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18 Sep 2011, 19:49
FinderPop 2.4
FinderPop 2.4 (tagged "Lion Tamer") is now available.

As promised, this is the same as
- just a version number change and the word BETA removed.

While there are still a few issues, they're relatively minor and I'll get to them when I can
- I'm up the walls with "real" work at the moment.

Reproducing the release notes here:

  • Fixed a couple of installation issues
  • Improve click-in-unused-menubar stuff for Carbon apps
  • First cut at getting unused-menubar-click working in Lion's Sandboxed apps (eg TextEdit, Preview).
    This is EXPERIMENTAL and can be disabled by:
    defaults write com.finderpop.finderpop pollSandboxedApps -bool false
    • Note: for FinderPop to patch Sandboxed apps, the FinderPop prefPane needs to be installed for all users, not just you.
      If your FinderPop is installed for just you, you can uninstall it and then reinstall it for all users by - close System Preferences, open it again, right-click on FinderPop's icon in System Preferences, choose 'Remove' or 'Uninstall', then close System Preferences. Back in the Finder, double-click the FinderPop.prefPane you've just downloaded, which will open System Preferences, which will ask you whether you want to install FinderPop for all users, or just you. Choose 'All Users' and continue as usual.
      The technical reason for this is that Sandboxed apps have read access to /System/Library but no access at all to /Users/your-name-here/Library. When FinderPop is installed for all users, it's put in /System/Library/PreferencePanes, a location which is accessible.
  • Assuming everyone is happy with this version (tell me if not!) it will be released as FinderPop 2.4... I've been saying that for a while now, but we live in hope.

    Previous fixes:
    • Fix an issue patching 32-bit applications on 10.7 Lion
    • Tweak Lion control-free popup code
    • New, improved Lion "unused menubar" stuff backported to 10.5/10.6
    • More sanity-checking of osax install etc
    • Increase the number of possible Recent Items to 24 (sorry, side effect is that current Recent Items will be lost)
    • Tested on 10.4 PPC, 10.6 and 10.7 Intel. I don't have 10.5 anymore due to incompetence (mine).
    • Fix 10.6/10.7 issue with unused-menubar popup when PopChar is active[/i]
    • 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's ~/Library/ScriptingAdditions
    • Work around that pesky OS X Preference Pane Bundle Caching problem
    • Don't immediately switch the Finder frontmost when checking for control-free popup in 10.6/10.7
    • Basic Lion compatability - 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.
    • Control-free popup now works more reliably in the 10.7 Finder, as does clicking in "List View" windows
    • 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/login for it to take effect.

As usual, if there are any issues with this, reply here in the forum!
19 Sep 2011, 13:56
Re: FinderPop 2.4
Hi Turly,

Great to have you back with a working Finderpop! ( I know, I know you've been producing betas but I've been too busy with Lion, new computers, iPhone and holidays!)

Anyway I noticed 2.4.0 was available through MacUpdate and was sooooooo happy.

However I eventually had to do a restart rather than just logout to get full functionality - which I now have. Thank you. I will donate, but being a retired GP i do worry about your liver! (Probably more than you do!) :D
22 Sep 2011, 16:46
Re: FinderPop 2.4
I just loaded Drive Genius and was presented with an alert that stated I have to turn off finderPop 2.4 due to a compatibility issue.
Apparently the do not play well together. I dumped it but have now come back to redownload FinderPop 2.4 but would like to know where the "items" folder went that had the alias's in it because now my trash will not empty it because I have some lock files but I cannot find them now.

Any enlightenment on this matter? Thank you for any feedback.

22 Sep 2011, 17:37
Re: FinderPop 2.4
The 'FinderPop Items' folder lives inside your home directory Library -> Preferences folder.

FinderPop should know about Drive Genius and won't patch it. At least it used to.
If you have DG installed you'll see it should automatically appear in the list of items that FinderPop won't patch (System Preferences -> FinderPop -> Items sub-panel)

Your trash will not empty because files are locked? Open your trash and find the locked files. Unlock them via 'Get Info'.
11 Oct 2011, 02:05
Re: FinderPop 2.4
I had to dig for the release notes. ANy chance of updating the Release Notes on your page?