Can't drop items on toolbar in Mojave

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bob.deskin

29 Sep, 2018 12:48 PM

After upgrading to Mojave, I can no longer drag and drop items onto the toolbar. I've tried with applications, folders, shortcuts, and text files.

  1. 1 Posted by John Brave on 29 Sep, 2018 02:00 PM

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    Same here

  2. 2 Posted by klentz on 29 Sep, 2018 02:33 PM

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    Yeah here too: I wrote Cocoatech about it yesterday, I also see that annoying
    black bar that someone else mentioned (when you open a dialog,
    get info window…whatever…a black bar shows up in the upper left corner
    of PF).

    Now about the toolbar problem, if you happen to have a copy of PF
    running on another computer (or you have a backup of the PF .plist file)
    set up exactly like you want it, vis a vis the toolbar, locate the PF .plist file here:
    ~/Library/Preferences/com.cocoatech.PathFinder.plist & open it using something like PrefEdit. If you copy the portion where it says "NSToolbar
    Configuration PF6_browserToolbarController" into the Mojave PF .plist
    file (replacing what's there so do make a backup), it actually works, but
    granted, it's a little cumbersome :-)

  3. 3 Posted by bob.deskin on 29 Sep, 2018 02:41 PM

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    Interesting. What's the difference between the two? Is there a setting change or a line that could be added or deleted?

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  6. 4 Posted by klentz on 29 Sep, 2018 05:04 PM

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    Maybe but I'm more inclined to think that something's changed on the programming level between High Sierra and Mojave, but regardless of the exact cause hopefully it's not too difficult for them to fix :-)

  7. Support Staff 5 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 30 Sep, 2018 01:57 PM

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    Hi Everyone, 

    Thanks for your detailed feedback on this behavior. Forwarding the additional details to our developers now. 

    Best Regards, 
    Jordan
    Path Finder Support Team 

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  10. 6 Posted by bob.deskin on 23 Oct, 2018 12:31 PM

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    Still a problem in 8.3

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  13. 7 Posted by dteplow on 02 Nov, 2018 10:06 PM

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    Might someone post that portion of the plist file mentioned by klentz?

  14. 8 Posted by klentz on 02 Nov, 2018 10:52 PM

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    I hope the PF team gets this fixed soon??, but in the meantime, sure, here's what I did as a temporary solution:

    1) Exit Path Finder.
    2) Make a backup copy of ~/Library/Preferences/com.cocoatech.PathFinder.plist.
    3) Open said file with an plist editor & locate the "NSToolbar Configuration PF6_browserToolbarController"entry.
    4) Copy the text below including the opening and closing dict keys ( )
    into "NSToolbar Configuration PF6_browserToolbarController", replacing what's
    there or delete what's there and proceed with the copy afterwards.
    5) Edit the "Applications" mentioned to suit your needs.
    6) Enjoy ;-)



    TB Is Shown 1 TB Icon Size Mode 1 TB Size Mode 1 TB Item Identifiers Back NSToolbarSpaceItem View Views Quick Look Select Arrange Show Invisibles NSToolbarSpaceItem /Applications/A Better Finder Attributes 6.app NSToolbarSpaceItem /Applications/A Better Finder Rename 10.app NSToolbarSpaceItem /Applications/BBEdit.app NSToolbarSpaceItem /Applications/BetterZip.app NSToolbarSpaceItem NSToolbarSpaceItem NSToolbarSpaceItem /Applications/DropDMG.app NSToolbarSpaceItem /Applications/MediaInfo.app NSToolbarFlexibleSpaceItem Search Progress
    TB Default Item Identifiers Back NSToolbarFlexibleSpaceItem View Views Quick Look NSToolbarFlexibleSpaceItem Arrange NSToolbarFlexibleSpaceItem Show Invisibles NSToolbarFlexibleSpaceItem Search Progress
    TB Display Mode 1

  15. 9 Posted by klentz on 02 Nov, 2018 10:55 PM

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    Well that didn't quite work…I'm attaching the text that goes into the "NSToolbar Configuration PF6_browserToolbarController" entry as a text file.

  16. 10 Posted by dteplow on 02 Nov, 2018 10:58 PM

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    Fabulous! Thanks so much. Quick question: I assume that each of the entries such as:

    <string>NSToolbarSpaceItem</string>

    <string>/Applications/A Better Finder Rename 10.app</string>

    are just a small space in the toolbar and then a specific toolbar item, yes?

  17. 11 Posted by klentz on 02 Nov, 2018 11:02 PM

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    Indeed. Edit as you see fit :-)

  18. 12 Posted by dteplow on 02 Nov, 2018 11:39 PM

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    Didn't work for me, and I didn't think it would because the same items were in your plist as were in mine, except for specific applications.

    I went into Xcode and added a sibling to the TB Item Identifiers parent so see if I could manually add a folder to the toolbar (see screenshot). No luck. It did not add to the toolbar. In addition, when I opened the plist file from ~\Library/Preferences/ after I had edited it, put it back in this directory, and then reopened PF, the edit was gone! However, the original 13 items were still there. Hmmm.

