Houdini
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Houdini is a simply designed app to let you take full advantage of Mac OS X's "hidden folder" and "hidden file" ability. It allows you to create, access, move, reveal or delete hidden folders and files.

Features:
  • Full mastery of hidden files in Mac OS X.
  • The ability to toggle the visibility of hidden files with the "Toggle File Visibility" button
  • The ability to browse hidden files with the "Browse Hidden Files" button
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle hidden files
  • Create new hidden folders and drag files into them via Houdini
  • Open hidden files
What's New
Version 1.0 (dev claims version 3.0.2):
  • Snow Leopard now supported.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Negritude commented on 08 Jul 2011
FYI, this app is a universal Intel/PPC binary.
[Version 1.0]


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smedinar reviewed on 22 Mar 2011
I loved this app because everytime i want to open some flash memory and i delete a file it goes to a .Trashes file (which is hidden) but the deleted file stays there so i can't permanently delete it because of the 'hidden' issue only in a PC... which I hate (to depend on a PC) The problem in my case was that I could see the hidden file but i couldn't delete it, hope you can help me with this problem. Ty!! :))
[Version 1.0]


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Beige commented on 18 Jan 2011
you might want to change the name of this software. Houdini is a well known 3D program and it's at version 11 (sidefx.com). If this gets popular, you'll probably be getting a letter from some lawyers.
[Version 1.0]

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Cattus-Thraex replied on 18 Jan 2011
There are many Houdini’s around, of all sorts and kinds. The lawyers of each of them will have a serious job.
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cmotdibbler commented on 18 Jan 2011
I was just looking for an app like this for my new MBP. I wanted to make an easy-to-find (yet hidden) file with my contact info in case the machine gets stolen and the thief takes it in for reformatting. Hardly foolproof and there are many other sophisticated methods but thieves are not always so bright. This app made it easy to create a hidden folder.
[Version 1.0]


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Grlgeek reviewed on 19 Jul 2010
This app saved me time and a reboot. I kept getting a "A copy of Firefox is already open" messages after a hang and force quit, though the application didn't show up in the list of what was running. A Google search told me which hidden profile file was creating the problem, but I didn't really want to switch hidden file view on for the entire machine from the terminal. Houdini let me find and delete the file and get my browser back up and running without rebooting the machine. Thank you, thank you, thank you! (The machine is running Snow Leopard, and the download provided here worked just fine.)
[Version 3.0.1]


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Dct reviewed on 09 Jun 2010
Great app. My antivirus software found a virus in a hidden virtual memory directory and was unable to quarantine the file.

I was about to go into Terminal to find the culprit when I thought, there must be "an app for that" and I found this little jewel, and FREE at that.

Problem solved, and my antivirus software and system security is happy again. Thank you to the developer!
[Version 3.0.1]


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Maclover1.1 commented on 04 Jan 2010
I wonder if people who do not back up actually brush their teeth ?!
[Version 3.0.1]


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Xenophile commented on 07 Oct 2009
PPC version?
[Version 3.0.1]


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Slrman commented on 29 Sep 2009
"Like any true Mac user, I had failed to back up my files" This is NOT like a true Mac user. I think anyone that isn't smart enough to back up their files isn't smart enough to write any program I want on my system. So anyone that thinks about it will give this program a wide berth.
[Version 3.0.1]

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Thfump replied on 12 Dec 2009
Oh gimme a break, SLRMAN. Do you apply this weirdo logic to the rest of your life? "I think anyone that isn't smart enough to keep their refrigerator clean isn't smart enough to write any cookbook I want in my kitchen." You must be a delight.

What is actually a delight is this great little app! Many thanks to ELEMENTNINETY3 for writing it; I'll happily keep it on my system for a long time to come.
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Slrman replied on 26 Jul 2010
I suppose no matter how stupid someone is about basic things, you will trust anything else they do? Yes, I do apply this logic to other things. Maybe that's why I;m not an idiot like you.
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elegraphy commented on 13 May 2009
Anytime we're going to see UB version soon?
[Version 3.0]


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idlewild had trouble on 30 Aug 2011
I'm getting a crash when I run Houdini 1.0; any idea when you'll have this compatible with Lion? This software is really useful, thanks for creating it!
[Version 1.0]


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Ausfahrt had trouble on 20 Jul 2010
On 10.6.4, iMac, Toggle File Visibility returns an error every time: AppleScript Error: The domain/default pair of (com.apple.Finder, AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist (1)
Also, when I try to reveal any folder, it says "An error occurred: The file you selected is already visible", when clearly from finder it is not. Tested on usr and iPod_Control.
Basically, I haven't seen anything that this program can do correctly. Am I doing something wrong? It wouldn't have five stars if it doesn't work at all.
[Version 3.0.1]

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Janpihl replied on 15 Sep 2010
I also have this error on my new Macbook pro but not on my iMac.
Really dissapointing, because I really needed it on the macbook.

Can anybody help ?
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Elementninety3 (developer) replied on 23 Oct 2010
Sorry, the version right now doesn't support Snow Leopard. I'm working on that, it should be available shortly.
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tolucophoto replied on 14 Jan 2011
I am getting an AppleScript error when trying to hide folders saying file wasn't found (-43).
I'm guessing Snow Leopard still isn't fully supported. Any idea when it will be coming?
Cheers
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papster had trouble on 03 Jun 2009
Unfortunately Houdini will not open on my Mac running OS 10.4.11. Unzipping Houdini download produces a faded folder icon: trying to open it triggers a message that it is not supported on my system.

