Leap

Version: 2.5.4 || Release Date: 2010-02-08 || License: Commercial with demo ($59) Developer: Ironic Software | App Owner: factoryjoe

New Spotlight interface with tagging.

What's new.

Leap 2 has been totally rewritten to use the new industry standard OpenMeta tag conventions so that you can share tags across numerous programs. But not only that, Leap 2 has numerous user interface tweaks and improvements to make tagging, rating and browsing your files even easier.

A more natural way.

With Leap you find things based on your natural memory of that file. “Hhmm it was a big photoshop file of a basketball court” or “Something I tagged important” or “A word document somewhere in my documents folder”. With the Finder though, it's more like “I think it might be called bball.psd and that I put it in the originals folder in images in the Project 29 folder which I think I put in Documents... nope, not there... where did I put it?"

Folders and rigid hierarchies might have made sense back when we had hundreds of files, but we're now swimming in images, files, movies and other data. That's where tags come in. Tags are keywords that you assign to a file. This makes it extremely easy to find documents, regardless of their location. Why hunt through an arcane hierarchy of folders and files to find the document we want? Apple's Finder first came out over 20 years ago and we think it's time for a new approach to finding, organizing and browsing your most important documents.

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8 Opinions

Leap 2 is a one-of-a-kind piece of software, featuring a wonderful visual way to navigate your file and folder structures. If you have a problem finding files regularly, I'd highly recommend it. However, I've been testing the Leap 2 demo for a few days now and can't shake the feeling that it wouldn't be worth the cost to purchase for my workflow.

I use Evernote a ton, which has it's own tagging structure and allows file attachments and will sync to multiple machines and the web which I've found very useful. Leap is focused on indexing one machine, and if you heavily rely on a network drive you're out of luck since Spotlight (unless you have OS X Server) will not properly index it (and Leap uses spotlight for its searches). Leap will search it, but it's painfully slow since it's building the index on the fly every time. For the amount that I would use it, I'd gladly pay $20, but $60 is simply too much for something I've been using once or twice a day. Definitely give it a try first.

There are 2 great programs for file management: PathFinder and ForkLift. After trying Leap I consider it to be in league with those, with bigger focus on drilling down and finding files quickly.

Pros:
Rich tagging
Blazing Fast search
Thought out UI
Sorting by date/name much more useful/accurate than competitors

Cons:
No tabs/dual pane view. No more than 1 instance of a window at a time.

Made my life much simpler. I sure hope the developers are getting enough interest to keep developing this app, because there's a few tweaks that could make it even better. But if I had to give Leap a rating, it would be hard not to give it 5 stars out o 5.

Works with Tiger.
(The name and description could suggest that Leopard is required.)

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naga, 6 years ago (score: 1)

Ever since I started tagging my files instead of organizing them by folders, this is the app that I've been looking for. Finder, Spotlight and Quicksilver just don't cut it.

This is one of the more innovative applications I have seen in some time. It makes both organizing and finding data much less painless. I have accumulated over 600Gb of disorganized documents, videos, pictures, and other stuff. It would have taken me a long time to organize that mess with finder and Quick Look. Within about an hour and half I was able to organize my mess with Leap and can now find stuff much faster.

The early beta version did crash on me too. However the later beta versions and the full production versions have never crashed on me.

It is pretty nice. It hung up a few times searching larger directories. Will continue testing though.

I'm glad it's still listed as Beta, because it crashed the first time I launched it. I suppose it was indexing all those files while I was trying to use it. If I can find some sort of crash log or something, I will send it on.

In the few minutes I used it, it did seem pretty cool. I like the way it builds automatic tags of the files. It scared me a little to think what kind of stuff it might find :)