File Buddy
File Buddy
10.0.3

3.5

File Buddy free download for Mac

File Buddy for Mac10.0.3

06 June 2014

File management utility.

What is File Buddy for Mac

File Buddy is the Swiss Army knife of Mac file utilities. First released in 1993, File Buddy features a wealth of functionality and powerful features that allow you to access that functionality quickly and easily. In addition to File Buddy's normal functionality it adds several commands to Finder's Services and contextual menus and allows the creation of droplet applications to automate tasks that would otherwise require you to open some window and configure the changes each time before applying them.File Buddy isn't just a powerful tool, it's a powerful tool designed to put that power at your fingertips as much as possible.

Copies of File Buddy 9 purchased on or after January 1, 2012 qualify for a free upgrade to File Buddy 10. Further information can be found on the upgrades page.

What's new in File Buddy

Version 10.0.3:
  • File Buddy would report a -1426 error (operation not supported) when attempting to some non-Mac volumes, such as thumb drives. This was the result of Mac OS X not implementing support for those volume formats for the function File Buddy uses to search volumes. File Buddy now uses a different mechanism to search those volumes.
  • The Group Info window was not expanding to the correct size in Mac OS X 10.9. Fixed.
  • File Buddy would treat Regexp searches as normal searches if the only special character in the search string was a backlash. Fixed.

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Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Apr 9 2021
10.0.3
5.0
Apr 9 2021
5.0
Version: 10.0.3
FB 11, Alpha 14 as of 3 <arch 2021 is available at https://www.skytag.com/file_buddy/version11/ Please d/l and support this remarkable software - been using it for around 15 years - nothing else like it! Delighted to see progress of Alpha builds!
Cerniuk (Captcha H8r)
Cerniuk (Captcha H8r)
Dec 18 2020
10.0.3
0.0
Dec 18 2020
0.0
Version: 10.0.3
Pricy and does not support macOS 11 Big Sur
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Apr 4 2018
10.0.3
5.0
Apr 4 2018
5.0
Version: 10.0.3
FileBuddy 11 alpha 1 available for those willing to test the software https://www.skytag.com/file_buddy/version11/ I have d/l and installed and about to try it out under High Sierra 13.3 - fingers crossed and terrific news that this wonderful app is heading for 2018 release
jehpo
jehpo
Jan 24 2018
10.0.3
0.0
Jan 24 2018
0.0
Version: 10.0.3
Yes ! The Skytag web site has a new interface, it is signed "David Harris • 2018" and File Buddy 11 is on the way !!!!
Jim-Leff
Jim-Leff
Dec 11 2017
10.0.3
5.0
Dec 11 2017
5.0
Version: 10.0.3
Spoke to dev (Larry's son, who really believes in the app). He's absolutely determined to make it work. The problem is not APFS, it's doable. Problem is he's got to work in his spare time around a full time (non-Mac) programming job. Here's my workaround. Since it's working so slow, I don't do any more whole-disk searches. I restrain to a single folder (or a small group of folders). Easy to do; just toss the folder into the Find window, it'll auto-populate and self-select, and you can set up a bunch of oft-searched folders which will always appear at launch. This works. Keep the faith! (I've been using this app since the mid 90s).
Spudboy
Spudboy
Dec 4 2017
10.0.3
0.0
Dec 4 2017
0.0
Version: 10.0.3
It's working again. Happy times.
Rajusto
Rajusto
Nov 14 2017
10.0.3
5.0
Nov 14 2017
5.0
Version: 10.0.3
SkyTag's File Buddy along with Alsoft's DiskWarrior have been the most useful and important utilities I've ever used.
MableKimball
MableKimball
Oct 17 2017
10.0.3
0.0
Oct 17 2017
0.0
Version: 10.0.3
I don't know what's the point but i'm getting the issue with high sierra all the time. How can I contact the support team?
SunWolf
SunWolf
Feb 20 2017
10.0.3
4.5
Feb 20 2017
4.5
Version: 10.0.3
Although this utility has not been updated for almost 3 years, it works and works and works. It worked under every single OS release during these years and still works well with the most recent version of Sierra. Granted, the looks could be a bit better, the UI is not the most attractive or modern one, but apart from that I would not want to miss Fb. Great piece of software..
Jim-Leff
Jim-Leff
Nov 12 2016
10.0.3
5.0
Nov 12 2016
5.0
Version: 10.0.3
Didn't imagine that this delightful, essential, reliable bit of software would need review help, but anything less than five stars is ridiculous. There are countless ways Apple has placated users not to look "under the hood", or to apply real power to working with and searching for files. If you want to get right to it, with none of the nonsense, and use your computer your way rather than the smooth, polished, out-of-the-box way (i.e. if you're any sort of Power User at all), you need this. Never been happier to have someone take two twenties out of my wallet.....
mikomeryl
mikomeryl
Mar 27 2016
10.0.3
5.0
Mar 27 2016
5.0
Version: 10.0.3
I had a problem with the serial number back in 2014 when I updated to version 10.0.3 but that is now fixed and works great on OS X 10.10.5. I heard back from the developer yesterday after he read my comment and he sent me a new serial number.
