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SpotInside... I found that Spotlight was annoying because it doesn't tell you where the search word is in the document. You need to open each document and search it again to find out its context.

That's why I made this free software.

SpotInside can...

  • Preview documents with highlighted search word.
  • Preview any kind of documents as text files. Even Excel files.
  • Show "Score" that indicates relativity to the search word.
  • Do a fast search for users who don't need to search whole metadata.
  • Do Punakea/Tagbot compatible tag search.

What's New

Version 1.0.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Cdenesha Member IconComment+0

Cool app! I think I'll be using this quite a bit, and look forward to testing its features. I'll try to write a review in the future.

Running on Snow Leopard, good so far. :)



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Version 1.0.1
Formica Member IconReview+259

SpotInside could not find a file that Spotlight and HoudahSpot could. I did a search on "Driver" and "Driver License" to find a scan of my driver's license called "Jay's Driver License.pdf", which is stored in my Pictures file, and SpotInside simply could not find the file no matter what I did, while both Spotlight and HoudahSpot found it immediately.

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Version 1.0.1

By default SpotInside just searches the full text content. To switch to searching metadata attributes as well, go into Preferences, the Source tab, and change 'Query Type' by clicking on the button 'All files, all metadata'.

I tested and it works well.


sampler Member IconComment+63

Version 1.0.1 The program still highlights individual words when a phrase has been specified. This is a bug.

It is possible to trick the program into finding only the phrase, albeit one file and one line at a time.

With a file selected, hit cmd-F and an undocumented Find window opens.

For example, if you've searched for "brown cow" (no parentheses!), the Find window will have the following search pattern.

(brown)|(brown cow)|(cow)

Erase all but (brown cow) and hit "Find All". Now all lines containing "brown cow" will be highlighted in the list below.

(The parentheses and |'s are regular expression characters).

However this work-around is no substitute for a fix

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Version 1.0.1
ingvo@ingvo.com-jedy Member IconReview+1

"Save as pdf" is here! Ever wanted to save a list of files as a searchable pdf? With Spotinside you can (version 0.8.2). Many mac users wanted that function wich was built in mac os 9. With Spotinside you can put any set of files or content of smartfolders or folders in one list. Since you can set in the view options what you want to see, there are no limitations, what your printed and searchable pdf will contain. For me this function replaces the following programmes: «Folderlister», «Print Window», «PrintFinder», «Directory Content Printer», and probably some more... Thank you One River Software!!

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Version 0.8.2
Phaleron Member IconComment+97

The Help for SpotInside is in Japanese (and has been for several versions now) so I cannot consult it for troubleshooting the following problem:

Textual searches work only for the main hard disc. Searches on peripheral discs bring up the volume directory (folders, etc), but not the files which subscribe to the textual query.

Is it something I am doing wrong, or have others experienced the same?

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Version 0.7.7

Not sure? I have two external hard drives and it finds files on those?


probably your external harddrive is not indexed by spotlight. have a look in spotlight preferences if your external harddrive is in the private section. if you want to find things with spotlight or spotinside, you have to remove the harddrive and let spotlight index it. if you don't want that you can use the programme "easy find".

Orion-Mk.-V Member IconReview+216

The new UI is fantastic and overall it just seems faster.

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Version 0.7.4
hi_RAM Member IconComment+22

I don't like the new interface (0.7) downgraded to 0.6 (a must)

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Version 0.7
Oneriver Software And Patent Solutions (Developer)

You can hide new source list by pressing command 1

To do this, the application basically works same.

xypher Member IconReview+54

I work with a lot of documents and this is indispensable. Should have been part of the OS itself. Can't believe the Developer's not charging for it.

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Version 0.7
slob Member IconReview+80

Add my stars. Excellent, especially for freeware. Just try it and compare it to spotlight. This really does spotlight.

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Version 0.5.2
nicoo Member IconReview+0

Brilliant idea and implementation - the software is still early stage and crashes quite often but it is still early-stage and it is free

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Version 0.5.1
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 19,759
Version Downloads 7,546
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 15 Jul 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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