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Latest HoudahSpot posts on the Houdah Tips & Tricks blog:

HoudahSpot 4.2.7

  • The "Search Folders in HoudahSpot" service failed to appear in the context menu in Finder
  • The HoudahSpot menubar icon now reveals its menu on option-click
  • Fixed various minor bugs

HoudahSpot 4.2.6

  • HoudahSpot used to refuse to rename a file if only letter case was changed
  • Fixed a bug with initial keyboard focus on macOS Sierra
  • Fixed a bug where HoudahSpot could crash while closing an active search

HoudahSpot 4.2.5

  • On macOS Sierra, keyboard focus did not honor settings in HoudahSpot > Preferences > Advanced
  • On macOS Sierra, the tab key did not work reliably to navigate between input fields in the Refine pane

HoudahSpot 4.2.4

  • Ready for macOS 10.12 Sierra

HoudahSpot 4.2.3

  • Fixed a bug where dragging files to the Trash failed

HoudahSpot 4.2.2

  • HoudahSpot now remembers your preference to have the toolbar hidden
  • Text preview now remembers font size preference
  • Text preview occasionally failed to show file content

HoudahSpot 4.2.1

  • Quick Look preview refreshes when switching between tabs
  • Fixed a crash on revealing the info or preview pane

HoudahSpot 4.2

  • Text preview loads much faster
  • Grid view shows Finder tag colors next to file names
  • Grid view wraps long file names over two lines
  • File name and path filters now accept the * as wildcard to match any number of characters
  • File tagging shows which tags are applied to all or only to some of the selected files
  • Fixed a bug that prevented disabled search criteria from being saved to templates
  • Fixed a bug that prevented search for phrases containing double quotes

HoudahSpot 4.1.8

  • Fixes a few cosmetic bugs

HoudahSpot 4.1.7

  • Works around an issue which caused text preview to fail for some Microsoft Word files
  • Searches for spreadsheet files now also finds Microsoft Excel .xlsb files

HoudahSpot 4.1.6

  • Fixes a crashing bug introduced by HoudahSpot 4.1.5.

HoudahSpot 4.1.5

  • Added a new sample template. “Misplaced Music Files” finds music files outside the Music folder
  • It is now possible to use up/down arrow keys to select a template in the HoudahSpot search bar
  • Uses the latest version of the Sparkle app update. This includes security fixes.

HoudahSpot 4.1.4

  • It is now possible to search for text within Text Preview. Simply press command-F
  • The keyboard shortcut to put the focus on the search field has changed to command-option-F
  • HoudahSpot prevents accidentally copying a folder to a subfolder of that same folder
  • Fixes a bug that prevented excluding certain folders from searches

HoudahSpot 4.1.3

  • Fixes a bug that could prevent HoudahSpot from quitting
  • Restores German and French localization of the context menu
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent Text Preview from loading document content

HoudahSpot 4.1.2

  • Fixes a bug that could cause a crash when switching to grid view
  • Fixes a bug that could cause a crash when grouping search criteria

HoudahSpot 4.1.1

  • Works around a bug that prevented opening files using Microsoft Word 15

HoudahSpot 4.1

  • HoudahSpot searches can now be exported as Finder Smart Folders
  • You can now temporarily disable individual search criteria. This is particularly useful in combination with templates: have different criteria preconfigured, enable as needed
  • You can now search for the asterisk character by entering \*. Without the backslash, the asterisk is used as wildcard to match any number of characters.
  • Text preview now has arrow buttons to navigate between highlighted matches
  • Grid view now shows full names and additional information on hover
  • “Copy as Tab Delimited” now includes column headers
  • Added more options when searching by file extension or kind
  • Added a sample template that searches for HD video files
  • Added French localization. Disponible en version française

HoudahSpot 4.0.10

  • Search results can now be saved as tab delimited text files
  • The quick search field now understands a wider variety of date formats
  • Addresses minor compatibility issues with the beta version of OS X El Capitan
  • Fixes a bug that could cause a crash on closing windows or tabs

HoudahSpot 4.0.9

  • The search field can now find files that have no value for a given metadata attribute. For example, images with no latitude information: kind:image NOT latitude:*
  • Fixes a bug where HoudahSpot 4.0.8 failed to show file sizes

HoudahSpot 4.0.8

  • “File extension” can now be added as a column in search results
  • HoudahSpot now suggests you save your preferred setup of criteria, locations, columns, etc. as default for new searches
  • Fixes a bug where keyboard shortcuts for templates in the search bar did not update

HoudahSpot 4.0.7

  • The Preview pane now distinguishes between interaction with the preview and drag-and-drop
  • HoudahSpot can find files in folders not indexed by Spotlight. The folders need to be explicitly listed in the Locations pane
  • Copy as tab delimited could include extra columns
  • Fixes a crash when when rearranging tabs
  • Fixes a crash when dragging from the Info pane to the Refine pane

HoudahSpot 4.0.6

  • HoudahSpot now shows a progress bar when tagging a large number of files
  • Larger drop-down menus for Kind, Content Type, Keywords and Tags criteria
  • Templates are now listed in the same order as they are in Finder
  • The results grid view can now be zoomed using a pinch gesture
  • Right-clicking a file in grid view now selects the file
  • Folders can now be dragged from the file path at the bottom of the window to other applications
  • Fixes a bug that could prevent searches from being saved as files or templates

HoudahSpot 4.0.5

  • Adds option to show relative dates in the search results list
  • Adds Apple Script commands to set view options
  • Fixes an issue where the grid view showed file previews in icon mode
  • Fixes a potential crash when nesting search criteria in a group

HoudahSpot 4.0.4

  • German localization: “HoudahSpot spricht jetzt Deutsch”
  • Fixes a bug with handling spaces in searches from LaunchBar Search Templates
  • Works around a bug that prevents pasting multiple file names to some applications including Word 2011 and TextWrangler
  • Works around a bug that prevents opening files using the latest Microsoft Word 2016 preview version

HoudahSpot 4.0.3

  • Fixes a bug that could cause excessive CPU usage

HoudahSpot 4.0.2

  • Files can now be selected by dragging across the list of results
  • Improves the performance of loading value lists in criteria
  • Improves the performance of auto-completion in the tagging window
  • Tabs can now be moved to a different window by drag and drop onto the target window
  • Adds lower values to the search results limit option
  • Fixes a bug where opening alias files failed
  • Fixes a bug where the scroll bar in grid view did not display correctly

HoudahSpot 4.0.1

  • Adds options to search by dates within a past number of minutes or hours
  • Adds menu items and keyboard shortcuts to switch between tabs
  • Fixes a few minor bugs
  • A migration tool to convert HoudahSpot 3.x searches is now available from the Houdah Software support forums

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: save sets of frequently used search criteria
  • Info panel: shows concise information on your files
  • Filters: reduce the number of results shown by selecting values in the Info panel
  • Quick Look and text previews within the main window
  • Sidebar: provides quick access to templates, snippets and tags
  • Tabs: our most requested feature

HoudahSpot (com.houdah.houdahspot4) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com. The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is HoudahSpot 13471. The most popular version of this application used by our users is HoudahSpot 11712.

Operating System: Mac

Minimum OS version: 10.10

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