"There was a bug in the original serial number generation/validation algorithm. It caused certain serials to be generated that were invalid. Invalid serials are only rejected when a user upgrades to 10.0.3." Thank you, David!
So those of you who might have had the same problem, contact the developer for a replacement serial number. This app is terrific and I use it frequently.
MichaelHaeusler
MichaelHaeusler
Sep 29 2015
10.0.3
1.0
Sep 29 2015
1.0
Version: 10.0.3
Used to work for a short time on Yosemite. Now in 10.10.5 it produces error message "CoreServicesUIAgent quit unexpectedly while using the File Buddy plug-in" during launch, then hangs during launch (or doesn't open the application window). Too bad. Was once a great software.
Prince-Isaac
Prince-Isaac
Feb 4 2015
10.0.2
0.0
Feb 4 2015
0.0
Version: 10.0.2
The link to SkyTag is redirected to a host boilerplate page informing that the site is no longer operational. No word about the fate of the fine app
flash1296gmailcom8977
flash1296gmailcom8977
Aug 12 2014
10.0.2
5.0
Aug 12 2014
5.0
Version: 10.0.2
The single most crucial utility that I own is File Buddy. It is in a league of its own.
tvalleau
tvalleau
May 7 2014
10.0.2
0.0
May 7 2014
0.0
Version: 10.0.2
I love FileBuddy, and got right on downloading the latest version, only to have the serial number problem. So I sent an email. And a few days later sent another. Then I remembered that the author has never been particularly timely in his responses. It's been 5 days so far, but I expect a reply from him may take up to two weeks to arrive... YMMV
Aargl
Aargl
May 2 2014
10.0.2
5.0
May 2 2014
5.0
Version: 10.0.2
Still the most useful tool on Mac! "since 1993" ;-) There's also a French version.
Flavum
Flavum
Mar 10 2014
10.0
0.0
Mar 10 2014
0.0
Version: 10.0
For anyone who's interested, v10.0.2 is out. I know it fixes a visual glitch that some users experienced, but not sure what else it addresses.
Devadog
Devadog
Nov 25 2013
10.0
4.5
Nov 25 2013
4.5
Version: 10.0
My earlier review on this app (Ver9) was unfavourable because the developer had seemingly abandoned it. However, since it has been resurrected under version 10, I am very happy with the app and the support. The features and reliability have always been first class and I have used this tool to dig myself out of many a hole when files have become completely disordered on the system or apps have left dross behind when being removed.
equinoxfeatures
equinoxfeatures
Nov 21 2013
10.0
5.0
Nov 21 2013
5.0
Version: 10.0
Although it is fair to say File Buddy isn't updated often, after we purchased the v10 beta which had issues with duplicate detection we emailed the developer and explained this was a big issue. Within a day Larry emailed back working to fix the issue and a day later sent us a fixed version recompiled for Mavericks. Skytag have now released this as v10.0.0 and it successfully searches for duplicates exceptionally quickly and with support for the stand alone droplets too. File Buddy still is the best general purpose file utility tool. Now the issues from 10b2 have been fixed it is back in the top spot in our arsenal of utility tools on our Mac. If we only ever bought one piece of software for our Mac this is what we would choose. We have no connection with the dev. We are just a satisfied customer since the very early days. We are just pleased the software is now working again with the latest Mac OS :-)
Deltabiz
Deltabiz
Apr 10 2013
10.0b2
2.5
Apr 10 2013
2.5
Version: 10.0b2
I was an early (ßeta) adopter of FB 9, and endured many snarls & insults in response to my bug reports, before the developer dropped-off the grid for nearly 3 years — leaving me to find my own work-arounds for the problems present back then, as wells as new issues that sprung-up as I migrated thru several Mac OSes, to 10.8.3. A year ago, the developer told me that he was about to release FB 9.5 — which magically morphed into 10.0ß when released one month later. Of necessity, I've become adapt at avoiding the hangs/crashes & erroneous results in FB 9.0.2. I'm concerned by reports of problems in 10.0 with some features I depend on in v.9.0.2, so I'm still clinging to it (Like Pi on his raft) rather than upgrading... Imo, Larry Harris is a genius (with a Thor complex) and doesn't have much patience for mere mortals. Over nearly 20 years, I've learned to live with that, but I'm greatly concerned by this new pattern of disappearing for years at a time — and, before new releases are stable. As a programer, I can fully appreciate the inspiration and perspiration Larry has invested in getting FB to its present state; for his sake, as well as for the Mac community, I hope he doesn't abandon this outstanding software and the thousands of still faithful users... We still luv ya, Larry; c'mon back!
