FoxTrot Personal Search
FoxTrot Personal Search
6.6.3

5.0

FoxTrot Personal Search free download for Mac

FoxTrot Personal Search

6.6.3
03 September 2019

Focused, precise way to find data in files.

Overview

FoxTrot Personal Search delivers the fastest, most focused and precise way to find data in the files. Based on the revolutionary FoxTrot search engine -- used in more than 40 countries by users of CTM's PowerMail -- FoxTrot Personal Search brings high performance document retrieval and indexing to your most important files.

What's new in FoxTrot Personal Search

Version 6.6.3:

Note: FoxTrot is now a notarized application, and uses the hardened runtime on macOS 10.14 and later

MacOS 10.15 Catalina support
  • When indexing the whole boot volume on Catalina, every file (except those in the read-only system volume) were indexed twice.
  • Fixed a crash on Catalina when displaying a found document using a Quick Look plugin.
  • Spotlight metadata importers can be used correctly on Catalina.
  • Note that the highlighting of several searched words using different colors in PDF documents, which was partially flawed since macOS 10.12, has finally been fixed by Apple in Catalina.

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17 FoxTrot Personal Search Reviews

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Gakesmith
19 October 2005

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I use this software with OS 10.4. It works like Spotlight only many times faster, it sorts the results more logically, and best of all it provides previews of the results. This is far and away more accurate and useful than Spotlight. Maybe Apple should include Foxtrot as an improvement in OS 10.5!
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Version 1.0.1
Eimbier
15 June 2015
FoxTrot Personal Search provides the best results for file retrieval that I have found on the Mac; especially in cases where I have many files of the same subject matter and keywords. It is what Spotlight should have been. I use Spotlight for finding files that I had recently saved or where I have only a couple of a similar items in my digital filing system. I use FoxTrot for harder to locate files. Results are arrangeable by likelihood rank, category location, file type, author, date and date range. Searched keywords are highlighted in the previewed searched text. Google Desktop was great, but no longer is available on the Mac. Until FoxTrot I found paper filing in folders in a filing cabinet was more reliable than file retrieval on the Mac. So far FoxTrot is my favorite as I do not have to create a duplicate filing system or make entries into a tedious database..
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Version 5.0.2
Lord-Lightning
12 July 2014
JUST DO NOT BUY THIS - The Personal version has one purpose only. That is to give a consumer the impression that the Personal Product is a stand alone product and fully functional. It is technically deceptive advertising to provide what appear to be functional processes that have no function other than to throw a Push Promotion for another product. This is even more deceptive than ‘in-app’ purchases. This contravenes Consumer law in this country under ACL 2010. Macupdate should verify my claim and if I am found to be correct then it should ban this app from the MacUpdate site. Here is the latest from CTM: Sir, thank you for your message. I understand your frustration to see that quite a few features are available in Pro. unfortunately, we have to do things this way, because Foxtrot Personal does not cover its costs and hence is subsidized by the Professional version. It is important to us to have an entry level product because not everyone can afford Pro, but we do need the upgrade revenue to justify having an entry level product. There are two things that can be done. One is that you get used to ignoring the features which are not inherently part of FoxTrot personal. Exceptionally, I can offer a second alternative to you, which is to to offer you a discount on a copy of Pro, which, as you will have understood by now, does bring you much more functionality, instead of the 30% you are entitled to as a personal user. Jean-Michel / CTM qa
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Version 5.0
Lord-Lightning
09 July 2014
Being very careful what I say incase I offend any loyal Fox Trot users. This is strictly about v5. Just about everything I said about earlier versions has been fixed - Good Show! BUT why the hell do all the exhortations to buy an upgraded version - to Pro - keep coming up at almost every button click, particularly on the Result List view under what you expect to see as thumbnails? It looks like all other versions are just marketing gimmick you pay for to be bombarded with Uprade to V 5 PRO. Damn irritating. Looks like I have to stop using it again - after dropping another $30 for the upgrade to the Personal version (v5). Extortion. My advice - try the others BEFORE you buy this version. I am now leaving the thing forever. Disgusted.
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Version 5.0
2 answer(s)
Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
09 July 2014
Like a few others I just discovered that it is critical to use the actual download link that CMT send you at purchase or the trial Pro version seems to keep appearing - even though you have licensed the Personal version. So use the correct 'Personal' version and all is fixed and no exhortations to upgrade the Pro version appear. All a bit weird but it works fine.
