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Better Search... Beginning with Mac OS X 10.4, Spotlight took away the ability to search deeply in your hard drive. You could not search packages nor could you search in invisible directories. Better Search attempts to correct that. While it is not as pretty as Spotlight it does allow one to have greater control over a search. But this comes at a cost. Better search does use a high level of cpu time and memory. You can run multiple searches at the same time, search in packages, search visible and invisible directories and search case insensitive or not. Better Search will also allow you to either only search for Directories more...

What's New

Version 1.2
  • Allows you to search the contents of a file. Be aware that this is quite time consuming.

Requirements

Mac OS 10.4 or later

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bertgras Member IconReview+0
bertgras
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Just perfect!

It also works to search in Excel files.

Realy great!!!

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Version 1.2
bertgras Member IconReview+0
bertgras
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Just perfect!

Also it works to search in with Excel files!

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Version 1.2
Homeworld Member IconReview+72
Homeworld
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... and two years, to the day, after the last review...

Looks nice, and works fine an older machine under Snow Leopard... but is it just me, or does this not launch at all under Mountain Lion 10.8.1?

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Version 1.2
Rpsx Member IconReview+18
Rpsx
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i was pulling my hair out looking for a file. i knew it was on my drive, but spotlight couldn't find it. this found it in 4 seconds. spotlight is a joke. this is the real deal. i seriously can't believe osx is that useless. save yourself the headache. keep this handy. it actually works! THANK YOU to the developer.

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Version 1.2
magosilvan Member IconReview+94
magosilvan
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A bit slow, but it can find visibles/invisibles files even in packages. Very very useful when you spotlight fails. And it's free. Thanks to the author.

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Version 1.1
bad jobs - good jobs Member IconComment+2
bad jobs - good jobs
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Try "EasyFind", you can drag the search-folder in EasyFinds window, that's more comfortable

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Version 1.0
chrisB Member IconReview+65
chrisB
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Better Search does a good job; but with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Spotlight is able to find System files and doing searches in invisible directories.

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Version 1.0
Agdesign Laze E Software (Developer)
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I never liked spotlight to begin with. An while I have not found the way to get spot light to find my system files, unix files and hidden files, I'm not saying your assertion is incorrect. However when searching with my utility vs. spotlight I get far more results with mine no matter the criteria I choose for spotlight.

RasmusRG
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I agree with you, spotlight sucks, ty for this app...

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bertgras
Version 1.2
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Details

Downloads 5,200
Version Downloads 4,415
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 26 Nov 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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