Jeeves1
Jeeves1
Apr 9 2013
10.0b2
0.5
Apr 9 2013
0.5
Version: 10.0b2
This used to be a great application. It has been revived but it simply doesn't work yet. I purchased it (version 10b2) recently and it gave me nothing but memory errors: "There is not enough memory to complete the search. Select fewer files to compare and try again." I have 12 gigs of RAM and terabytes of free space. This message is simply wrong. So I reduced my search until I was comparing only two small photos. Same Error. So I wrote the author. Two weeks went by and no response. So I applied for a refund from Kagi. File Buddy will compare file names or dates but it won't compare resource or data fork sizes and contents. This is a TRUE file comparison. Are the files identical regardless of their name? Sometimes you have photos that are renamed or a new thumbnail has been applied; in order to compare them you can compare the contents of the data fork and determine if they are identical regardless of the name or thumbnail. This programme used to do this brilliantly. Now you get errors every time. I tried it on OS 10.7.2 and 10.8.3 (freshly installed). It simply doesn't work and the author doesn't respond to email even when it means he will lose the sale.
Jeeves1
Jeeves1
Apr 9 2013
10.0b2
0.5
Apr 9 2013
0.5
Version: 10.0b2
This used to be a great application. It has been revived but it simply doesn't work yet. I purchased it (version 10b2) recently and it gave me nothing but memory errors: "There is not enough memory to complete the search. Select fewer files to compare and try again." I have 12 gigs of RAM and terabytes of free space. This message is simply wrong. So I reduced my search until I was comparing only two small photos. Same Error. So I wrote the author. Two weeks went by and no response. So I applied for a refund from Kagi. File Buddy will compare file names or dates but it won't compare resource or data fork sizes and contents. This is a TRUE file comparison. Are the files identical regardless of their name? Sometimes you have photos that are renamed or a new thumbnail has been applied; in order to compare them you can compare the contents of the data fork and determine if they are identical regardless of the name or thumbnail. This programme used to do this brilliantly. Now you get errors every time. I tried it on OS 10.7.2 and 10.8.3 (freshly installed). It simply doesn't work and the author doesn't respond to email even when it means he will lose the sale.
Toni-K
Toni-K
Nov 27 2012
10.0b2
5.0
Nov 27 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b2
An essential tool for mac. Does a bunch of file attribute modifications. Here my recommendation stamp.
Glenbo
Glenbo
Jul 25 2012
10.0b2
0.0
Jul 25 2012
0.0
Version: 10.0b2
The Best is BACK! Easily one of the most useful utilities out there, and a must install on any of my Macs, so glad to see it back :)
Gray-Panter
Gray-Panter
Jul 18 2012
10.0b2
5.0
Jul 18 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b2
Hey, nice to see you back again. FileBuddy is a great tool which I don't wanna miss again. Keep the good work.
Dudirowski
Dudirowski
Jul 12 2012
10.0b2
5.0
Jul 12 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b2
This was great news. FileBuddy back in bis. Best utility software ever for the Mac. Looking forward to buying a new license even. I can't compute without this app.
Ghezzi
Ghezzi
Jul 9 2012
10.0b2
3.5
Jul 9 2012
3.5
Version: 10.0b2
updated at last! now seems to remember my serial number much better. Or, at least, it hasn't forgotten it yet. Only how can we get the "autoregistration file" that we used to have? Was more convenient that having to look for the serial number. P
Waveman
Waveman
Jul 8 2012
10.0b2
5.0
Jul 8 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b2
Who's your Buddy? File Buddy! Always a part of my kit.
Grandpa-John
Grandpa-John
Jul 7 2012
10.0b2
4.5
Jul 7 2012
4.5
Version: 10.0b2
I love this utility and it has worked fine for me until now. I am afraid this version has Alzheimers in that it forgets my serial number as soon as it is quit. The next time I launch it, it asks me to buy File Buddy all over again. What gives?
Flash1296
Flash1296
Jul 7 2012
10.0b2
5.0
Jul 7 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b2
Utterly fantastic utility application. It is the gold standard No meaningful competition.
Jefrart
Jefrart
Jun 28 2012
10.0b1
0.0
Jun 28 2012
0.0
Version: 10.0b1
Fantastic ! Can we know when localizations will be ready ? Thanks
Espiridion
Espiridion
Jun 25 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 25 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
I love File Buddy and have consistently used it since the 1990s. While it's great to see it updated, the update feels more like a long overdue 9.0.3. The current version (9.0.2) is almost 3 years old! I haven't decided whether or not to upgrade. In the past upgrading was an easy decision, but this time the upgrade feels like bug fixes which should have been in place years ago.
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Jun 25 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 25 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
I see the developer is putting it out there that FileBuddy never went away, but I’m clearly not the only one who thought we’d seen the end of it. Which would have been a shame, as its apps like this that had (and still has) me enthusiastic about the Mac. Had no hesitation in buying this upgraded beta version immediately. Purchasing through the Kagi website is a bit of a pain but that doesn’t really matter as this is unquestionably the best of breed, there’s no package out there that compares.
Goodwill-:)
Goodwill-:)
Jun 25 2012
10.0b1
2.0
Jun 25 2012
2.0
Version: 10.0b1
I purchased this software in the end of 2009 at full price ($39.95). Shortly after that, I upgraded my system to OS X 10.6 and the program did not work well with the new system anymore (below is part of the message from the developer then). I thus was unable to use the software in the past approximately one and half years. And now the developer update the software finally and charge for this update. What a jock!! {Dear those who are concerned, "I am a customer of Filebuddy 9.0.2. It seems the contextual menu function of FB 9 does not work. I am using an imac with OS X snow leopard." Mac OS X 10.6 does not support contextual menu plug-ins. I'll have to rewrite File Buddy's contextual menu to get it to work in 10.6, but I can't give you a date for when it will be ready. Larry
mwab
mwab
Jun 25 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 25 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
How do you get to the preferences? I like FileBuddy and was glad to see it updated. However I am seeing some of the old problems, like forgetting the serial number.
