Click, There It Is ($5 shareware) by Richard Cardona
Have you ever burrowed deep into your hard drive looking for a file, then wanted to open it using a program other than the one it was created with? So you launch the program, hit command-O and see the open dialog list the files on your desktop. Now you have to navigate through your maze of folders a second time to find that file you just found a second ago. This will all change when programs take advantage of OS 8.5's new Navigation Services. But in the meantime, a tiny extension called "Click, There It Is" can save you loads of time. Whenever the open or save dialog is showing you the wrong list of files while the folder you DO want access to is open in the background, taunting you - that's when CTII does its magic. Just click on that finder window in the background and the open/save dialog will jump to display its contents. Since more often than not the file you want to deal with is being displayed by the finder, you'll take advantage of CTII all the time. It's so convenient and natural I sometimes get disappointed when a program of mine starts using Navigation Services instead (CTII does not attempt to modify Navigation Services, since it allows the same thing to be done using drag and drop).
Screen shot of Click, There It Is in action
In the author's words:
Click, there it is! is a system extension for the MacOS that extends the Open and Save dialog boxes. Invariably when I want to open or save a document, the folder that appears is not the one I want. And more than likely the one I want is on the desktop as an open window. Click, there it is! allows you to click on a Finder window and change the current folder to the one you want. Click, there it is! even works when Finder windows are obscured by document windows. Another mini-feature is the ability to drag the open/save dialog (in case a Finder window is completely eclipsed).
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