EasyFind

Version: 4.8.1 || Release Date: 2011-08-14 || License: Freeware App Owner: cheepnisaroma

An alternative to or supplement of Spotlight and finds files, folders or contents in any file without the need for indexing. Highlights:

Boolean operators, wildcards, phrases
No indexing, search immediately
Finds invisible files and files inside packages (which Spotlight doesn't search)
Displays the location of each file in a separate column
Provides contextual menus and services
Supports drag & drop.

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8 Opinions

Doesn't search file contents properly. too bad :(

This gets to package contents, root files, etc.--lots of stuff you just can't get with Spotlight. Easyfind is your naughty uncle who slips you a twenty just for fun. Spotlight is your polite aunt who serves shredded wheat with skim milk because its good for you.

This is the only way I've found (well, except for a bash script that I wrote) to search WordPerfect for Windows files on OS X. You need to click the light switch in the lower L of the EasyFind window to get a drawer to slide out with lists of file extensions, then add the .wpd file extension. After that it works brilliantly.

Oh man, I love Butler. I just set that up. Thanks for the idea.

@ brian:

You can actually do that if you use Butler - if you set EasyFind to launch with the hot key Command-F, you can set it to only be valid within the Finder. I do something similar myself with Butler and Spotlaser (http://osx.iusethis.com/app/spotlaser), which I have set to launch with Command-Shift-F. (Of course, you could probably do this with QS, LB, or the app launcher/key macro manager of your choice).

This is what Command-F should bring up when you're in the Finder.

Exactly (what spotlight should've been); wish Mac would purchase this excellent piece of code and implement as Spotlight.

..what Spotlight should've been!