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
09 July 2014
Now it's back. To hell with it.
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Lord-Lightning
06 June 2011
Pretty much abandoned this app. You need to keep on contacting CTM after you do any work on your computer - such as a directory rebuild in DisWarrior. Fox Trot zaps the license and it tells you that your app is unlicensed. Can't be bothered - but hell, I feel ripped off. Too expensive - far too expensive for an app that behaves like a beta app. Look at the other options - just as good and they seem to work.
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Version 3.2b1
5 answer(s)
Oldmiller
Oldmiller
06 June 2011
I couldn't believe this, so I tested it (OS10.6.7, DiskWarrior 4.2 and Foxtrot Pro). After a directory rebuild on my system boot clone I started from that and FoxTrot Pro did fine. The app was registered as expected and all my indices were working, searches performed correct. The license is written in a regular plist in your home folder. I don't see how a directory rebuild should affect this.
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
06 June 2011
Also ran CleanMyMac and MacKeeper - maybe it was one of those. Seriously though I have contacted CTM previously on this issue and got the reply OldMiller gives. This is probably particular to my system - but I am not inventing it and it is a bummer to see an app you have paid for fall over with a license alert. Last fail was in an attempt to run the app to look for the current update. Believe it or not, it happened and I am now a sadder and wiser ex client of CTM.
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Oldmiller
Oldmiller
06 June 2011
Well, as I said FT reads the license info from a file in your preferences folder. Tons of apps store this kind of information in a file somewhere on your disk. If you shred the file, it is just inevitable that you will be asked to enter the registration details again, which is a matter of seconds if you are organized. I suspect that one of the maintenance tools you have used was set to delete plists, that haven't been used for period x. Matter of fact is you're rating this app with only half a star because you're blaming it for things it is not responsible for.
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Lord-Lightning
Lord-Lightning
07 June 2011
Well, I've been using macs and teaching computing at University since 1986, but thanks for the lesson. I do know how to enter and save a preferences file. The half star is because the software that cost me $40 or so lets me down repeatedly. CTM have given me the answers you gave me. It just does not work without a license/registration call - every single time in spite of doctoring the Pref file using PlistEdit Pro. Hey, I'm one user. Loosen up. I'm entitled to relate my experience to potential users. This story is just a sigle user experience suggesting that folks look at the other search tools such as those listed above - Easy Find is Free, Grupa Dupa and HoudaSpot consistently get terrific user affirmation. Others have had problems with FoxTrot. So why are you getting pernickity? I just call it as I see it and have over a long period if time. My receipt for the Fox Trot purchase goes back to v2.6 and I have stayed with it since then - but not any more. Half a star is generous. However, I respect your advocacy for what probably is a fantastic search app for you. It's just not for me.
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Pirx
Pirx
01 April 2013
@Oldmiller: I have that de-licensing issue with other applications, too. It is not unusual. I used Foxtrot for a brief period and then did away with it, followed by abandoning PowerMail.
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Anon-Bud
16 February 2011
FWIW: I used Foxtrot back in the day (pre-X and a bit post-X) and it worked well. But then something happened and it quit working as well and there was an upgrade policy that I thought was a bit, shall I say, odd. Haven't used FT in quite some time. I've tried it again and can say that, IMO, both HoudahSpot and Leap outperform FT, both in terms of speed of searches and in number of results found. So, for my money, HoudahSpot and Leap. Your results may be different.
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Version 3.1
Jean-Pierre-Gattuso
12 February 2010
Foxtrot is a great program which I have used for a long time. However, there is NO technical support. Every time I have a question or a request, it takes several reminders to get a reply. Sometimes, there is no reply at all. This is appalling and I have enough. I have purchased HoudahSpot, which may be a product inferior to Foxtrot but its support is reported to be outstanding. Jean-Pierre
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Version 2.5.3
3 answer(s)
ctmdev
ctmdev
01 September 2010
On February 22nd, 2010 we wrote you back with a reply, Mr. Gattuso, to which you said that this had solved the issue. Ever since then, we've been trying on FIVE occasions to kindly request that you remove your misleading comment and cannot get so much as an acknowledgement back. Is it fair for a consumer to do such damage without any recourse for the developer ?
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Version 2.6
Jean-Pierre-Gattuso
Jean-Pierre-Gattuso
07 September 2010
