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HoudahSpot for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    May 25, 2012
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    Free to try (15-day trial); $30.00 to buy
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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

"excellent replacement for Spotlight"

July 14, 2012  |  By ipol

 |  Version: HoudahSpot 3.5.4


Houdaspot has had an evolution, while Spotlight has not!

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


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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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 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.04MB
File Name HoudahSpot_latest.zip
Total Downloads 8,225
Downloads Last Week 5
License Model Free to try
Limitations 15-day trial
Price $30

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