Remember Apple’s Sherlock? Long live Sherlock, yet another of Apple’s classy, useful, ripoff, yet another member of the company’s abandonware apps club.
Think of a Mac Finder with options to find files and web site information all rolled into one. Sherlock started life back on Mac OS 8.5, and died when OS X Tiger came of age. If you liked Sherlock, miss Sherlock, then you might like this Scherlokk.
What’s In A Name?
That the original Sherlock was useful is hard to deny. It was so good that Apple replaced it with two utilities in OS X Tiger– Spotlight and Dashboard.
The modern day Scherlokk (probably pronounced the same) is somewhat similar, but relegated to searching for files that reside only on your Mac.
Wait. Doesn’t Spotlight already do that? Yes, though I tend to think Spotlight quickly is approaching abandonware status, too.
Scherlokk is a bit easier to set up to search and it digs deeper into OS X’s file structure, including hidden files and system files.
It can even find files that haven’t been indexed by Spotlight. All you need to do is fill in the blanks and let it do the search.
Take a look.
Scherlokk merely needs to know a little bit of information about the file you want before it begins a search.
For example, what’s the file’s name? Put a few keywords into the File Content field. Scherlokk gives you options to search in subfolders, search for invisible or hidden files and folders, and even search inside package contents (similar to iPhoto’s package).
Spotlight is fast because it indexes files on your Mac. Scherlokk is fast, too, and it multitasks. Open as many search windows as you need to find different files.
File types can be excluded from a search, which makes the search faster.
This is a handy little utility that goes a bit beyond Spotlight, but doesn’t do justice to the original Sherlock of yesteryear. Speaking of yesteryear, I’m not sure what to make of Scherlokk’s user interface. Is it a throwback to Mac Classic OS, or a look at an OS X version that’s being iOS-ified by design honcho Jonny Ive?