Flash1296
Flash1296
Jun 24 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 24 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
AWESOME. Hardly changed from v.9 but still the absolute best utility of its kind.
anonymous-hyena-2756
anonymous-hyena-2756
Jun 24 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 24 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
Happy to see it back!!! I was going to buy a licence then I stopped due the bad news I got. Anyway as far as I know, the localized versions has a differend number. What if I buy the new one in english? Can I use the version in my own language (once if it will be available, of course) without buying another licence?
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jun 24 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 24 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
Great to see this back as well! My serial # worked in Stable Version 9 but did not work in the Beta 10. I removed Beta 10 and used 9. I did get a message before I quit 9 that the help viewer could not be used as it is written in PPC. I was a little taken aback by that. I am so glad to see this app back and wish the developer well! It is a great app!
James
James
Jun 24 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 24 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
So-oooo glad to see this back, It is simply a must have file utility. While it is not cheap (under $10) it replaces an entire litany of 'one trick ponies' and as such it is an extraordinary value. It represents a go to app for most of all your file utilities needs. In my opinion it is simply the best file utility available. FYI: I have absolutely no relationship with the developer or anyone else related to SkyTag. This is simply my personal opinion based on working with this product over many years. The is not a paid or solicited review. I paid for the upgrade just like most everyone else has or will.
Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
Jun 23 2012
10.0b1
5.0
Jun 23 2012
5.0
Version: 10.0b1
It's back and as good as ever! I am a long-time user of FB and there simply isn't any other app that does all that it does. Yes, you could cobble together a number of other free + paid apps, but the beauty and power of FB is that it is all in one package. If you have never used it before, check out its features and give it a try - the dev allows you 30 days to try it out.
Rajusto
Rajusto
Jun 21 2012
9.0.2
5.0
Jun 21 2012
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
I just checked SkyTag's website and File Buddy 10 is in beta and available for download! Woo Hoo!
Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
Mar 13 2012
9.0.2
0.0
Mar 13 2012
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
He's dead, Jim!
Pancraz
Pancraz
Jan 20 2012
9.0.2
3.0
Jan 20 2012
3.0
Version: 9.0.2
I've purchased FileBuddy in 2001 and have been bvery happy with it since then so I was desperate when I saw skytag could be out of business. Happy to see Larry is back and I am understanding of personal problems, if any. It would definitely need an update. Since leoplard it started crashing very often when given a "find" command. Anyone knows of alternatives?
smtips
smtips
Jan 6 2012
9.0.2
0.5
Jan 6 2012
0.5
Version: 9.0.2
I'm happy it works for some people who like the window thing. The contextual menu does not work at all, rendering this app useless because most of its ease and functionality was contained in the CM. And FYI, you don't just "have some problems with your provider" when it comes to websites not being up...we're not talking about a little while here, we're talking about NOT BEING A FUNCTIONAL DEVELOPER FOR YEARS, so whoever talked to the dev...the dev fed you a line and has his own life problems (obviously) and appears to be lying to the whole community. Shades of Stryder Software...the app hasn't been updated in years and doesn't fully work...find something else to use...it was great in its time but that time is long gone. And like Stryder did...you MIGHT get a working version again in like...10 years??
MacProCT
MacProCT
Jan 6 2012
9.0.2
0.0
Jan 6 2012
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
I finally received a reply from Kagi a few weeks ago. They said they would investigate why there is still a store front for SkyTag/FileBuddy on Kagi.com. As of today, they have not followed up with me and the store page is still online. I'm disappointed in all the parties involved. But I am grateful that FileBuddy still works (95% functionality, I'd say) in OSX 10.7. I've posted a message indicating as much in the database at the very useful roaringapps.com.
Devadog
Devadog
Dec 10 2011
9.0.2
4.5
Dec 10 2011
4.5
Version: 9.0.2
I think that "developpers" who just disappear without a bye your leave or "sorry but i'm shutting up shop" are a disgrace to the app developer community. I would boycot any future offerings from Larry no matter how good they were.
Leon-Azul
Leon-Azul
Oct 19 2011
9.0.2
0.0
Oct 19 2011
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Please be advised that when I checked today, neither "skytag.com" nor "filebuddy.com" exist as registered domains. At this time there seems to be no way to receive a serial number nor any other form of support.
