HoudahSpot 4.3

Turn­ing up the Spot­light power

Mac|Life - - NEWS - kenny hem­phill

$29 From Houdah Soft­ware, houdah.com Needs OS X 10.10 or later The Mac’s Spot­light search en­gine has added lots of new fea­tures in re­cent years, but as a tool for search­ing your com­puter, it re­mains ba­sic.

That’s where HoudahSpot comes in. It uses the Spot­light in­dex but al­lows you to build searches us­ing a va­ri­ety of cri­te­ria and save them as tem­plates, some­what like Smart Fold­ers. And it’s mighty fast. It comes with lots of pre­built tem­plates; new in ver­sion 4.2 is one that en­ables you to search for all video files of HD res­o­lu­tion on your Mac.

While HoudahSpot presents an in­ter­face that may seem daunt­ing, se­lect­ing a tem­plate from the Tem­plates menu quickly re­veals the app’s power and ease of use. So, for ex­am­ple, choose Mail and you’ll see a list of search cri­te­ria in the left-hand side­bar. You sim­ply fill in the ones you want to in­spect and press “play” – it’s that easy.

Once you’ve pin­pointed what you want, you can dou­bleclick to open it in the spec­i­fied app; open it in an­other app; or tag, re­name, copy, or move it. It’s pow­er­ful stuff.

The bot­tom line. HoudahSpot is ideal for any­one who craves more pow­er­ful search­ing than Spot­light in macOS.

HoudahSpot 4.3

Pow­er­ful search tools Can build cus­tom search tem­plates Very gran­u­lar con­trol May seem daunt­ing at first

Ex­cel­lent

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