What’s wrong with an indexed, system-wide search feature that works right from the keyboard on your Mac? It’s worse than searching with keywords on Google. Oh, the clutter! Oh, the humanity! If Spotlight’s cluttered file listings isn’t your thing, try this Mac app instead, and hate Spotlight less.
From what I can tell of co-workers, family members, and Mac-toting friends, Spotlight doesn’t get much use, let alone much love.
Why not? Indexing all the files on your Mac seems all well and good but finding just what you want is more effort than using Google to not find what you want.
In comes HoodahSpot, the Mac app that is what Spotlight should have been, and does what Spotlight should do.
In a sense, HoodahSpot sits on top of Spotlight but sports a more user friendly interface with an array of user understandable options (mostly lacking in Spotlight). In this it’s even more advanced than Google’s search engine interface.
Search by word name, content, keywords, tags, type of file, when it may have been modified last, and even within specific folders on your Mac.
One look at the search option fields and you’ll see the power of using HoodahSpot over Spotlight. Because you have more precise control of what files you want, HoodahSpot is actually faster and easier to use than Spotlight.
Spotlight indexes far more file attributes and metadata than most of us would know what to do with, but HoodahSpot knows the value and that makes the search criteria more granular in nature.
Files can still be previewed used Quick Look in HoodahSpot, including text preview to find strings within text files and documents. Searches can be saved as search templates to be used again. I consider HoodahSpot to be a Mac power user alpo, but keyboard shortcuts improve efficiency for the real power user (those who don’t use mouse or trackpad).
To be honest about it, using HoodahSpot actually makes searching for files on my Mac fun. Not always. But sometimes. Whereas searching for files in vanilla Spotlight was not fun. Always.
This image is more advertising than anything, but it gives you a quick idea of the differences between HoodahSpot and Spotlight.
One reason why I’ve not been impressed with Spotlight is it’s ability to list every damned file that might be minutely related to what I want. HoodahSpot narrows the search must faster. Another reason is that my Mac is home to a few hundred apps, and that means many thousands of files for Spotlight to search through. This app is just easier and faster.