Richys-Mu
Richys-Mu
Aug 29 2011
9.0.2
4.5
Aug 29 2011
4.5
Version: 9.0.2
I can confirm it will not start in Lion, but I have made a simple fix. After reg Finder sayes "fbhelper is a powerPC app..." when you try to start. Use Finder contextmenu on FB9 to show package contents and go to folder /Contents/Resources/and delete "fbhelper". Viola ... at next start your up! I use a PowerBool Pro mid 2010 and MacOS 10.7.1
Richys-Mu
Richys-Mu
Aug 29 2011
9.0.2
4.5
Aug 29 2011
4.5
Version: 9.0.2
Finally I bought a new FB9 licenceafter my last try to upgrade ended in no regnumber recieved and money back from PayPal/Kagi. Recieved my new regno after a few days. I've used FB very long and its the best and most useful app ever and can do lots of things no other app can. I can confirm it will not start in Lion, but I have made a simple fix. After reg Finder sayes "fbhelper is a powerPC app..." when you try to start. Use Finder contextmenu on FB9 to show package contents and go to folder /Contents/Resources/and delete "fbhelper". Viola ... at next start your up! I use a PowerBool Pro mid 2010 and MacOS 10.7.1
Eyeless
Eyeless
Aug 24 2011
9.0.2
0.0
Aug 24 2011
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Tried it, but had to restart my Lion computer after trying to launch the program ... to get Finder operational again ... .
7h31ll3g4l
7h31ll3g4l
Jul 26 2011
9.0.2
0.0
Jul 26 2011
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
update for os x 10.7 lion?
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jun 23 2011
9.0.2
5.0
Jun 23 2011
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
I really need a new Reg. Code for File Buddy and have written Lawrence 7 times but have been ignored. My old code does not work anymore as I formatted my drive. I can't get any response.
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
May 16 2011
9.0.2
5.0
May 16 2011
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
Over the years this has been one of the most valuable and best written tools out there. If anything, for its ability to find/fix broken aliases. I use Terminal for most other stuff, but I still come back to File Buddy...it's a real winner, has been for many years. Don Montalvo, TX
bowlerboy-jmb
bowlerboy-jmb
Apr 24 2011
9.0.2
5.0
Apr 24 2011
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
To answer a question posed earlier, as well as to give my honest rating for this "Swiss army knife of utilities," there is no adequate, all-in-one replacement for FileBuddy! I have been using daily for many years, and I find that this program truly defines the meaning of "utility" for the world of software. Unlike many of the one-trick ponies offered here which often do little more than make calls to something that the OS itself can do, this application exploited file-finding capabilities and structural analysis of a hard drive file like no other I've ever seen. I especially like FileBuddy's ability to take "snapshots" of a hard drive at any moment in time AND to allow me to compare the snapshots I take to know what files have changed, what files have been replaced, what files have been deleted, and what files have been moved. While it is regrettable that developer Lawrence Harris is no longer actively developing this superior applications for reasons of his own, it is a testament to his skill as a programmer and as a marketer that he crafted a utility that has proven so much value to so many people throughout the world. Critics and others who complain that the application is not current with the latest MAC OS's being pushed at us by Apple ought to take a good hard look in the mirror before they display their naivete or project their own negativity into the reasons why the developer no longer can, or will, develop the product further. Have some respect.
Mrlorens
Mrlorens
Apr 20 2011
9.0.2
4.0
Apr 20 2011
4.0
Version: 9.0.2
It's that I'm lloking for working with big quantities of files & folders, to put some order in all my disks.
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Mar 27 2011
9.0.2
5.0
Mar 27 2011
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
I'd love to know what people are using as a replacement for this. I know that Find Any File is a great search tool, but what are people using as an alternative to the other many features this app had? Whilst its no longer being actively developed, I'm still fortunately able to have it mostly working, but accept this isn't going to be the case forever. Anyone?
Andyrogers
Andyrogers
Dec 1 2010
9.0.2
5.0
Dec 1 2010
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
My continuous string of FB licenses go back to March 1995. This was always an essential tool for me, and I still prefer its 'find' abilities over anything else. Many thanks to Laurence Harris.
Harv
Harv
Nov 28 2010
9.0.2
0.0
Nov 28 2010
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
I have been using EasyFind (freeware) for a few months. FWIW, I find that in many ways, but not all, it is (even) better than FileBuddy. Rock solid, intuitive, & truly Mac like. Five stars from me. http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11076/easyfind
Bigboysdad
Bigboysdad
Sep 27 2010
9.0.2
5.0
Sep 27 2010
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
Not as powerful as it once was and has lost a lot of features under Snow Leopard, has licensing issues and apparently little or no support but damn, I still can't find any one application that does everything this one does. I depend on this to search files in my local drives, external drives and DMGs in a way that is superior to the finder / spotlight. Both the the search criteria and speed in this app are still impressive. I depend on this for getting rid of any bloated software program that spreads its files (and files hidden from Spotlight) around the hard drive as well as duplicate/ orphaned/ language files. The way it identifies files, then performs actions on them straight away is so…dependable. Excellent for identifying and renaming files as well. It does a great deal more than this too. Expensive, but for the everyday power user, it is still, despite its prehistoric age and GUI, an essential tool. Is there a tool that does everything this one does? I don't think there is and until there is, its File Buddy every time for me.
Harv
Harv
Aug 21 2010
9.0.2
0.0
Aug 21 2010
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Two years since this app has been updated. The developer's page makes no reference to anything beyond 10.6.3. No support/reply when emailed. I love the app, but fear the ride is over. Should the developer no longer wish to maintain FB, perhaps the developer would sell the code to another???
