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Current Version: 2.1 (September 21, 2009)

From the RCDefaultApp home page: "RCDefaultApp is a Mac OS X 10.2 or higher preference pane that allows a user to set the default application used for various URL schemes, file extensions, file types, and MIME types. Mac OS X uses the extension and file type settings to choose the application when opening a file in Finder, while Safari and other applications use the URL and MIME type settings at other times for content not related to a file (such as an unknown URL protocol, or a media stream). Finder's Get Info panel can be used to set the default application for file extensions and file types, but it's not intuitive. Apple's Internet preference pane in Mac OS X 10.0 through 10.2 (Jaguar) allowed you to set the Web and Email applications, but no other URL handlers. In Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), these settings have moved to Safari's and Mail's preferences -- meaning you have to run those applications if you want to choose to not use them. RCDefaultApp allows the setting of all of this information, and ties everything together in one preference pane."

Version 2.1 - the first release in nearly 3 (!) years - adds/changes the following:

  • Added ability to ignore creator codes for extensions (Mac OS X 10.4 and above).
  • Added IM selection (i.e. aim:// protocol) to the Internet pane.
  • Added Blank/Video BD (Blu-ray) and DVD Device to the Media pane on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard and above).
  • Added Spanish localization.
  • Only show one version of an application on 10.4 and above, per system limitation.
  • Fixed bug with the File Types tab on Intel machines.
  • Improved discovery of existing settings.
  • Built with a 64-bit Intel binary to work with the Snow Leopard System Preferences.
  • Fixed a couple of other minor bugs.

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