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  21. 13 Posted by vez on 05 Nov, 2018 09:23 AM

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    I must add to this discussion that i have the same problem (can't drop icons on toolbar) with El Capitan latest version...
    So please, if you fix that, fix it for all systems !

    Thanks

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  24. 14 Posted by monkeygrip on 29 Nov, 2018 06:44 PM

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    same here

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  27. 15 Posted by Olivier Cabon on 20 Dec, 2018 08:20 AM

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    The same for me. I used PathFinder on an iMac under macOs 10.12 and it worked perfectly. Because I bought a brand new MacBook Pro under macOS 10.14 I decided to update the System of the iMac and I can't drop anything on the toolbar any more. So for me Pathfinder is no use anymore.

    Closing the discussion as if everything worked nice doesn't solve anything.

    Best regards from Paris. Olivier

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  30. 16 Posted by bob.deskin on 08 Feb, 2019 03:03 PM

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    Still not fixed in the version released today, 8.3.9. Maybe next time.

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  33. 17 Posted by Olivier Cabon, ... on 11 Feb, 2019 07:43 AM

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    Thanks. But as long as this problem won’t be fixed I won’t use anymore Pathfinder.

    Best regards,

    Olivier

  34. 18 Posted by Thomas Noelle on 11 Feb, 2019 09:05 AM

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    This is getting ridiculous! After months! of being aware of that problem you still are not able to fix this minor problem?!

    What a shame! Makes Pathfinder more or less useless for me!

  35. 19 Posted by David Teplow on 11 Feb, 2019 06:06 PM

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    I nth the motion! I've been using ForkLift since the problem occurred. It's not as useful as PF, but at least it works in Mojave. What's up with PF developers, who always have been great?

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  38. 20 Posted by Wingate on 16 Feb, 2019 04:29 PM

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    Same problem, same reaction: Why hasn't this been fixed yet? I just wasted $20 on a new license for a product that no longer has this important feature. Wouldn't have upgraded had I known, and now I'm back to using Finder, poorer but wiser.

    • Wingate
  39. 21 Posted by klentz on 16 Feb, 2019 05:04 PM

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    Obviously the dev team should get this fixed — I wonder why it's taking so long??— but in the meantime give my temporary solution in post #2 a try…apparently it didn't work for dteplow but maybe it works for you too.

    NB.: I'm using v8.3.9 build 1928 and can drag and drop like without any problems whatsoever.

  40. 22 Posted by bob.deskin on 16 Feb, 2019 05:55 PM

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    I found another way to get apps into the toolbar. I don't think anyone has done this exactly. If they have, apologies and all credit to them.

    It's one thing to copy what you had in an older version. It's quite another to be able to customize. Taking klentz's lead, I edited the ~/Library/Preferences/com.cocoatech.PathFinder.plist file in Prefs Editor. Under the "NSToolbar Configuration PF6_browserToolbarController"entry is an item labelled "TB Item Identifiers". If you look through the entries, you'll see any apps or files that you already had in the toolbar. What I did was to customize the toolbar by adding a Terminal entry. Then I went back to Prefs Editor, reopened the plist file, and changed the name "Terminal" to another app, in my case "Applications/EasyFind.app" (without the quotes). Quit and restarted Path Finder and there was EasyFind right.

    I'm not saying that this is easy. And I have no idea why CocoaTech can't fix this if I can get it to work that easily. But I now have a way to get whatever I want into the toolbar.

  41. 23 Posted by David Teplow on 17 Feb, 2019 12:04 AM

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    Hooray! Bob's fix worked like a charm. Thanks, Bob. btw, it's not hard to do, it's just unnecessary in that PF should be able to do this on its own, as we all agree.

  42. 24 Posted by David Teplow on 17 Feb, 2019 12:12 AM

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    Whoops. I can't seem to add any more than one new toolbar item. Has anyone used this method to add more than one new item?

  43. 25 Posted by bob.deskin on 17 Feb, 2019 12:27 AM

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    Strange, I just added a third. Maybe you have to do it one at a time. I already had Find Any File. I added Terminal beside it and then adjusted the target using Prefs Editor. Then I restarted PF. Then I did the same thing again, adding terminal, but this time I added App Store.app (just for something to add). And it worked. Yes, I launched them to make sure. I haven't tried with anything other than an app.

  44. 26 Posted by bob.deskin on 17 Feb, 2019 01:33 AM

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    Just to push the envelope, I added a text file that was in my Downloads folder, so the location was /Users/Bob/Downloads/file.txt and clicking on the icon in the toolbar launched my text editor as expected.

    I wonder if there's a limit to the number of items in the toolbar.

  45. 27 Posted by David Teplow on 17 Feb, 2019 06:30 AM

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    I tried to add by just editing the pref file, but I'll try by adding terminal again and again.

    Thanks.

  46. 28 Posted by bob.deskin on 17 Feb, 2019 02:54 PM

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    There are likely other settings that get changed when you add an element to the toolbar. Adding something, like Terminal, in the location you want, adjusts those settings.

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