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4 stars

"This Version"

March 07, 2007  |  By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

2007-03-07 18:25:23  |  By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

 |  Version: Spotless 1.2.3


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is working perfectly for me.

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5 stars

"Excellent app!"

February 27, 2007  |  By PQXYZ33

2007-02-27 17:01:33  |  By PQXYZ33

 |  Version: Spotless 1.2.2


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I moved from Panther to Tiger because Spotlight sounded sssooooo promising, and it seemed to work just great at the local Apple retail store. In practice, however, I found that it deosn't find all the files that it should, it continues to "find" files on drives that have been put in the privacy list, and it chokes on internal or external drives or volumes that are clones of the main boot drive.

Even worse, once I unmount those external clones, Spotlight seems to continue to "hunt" for them, using up CPU resources (as much as ~90% every few seconds) and doing thousands of disk writes (which coincide with the use of CPU resources every few seconds)--even when nothing else at all is going on.

Disabling Spotlight with Spotless completely eliminates the problems caused by Spotlight--and now, being able to remove the Spotlight icon from the menubar is icing on the cake!

Thank you Spotless!


P.S. The developer has been very responsive (in the past) to some questions and feature requests that I had.

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5 stars

"Goodbye Spotlight..."

August 20, 2006  |  By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

2006-08-20 18:02:26  |  By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

 |  Version: Spotless 1.1


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welcome back, EasyFind. If Spotless would provide for the generic disabling of external drives I would keep Spotlight active on my internal disk. Since I often resize and rename my externals I am forced to use one of the best freeware application ever written, EasyFind. Thank you FixaMac, thank you Devon, Apple, I am leaving a message.

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5 stars

"A Must Have"

March 29, 2006  |  By mrmobius

2006-03-29 22:43:57  |  By mrmobius

 |  Version: Spotless 1.1


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Version 1.1 of Spotless finally allowed me to upgrade to Tiger. I've been running 10.3.9 for almost a year after Tigers' release. Widgets, need I say more? Endless clutter, no scalable windows, and continuous memory use, ick. Sherlock is enough. Then this automatic look everywhere at one, need to search my search, spotlight? Apple misnamed it's search technology, it should be called Floodlight. As a professional audio engineer and freelance Mac tech the notion of needing to manually stop disable the indexing of every external drive I mount on my mac was absurd. I put a damaged mac into target mode, Carbon Copy Clone, or run Disk Warrior, oh but wait, why is it so slow? I forgot, Flood... I mean Spotlight is indexing; Open system preferences, drag to window, start repair/copy.
I think the most important features of Spotless 1.1, is the ability to disable the automatic part of Spotlight.
Set your internal drive in the spotless drive list to, "Auto = No" and the global automatic setting to "On + Disable" and your good to go. With this setting Spotlight is lightning fast on your internal and still searches, not excluding by name, your external volumes. Powerful to say the least and you can always designate other drives to ignore the automatic setting.
This is highly recommended for audio/video professionals as well as techs. So drop down the ten bucks and enjoy Spotlight the way it should have been from the start.

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5 stars


March 21, 2006  |  By tracy valleau--2008

2006-03-21 10:02:06  |  By tracy valleau--2008

 |  Version: Spotless 1.1


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While I despise Spotlight, I find I have to use it becasue FoxTrot requires it. That said, Spotless is great. Unlike one previous poster, I find the developer cordial and quick to respond. I have no trouble with spotless "remembering" the settings on my removable drives.

This software works as advertised, and the new ability to simply ignore removable volumes (for people like me who use them for backups) is great.

Highly recommended product.

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5 stars

"Not working"

December 27, 2005  |  By Froggies--2008

2005-12-27 11:28:16  |  By Froggies--2008

 |  Version: Spotless 1.0.3


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Spotless doesn't work for any of my external drives. I have to set it up from scratch every time I connect to an external drive. It doesn't remember the settings. Developer has been completly unresponsive to several requests for assistance.

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5 stars

"Nice App. Now If I could Turn Dashboard Off..."

May 19, 2005  |  By handsolo

2005-05-19 14:14:36  |  By handsolo

 |  Version: Spotless 1.0


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Great time-saving application to turn off the anoying Indexing of Spotlight. As to the people that ask why turn it off: Because I don't need every freaking thing on my drive mapped, that's why. It's about privacy and security. The 'Find' function worked great for me, making Spotlight even more pointless. I don't need or want applications running on my computer that I can't turn off (ie. Spotlight Indexing and Dashboard). Macs were supposed to be about user interface and control, and now were losing it. Thanks to applications like this, maybe we can take some control back.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.7
  • Updated registration system to support the new Family License option.
  • The main window's size and position is now preserved between launches.
Publisher Fixamac Software
Publisher web site
Release Date March 30, 2009
Date Added March 30, 2009
Version 1.2.7
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 356.45KB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 434
Downloads Last Week 0
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $12.95

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