I’ve been using Found during the beta period. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for sliding panels (a fervent LaunchBar TotalFinder & TotalTerminal user) and was initially seduced by the slick interface and the idea of searching not only my computer but my Dropbox, Gmail, Google Docs cloud services all in one place. The instant preview of files in a modal window is also a very nice touch, but in case you weren’t aware, a quick tap of the spacebar in Spotlight also brings up a Quicklook window.
The charm wore off however when I realised:
- my Gmail accounts are also mirrored in Mail.app
- my Dropbox is locally synced
- my Google Docs are now locally synced via Google Drive (happened during the beta)
And all of the above are consequently indexed using the still superior Spotlight (or one better in the enhanced Spotlight of Tags.app!)
Advantages Spotlight still has:
- Able to search on metadata. I am a huge OpenMeta Tag convert and use the excellent app Tags and other mechanisms to tag all (well my most important) files, emails, websites. These tags are stored in the file’s metadata that Spotlight automatically searches and indexes. Sadly Found doesn’t recognize these.
- Organises search results by file type, makes it faster for me to find things anyway.
- can customise folders searched (either more outside your home folder or selective home folder ones) – looks like this is to come in Found.
- Native part of the OS (updated with the system obviously).
So maybe I’m missing something but for my uses, I fail to see the point?
I can imagine if you had multiple Dropbox and/or Google Drive accounts (that you can’t currently sync multiples of locally) then this would be quite handy for you.
Some minor Quibbles:
- I’d like to be able to customise the trigger key (I already had double-control assigned to another function) and with the forthcoming Mac Siri supposedly using Double-Command, this double-tappin’ Keyboard Shortcut nomenclature is starting to get more and more crowded.
- Found doesn’t appear to be AppleScriptable. A requirement in order to use Tag’s Tagging WIndow which it recognise the current selection when you activate. Not a deal-breaker if your not a Tags.app user.
Granted this is only a 1.0 release and with the attention to detail this app at least has, there could be great things ahead. It will have to go a long way to convince me of any functional advantage though.
But hey – did I mention it’s FREE so it’s certainly worth giving this a try! [Appears to be BSD open-source licensed. Yeah, not GPL open-source licensed like the banned VLC, remember that? So I suppose BSD allows the inclusion of Apple’s DRM which was the stickler.]