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HoudahSpot 3.0

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Houdah Software has released a major update to HoudahSpot, the file search tool that provides an alternative interface to Mac OS X's Spotlight. HoudahSpot 3.0 adds several new features, including file tagging capabilities, user interface elements that provide easy access to tagging features and templates, and tag-based searching. HoudahSpot's menu bar item has also been improved such that clicking it opens the Blitzsearch window, while right-clicking it opens a menu listing the program's templates. ($30 new, $5 upgrade or free for purchases in 2010, 2.5 MB)

 

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Adam Bell  2010-07-02 16:10
As one of the beta testers of this upgrade and a long-time user of HoudahSpot, this is a major improvement. The tagging feature is very useful, as is the new tray that hides on a selected screen edge and uses a modifier key to prevent unintentional triggering.
Correction: it's not a free update. According to Houdah's web site, it costs $8 to upgrade to 3.0 from a previous version (unless you purchased this year).
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-07-05 08:49
Good catch, thanks. I've updated the article.
Free or not, this is simply the best SpotLight add-on out there. Its capabilities are awesome. Highly recommended!!!