Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Houdah Software is proud to mark the 15th anniversary of HoudahSpot, its popular file search tool. HoudahSpot 1.0 was released on May 8, 2006. It was born out of the idea to combine the speed of Spotlight with the flexibility and precision of standard file search: "unleash Spotlight". Over the years, HoudahSpot has grown to be ever more powerful and yet easier to use. This has earned it a spot in the hearts and the Dock of many Mac users. HoudahSpot has proven an essential tool for those who work with or rely on a large number of files.
"Fifteen years ago, we released the first version of what came to be one of the most popular search tools for Mac: HoudahSpot," explained Pierre Bernard, founder of Houdah Software. "When Apple introduced Spotlight search in 2005, we felt that the technology had a lot of potential. Spotlight allows for blindingly fast file searches by relying on an index. We soon realized that the Spotlight interface lacked the finesse needed to pinpoint the files we were looking for. Thus the idea for HoudahSpot was born: combine the speed of the Spotlight index with an interface that enables precise and effortless file searches. On May 8, 2006, HoudahSpot 1.0 was released."
With HoudahSpot, building precise searches is a matter of just a few clicks. A simple search form allows for finding files by name, text content, dates, as well as many other file properties. As Macworld reviewer Rob Griffith put it in 2008: "HoudahSpot takes the power of Spotlight [...] and makes it both more powerful and easier to use. [...] you can use it to easily create complex saved searches that would be very complicated to construct (if possible at all) in the Finder." - Macworld, 01/16/2008
Fifteen years later, these are still the core strengths of HoudahSpot. In those years, much has changed, but our need to find the files and information we rely on. Over the years, HoudahSpot had to outdo itself over and again to keep ever-growing file collection in check. As technology advanced, HoudahSpot has always managed to keep frequently used files at users' fingertips and hard-to-find files within easy reach.
The first version of HoudahSpot had to be very economical with screen real estate. HoudahSpot was developed on a clamshell iBook with a screen resolution of only 800ï¿½-600. The HoudahSpot window had space only to show search criteria [see screenshot]. Once the search was started, search criteria had to be hidden to make room to show results. Today, HoudahSpot presents search results next to the search criteria. To the right, HoudahSpot even finds room to show file information or previews. This layout makes it much easier to explore search results and progressively refine searches until results come down to a manageable size.
"Looking back, we are very proud of how much HoudahSpot has evolved over the past 15 years," continues Bernard. "We would like to thank our loyal customers for the feedback that helped shape HoudahSpot into an irreplaceable tool for many Mac users. Thank you very much!"
We celebrate HoudahSpot's 15th birthday this weekend with a sale at houdah.com. HoudahSpot single user and family licenses are discounted 30% with coupon code ANNI30. Upgrades from older versions are available at an attractive price. This weekend these are an additional 15% off with coupon code ANNI15.
The same discount also applies to HoudahGeo and Tembo. HoudahGeo is the photo geocoding and geotagging tool. It tags photos with location coordinates and names. Tembo is a structured file search tool. It guides you to the files you need to find. Offer ends May 10, 2021.
HoudahSpot is a file search tool that helps Mac users organize files and finds these if they did not. HoudahSpot combines fast and precise file search with a customizable results display and previews. It makes it easy to find the document, email message, photo, or video file you need.
HoudahSpot is a productivity tool that serves as the hub of many workflows: in HoudahSpot, all the files related to the task at hand come together. It is also the starting point for deep dive searches to fetch further information from archives. A customizable interface makes HoudahSpot equally adept at presenting mail messages, documents, or media files. Search templates provide starting points for specialized searches. E.g., a search for video files.
* Quick search field: start a search by typing just a few words
* Multi-criteria file search: Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, image dimensions, and more
* Easy-to-use criteria editor: Combine search criteria to narrow down search results to the exact files you need
* Smart location selection: Search multiple folders at once, and exclude others
* Tag cloud: Lists file tags found in current search results. Provides a quick way to narrow down results (new)
* Customizable results display: View search results as a list or grid. Add columns. Sort. Arrange in groups
* Concise file info: See properties relevant to the selected file type
* Preview of file content: Peek inside files. See text matches in context
* Saved searches and templates: Use as starting points for recurring searches
* Snippets: Save sets of frequently used search criteria
* Filter by folder. See top-level files only. Combine multiple filters (new)
* Fully customizable. Set the default search window to match your preferences and workflow
* Continued search: Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing command-G (Find Next)
* Integrates with Finder and third-party tools like Default Folder X, PopClip, ForkLift, Path Finder, Alfred, LaunchBar, and Butler
"If there is one utility that is indispensable for me on the Mac, HoudahSpot is it (locates files on disk)."
- @helgeg via Twitter
"I love HoudahSpot - way, way better than Spotlight as a search app for @Apple Mac computer."
- @sinabhfuil via Twitter
"HoudahSpot may be the most helpful application I own."
- H. E. Jr., Edmond, OK
"There's nothing else like it [HoudahSpot] for Mac users by a long margin."
- Adrain Stevenson
* HoudahSpot is offered in English, German, and French language versions.
* macOS 10.14 Mojave or newer
* Optimized for macOS 11 Big Sur on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs
* Spotlight enabled
* 35 MB of disk space
Pricing and Availability:
HoudahSpot 6.1 is priced at $34 (USD) for a single-user license. A family license is available for $42. Upgrades are priced at $19 and $29, respectively. HoudahSpot licenses purchased on or after June 1, 2020, upgrade for free. A full-featured trial version is available. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrades are available upon loading a previous license. HoudahSpot is also available on Setapp - a subscription service for Mac and iOS apps.
Setapp (Curated Mac and iOS apps)
Screenshot (HoudahSpot 1.1 - circa 2006)
Press Kit (zip)
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