Egg Freckles
By Thomas Brand

Thu Dec/11 EasyFind

EasyFind

Before Spotlight there was Sherlock. And before Sherlock there was the Find. We have come a long way since the search in System 7. Content awareness, deep indexes, and live results have made modern search powerful. But sometimes I wish I could return to a simpler search. Where the indexing every file isn't required, and I can see the results from every folder on my hard drive. EasyFind is powerful search made easy.

EasyFind's Best Three Features:

  • Its fast results and Quick Look integration
  • The ability to search invisible files, and the contents of application bundles
  • The option to search anywhere, including my Library and System folders

Fast

EasyFind's results are so fast on my MacBook Air, I often question the need for Spotlight to keep an index of my hard drive. Maybe its because I rarely search my files by content. Or maybe it is because of my MacBook Air's super-fast SSD. No matter the reason, EasyFind's search results often start appearing in less than a second.

Browsing

Browsing EasyFind's results is simple too. Quick Look long replaced Preview as my preferred way of previewing files, and Quick Look is built into every EasyFind search. Simply highlight the first result, tap the Spacebar, and navigate down the list using the arrow keys. A full-screen preview appears with every key stroke.

Finding Your Mac's Hidden Secrets

We all know our Macs have hidden files. We just have to know where to look. Spotlight refuses to reveal the hidden files invisible to the Finder, or tucked away inside application bundles. EasyFind makes finding hidden files easy. No need to display invisible files in the Finder first, or show the contents of application bundles or packages.

As a power user, one of my chief frustrations with Spotlight is its inability to look inside my Library or System folders. If I am modifying a system resource or adjusting a local preference, my activities often take me outside the view of Spotlight's search. EasyFind does not suffer from such shortsightedness. Its powerful search finds file and folders, by name, phrase, or content no matter where they are located. It even follows Unix-Wildcards, and can exclude known file types.

EasyFind is the little squirrel I keep in my dock for finding stuff on my Mac. Free from the Mac App Store, or the Devon Technologies website.