Hank2
Hank2
Jul 25 2010
9.0.2
0.0
Jul 25 2010
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Well, I have always figured File Buddy came from somebody considerably older and smarter than I am. And at my present age and state of decrepitude, I can forgive anyone anything because I realize just how fragile health and even life are. FB has been a help and a comfort for many years. If FB, or God forbid its developer, comes to a halt before I do -- I can't complain. I can hope the story's not over yet.
monty-3
monty-3
May 7 2010
9.0.2
0.0
May 7 2010
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
I'd have to agree with previous comments that there isn't any support. No answer to emails in over two months (one of which was a purchasing question, the others about the program). To me when a developer won't even answer a purchasing question, then they must not be interested in selling the program. But the lack of product support is another problem.
Harv
Harv
Mar 16 2010
9.0.2
0.0
Mar 16 2010
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Alas, I fear FB is no more. The FB Home Page/site is (apparently) no longer maintained, and it seems (sadly) that Larry is no longer responding to emails. FWIW, I still use FB with 10.6.2, though I must (re)enter my serial number, as f I were in a trial period, but aside from that, it works for me. Still, I can but wish Larry well. It's been a good ride.
Espiridion
Espiridion
Mar 10 2010
9.0.2
5.0
Mar 10 2010
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
The 1-star ratings have one thing in common; complaints about how File Buddy is not working properly with Snow Leopard. From FileBuddy's website: "File Buddy 9 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.4 on both PowerPC and Intel. Compatible with 10.5, though a few minor issues have been reported in Leopard and are being investigated." There's NO mention of compatibility with 10.6 If/when the author decides to make it compatible with 10.6, people can complain all they want if they encounter buggy behavior. For now I will say that it is a 5-star application. I have used for years, before OS X. The few times when I've needed support I always got a thorough response. I'm still using it frequently with 10.5.8
Dudirowski
Dudirowski
Dec 5 2009
9.0.2
5.0
Dec 5 2009
5.0
Version: 9.0.2
Now the domains are down! www.filebuddy.com www.skytag.com :-(
Flavum
Flavum
Nov 20 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Nov 20 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Someone mentioned on Versiontracker that the developer may have been experiencing health issues (something about a hospital stay, IIRC). I don't know if this could be a factor in the poor support that users have been reporting (myself included), but I'm willing to give SkyTag a break until we get the whole story. Support used to be excellent - I received fast and helpful responses to all my inquiries.
Anon-Bud
Anon-Bud
Oct 20 2009
9.0.2
1.0
Oct 20 2009
1.0
Version: 9.0.2
File Buddy used to be a great app, but it does not work well under Snow Leopard: No contextual items No droplets Can't rename files These are all the things that I used FB for and now they are no longer working.
Melusina
Melusina
Oct 6 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Oct 6 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Imagine my surprise to see that FileBuddy finally has an update, as all this time I thought it had become abandonware. I would never have known if I hadn't happened to check the MacUpdate page. The SkyTag website shows as not having been updated since 2007 or 2008 - hard to tell, as each page has a different date. The sad fact is that I emailed the developer recently to enquire as to whether this would be updated for Snow Leopard & never received a reply. This isn't the first time I have had no response to emails from the developer, and judging from the other comments, this appears to be the norm. As a customer with a legitimate FileBuddy license this is unacceptable. I've used FileBuddy consistently over the years, even with all the bugs running it under Leopard. The FileBuddy licensing problem happens to me every time I get a new computer and have to transfer my program files. I really don't want to support a developer who can't be bothered to answer an email from a customer nor address program bugs. It is unlikely I will purchase a future version of FileBuddy unless this company changes dramatically and has the courtesy to respond to emails. I've been looking for an alternative program but haven't found a good substitute.
Ajoyce
Ajoyce
Oct 3 2009
9.0.2
1.0
Oct 3 2009
1.0
Version: 9.0.2
I used to use FileBuddy a lot in the early days. But then I quit because of problems encountered. I finally decided to take the plunge again and purchased version 9.0.2. While there have been some problems the most annoying is that every once in a while it tells me that it's in demo mode and I have to go through the whole licensing process again. But the thing that really gets to me is the unresponsiveness of the support team. I have written to them at least half a dozen times and never have heard one word from them. There's no phone number I can find to call them, so I'm forced to use email. My last email said that if I didn't hear from them I was going to remove the program from my system. That didn't work either. It has been so frustrating dealing with a company who is quick to take your money for the program and literally deaf to problems that arise when you ask for help. If you're considering buying this program... either save your money or be prepared to get absolutely no help when you have a problem.
