This is the most-used app on my Macbook Pro. It is fantastically useful. I have a fair number of files, and searching via the Finder seems so primitive, frustrating, and slow compared to HoudahSpot. It is easy to use from the start, and as you discover its power, it is extremely powerful. General example 1: I download my bank account and credit card statements each month. I've set up a HoudahSpot one-click search that searches for any dollar amount I enter. Bam, I can instantaneously nail any payment FAST. Example 2: I download a lot of PDFs. I can search NON-PDF files instantaneously to filter out info I didn't create myself (including mail, Things do-list items, text notes, etc.) It's just so damned fast. I have separate one-click searches for JPG, JPEG, or PNG extensions; for Tagged files; for Folder names only; for App Aliases only (try doing *that* with Finder!); for recent emails; for a set of selected folders I know might contain Tax info.
I absolutely love this software. I appreciate the fairly regular updates, and am constantly finding new ways to use it. I am in no way connected to the developers, but I wish them all the best for one of the best values on my laptop. Thanks, guys.