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Editors' Review

by   / January 09, 2015

Flashlight expands the capabilities of the Spotlight app, which allows you to search your Mac for specific files or file types within Apple's operating system.

Pros

Open source: There are many free programs on the marketplace, but the vast majority of them are only free in certain ways. They're constantly trying to upsell you on premium versions or want to nickel and dime you to unlock certain parts of the feature set. Flashlight for Mac is open-source software, meaning it is truly and genuinely free to use.

Expansion of extant tools: The nice thing about Flashlight is that it doesn't reinvent the wheel. Instead of requiring that you install a completely new program in your system, it expands on the capabilities of a tool that you already have and probably use. It turns Spotlight into a much more powerful search tool, allowing you to search for weather information, send messages, and search specific online services such as Reddit or Wolfram Alpha.

Cons

Too wide open: Flashlight's capabilities are huge, but you have to be the kind of person who likes to tinker with a program in order to get the most out of it. If you just want an easy to operate, out of the box widget, this isn't going to appeal to you.

Still too early: It feels in every way like an early version, and using it for any period of time will reveal that it still has some kinks to work out.

Bottom Line

If you're interested in transforming Spotlight into an all-purpose search tool instead of just using it to comb your system files, then Flashlight is for you. If you're not interested in code, customizing your Mac, or in tinkering with your programs, then you might just keep looking for another app.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0.1

  • Faster
  • Better
  • Stronger
  • More localized
  • No new features

General

Publisher Nate Parrott
Publisher web site http://flashlight.nateparrott.com
Release Date May 04, 2015
Date Added May 04, 2015
Version 1.0.1

Category

Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Components & Libraries

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac/OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 8.62MB
File Name Flashlight.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,661
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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