Tembo
Tembo 1.7.7
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Search tool based on the Spotlight engine.   Demo ($14.99)
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Tembo is a desktop search tool based upon the powerful Spotlight engine. Tembo finds files, folders, mail messages, bookmarks, images and anything else on your Mac.

Tembo shows results grouped by file type. Initially the top 10 matches for each group are shown. Often enough you will find the sought for file right here.

Drill-down into a group reveals up to 2500 results alongside context-sensitive filters. These help narrow down the results list. The "Messages" group, for example, has filters on subject, sender and recipient. The "Images" group has filters
What's New
Version 1.7.7:
  • New feature: Compatible with OS X 10.9 Mavericks Finder tags
  • New feature: "Open Selection With…" now lists applications with their icons
  • Bug fix: Fixes display glitches on Retina Macs running OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Bug fix: Disabling all exclusions caused search to fail
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Tembo User Discussion (Write a Review)
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roydv58 reviewed on 09 Feb 2014
Pierre, the developer, has proven to be very responsive. Working through the issues listed in my previous review I've learned the Tembo does work as advertised. We've also uncovered some peculiar issues with the file dates in Mavericks.

At the current discounted price, Tembo is the same price as DataLore. Both find the files with ease. Tembo's result listing by file type is appealing. DataLore's Quick Reference is very helpful.

With a developer so willing to satisfy his customers, Tembo is a good choice.
[Version 1.7.7]


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roydv58 reviewed on 07 Feb 2014
This product is intended to simplify searching for documents. DataLore, the product that I have used for a couple of years has proved easy to use and reliable. It was only the superior results interface that convinced me to buy Tembo.

After using it for a few hours it has proved to be unreliable. It fails to find files that I know are there, and that DataLore detects without hassle. Searchlight also finds the files, so there is a problem with this product.

Until this issue is fixed, don't waste your money.
[Version 1.7.7]

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Houdah Software (developer) replied on 07 Feb 2014
Please contact support with details on files Tembo failed to find.

Please also check Tembo > Preferences > Advanced for exclusion rules that may prevent your files from being shown.
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roydv58 replied on 07 Feb 2014
An example: there are a number of pages documents called "International CV.pages" each one files under the project for which it was submitted. DataLore finds all of them. Tembo finds one. The date it finds is the most recent one, but the folder shown is not the folder containing the most recent file, and none of the other files are shown.

Before submitting the previous post I'd checked the preferences and that's not the issue.

It is possible that this is related to Mavericks, so you may want start looking there.
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Houdah Software (developer) replied on 09 Feb 2014
I can currently think of only one reason for Tembo not to find a file. If you ask for results to be sorted by "Date Last Opened", files that to the knowledge of Spotlight have never been opened will not be listed.

Try sorting by "Date Modified" or "Date Created".

If that does not help, please email me screenshots of the Tembo search and results as well as screenshots of the files in Finder.
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Pik80 commented on 07 Feb 2014
Nice app but the developer doesn't update it as much as he updates Houdahspot. For that reason I use Houdahspot more.
[Version 1.7.7]


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Macsylvain reviewed on 07 Feb 2014
very useful. i use it almost every day with ton of data (pdf, etc).
[Version 1.7.7]


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fvdgeestdtp commented on 30 Oct 2013
Am I correct in understanding that it don't find system items? I have Preferences enabled but it does not find system or library items under Mavericks...
[Version 1.7.6]

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Houdah Software (developer) replied on 20 Nov 2013
Tembo can find any file included in the Spotlight index.

To prevent clutter, Tembo excludes a couple of file types from search results. You can configure this under Tembo >Preferences > Advanced.

Unlike the default Spotlight interface, Tembo does not hide the contents of the Library folder.

Low level system files however cannot be found as Spotlight does not index these.
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Fvdg replied on 20 Nov 2013
Ah yes, sorry, this was indeed a old comment; in the meantime I found out how to include and even add library as a favorite ;-) And with Dutch translation now! :-)
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alxfyv reviewed on 01 Jan 2013
An excellent search program that finds anything anywhere, even in hidden system files and the hidden files and folder themselves, which with Apple is a very good trick. And it's quite fast.
[Version 1.7.5]


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Negritude commented on 19 Jul 2012
Price drop! Currently $1.99 in the MAS:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tembo-find-files/id402507802?mt=12
[Version 1.7.3]


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+90

Sherman Wilcox reviewed on 10 Feb 2012
Tembo is good stuff.
[Version 1.7.1]


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Vinkri reviewed on 12 Jan 2012
I'm usually using HoudahSpot... But for 90% of my searches require fast launch, grouped results and easy browsing through results. Tembo is absolutely perfect for that.
Houdah Spot is file search as an art.
Tembo is Spotlight as it should be.

I like it a lot.
[Version 1.7]


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Bobembry reviewed on 11 Aug 2011
I use it all the time and meets my needs 95% of the time. If I need something more precise, I use its big sister/brother app: HoudahSpot
[Version 1.6]


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Macgic had trouble on 26 Jul 2011
The items "show in finder" and "get finder info" are switched in Tembo's contextual menu.
[Version 1.6]



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MetroMrX rated on 18 Aug 2013

[Version 1.7.6]



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Downtown rated on 29 Mar 2013

[Version 1.7.6]



Gillou rated on 10 Nov 2011

[Version 1.6.3]



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livingcrayon rated on 02 Nov 2011

[Version 1.6.3]



Gareth Smith rated on 13 Jul 2011

[Version 1.6]



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Pierre Bernard rated on 23 Jun 2011

[Version 1.5.2]


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Version Downloads:2,800
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Demo
Date:20 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.99
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Tembo is a desktop search tool based upon the powerful Spotlight engine. Tembo finds files, folders, mail messages, bookmarks, images and anything else on your Mac.

Tembo shows results grouped by file type. Initially the top 10 matches for each group are shown. Often enough you will find the sought for file right here.

Drill-down into a group reveals up to 2500 results alongside context-sensitive filters. These help narrow down the results list. The "Messages" group, for example, has filters on subject, sender and recipient. The "Images" group has filters for resolution and file type.

Thus Tembo is much more than a file search tool. It works as an extension to Mail or iChat to locate messages; as an extension to Safari to search browsing history and bookmarks.

Why use Tembo rather than Spotlight or the Finder?
  • You'll be faster to find the files you are looking for
  • Easy to use interface
  • Grouped search results
  • Up to 2500 results in each group
  • Context-sensitive filters
What filters are available?
  • Bookmarks: Type, URL Domain
  • Documents: File Type
  • Fonts: File Type
  • Images: Resolution, File Type
  • Messages: Subject, From, To
  • Movies: File Type, Codec
  • Music: Artist, File Type
  • PDF Documents: Author
  • Source Code: File Type
Which files can Tembo find?
Tembo is based upon the Spotlight index and engine. Tembo can find any file indexed by Spotlight. This includes files in the Library folders. This excludes many low-level system files.

A demo version is available. This version is fully featured but adds a 5 second delay when opening files.


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