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Retrospective allows you to search Safari's cache for any textual or image content on previously visited websites. That way you can quickly locate a page again if you forget the address but know something about the content.

You remember a word, phrase or image title from a Web page - but you've forgotten where you saw it - and you don't want to wade through 'History' or Google to find it!

Suggestions for improvements are more than welcome. Retrospective is freeware and costs you nothing. A mail stating your thoughts would be nice though.

What's New

Version 1.2b3:
  • Save menu item re-inserted. So much for claiming save functionality in b2...
  • Open menu item enabled, works as the folder icon in the main window


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 asmeurer Member IconReview+25

The developer claims that he wants suggestions, so here are mine:

• Over all, this is a great concept and a great app. It also works pretty fast.
• Change the image icon in the toolbar. It is ambiguous; if I didn't already know what it was, I wouldn't have a clue.
• Out of curiosity, does this use Spotlight? If it does, why is there not find as you type? Either way, find as you type would be good.
• There needs to be some kind of icon indication in the search results bar if an item is an image.
• A way to filter out white images/images with not size would be nice. I thought it didn't work at first because I pulled up a blank image.
• The image search should use thumbnails, with the ability to sort them by size in case there are a bunch. Otherwise, you can only search for image names or urls, which usually aren't very descriptive.
• Source coloring or the ability to open it in another app would be nice. Also, if it could highlight the search occurrence in the source, that would be helpful.
• Just a list of domain names for searches. The stated purpose of this app is to find forgotten pages, and that would make it faster. Also, if domains could be unchecked from the search results, so I could eliminate the pages from domains that I know that I am not looking for.
• This program is pretty straight forward, but some documentation would be nice anyway. I'm not exactly sure why the folder option is there or what it does (for different browsers?).
• A little iphoto style calendar to help sort through dates would be neat.
• One last suggestion: the stated purpose of this program is to find forgotten pages that were previously visited, so maybe adding a history search would be applicable. But then, there are plenty of apps (including Safari) that already do that.

I hope these aren't too hard to implement, they are just ideas though.

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Version 1.2b3
elegraphy Member IconComment+150

It broke under my 10.4.7 as it opend and closed with in a couple of second.

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Version 1.0u
Dave Member IconComment+0

This little app is great! Nothing else that I've found does the very simple, obvious, and useful thing that Retrospective does--it allows you to search the contents of web pages in your Safari browser cache. Sort of like Cocoalicious does for the contents of web pages in your del.icio.us bookmarks. Bravo!

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview

I don't know which came first, but there is another Mac app named memento. I don't know which came first, but I'm posting here because this is the first time I've noticed this app.

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Version 1.0b4
Anonymous Member Icon

I see the names now been changed to "Retrospective". That's cool, but the application description text (on MacUpdate) still says "Memento". :)

Anonymous Member Icon

And the new name treads dangerously close to the Dantz backup product "Retrospect". This could be confusing for some readers.

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Date 07 Dec 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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