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HoudahSpot for Mac

Key Details of HoudahSpot

  • Find files, mail messages, photos, and other data easily
  • Last updated on 05/22/20
  • There have been 1 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

by   / September 10, 2014

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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Editors' Review

by   / September 10, 2014

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.1.1

  • Enhanced Quick Look Preview: Quick Look Preview of as XMP sidecar now shows the actual image file
  • Enhanced Quick Look Preview: Quick Look Preview of a DEVONthink item now shows the cataloged file
  • Use Templates from Finder: The HoudahSpot Finder toolbar item now gives direct access to HoudahSpot search templates
  • Simplified Chinese: Improved support for searches using Simplified Chinese
  • Re-save Templates: When saving a search created from a template, HoudahSpot now suggests updating the original template
  • New Keyboard Shortcuts: You can now set custom keyboard shortcuts to start a HoudahSpot search from Finder or bring HoudahSpot to the front
  • Improved File Tagging Control: You can now click a recently used tag to add it to the files' tags
  • Text Preview in Dark Mode: Text matches are now highlighted with colors that provide better contrast in dark mode
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General

Publisher Houdah Software Sarl.
Publisher web site https://www.houdah.com
Release Date May 21, 2020
Date Added May 22, 2020
Version 5.1.1

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra

Download Information

File Size 8.13MB
File Name HoudahSpot_latest.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 8,740
Downloads Last Week 0

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Delay/nag screen
Price $34
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