These days Mac files get stored on the Mac– and on any one of a dozen different online services– from Dropbox to iCloud, from Evernote to Gmail, from SkyDrive to Google Drive. OS X’s Spotlight helps us find locally stored files. How do we find files stored online?
Find It With Found
With so much of our personal data and files being stored online in various and sundry storage sites and apps which save files in the cloud, it’s time for an app that can search those locations.
Enter Found, a free app for your Mac which works more or less like Spotlight but for files stored online instead of files on your Mac.
Found is a search app. Just enter a keyword or two and it searches for files stored on all those popular online storage locations (which Spotlight does not).
You’ll need to setup Found so it can log in to each of your online accounts to index stored files.
While it doesn’t connect to every online storage or data service, it covers the most popular except iCloud.
Included on the list is Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Gmail. Found will also search your Mac’s hard drive and any external storage devices connected to your Mac (so you won’t need Spotlight).
Using Found is about as simple as any type of online search. Set it up, let it index the files stored online, enter keywords, check the search results. You won’t need to log in to each online services each time you want to search.
Found is secure, too, and stores each of the online account login ID and passwords on your Mac’s Keychain. Found is fast because it doesn’t really search for files online. It makes an index of files stored online and searches that. That makes it fast and more secure.
And you cannot beat the price tag. Free.