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HoudahSpot for Mac

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Download HoudahSpot 6.1.3

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What's new in this version:

HoudahSpot 6.1.3
- Restores compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina


HoudahSpot 6.1.2
- Improves status update while waiting for the Mail plug-in
- Fixes minor bugs


HoudahSpot 6.1.1
- Avoids "beachball" while gathering Mail search results
- Various bug fixes


HoudahSpot 6.1
- Find mail messages by MailTags keywords & projects. Requires MailSuite 2021 for macOS Big Sur
- Faster Apple Mail messages search
- Improved Quick Look Preview for files hosted by DEVONThink
- Text Preview can now be set to use a fixed width font
- You can now select and copy text from the Quick Look preview pane
- You can now hide the Tag cloud
- The window toolbar offers more space where to grab and move the HoudahSpot search window
- Fixed a bug where "Find by Example" failed to pick up file properties
- Worked around a macOS Catalina bug where toolbar items can disappear when working with tabs
- Fixed a bug where Mail search results initially failed to show


HoudahSpot 6.0.4
- HoudahSpot is now available on Setapp: a subscription service for Mac and iOS apps. For $9.99/mo, use HoudahSpot plus over 200 other apps. No extra fees, no ads.
- Fixes a crash when organizing search criteria snippets in HoudahSpot preferences
- Fixes a bug with filtering search results by folder name in path
- HoudahSpot now works with both the direct download and Setapp version of Default Folder X


HoudahSpot 6.0.3
- Fixes a bug introduced in HoudahSpot 6.0.2. HoudahSpot could fail to open saved searches or templates


HoudahSpot 6.0.2
- Fixes a bug where excluding ~/Library also excluded results from Mail searches
- Fixes a possible crash when grouping search results by volume name or by kind


HoudahSpot 6.0.1
- Fixes a bug where the Info pane failed list current attribute filters
- Fixes a bug where filters using regular expressions did not work as expected
- Fixes a bug where clicking the menu bar icon did not always perform the action specified in HoudahSpot preferences
- The HoudahSpot 6.0 plug-in for Apple Mail could slow the start of the Mail application


HoudahSpot 6.0
- Smart Text Preview: Focus on paragraphs that match your search
- Arranged Results: Group search results by date, size, kind, or application
- Recent Attributes: HoudahSpot remembers recently used search attributes and result columns
- Recent Values: HoudahSpot remembers recently used file extensions, tags, and file types
- Customizable Search Field: Option to search by name, text content, or any text
- Improved Date Searches: Search for files by dates in a given month or year
- Enhanced Grid View: See pertinent file info right next to icon or thumbnail
- Regular Expression Filtering: Filter search results by name, path, parent folders, etc.
- Faster File Tagging: Custom keyboard shortcuts, favorite, and recent tags
- Templates Menu: Organize your search templates into folders and submenus
- Compact Mode: Shrink the HoudahSpot window. Make room for easy drag-and-drop to other applications
- Vertical Layout: See details and previews below search results. Save screen space
- Fewer Windows: Reset a search. Start over with a new search in the current window
- Dark Mode: HoudahSpot also looks good in black
- Touch Bar: Access common functions from the comfort of your MacBook Pro keyboard
- Finder Extension: Summon HoudahSpot from the Finder toolbar
- Quick Action: Open HoudahSpot from the context menu on folders in Finder
- Printing: Print search results as lists or contact sheet
- Much more: Many refinements make HoudahSpot more efficient than ever


HoudahSpot 5.1.6
- Prepare for macOS 11.0 Big Sur


HoudahSpot 5.1.5
- Addresses a compatibility with the Dropshare app
- Fixes a problem with configuring keyboard shortcuts for assigning Finder tags


HoudahSpot 5.1.4
- Fixes a crash on launch when running on macOS 11 Big Sur beta
- It will take a lot more work to update HoudahSpot for macOS 11 Big Sur. The next major version is currently distributed as developer preview or beta. We cannot currently recommend you install this pre-release software on computers you need to rely on.


HoudahSpot 5.1.3
- Change log not available for this version


HoudahSpot 5.1.2
- Fixes an bug where the Search->Add Criterion menu items failed to function


HoudahSpot 5.1
- Enhanced Quick Look Preview: Quick Look Preview of as XMP sidecar now shows the actual image file
- Enhanced Quick Look Preview: Quick Look Preview of a DEVONthink item now shows the cataloged file
- Use Templates from Finder: The HoudahSpot Finder toolbar item now gives direct access to HoudahSpot search templates
- Simplified Chinese: Improved support for searches using Simplified Chinese
- Re-save Templates: When saving a search created from a template, HoudahSpot now suggests updating the original template
- New Keyboard Shortcuts: You can now set custom keyboard shortcuts to start a HoudahSpot search from Finder or bring HoudahSpot to the front
- Improved File Tagging Control: You can now click a recently used tag to add it to the files' tags
- Text Preview in Dark Mode: Text matches are now highlighted with colors that provide better contrast in dark mode


