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Leap

3.8.5
24 May 2018

Comprehensive file management application.

Overview

Leap is a combination Spotlight, Bridge, Finder, and more. The Finder on OS X is slow, cumbersome, and limited. The Finder search interface is very cumbersome. Leap shows you all your files and more importantly - where they are on your computer. No other tool does this. Works great for images and PDF's, too. Leap does not force you to put documents in a special place, it uses no databases. Just see whats on your hard drive.

  • Fully integrated with Mavericks and later, including its tagging system.
  • Dropbox support. Leap now uses Dropbox if you have it to back up tags.
  • Dropbox bookmark quickly allows you to search your Dropbox.

What's new in Leap

Version 3.8.5:
  • Updates for latest Xcode, fixed a bug where a warning about Spotlight could appear in error, dragging fixes

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Urfren-Thissi
14 June 2010

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I have been comparing Leap and Yep for a few days and I see that they are EXACTLY the same app EXCEPT for... Yep: -convenient scanning interface with tagging -clip documents and web pages -you add files to the library (link/move is up to you) -you only view, search and manage you library files Leap: -a system-wide file browser (folder tree). Yep also has that but you can only see your library files -Go Deep mode which lets you view contents of a folder as well as its sub-folders altogether -Spotlight search right inside the app -Reveal the file in Finder or the folder tree in Leap (called Location List) -You can flag files -Leap also has a 'library' of its own. You mark files as managed and then you select view managed files. Both Leap and Yep can accept ANY file type, so don't only think that Yep is only a PDF manager. And them being so simlar in the other ways means that should you want both you can easily jump between Leap and Yep without thinking. Learn to use one and you master both. Well, what i can say is it depends on how your style of working is. If you are going to start tagging only new/important files, you are going to be dealing with a mix of tagged and untagged files. In this case Leap is a better choice. If you are like me who is going to tag every file and all my files are in one place (one tidy mess), you can just add them all into yep and start tagging. Use the GO Deep in your trial version of Leap to see them all at once. If later on I have new files i will drag them from desktop into yep when my desktop in starting to clutter up. It takes a bit more work because you have to tag ALL your files. But it benefits you in the end. And Yep is cheaper :) And you get web-clipping and scanning helps you go paperless. I have tested editing a tagged jpeg in photoshop, moving a folder of tagged files using Finder, and the openmeta tags stay, so no problem here. But if you want, the Description field below the tag box actually writes spotlight comments. Paranoid peeps may copy and paste the tags over while they are tagging a file. As for Leap vs. Pathfinder as replacement for Finder: Leap is a file-organization tool (tags and search). Pathfinder is a file-operation tool, which is e.g. f you want to let's say copy files easily you can use Pathfinder's dual pane view. They complement each other, and Finder can do both, but doesn't do well in any of them. What i hope to see improvement in Leap/Yep for now is that the user interface is too busy. It is too 'wordy' (bookmarks and status bar can get some simplifying), there are so many words in the file names, tags and folder names already. Wow, long post, i'm a wordy guy afterall :) but it clears up my mind, and hope it helps you!
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Version 2.5.4
Galgenstein
16 December 2019
This program is extremely useful if you use a lot of tags or need to tag files. Tagging works much faster than in Finder. Especially combined search for several tags at the same time allows you to drill down results for what you are searching for.
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Version 3.8.5
Levelbest
09 March 2017
Not sure why there is so much grumpy bashing going on here? I have been a Leap/Deep user for some years now. I have seen Leap go through some iterations and I have to say that; 1) it is very stable and, 2) the developer is very responsive. I would not say that Leap is exceptionally fast at finding anything on my disks. That is, until I tag the items. Leap shines in the way it allows me to save searches as bookmarks and folders, and it allows me to keep those folders in order so that I can set up my own searches - and remember them. I also use HoudahSpot which is my goto tool for finding anything, anywhere. You can save HoudahSpot searches as templates too, but it is much better to do this using Leap. HoudahSpot creates a new tab each time a new search happens, you cannot escape this. Leap shows any search you have, one at a time. To my brain this makes much better sense. I do not mean to suggest that Leap only uses tags, it also searches by date, does spotlight searches, etc. I find that when I have Leap search it can take a while, especially if it has to go to the deepest levels in search of a file - even if the file is in the next folder over. Because of this I have found Leap to be extremely useful for finding AND ORGANIZING files - intended emphasis on the organizing part.
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Version 3.8.0
Macbookpro
22 October 2016
Updated to 3.8.
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Version 3.7.4
Ced
18 April 2016
When an update for the users who bought through the App Store ?
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Version 3.7.3
gatorjim
17 August 2015
Yes, this is an effective way to search documents, especially if you use tags. But Leap (and Yep) were designed around OpenMeta tagging (produced by the same developer), so beware of this big issue: Leap (and Yep) will effectively duplicate tags that have been assigned via Finder. Any time Leap or Yep accesses a file with Finder tags, it automatically adds redundant OpenMeta tags to the file, effectively duplicating the tags for that file. When you then display the tags in any list view, e.g., in Finder, there are duplicate tags displayed. AFAIK there is no way to prevent this from happening. What a mess!
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Version 3.6.2
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BuffaloJohn
BuffaloJohn
19 August 2015
Is this true? I was going to give this a buy but if it duplicates all tags I am going to pass. Hopefully the dev comments on this quickly as the sale is ending soon.
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gatorjim
gatorjim
20 August 2015
@BuffaloJohn
Well, the developers never responded to my similar post about Yep back in February, so I wouldn't hold my breath.
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Palmer-Andersen,-Ltd-
Palmer-Andersen,-Ltd-
05 April 2016
Dev here. We don't visit Macupdate enough! Leap and Yep have never duplicated tags - that is other software installed on your computer (older software) that is doing that.

The 3.6 versions of Leap and Yep never set older tags on 10.9. We only use Apple Finder tags for everything. Apple copied OpenMeta for 10.9 and we migrated to their system right away.

Actually contacting the developer is the way to get answers to questions, not posting on random places on the internet.
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Skyline65
13 April 2015
I found this app very useful for deleting 1000s of duplicated files that I have amassed from packaging my Indesign work. Much quicker than using finder/spotlight. Leap allowed me visual control than just using a duplicate finder app. I had one issue with searching on a server as when I tried to delete a 1000 files it asked for permission for each one. The only option was to force quit. However I emailed the developer and he responded a few hours later... on a weekend! 2 Days later he has uploaded a new improved version! What more can you ask, I wish the big developers were so good!
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Version 3.6.1
Mrtomato
07 April 2015
What exactly is the promo offer here? 0% off?!
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Version 3.6.1
gmgregmao
06 April 2015
It's great
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Version 3.6.1
Macbookpro
02 March 2015
Version 3.6.1 is available from http://www.ironicsoftware.com/downloads/Leap.zip
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Version 3.6.0
Mbira
21 December 2014
I have been using Leap very day for years. It is by far the quickest way to find any file anywhere on my Mac. It allows quick filtering by file type or by customizable groups of file types. The interface is intuitive and far cleaner and more functional than the closest competitors (HoudahSpot, EasyFind). I am amazed that more people don't seem to use or comment on Leap. The app does not get updated frequently, but this has not really been a problem as it keeps working. However, I am a bit concerned with the slow/lack of responsiveness from the developer and their poor communication of status and updates.
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Version 3.5.3
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Mbira
Mbira
11 April 2015
I just upgraded to version 3.6.1. With updates to their core suite of tools - Leap, Yep, Deep, Fresh, it looks like these guys are back! This is great news for all Mac users. I'm recommending my friends and colleagues to get this while the MacUpdate promo is on.
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