Run Case Sensitive Searches

Searching files with HoudahSpot is always case insensitive. This means that a search for “house”, a search for “House” or a search for “HOUSE” will return the same results. HoudahSpot does not distinguish between upper and lower case letters.

If you need to run a search that respects the case, you can do this using the mdfind command in the Terminal app. HoudahSpot will help you with the Spotlight query syntax. Continue reading Run Case Sensitive Searches

Use the Mail template to find e-mails in Apple Mail

According to research, e-mail users send and receive an average of 122 business e-mails per day. And the amount is bound to increase in the future. To find specific information in the haystack of archived e-mail data can be a difficult task.

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Put frequently used Search Templates into the Dock for quick access

Here is a quick and easy way to access your favorite and frequently used HoudahSpot search setups: Just put them into the Dock, from where you can  access them with one click.

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Find files with no tags or Spotlight comment

When organizing files, we sometimes need to find files that lack a Spotlight comment or have not yet been tagged. Finding such files is easy with HoudahSpot. The procedure however is not immediately obvious. This post will show you how to search for files with no tags.

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Search for files with PopClip & HoudahSpot

PopClip is a popular Mac utility by Pilot Moon software. PopClip appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac.  Choose from a large collection of extensions to perform actions on or with the selected text.PopClip demo animation
The HoudahSpot PopClip extension searches for files related to the selected text. Continue reading Search for files with PopClip & HoudahSpot

Narrow down searches using the Info pane

The HoudahSpot Info pane shows all metadata Spotlight has recorded about a particular file. This includes generic attributes (file name, dates, etc.) as well as custom attributes filled in by the Spotlight importer responsible for indexing the file. You can use any of these attributes to find similar files.

Filter by Device Model
Info pane showing the camera device model

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Find and organize video files using HoudahSpot

With HoudahSpot, it is easy to search your hard drive for media files. Just set the Content Kind criterion to Audio, Image, or Video – and HoudahSpot will look for files of the type specified.

If you’ve ever been looking for a specific photograph, you may have already used the pre-installed sample template named “My Photos”. It lists criteria that come in handy when searching images, like pixel count.

When searching for specific video files, other criteria come into play, e.g. duration, video codec or bit rates. We have prepared a template for HoudahSpot 4 that helps you sort through your moving images: the Video template is available for download here. It is pre-configured with a set of criteria and results columns that relate to video files. Continue reading Find and organize video files using HoudahSpot

Find similar files using Find by Example

HoudahSpot gets you to your files quickly by helping you narrow down your search until only the relevant files are left over.

Find by Example lets you refine a search using a prototype file: a file that has something in common with the files you are looking for. Drag and drop a file from Finder or from the search results onto a search criterion. It will update to match that file. You just told HoudahSpot:

I want files like this one.

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Search the current Finder or Path Finder folder

HoudahSpot 4.0 comes with a “droplet” that you can install in the Finder toolbar. This small application can be found from HoudahSpot > Preferences > Advanced. Follow the instructions found there to install Search.app as a Finder toolbar item.

Finder toolbar item
HoudahSpot search item installed in the Finder toolbar

When clicked, Search.app opens a new HoudahSpot window set to search the folder shown in the current Finder window. You can also drag and drop folders onto the toolbar item to open a new HoudahSpot window configured to search these folders.

If you use CocoaTech’s Path Finder, you should download and install the Search PF.app droplet to initiate HoudahSpot searches from the Path Finder toolbar. Continue reading Search the current Finder or Path Finder folder

Inspect files and folders using HoudahSpot

The HoudahSpot Info pane shows a wealth of information about the currently selected search result. It starts with the basic attributes of the file or folder:

  • name
  • kind
  • total size of files and folders
  • extension
  • creation and modification dates
  • path
  • comments
  • Finder tags

More importantly though, HoudahSpot shows the most relevant properties based on the type of the selected file. E.g. for audio files, the Info pane shows duration and bit rate. Continue reading Inspect files and folders using HoudahSpot