HoudahSpot 5.0.11
- File tagging from the context menu now also works when opening the context menu without releasing the mouse button
- Fixes an issue where some menu items failed to work in fullscreen mode
- Adds an option during activation to save your license to 1Password 7


HoudahSpot 5.0.10
- Updated for macOS 10.15 Catalina
- Adds support for the version of ForkLift distributed via SetApp
- Fixes a rare crash when using snippets


HoudahSpot 5.0.9
- HoudahSpot now scrolls to the selected files after sorting search results
- Fixes an issue where loading and sorting search results were slower than expected
- Fixes an issue where previews in grid mode appeared washed out
- Fixes a rare crash when printing search results


HoudahSpot 5.0.8
- Templates and saved searches now open with the grid view set to the previously saved zoom level
- When searching DEVONthink databases, HoudahSpot now suggests possible "Document Kind" values


HoudahSpot 5.0.7
- In preparation for macOS 10.15 Catalina, HoudahSpot recently started using the new "hardened runtime". Unfortunately, this broke things that went unnoticed during testing.
- "Search current Finder window" could fail to access the path of the Finder window
- Fixes a bug that prevented Text Preview from reading some third-party file formats
- Fixes a crash in HoudahSpot > Preferences > Extensions


HoudahSpot 5.0.5
- Integration with the Fork Lift application.
- Adds a keyboard shortcut to tag files: control-command-T
- Allows for Apple Script to start a search by names
- Fixes a crash when tagging files using the MacBook Touch Bar
- Fixes a couple of minor bugs


HoudahSpot 5.0.4
- Improves auto-completion of search criteria values. E.g. known tag names
- The purple file label color is now a better match for macOS 10.14 Mojave
- Fixes a crash in Text Preview
- Fixes a crash when using Snippets on macOS 10.13 High Sierra


HoudahSpot 5.0.3
- Improves performance of Text Preview when working with large files and non-latin characters
- Fixes a bug where the Finder Extension failed to install
- Fixes a bug where templates could not be loaded from Apple Script commands
- Fixes a bug where arrow buttons in Text Preview did not show


HoudahSpot 5.0.2
- Fixes a bug where the View > Arrange By > Kind menu item was not shown
- Fixes a bug where the HoudahSpot LaunchBar action could fail over non-latin characters
- Fixes a bug where searches by date did not work from the main search field


HoudahSpot 5.0.1
- Fixes a bug in the LaunchBar action. Install the updated action from HoudahSpot > Preferences > Extensions
- Fixes a bug where HoudahSpot failed to determine the folder of the current Finder window
- Improves the performance of Text Preview on large files


HoudahSpot for Mac 5.0
- Smart Text Preview: Focus on paragraphs that match your search
- Arranged Results: Group search results by date, size, kind, or application
- Recent Attributes: HoudahSpot remembers recently used search attributes and result columns
- Recent Values: HoudahSpot remembers recently used file extensions, tags, and file types
- Customizable Search Field: Option to search by name, text content, or any text
- Improved Date Searches: Search for files by dates in a given month or year
- Enhanced Grid View: See pertinent file info right next to icon or thumbnail
- Regular Expression Filtering: Filter search results by name, path, parent folders, etc.
- Faster File Tagging: Custom keyboard shortcuts, favorite, and recent tags
- Templates Menu: Organize your search templates into folders and submenus
- Compact Mode: Shrink the HoudahSpot window. Make room for easy drag-and-drop to other applications
- Vertical Layout: See details and previews below search results. Save screen space
- Fewer Windows: Reset a search. Start over with a new search in the current window
- Dark Mode: HoudahSpot also looks good in black
- Touch Bar: Access common functions from the comfort of your MacBook Pro keyboard
- Finder Extension: Summon HoudahSpot from the Finder toolbar
- Quick Action: Open HoudahSpot from the context menu on folders in Finder
- Printing: Print search results as lists or contact sheet
- Much more: Many refinements make HoudahSpot more efficient than ever


HoudahSpot for Mac 4.4.2
- Fixes a bug where the "+" button to add search criteria could get stuck
- Fixes a bug where dragging search criteria snippets to the Refine pane could fail
- Fixes a bug where HoudahSpot failed to request permissions to search your photos


HoudahSpot for Mac 4.4.1
- Fixes a bug that could cause Quick Look preview to crash


HoudahSpot for Mac 4.4
- During initial activation, HoudahSpot now offers the option to save your license to 1Password
- On macOS Mojave, HoudahSpot needs to ask permission to automate Finder when you want it to search the frontmost Finder window
- Fixes a bug where searching using "contains all" produced different results depending on the order of search words
- Fixes a bug where previews could fail to follow selection in the list of results
- Fixes a bug that could cause Quick Look preview to crash
- HoudahSpot could quit unexpectedly when the option to "quit on close of last window" is enabled

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