HoudahSpot for Mac

HoudahSpot for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    May 25, 2012
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  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7

Editors' Review


If you're not satisfied with the power or flexibility of the Mac's built-in Spotlight search, you should check out HoudahSpot. This app isn't a Spotlight replacement, but rather a more versatile front-end for Spotlight--as it actually uses the technology behind Spotlight to help you find files on your computer. HoudahSpot works in much the same way as Spotlight, and you can pull it up with a key combo or a menubar icon. Once you do, though, HoudahSpot offers many more search options--and it waits until you've finished forming a query rather than immediately returning results as you type (which can be one of the more frustrating aspects of Spotlight).

HoudahSpot can be intimidating at first because it offers so many search options, letting you use multiple criteria (for example, looking for text within a file, and/or certain types of files, sizes, date ranges, etc.). You can also define the folders and directories where you want HoudahSpot to look (and not look), and you can perform basic Finder functions from within HoudahSpot (like previewing, copying, moving, duplicating, and trashing files). The best part is that you can save frequently used searches as "templates," and you can even search within your results to filter out precisely the files you need. HoudahSpot also includes nice extras like a built-in "Long Lost Files" search, a Spotlight-like BlitzSearch, and integration with third-party apps like LaunchBar. Unfortunately, HoudahSpot is currently only available for Mac OS X Leopard or later (although version 1.5.1 is available as a freeware legacy version). Users new to HoudahSpot would do well to watch the video tutorial, read the "Tips and Tricks," and visit the developer's responsive forums.

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  • 4 stars

    "A must have for everyone with huge and messy archives!"

    September 18, 2014   |   By aglessi

    Version: HoudahSpot 3.9.3


    Search templates are a real time saver


    Interface could be simpler. Complex searches need to be carefully setted up to be effective.


    The best equipped search app on the Mac.

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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version 3.5.4

    Bug fix: HoudahSpot Tray
    Fixes display glitches with the Tray window

    Bug fix: Mountain Lion
    Improves compatibility with Mountain Lion

    Publisher Houdah Software
    Publisher web site http://www.houdah.com
    Release Date May 25, 2012
    Date Added May 25, 2012
    Version 3.5.4
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Management
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 3.67MB
    File Name HoudahSpot_latest.zip
    Total Downloads 7,769
    Downloads Last Week 18
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 15-day trial
    Price $30

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