In HoudahSpot, you can choose between hundreds of criteria to search for files. HoudahSpot also lets you specify in which folders to search and how to sort results.
There are lots of options to choose from – and settings you don’t want to make over and again.
Search criteria, results display, and sort order are a matter of personal preference and habits. You may, for example, find yourself frequently searching for files by file extension. You may prefer to search your full hard drive rather than just your home folder. You may want search results always to list file size.
Let’s see how you can set up HoudahSpot so that a new search window matches your preferred way of searching.
Mit macOS 11.0 Big Sur hält ein drastisches neues Aussehen Einzug – eine bedeutende ästhetische Abkehr von früheren macOS-Versionen. HoudahSpot 6.0 passt sich dieser aufgefrischten Mac-Benutzeroberfläche mit einem fein abgestimmten neuen Aussehen, einem neuen Icon und einer neu gestalteten Symbolleiste an.
Zudem kommt mit HoudahSpot 6 Unterstützung für Macs mit Apple-Silicon-Prozessoren.Das bringt beste Leistung auf der aktuellsten Mac-Hardware.
HoudahSpot 6.0 hat selbstverständlich viel mehr zu bieten als gutes Aussehen. Es enthält eine Fülle von Funktionen und Verbesserungen, die deine Produktivität verbessern werden.
macOS 11.0 Big Sur has introduced a dramatic new look representing a significant aesthetic departure from previous macOS versions. HoudahSpot 6.0 adopts this refreshed Mac user interface with a fine-tuned new look, a new icon, and a redesigned toolbar.
Moreover, HoudahSpot 6 adds support for Macs with Apple Silicon processors. It gives you the best performance on the latest Mac hardware.
Of course, HoudahSpot 6.0 has much more to offer than good looks. It comes packed with features and enhancements that will improve your productivity.
The good news: HoudahSpot 6.0 can again find Apple Mail message files!
With macOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple moved the indexing of Mail messages files from traditional Spotlight to “Core Spotlight.” The problem with this change is that Core Spotlight does not allow searching by third-party applications like HoudahSpot.
More precisely, applications are only allowed to search data they have submitted themselves. Thus the Mail application can call upon Core Spotlight to find messages. Core Spotlight is of no use to search tools like HoudahSpot. HoudahSpot does not manage or create data and thus never has data to submit to Core Spotlight. Instead, as a HoudahSpot user, you expect to find all kinds of files regardless of which application created the files.
This limitation of Core Spotlight does not only interfere with search tools. Many other utilities, scripts, and productivity tools suffer from the fact that messages, notes, and bookmarks are no longer searchable. Previously, a contact manager like BusyContacts could rely on Spotlight to watch for mail messages and maintain an activity list for each contact.
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HoudahSpot by Houdah Software is a powerful file search tool for macOS. It takes the guesswork out of Spotlight searches and helps you find files hidden deep in the “haystack” of files accumulated over the years.
Service Station can put HoudahSpot at the top level of the Finder context menu. You can then right-click or control-click a selection of folders in Finder and start a new HoudahSpot search within these folders.
In HoudahSpot, search templates serve as starting points for searches that you perform repeatedly.
HoudahSpot comes with a set of sample templates. These include, for example, a template for finding photos. This template is set up to search for image files having a resolution of at least 7 MP. Search results show image previews. The Refine pane is pre-configured for searches by camera make and model, ISO speed, and flash settings. To find photos you just need to fill in the blanks and start the search.
Templates can also act as dynamic file lists. The Recent Files template, for example, lists files used or modified within the last 7 days.
You will certainly create your own templates or customize the sample templates to fit your needs. You may, for example, want to update the My Photos template to search only for files matching your camera make and model.
As templates become a central part of your workflow, you will want quick access to your favorite ones.
Note: This blog post strays away from our usual focus on tips & tricks. It does not provide a solution or workaround for Mail searches on macOS Catalina. It rather discusses technical background and ethical considerations.
Spotlight vs. Core Spotlight
Recent versions of macOS use two indexing technologies to power local searches in the Spotlight window: Spotlight and Core Spotlight.
Spotlight was introduced with OS X 10.4 Tiger. It indexes user files. Whenever a file is modified, the Spotlight engine calls upon the appropriate importer plug-in to read metadata and text content from the file. That data is then indexed for searching.
The fact that Spotlight works only with files can be a problem for some applications. For “shoebox” applications, it is often more natural to store data items in a single file or database rather than use one file per data item. Such data items cannot be indexed by Spotlight. Thus such applications either have to change their data storage to fit Spotlight’s requirements or resort to tricks to get their data into Spotlight.
Core Spotlight is a more recent addition. Core Spotlight does not watch for data or files to appear. Instead, applications actively submit data to Core Spotlight for indexing. This reversal of roles allows Core Spotlight to index any kind of data. Continue reading Mail Search on MacOS Catalina