (I just installed Office 2011 and wanted FinderPop to completely ignore my previous Office 2008 install.)
    • Fix 64-bit Cocoa "unused menubar" check - no longer causes a crash in Photoshop if you choose 'Invert Selection' (thanks to Dave for the prod - I wasn't restoring the OpenGL context properly!)
    • Fix 64-bit Cocoa "unused menubar" check so it obeys the "must-be-control-click-in-menubar" setting
    • Ignore .plugin files when creating "All Apps" submenu (for items ending in '---a'.)
    • Add 'quit' AppleEvent handler to finderpop-daemon. A forum user was having problems with FinderPop apparently causing a hang on shutdown/restart/logout. This may help matters.
    • Fix a Snow Leopard bug spotted by cowicide where clicking-and-holding on an alias didn't pop up a Contents menu when it should have.
    • Fix a bug where ctrl-clicking on an alias A to a folder B would mistakenly allow you to move/copy/alias A into B's children.
    • Improved German localisation - thanks Hajo Bass who sent me the improvements back in August and I'm only incorporating them now - sorry!
    • More complete Italian localisation - thanks Mauro Ferreri and Nello Martuscelli

What remains to be done:

* Contextual Menu Support in apps other than the Finder on Snow Leopard

If you're installing this over a previous beta, you'll have to restart or logout for it to take effect.

As usual, if there are any issues with this, reply here in the forum!
10 Jul 2011, 20:33
Re: FinderPop BETA
Oh and a word of warning to those of you who (like me) have their User folder on a separate disk - i.e., my home directory is on a separate disk and all my OS installs point to it. This has worked well so far - I can switch from 10.6.x back to 10.5.x with the same home directory, same setup etc and everything is familiar and more importantly everything works.

Alas installing 10.7 GM has broken this, it seems to be a one-way street for apps ( and various prefPanes - caused by new 10.7 preferences confusing older 10.6 prefPanes - clicking on the 10.6 Keyboard prefPane either crashes System Preferences or just hangs doing nothing when I try to use it on 10.6 after having used it on 10.7.

Now I've probably been lucky all the way from 10.5.0 (and indeed 10.4.x before that) up to 10.6.8, but this is the first time I've been hit. It could just be my system - indeed it probably is just my system - but I thought I'd mention it.

Obviously if you recreate your home directory or use the 10.7 installer to migrate your stuff across, you won't have any problems... this only affects people who hop back and forth between OS versions with the same home directory.
11 Jul 2011, 00:13
Re: FinderPop BETA beta does not work here (OSX 10.6.8)

After installing (it asks for my adm password) and restart, no FP menu anywhere. And each time I want to open the preference panel, it again asks for my adm password . In Console I see lines about FP patching applications when they are launched, and patching the Finder when it is re-launched, but no FP menu.

I re-installed beta and everything is fine again.
11 Jul 2011, 00:24
Re: FinderPop BETA
Works for me on 10.6.8........... So far. I’m back to using column view and it’s still working as is move, copy etc. It wouldn’t work at first, but then I discovered that Finderpop wasn’t active in ALL applications so check the control panel under ‘active’. Then, when Safari was the active application for example, clicking on the menubar brought up the Finderpop menu.
11 Jul 2011, 07:33
Re: FinderPop BETA
Hey Ronald - did FP print anything to the console when it was asking for your admin password?
FP is trying to install the Scripting Addition (osax) at that point. Did it succeed? I.e., does /Library/ScriptingAdditions/FinderPopOsax.osax exist?

There's very little different between 2.3.2 and 2.3.3 other than the location of the osax (has to be /Library/ScriptingAdditions for 10.7 but was peviously ~/Library/ScriptingAdditions (ie your home directory.)
11 Jul 2011, 09:14
Re: FinderPop BETA
I do not have a /Library/ScriptingAdditions/ folder and that is also what is reported in Console:

11-07-11 10:01:12   [0x0-0x4f04f][422]   /bin/ti: line 0: cd: /Library/ScriptingAdditions: No such file or directory

Obviously you cannot cd into a directory that does not exist. It needs to created first. Does FP try to create that folder? Nothing reported about that in Console.

Maybe in some configurations that folder already exists as a result of other software installations? It does not exist here. Snow Leopard was installed with migration of the one user only, last updated with the 10.6.8 Combo updater. So I guess that the /Library/ScriptingAdditions/ folder is not present in Snow Leopard by default.
11 Jul 2011, 09:18
Re: FinderPop BETA
@RonaldPR: Well spotted! That is indeed the problem - I just assumed that /Library/ScriptingAdditions would always exist.
I'll fix FP tonight after work to create that directory if it doesn't exist.

Sorry about that, and thanks muchly for pointing it out...
11 Jul 2011, 19:29
Re: FinderPop BETA
@RonaldPR: Fixed that issue, we now do a mkdir -p /Library/ScriptingAdditions
The version is still 2.3.3, no point in creating a whole new FinderPop version for this fix.

Now to find out why Lion control-free popup only works two-thirds of the time...
11 Jul 2011, 21:01
Re: FinderPop BETA
turly wrote:@RonaldPR: Fixed that issue, we now do a mkdir -p /Library/ScriptingAdditions

Thanks. Installs and works fine now.