I was contacted once (not 5 times) by "jean michel/ctm qa" on 13 March 2010. He asked me to delete my comment on the lack of support, which I did not do. This comment is not misleading, accurately described the situation at the time, and I stand by it. Looking at the other comments on MacUpdate, it looks like I am not the only one who experienced similar problems with tech support in 2009 and 2010. That being said, FoxTrot is a great program and will have a go with v3.0 when it will become available, hoping that the company has understood that it is critical to provide high-quality customer support.
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Version 3.0b3
Espiridion
Espiridion
15 October 2010
I agree. Your comment is not misleading at all. Any damage to CTM is done by CTM themselves and their lack of support. You can view other similar comments regarding their professional version. I stopped using their products years ago. I did give Foxtrot Professional a try, but the lack of support prevented me from making a purchase. For general information in my computer I also use HoudahSpot. For more specific information I have several DevonThink Pro databases. I'm no longer interested in Foxtrot. If their support ever improves I may consider them again for a future version.
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Version 3.0
Superglide
23 January 2010
This app is awesome. I was on deadline to submit a grant proposal and couldn't for the life of me find a document containing pertinent information. Fortunately for me, I had a trial version of FoxTrot Personal Search (FPS) still active, so I fired it up. Upon first starting the app you are given a choice which folder on your hard drive you want to index. The index building process takes several minutes depending on the number of records it has to process. The index created makes for very fast searches using key word(s). The FPS uses normal boolean logic and wildcards. Well, when I typed in the search box the phrase "united way" that I so desperately needed to find, bam, a list of records (rtf, doc, pdf, etc.) popped up with all occurrences found in the folder selected to index. A separate viewer below this list shows a preview of the record with the phrase "united way" in bold and highlighted. There's also another window on the side that allows you to further drill down. For example, there's a section with a slider you use to narrow the date range to search. A second section shows the location(s) where the records were found (folders and subfolders on your hard drive) and the number of items found containing the key word(s) or phrase. You can also see in a third section the file type found (e.g., pdf, word processor, plain text, mail message, etc.) with the total number found. Within a few seconds I found the phrase I was looking for in a mail message from a colleague. That made my day and allowed me to complete the proposal on time. I immediately and gladly bought a license. There's more power under the hood (in Preferences) where you can add additional folders to include in the index (like User/Library/Mail for email searches), but it's not a good idea to index the entire hard drive because that will increase the size of the index file and slow down searches. Moreover, you can exclude certain folders (like a Backup folder) which will reduce redundancy and speed up the search function. I'm thrilled and highly recommend FPS if you have thousands of documents and/or email messages you need to regularly search for arcane data that you couldn't possibly keep straight in your head.
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Version 2.5.3
Ajoe
30 July 2008
Wow, this is an amazing application. I have been looking for a fast local search tool that provides live previews and FoxTrot does the trick. I often have to search thousands of pages of developer references to find answers and this is the only search program I have found that is worth keeping open on my desktop. Using FoxTrot 2 on Mac OS X 10.5.4 (Intel)
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Version 2.0.2
Lev
21 May 2008
The new FoxTrot Professional beta is promising, although at €99 it's pretty steeply priced. BUT... it can't index Mail.app emails. Just ignores them. And if you index them with FoxTrot 1.5 and then upgrade the index (automatically) to 2.0 beta, it's unable to preview them, which rather kills the point. Hopefully this is a beta bug. If not, it obliterates FoxTrot, which would be a shame. I'd have filed a bug reported, but their website -- perhaps the worst developer's site I've ever seen, so bad it makes me want to demolish the internet -- has no means of doing so. Perhaps they just don't want to know bad news. Perhaps it's some Swiss secrecy thing. Who knows? The skinny: stick with 1.5 for the time being.
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Version 2.0b3
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Sampler
Sampler
16 December 2008
FoxTrot Professional 2.0.2 (and, I presume, FT Personal) does indeed search email.
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Version 2.0.3
Macmaria
18 April 2007
It's been now more than three months using FT. I must say I'm very happy with it. It has been very stable, including the indexing process. I really love its capability of searching inside packages. That makes all the difference. My only cons is the price. It's a bit pricey, however it was the only app that did all that I wanted/needed...
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Version 1.5
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5.0

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  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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