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Find File... Like System 7's Find File feature. More comprehensive results than Spotlight for finding-by-name.

No frills, just does one thing and does it well. Free!

What's New

Version 0.3:
  • Fixes crash during search
  • Supports dragging from items found

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5, only searches HFS/HFS+ local volumes

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Robin-Ray Member IconReview+0
Robin-Ray
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Blimey! Wonderful! The only way to find all the bits Logmein scatters all over the place! And shows them in finder so you can zapp the little beggars. I've virtually given up on Spotlight as it will say it can't find a file when, to test it, I've got it sitting there on the desktop right in front of me... .John R Chang, you are my hero.

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Version 0.3
lamontDakota Member IconReview+194
lamontDakota
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This is still working in MAVERICKS.
Pro: It will find *everything*! It you need to find _something_, but you have only the vaguest idea what it is and/or where it is, Find File will find it, whatever it is, wherever it is.
Con: it will find *everything*! Unless you can specify *precisely* what it is that you're looking for, Find File will find _everything_ that contains the search-string, so that you may get *thousands* of hits.

But, there have been several occasions when I've been desperate enough not to care. If you've ever been in that situation, then this is definitely what you need. Besides, seeing all of the possibilities just may trigger the memory-synapse that holds the precise name of what you're looking for. Then you're in business.

You never know.

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Version 0.3
lamontDakota Member IconReview+194
lamontDakota
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In Lion !0.7.2, I have thrice successfully found an invisible,
.keylemon folder that KeyLemon had installed into the Share folder in Drop-fxcking-Box, for God's sake! And this invisible file alone has all of the code necessary to lock you out of computer just as easily as the full installation can! And it does it from inside DropBox! It even has the power to resurrect itself from a Secure Empty Trash!

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Version 0.3
Kevenly Member IconReview+10
Kevenly
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I gave this five stars based on two criteria.
It's FREE, and it WORKS. It's very spartan, but it works.
It finds all that stuff that Spotlight does not, since Spotlight
only searches particular parts of your hard drive. Looking for
junk in your system folder that Spotlight will never show you?
Find File will turn up all that stuff. I hate spotlight because
it never locates what I'm after. I can do a folder search in Spotlight and type a text string that is in the title of a file right in the folder and it will say no results. This app finds everything.

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Version 0.3
lamontDakota Member IconReview+194
lamontDakota
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It STILL works like a charm, even with 10.7.1 Lion!

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Version 0.3
Vito Member IconComment+127
Vito
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Find File searches your whole computer for an item whose name contains (whatever you enter as the search query).

That's it. No other choices or search parameters available. No preferences to set, no view settings to adjust. You can filter the results of your search (by name), but that's all. If that's the kind of search you want to do, Find File does a good job, and it includes hidden files in the search results.

This is commentary only; I'm not going to rate this app, because I probably won't use it much. I don't often need to search my entire computer, which has three boot volumes and one data volume--all for different purposes. I usually know which one of those volumes I want to search, and I don't need to search the others. So, for most purposes, I prefer a search app that lets me specify the directory I want to search.

Nevertheless, I can't find any fault with Find File. It's free, it's FAST, it does exactly what it claims to do, and it does it well. If you need a free search application that provides more features, try Find Any File or EasyFind.

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Version 0.3
Buligwyf Member IconReview+27
Buligwyf
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Clean, clear and simple. The best of this category that I have used so far. Use it together with iTrash to confirm that all files are found. A Mac application in the best sense of the word:)

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Version 0.3
Uncoy Member IconReview+195
Uncoy
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Superb. You have your Mac Find File feature back, without all the beachball spinning of the incredibly slow DEVON EasyFind

Very similar features to FindAnyFile but FindFile is wrapped in Cocoa instead of RealBasic and seems faster on its feet.

Thanks John R. Chang for this wrapper!

PS. Please put up a website and a donation button.

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Version 0.3
Uncoy
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Other advantage of Find File is that it uses no CPU in the background, while Find Any File uses about 1% CPU on Core2Duo 2.5Ghz.

lamontDakota
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Sadly, John R Chang has moved on to bigger and better things. We shall not see his like, again. He should have open-sourced it! WTF!

It's too bad that authors can't be forced to open-source, before they can abandon.

Tempel
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@longboy: The code for this app should be very simple to write, open sourcing isn't needed here as anyone with a basic Cocoa programming skillset can put this up in no time. The only "trick" many newer Mac programmers don't know about is that one needs to use the little known "FSCatalogSearch" function for the search. The rest is standard UI stuff, i.e. text edit field and a list view. FindAnyFile (my app), OTOH, has a lot more work in it, and I had actually considered making it open source at one point, before I changed my mind and started to sell it (it used to be free as well). Anyway, FindFile is still a neat little app and I'm surprised the author never followed up with making it at least an "official" 1.0 release and adding a donation button.

PieceMaker Member IconComment+1
PieceMaker
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Version 0.3
Roro01 Member IconComment+0
Roro01
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An option to include/exclude package contents is missing. Many of us are not interested in looking for files inside these packages.

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Version 0.3
lamontDakota
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But many of us are interested in looking for files inside these packages. Besides, WTF do you want for nothing? Find Files finds files in OS X 10.6.5, at no charge. And, if what you're looking for is found, you can pull it right out onto the Desktop. If you don't wanto or can't do that, the file path is supplied.

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Downloads 41,552
Version Downloads 40,273
License Free
Date 28 Dec 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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