Can anyone explain what the problem might be, and how I might get round it? Thanks.
[Version 3.0]

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elementninety3 (developer) replied on 07 Sep 2009
Should be fixed now, sorry for the delay I've been away from my computer for quite a long time now...
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Kiratra Promsaka Na Sakolnakorn had trouble on 26 May 2009
I accidentally delete a file that I had hidden using Houdini. How do i get it back? Pls help
[Version 3.0]


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tbtalbott had trouble on 12 Oct 2008
In Leopard 10.5.5 I'm getting the following error when I click the icon for Toggle File Visibility:

AppleScript Error

The variable zerothchoice is not defined. (-2753)

Thanks,
-Tom
[Version 2.1]


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hans66 had trouble on 08 Oct 2008
Here in Europ at 11 h (GMT+2) am the .dmg still wouldn't expand.
[Version 2.1]

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joker84 (developer) replied on 08 Oct 2008
As of noon ET, I have successfully downloaded the image from MacUpdate and it mounted just fine. Sorry for the delay, in the future I will only upload updates from my house.
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hans66 replied on 08 Oct 2008
Thanks. Now it works like a charm!
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Pissnaround had trouble on 07 Oct 2008
This version fails to mount. size says it's suppose eo be 10.3 MB. what downloads is only 4.8 MB
[Version 2.1]

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joker84 (developer) replied on 07 Oct 2008
Odd. Again, I'll resubmit the image, but it mounts fine on this end and I checked it before uploading. However, I have the same idea about the uploading issues that I did last time - my internet here is patchy to say the least and bandwidth is a valuable commodity. Last time, when uploading from home, it worked. I hope the same is true this time as well.
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Pissnaround replied on 07 Oct 2008
well, as of 10:44 pm EST. is still 4.8 MB and not opening
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joker84 (developer) replied on 08 Oct 2008
At around noon ET, I downloaded the image from MacUpdate and it mounted just fine. Sorry for the inconvenience, and I'll only upload from home from now on.
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Pissnaround replied on 08 Oct 2008
yes, I have it now, thank you
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Pissnaround had trouble on 03 Oct 2008
Getting a failed to mount error
[Version 2.0]

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joker84 (developer) replied on 03 Oct 2008
Tiger or Leopard?
I have a theory about that as well...I think I will resubmit the image anyway.
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Pissnaround replied on 03 Oct 2008
using Leopard. the new image mounts.
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Cerezo had trouble on 19 Jun 2008
date/time) defaults(250)

The domain/default pair of (com.apple.Finder,

AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist

this is happening although its leopard compatible..what am i gonna do to get my files back? someone should get this fixed please!.
[Version 1.7]

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joker84 (developer) replied on 19 Jun 2008
Are you running the latest version? I see no problem in the app and no reason for there to be a problem in the code...and you're running Leopard, right?
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Cerezo replied on 20 Jun 2008
Yea i am running the latest version 10.5.3. Leopard.
The domain/default pair of (com.apple.finder,AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist.--->this occured

I really give up finding the hidden files..so please give me a solution. i did reinstall the software..and it wont go away.
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joker84 (developer) replied on 20 Jun 2008
No, the latest version of the application. That error message is exactly like the one from version 1.6, which we fixed. I'll check it out though.
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Cerezo commented on 20 Jun 2008
Okay i'll wait till u have the solution for me, cause i had tried everything and i have lost some important files just to try out the software.
Thanks in advance.
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joker84 (developer) replied on 20 Jun 2008
OK, to do it manually, just type this into the terminal:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

This will reveal all hidden files in your system, including the ones that were hidden and you can't recover. To re-hide the files, type this in:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder

This application just does that automatically, plus adds handy things like the create, open, and delete features.
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Miel.G commented on 23 Aug 2008
I downloaded version 1.7 last night and had the same error message popped-up. But when I tried again this morning with the version I downloaded last night, it looks like it works when a window shows up asking me what to do. Problem is I can have 3 options:

Files
Folders
Hide All Hidden Items

but I can't see the option to Show All Hidden Item? I'm desperately in need of finding the corrupted file ".superintelligence" :(
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joker84 (developer) replied on 23 Aug 2008
Are you already in Show All items mode on your computer? Houdini shows a different option based on the current state of the computer. So if it's working properly, that's supposed to mean your computer is already in Show All mode. Try using the Hide All option and then relaunching the program. I'll also have a look and see if I can find the problem.
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camerique had trouble on 01 Mar 2008
I got this error message when clicking on the icon -

(date/time) defaults(250)
The domain/default pair of (com.apple.Finder,
AppleShowAllFiles) does not exist

What's up with that?

Files did dissappear when dropped onto icon; now how do I get it back? Clicking on the Houdini icon generated the error message above.
[Version 1.6.1]

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joker84 (developer) replied on 14 Mar 2008
What system are you running?
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derekc06 replied on 12 May 2008
i'm having the same problem listed above...

i'm running leopard on a macbook pro
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joker84 (developer) replied on 19 Jun 2008
Now that the compatibility issue has been fixed, you should just be able to run the app and either show all files and get them that way or use the file and folder options.
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Cerezo replied on 19 Jun 2008
I had the same problem, how am i gonna get my files back? i am using 1.7 houdini with macbook pro leopard.

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[Version 1.0]



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[Version 1.0]



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[Version 1.0]


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Version Downloads:186,170
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:18 Jan 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Houdini is a simply designed app to let you take full advantage of Mac OS X's "hidden folder" and "hidden file" ability. It allows you to create, access, move, reveal or delete hidden folders and files.

Features:
  • Full mastery of hidden files in Mac OS X.
  • The ability to toggle the visibility of hidden files with the "Toggle File Visibility" button
  • The ability to browse hidden files with the "Browse Hidden Files" button
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle hidden files
  • Create new hidden folders and drag files into them via Houdini
  • Open hidden files through Houdini
  • Create hidden text files with Houdini
  • Explore system files and the music on iPods using Houdini
  • Reveal your hidden files and see them again


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