Fabro
Fabro
Sep 27 2009
9.0.2
3.0
Sep 27 2009
3.0
Version: 9.0.2
This app used to be very useful, a rela timesaver up to Mac OS X 10.4 but with Leopard the first problems appeared and with Snow Leopard I find it almost unusable for what I do (dragging files/folders from the Finder to the File Buddy icon). I'm posting my problems here because I wrote to the develeopers two weeks ago but I got no answer: I have to report several issues I am experiencing with File Buddy, most of them regarding Snow Leopard (I actually have Mac OS X 10.6.1) and some even Leopard. I have a MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz with 4 Gb RAM. - Under Snow Leopard, dragging one or more file/folder to the File Buddy icon has no effect. My default option is to open the dropped items in a new list window, and I also have the drop keys set so that Cmd-dragging a file/folder I should get the File Buddy Info window. Nothing happens either when I drop or Cmd-drop a Finder item in File Buddy icon, I have to manually open a new List window in File Buddy and drop the files/folders there. - Droplets no longer work, this happened with Leopard and of course they neither work with Snow Leopard. - File Buddy preferences are no longer saved: for example, if i change the default drop action from "View in list" to "Get Info" when I launch again FileBuddy I still have the old option set. - The File Buddy contextual menu is gone under Snow Leopard. Under Leopard I still had it in a "Other" submenu of the Finder contextual menu. Moreover, I have a very annoying problem with my serial number: one year ago I changed my PowerBook G4 for a MacBook Pro, and now every 1-2 weeks File buddy complains that it is in demo mode and I have to enter my serial number again. The first time I also had to put the date of my MacBook Pro back to a few days after the purchase of my license and reboot to enter my legally owned serial because File Buddy told me it had expired ... yet more annoying!
Harv
Harv
Sep 26 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Sep 26 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
On a 24" Intel C2D iMac, 10.6.1 Nearly every time I launch FB, I get the advisory that I must enter my serial number. This occurs so often (about 90% of the time) that I now keep an alias of the File Buddy.fbAutoReg on my desktop. I'm wondering if anyone is experiencing the same problem and if there is a fix. I just wrote the developer. Should I get a response, I'll post the relevant details.
Iconz113
Iconz113
Aug 30 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Aug 30 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
how do you access the contextual menu in snow leopard with filebuddy 9.0.2?
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
Aug 22 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Aug 22 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
Be still my heart!
jocatra
jocatra
Aug 22 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Aug 22 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
FINALLY! It is a welcome update. Thank you very much. :-)
Ean
Ean
Aug 22 2009
9.0.2
0.0
Aug 22 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.2
An update?! Whoa. Registration issues appear to be fixed. Had to trash my old preferences to get everything working. Super.
Sampler
Sampler
Aug 10 2009
9.0.1
0.0
Aug 10 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
With Leopard 10.5.8 on a Powerbook G4, FileBuddy is working fine so far: moving files, dragging folders into the find "other" window; resetting permissions in its Info window, and finding duplicates, and keep just one of each. The ability to use regular expressions has been a real time-saver for changing file names. One small bug I noticed back in 10.4: in typing a date, it's necessary to add a space first. I'll keep using FB until it fails. I don't think it will ever be equaled as a Mac file utility.
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Aug 5 2009
9.0.1
0.0
Aug 5 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
Well... all ym condolences... too bad.. this could have still been one of the best tools for many uses. Oh well.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
May 19 2009
9.0.1
2.0
May 19 2009
2.0
Version: 9.0.1
Version 9 was in beta about the time i was set to became a serious user. When 9 was supposedly finalized, i was disappointed the UI hadn't been simplified or better organized. It had also developed some peculiar bugs and behaviors which multiplied when Leopard showed up. Questions and comments to the developer were met with what seemed to be irritation that Leopard had even come along, and very little help or answers as to whether the software would be fixed. It hasn't. It was overpriced and is much more so now that it has several significant problems just with the functions i'm interested in. No idea why people would suggest "Tidy Up" as an alternative when it does such a minuscule subset of what this does. Somewhat nearer would be Path Finder.
jocatra
jocatra
Mar 24 2009
9.0.1
0.0
Mar 24 2009
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
This program was a good tool under Tiger, but with Leopard it is a pain and, worst, claim with the developer don't solve the problems... They never answer. I trash my registered File Buddy. :(
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
Aug 20 2008
9.0.1
0.0
Aug 20 2008
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
I've been using File Buddy for years to find duplicates ... and it's just now starting to fail. Pity.
Guest
Guest
Feb 7 2008
9.0.1
0.0
Feb 7 2008
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
What is the incompatibility with Default Folder? I e-mailed the File Buddy developer and his response wasn't very enlightening: "I have no idea why it isn't compatible, so that's not likely to change." I also contacted the people at St. Clair Software and got this answer: "The only compatibility issue I'm aware of is that if you're running File Buddy in administrator mode, Default Folder X won't work in it. (What I mean by that is that you've given it your admin password after turning on the 'administrator mode' option in FB's general preferences). Default Folder X cannot enhance programs that are running with administrator privileges - Mac OS X won't allow it. The alternative is to run File Buddy without giving it admin privileges." Is this what you are referring to? I am interested in purchasing File Buddy, so it would be interesting if you could specify more concretely what you mean the incompatibility with Default Folder is.
