HoudahSpot for Mac

HoudahSpot for Mac


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 11 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.9.3
File Size:
3.67MB
Date Added:
September 14, 2014
Price:
Free to try (10-second delay when opening a file); $24.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
7,566
Downloads Last Week:
22
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Spotlight enabled. Functional with minor appearance issues on

Editors' review

An advanced search utility, HoudahSpot for Mac offers plenty of search filters and features, which enable you to do more thorough searches. It's a capable app but not necessarily easy to use.

Pros

Comprehensive search: HoudahSpot for Mac supports multiple search options, such as grouping the searches or using user-defined groups, and can search file attributes and the content of text files. It can also do a fuzzy search using the parameters you enter.

Include and exclude locations: The search can be limited to a certain location on the computer, or it can be specific to certain folders on user-mounted volumes or Spotlight indexed pages. Explicit locations can also be excluded.

Interface full of options: Integrating with Spotlight to help you find files on your computer, it features an interface that looks like Finder, except for the sidebar full of filters and options.

Cons

Not for simple searches: Simple searches can be done more easily with Spotlight.

Not for beginners: As an advanced search tool, it might not appeal to beginners. There are too many options that can easily confuse a beginner.

Search parameters can be contradictory: If you're not paying attention to all the search parameters you choose, you might end up with conflicting filters.

Bottom Line

HoudahSpot for Mac proves to be a potent search tool that allows you to filter many search results fairly quickly. However, this app can be counterintuitive to basic searches, for which filters are seldom needed. This app is definitely not for beginners -- grab it only if you must search through thousands of files using many filters.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of HoudahSpot for Mac 3.9.2.

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  • 5 stars

    "A good one!"

    August 05, 2014   |   By Marine_Strock

    Version: HoudahSpot 3.8.7

    Pros

    1. A very convenient way to find the files you need.

    2. Saves your active queries, so that you can quickly access the files you need to reach out to often.

    3. Deep level of search. It found files I never thought I've had.

    Cons

    Finder level colors are displayed as dots

    Summary

    This is a fantastic app for debugging large code bases. I use it a lot and it works very well.

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  • 4 stars

    "excellent replacement for Spotlight"

    July 14, 2012   |   By ipol

    Version: HoudahSpot 3.5.4

    Pros

    Houdaspot has had an evolution, while Spotlight has not!

    The permanent mds problems with Spotlight can be avoided this way!

    Cons

    Somewhat to versatile. A simpler (free) version for starters would probably be a good commercial approach as it would attract users to Houdaspot and allow them to grow (and buy) the somewhat frightening "Pro" kind of version.

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  • 3 stars

    "Powerful but considerable learning curve"

    February 26, 2011   |   By Barb P

    Version: HoudahSpot 3.1.3

    Pros

    Plethora of search parameters. and you can create complex combinations of search parameters for excellent specificity

    Cons

    The very richness of the application brings a learning curve. Some search fields are not as clearly defined as they might be

    Summary

    Excellent search front end but expect to put in a modicum of time learning to use it so that you find that which you are seeking.

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  • 5 stars

    "OUTSTANDING AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!"

    February 12, 2011   |   By hasadari

    Version: HoudahSpot 3.1.2

    Pros

    Excellent product with great flexibility. Very fast and thorough.

    Cons

    HoudahSpot is not the cheapest available.

    Summary

    I couldn't function without it.

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  • 3 stars

    "Pretty decent, BUTâ?¦"

    July 22, 2010   |   By annabe11a

    Version: HoudahSpot 3.0.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The "sort columns" for the query results list is driving me BONKERS! Every time, and I mean EVERY TIME I start a new search (even with templates) the column view settings I patiently configured to my liking disappear and I have to do it all over again. IT'S MADDENING! I've tried tweaking the columns and re-saving the templates, saving copies as new templates, etc, and nothing, nadda.

    It may sound trivial but it becomes very frustrating very quickly when having to re-enable the info columns you want to see AND also have to use your mouse to re-drag each column to re-establish the width. OMG DRIVES ME CRAZY!

    In a nutshell, Houdahspot's GUI Spotlight search capabilities are much more granular than the Finder's, but the Finder DEFINITELY trumps Houdahspot's ability to display the search results. Which leads me to wonder why Houdahspot doesn't allow users to save searches as actual Smart Folders that can then be accessed via the Finder. That way the tool can focus on constructing search queries and then hand off the display responsibilities to the Finder.

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  • 4 stars

    "Hard to Learn, but worth it"

    June 13, 2010   |   By solipsistic

    Version: HoudahSpot 2.7.4

    Pros

    This is a true search engine, fills needs not filled by spotlight. Love the templates.

    Cons

    Very hard to learn, but I am learning. An exercise in logic.

    Summary

    Just what I needed.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent replacemet for spotlight"

    April 24, 2010   |   By Rogue

    Version: HoudahSpot 2.7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I use to have constant problems with spotlight (and still do when I try it). Spotlight would not find files which I know I have stored somewhere. Only way to make spotlight work is to rebuild its database, which take a while. HondahSpot just works. Use the template to setup searches which I use a lot, any problems which I have found (very very few) have been fixed with the next release.
    Excellent replacement for spotlight

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice!"

    January 26, 2009   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: HoudahSpot 2.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a terrific piece of software. I don't use Spotlight anymore and find the UI for HoudahSpot superior. Nice addition to the Mac OS. Try it - you'll like it!

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  • 4 stars

    "Wonderful piece of software"

    January 05, 2009   |   By Sun1Wolf

    Version: HoudahSpot 2.3.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Since I downloaded HoudahSpot a few months ago I wonder how I could do without it. It is far superior to Spotlight, which I stopped using altogether. Searching is flawless, you can search for a range of various criteria. Searching is fast, delivers good results, and so far I did not find a single glitch or bug.

    A really well done piece of software. Well done, Houdah!

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  • 4 stars

    "Well worth the price!"

    January 02, 2009   |   By Benoit Evans

    Version: HoudahSpot 2.3.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    HoudahSpot runs rings around Spotlight. You can find everything you're looking for VERY quickly and you can create all the templates you need to do highly customized searches. Although HoudaSpot depends on the Spotlight index to do its searches, it seems to do them with a much higher success rate.

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