Indeed, Spotlight is better than ever, certainly more friendly and commercial looking, but as Apple has dumbed down the search, it has left room for search apps which do what Spotlight does not do well. Here’s an affordable example.
Find, And Ye Shall Receive
Spotlight’s claim to fame is also its undoing. Spotlight indexes all the files and folders on your Mac, which, ostensibly, makes them faster and easier to search. The problem lies in the huge list of Spotlight’s results.
DFind is a new breed of Mac search utility which doesn’t clutter the screen with Amazon or Wikipedia or Google search results with files on your Mac. If you know what you’re after, Find presents a logical, straightforward and very fast mechanism to find it fast– without Spotlight.
Essentially, DFind gives you search tools which can be used to filter out the cruft and file clutter so files can be found faster, easier, and with better search results. Simply select the tabs and filters and click Search.
Search criteria is flexible and fast. Search by name, partial name, or strings or phrases within text. Search specific locations on your Mac or connected storage. Even limit search to hidden files, or sub-folder depths, or file size or creation date.
QuickLook is built-in so you can view files without opening files. Files can also be moved, trashed, or copied from within DFind’s Finder-like options. DFind is not Spotlight but it is fast, and provides friendlier search tools than Apple’s built-in search. I started using DFind last year but found it unstable and limited. As is often the case, using an app after it has received updates, new features, and performance improvements helps to justify the cause.