Guest
Guest
Feb 4 2008
9.0.1
0.0
Feb 4 2008
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
I contacted the developer about the incompatibility issue with Default Folder. Here is what he had to say: "I have no idea why it isn't compatible, so that's not likely to change." Not very helpful in my opinion,
Shock-J
Shock-J
Nov 23 2007
9.0.1
0.0
Nov 23 2007
0.0
Version: 9.0.1
Show in Finder, Move to Trash and other don't seem to work properly in Leopard. Hope and update is in the near future.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Nov 6 2007
9.0.1
2.0
Nov 6 2007
2.0
Version: 9.0.1
Needs a Leopard update. Can't deal with Leopard icons or permissions.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Sep 2 2007
9.0.1
2.0
Sep 2 2007
2.0
Version: 9.0.1
_ I used to use this constantly, but a few irritating snags have shown up with version 9 and haven't been addressed. Among them: 1 - Incompatible with Default Folder 2 - Doesn't remember open-file/folder sheet size 3 - Can't drag to the name field The inability to increase the UI font size on a high-res monitor is annoying, also. The UI could use some streamlining in general. Too MANY functions to make sense of from just toolbar buttons and menus.
Fantamix
Fantamix
Feb 6 2007
9.0b17
5.0
Feb 6 2007
5.0
Version: 9.0b17
Very good tool to manage your files and their attributes.
Minimarc
Minimarc
Jan 31 2007
9.0b17
5.0
Jan 31 2007
5.0
Version: 9.0b17
Final yes or not, this tool is a must-have! nice features to change file attributes, modify and organize files.
Ca
Ca
Jan 31 2007
9.0b17
0.0
Jan 31 2007
0.0
Version: 9.0b17
Not to rant in the sake of ranting but b1 was released in April '06. Now FB has reached b17 and still no final releaseÉ Please, developer, a final release!
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Jan 10 2007
9.0b16
2.0
Jan 10 2007
2.0
Version: 9.0b16
_ I'm using beta 15 and if i save prefs with the "Allow access to administrator mode" box checked, it asks for my password, as it should. However, after i've done so, the prefs are still unsaved. When i click save, it again asks for my password, and so on, endlessly. If i choose the "Enable Administrator Mode" menu, it also asks for a password, and when i've entered it, the menu item remains "Enable Administrator Mode". So how does one *actually* get administrator mode activated?
Flash1296
Flash1296
Nov 2 2006
9.0b14
5.0
Nov 2 2006
5.0
Version: 9.0b14
I have been a (constant) user of File Buddy for years. It is indispensable. It has so many fine features that I feel comfortable saying that just by using these features one progresses from being a Mac User to being a Mac POWER User. At the very least, download and run it in TRIAL MODE; or save yourself the time and purchase it directly. What? Your still reading this? Go on! Go!
Ca
Ca
Jul 15 2006
9.0b11
0.0
Jul 15 2006
0.0
Version: 9.0b11
File Buddy is now universal binary. Well done!
Ca
Ca
Apr 4 2006
9.0b1
0.0
Apr 4 2006
0.0
Version: 9.0b1
I love this app. I've been using FB for years and years. I love the new interface and I'm already looking forward to seeing the next betas :)
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Dec 10 2005
8.1.9
2.0
Dec 10 2005
2.0
Version: 8.1.9
This WOULD be an indispensible piece of software for me if it weren't for one problem: Type Size! I use Photoshop and other screen hogging software a lot and i have the resolution set very high on my monitor. File Buddy doesn't allow the font size in it's windows to be configured, so at 3/32 of an inch on my screen, it's really too tiny to be practical. File Buddy does so many things, i have to admit it's sometimes a bit confusing. I think the UI could be streamlined in some ways, but still, it's configureability is quite good.
Flash1296
Flash1296
Dec 2 2005
8.1.9
5.0
Dec 2 2005
5.0
Version: 8.1.9
Hey Brian, You aere mistaken. The featiures of File Buddy and those of Speed Downkload doi NOT overlap - NOT in any function. File Buddy is am invaluable tool.
Guest
Guest
Sep 15 2005
8.1.8
3.8
Sep 15 2005
3.8
Version: 8.1.8
We took a look at this utility but then opted to standardize our office on Speed Download 3.0.12. Not only is Speed Download the same price but it offers much more centralized features (it is a download manager after all that everyone uses). Nice software but for $20 you get a lot more with Speed Download 3 and it works phenominally well.
Guest
Guest
Sep 15 2005
8.1.8
3.8
Sep 15 2005
3.8
Version: 8.1.8
This software is good but its price is much expensive.
Guest
Guest
Jul 14 2005
8.1.6
3.8
Jul 14 2005
3.8
Version: 8.1.6
Utterly indispensable, and not replaced by Spotlight in the areas where it truly counts. And I have to say that I thought it would be replaced with Spotlight--I was wrong.
Guest
Guest
Jun 21 2005
8.1.6
3.8
Jun 21 2005
3.8
Version: 8.1.6
please... do something for the screenshot !
Guest
Guest
May 9 2005
8.1.4
3.8
May 9 2005
3.8
Version: 8.1.4
As of 11.54 EST, the download links are not working...
Guest
Guest
May 9 2005
8.1.3.1
3.8
May 9 2005
3.8
Version: 8.1.3.1
There is no mention whether this version is supported under Tiger 10.4; the Developer's web site only mentions 10.3. Is there another version soon to be released?
$39.96

3.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
License: 
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