Spotlaser
Spotlaser 1.3.3
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Menu item for file name only searches.   Shareware ($20.00)
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Spotlaser changes the way you search for files you know are there, but don't know where, by answering four simple questions: What... Where... When... Who...
What's New
Version 1.3.3:
  • New: Spotlaser is now a Snow Leopard compatible 32/64bit Universal Binary.
  • New: Czech localisation by Czech X Team - František Erben.
  • Fixed: Incorrect version number being reported to the OS. Thanks S. Carson!
  • Fixed: Who... field inoperative when making a selection from the pop-up button.
  • Fixed: What... File size pop-up button inoperative in Japanese version. Thanks Tiger!
  • Fixed: Issues when hiding the Spotlaser window
  • Fixed: Reset Spotlaser button now displays correctly
  • Fixed: When System Preferences > Appearance > Appearance set to graphite, Spotlaser window no longer flashes with Blue appearance before changing to Graphite.
  • Modified: Several deprecated methods in the Spotlaser code.
  • Modified: Spotlaser is now compiled with Clang LLVM.
Version 1.3.3:
  • New: Spotlaser is now a Snow Leopard compatible 32/64bit Universal Binary.
  • New: Czech localisation by Czech X Team - František Erben.
  • Fixed: Incorrect version number being reported to the OS. Thanks S. Carson!
  • Fixed: Who... field inoperative when making a selection from the pop-up button.
  • Fixed: What... File size pop-up button inoperative in Japanese version. more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Spotlaser User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Jayjay1974 (developer) commented on 21 Sep 2009
For those who are having issues with Spotlaser 1.3.3 on Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) Systems, there is an updated version that fixes a bug found on theses systems.
Download Spotlaser 1.3.4 Tiger Edition:
http://frovil.com/files/Spotlaser1.3.4.dmg
[Version 1.3.3]


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Macsolu commented on 20 Sep 2009
I'm pretty sure this used to be free. Now that they want $20 for it... I won't bother. EasyFind (free) and HoudahSpot ($25) are better in their own way.
[Version 1.3.3]


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+1
wallydog commented on 05 Apr 2007
Download Spotlaser. Enter search term(s) and paremeters. Initiate search. Watch it do nothing.

Complete waste of time.
[Version 1.3.1]


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+4

Szabesz reviewed on 07 Mar 2007
It is shame that Apple was unable to create a usable Spotlight interface in Tiger! Apple has created three different interfaces for the same feature: search. I cannot explain the frustration I get using any of Apple's interfaces. Each one is horrible! (BTW: and why three?)

Now enter Spotlaser! It has only one interface, but this one is superior to Apple's one. Spotlaser does not treat me like an idiot, whereas Apple's interfaces do so.

You CAN search with Spotlaser...
[Version 1.3.1]


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+10

capitalj reviewed on 18 Jun 2006
I've used Spotlaser since it was first released (donated, too.) As a novice user, I found it easier than Finder for saved searches.

This is a nice app by a responsive developer. GUI is incredible. 1.3 is a great improvement over previous versions.
[Version 1.3]


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sjj_public commented on 02 Dec 2005
Actually putting quotes around your spotlight search query does not do the same thing. Moreover, it is unreliable. Putting quotes around your search term is roughly a "keyword search", but that also being limited to only matching whole words. It's an undocumented, and perhaps entirely accidental, "feature".

I think Version 1.1 of Spotlaser presents too much information and is a bit klunky (can't press return to start you search, for example), but the functionality is there. Version 1.1 does work (version 1.0 did not). Note that you have to click the big logo at the bottom to start your search and you can't press return - you really have to click the bottom icon. Hopefully the author will add support for pressing return to start the search and change the funky logo button to a normal Mac OS X button.

I have on and off been working on a similar, but much more limited tool to do wildcard name searches only. Both mine and Spotlaser support wildcards. So if you search for "Test*.pdl" it will match "Testing 1 2 3.pdl". Pretty cool, and very useful. Spotlaser and mine work by creating a custom Finder smart folder and the opening it. By creating a smart folder this we you can tap into much more capability than the Finder currently provides an interface for. For example, the wildcard searching. With some simplification and refinement, Spotlaser will be a great tool.
[Version 1.1]


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Whyatt Thrash commented on 01 Dec 2005
The same functionality can be aquired through spotlight putting quotes (" ") around your search. "campaign.htm" will search only for files whose names contains "campaign.htm" for example.
[Version 1.0]


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+5

mark.anderson reviewed on 01 Dec 2005
Wow, it would be really cool IF IT ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING!
[Version 1.0]


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Gordan commented on 01 Dec 2005
This application is like my grandmother, dead and cold! Unfortunately! Big shame to programmers who made this peace of (nice looking) crap. Why so many people want to earn money with writing a code?
Perhaps is better to work in factory, or...
[Version 1.0]


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gcoghill commented on 01 Dec 2005
This looks like it could be cool, incorporating many of the features I find lacking in Spotlight (as the developer obviously also did).

However, it doesn't work. I don't get any results from a search, not as I am typing nor after hitting return. As the other reviews state, the window needs to be movable, or act like Spotlight's window. We also need prefs to set a keystroke command to invoke Spotlaser.

Looking forward to using this app, it looks like it could be pretty handy.
[Version 1.0]


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+4
Vitalis had trouble on 01 Dec 2005
How do you get it to actually search? instead of just sitting there
[Version 1.0]


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Downloads:6,959
Version Downloads:2,588
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:20 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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