HoudahSpot 4.1 - File Search Tool Gets Upgrade and French Localization

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[prMac.com] Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Houdah Software today announces HoudahSpot 4.1, a major update to the popular file search utility for OS X. It builds upon Spotlight and adds a powerful criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches, and more. HoudahSpot is a must-have for "professional" Mac users: Those who work with thousands or hundred of thousands of files. Those who need to look up the exact document, mail message, photo, video, artwork etc. to work with. Those who regularly search for files that match a variety of criteria.

Mac OS X Spotlight does an excellent job at indexing user files of all kinds. This makes searching fast. The default Spotlight interface, however, has grown over the years to become the go-to place for all sorts of searches. File search has taken a backseat. Users who work with larger number of files, need to look up files from yesteryear, or frequently search by multiple criteria quickly outgrow the capabilities of Spotlight and Finder.

HoudahSpot, on the other hand, focusses on file search. It searches the same Spotlight index, but adds essential features such as easy building and saving of advanced searches. When Spotlight and Finder file searches produce seemingly endless search results, HoudahSpot will help you get to the files you are looking for.

HoudahSpot looks and works the way you expect a file search tool to work: Fill in search criteria. Specify the folders you want to search. Refine by adding and combining criteria. Add columns to better sort and explore search results. Preview files and text matches. Work with the files you have found.

HoudahSpot is highly customizable. Set up search criteria, search locations, exclusions, sort order, result display options, etc. and save these as default settings for new searches. Create templates for recurring searches. Stop spending time looking for files, pictures, and messages when you could be using them.

Feature Highlights:
* Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, image dimensions, and more
* Create precise searches that pinpoint the files that you are looking for
* Combine criteria in groups to find files that match any, all or none of the criteria
* Search several folders at once. Exclude others
* Set HoudahSpot to open with a defined set of criteria, search locations and result columns
* Set up templates for recurring searches

New in HoudahSpot 4.1:
* HoudahSpot searches can now be exported as Finder Smart Folders
* Individual search criteria can now be disabled temporarily. This is particularly useful in combination with templates: have different criteria preconfigured, enable as needed
* Text preview now has arrow buttons to navigate between highlighted matches
* Grid view now shows full names and additional information on hover
* Added more options for searching by file extension or kind
* Added a sample template that searches for HD video files
* Added French localization

New in HoudahSpot 4.0:
* Quick search field: start a search by typing just a few words
* Improved criteria editor: set up and combine search criteria faster than ever before
* Snippets: sets of frequently used search criteria. Use as building blocks
* Details pane: Quick Look and text previews within the main window
* Info pane: concise information on your files
* Filters: reduce the number of results shown by selecting values in the Info pane
* Sidebar: provides quick access to templates, snippets and tags
* Tabs: our most requested feature

HoudahSpot draws from more than nine years of customer feedback. In eleven months of development, HoudahSpot 4.0 was rebuilt from the ground up with a focus on productivity and ease of use. It has been showered with praises from customers:

* "HoudahSpot is absolutely both a necessity and critical in making my workflow life manageable!"
* "I found its power to be unparalleled. Simply put, it finds everything, and it does so remarkably quickly."
* "For me a true killer app since years - helped me so often finding long missed info fast and easy..."
* "Great new version. This is Spotlight done right. You can built complex searches in an easy way"
* "HoudahSpot gives you nice tools to actually do something with the results of your search"

System Requirements:
* OS X 10.10 Yosemite or 10.11 El Capitan
* Spotlight enabled
* 11 MB of disk space

Pricing and Availability:
HoudahSpot 4.1 is priced at $29 (USD) for a single-user license. A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. A family license is available for $44. Upgrades are priced $17 and $26 respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after November 1, 2014 are valid for both HoudahSpot 3.x and 4.x versions.

Founded in 2005 by Pierre Bernard, Houdah Software is a small company based in Luxembourg, Europe. Houdah Software specializes in quality software for Mac, iPhone and Apple iPad. Our mission is to pair quality products with excellent customer support. Copyright (C) 2005-2015 Houdah Software s. r.l. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Mac, Spotlight, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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