Better Search
Better Search
1.2

4.6

Better Search free download for Mac

Better Search

1.2
26 November 2007

Search deeply in your HD for invisible directories, packages, etc.

Overview

Better Search... Beginning with Mac OS X 10.4, Spotlight took away the ability to search deeply in your hard drive. You could not search packages nor could you search in invisible directories. Better Search attempts to correct that. While it is not as pretty as Spotlight it does allow one to have greater control over a search. But this comes at a cost. Better search does use a high level of cpu time and memory. You can run multiple searches at the same time, search in packages, search visible and invisible directories and search case insensitive or not. Better Search will also allow you to either only search for Directories or files, or both. Keep in mind when you search that Bundles such as Applications, are considered by the system to be directories. This will possibly be accounted for in a future release but for now you must choose to find either files and folder, or folders if you are looking for applications or other bundles.

What's new in Better Search

Version 1.2
  • Allows you to search the contents of a file. Be aware that this is quite time consuming.

7 Better Search Reviews

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chrisB
06 November 2007

Most helpful

Better Search does a good job; but with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Spotlight is able to find System files and doing searches in invisible directories.
Like (1)
Version 1.0
bertgras
22 September 2012
Just perfect! It also works to search in Excel files. Realy great!!!
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Version 1.2
bertgras
22 September 2012
Just perfect! Also it works to search in with Excel files!
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Version 1.2
Buhbye
31 August 2012
... and two years, to the day, after the last review... Looks nice, and works fine an older machine under Snow Leopard... but is it just me, or does this not launch at all under Mountain Lion 10.8.1?
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Version 1.2
Rpsx
31 August 2010
i was pulling my hair out looking for a file. i knew it was on my drive, but spotlight couldn't find it. this found it in 4 seconds. spotlight is a joke. this is the real deal. i seriously can't believe osx is that useless. save yourself the headache. keep this handy. it actually works! THANK YOU to the developer.
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Version 1.2
Magosilvan
14 November 2007
A bit slow, but it can find visibles/invisibles files even in packages. Very very useful when you spotlight fails. And it's free. Thanks to the author.
Like (1)
Version 1.1
Bad-Jobs-Good-Jobs
07 November 2007
Try "EasyFind", you can drag the search-folder in EasyFinds window, that's more comfortable
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Version 1.0
chrisB
06 November 2007
Better Search does a good job; but with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Spotlight is able to find System files and doing searches in invisible directories.
Like (1)
Version 1.0
2 answer(s)
For-Nextsoft
For-Nextsoft
06 November 2007
I never liked spotlight to begin with. An while I have not found the way to get spot light to find my system files, unix files and hidden files, I'm not saying your assertion is incorrect. However when searching with my utility vs. spotlight I get far more results with mine no matter the criteria I choose for spotlight.
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Version 1.0
Rasmusrg
Rasmusrg
06 November 2007
I agree with you, spotlight sucks, ty for this app...
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Version 1.0
Free

4.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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