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Insanely Inadequate Search Results

104 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 9:29 AM by softwater RSS
go2rba Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 17, 2013 9:09 AM

While I have used the Mac since the most powerful Mac was an Atari TT030 running Spectre GCR Mac Emulation, unlike the Atari, the Mac has always had immense issues with its Finder level search function, "Spotlight" I believe is its name.


For example, I needed to find a PDF file just now, and the Spotlight search yielded TWO total PDFs, searching for files ending in ".pdf" when, in the open window on the desktop, I could SEE four. (See image, below.)


Going to my trusty File Buddy program, I do the same search. 1,854 ".pdf" files. Infinitely better.  (See image, below.)


This is on OS 10.75.


For years, I have used File Buddy because Spotlight simply does not work. My system is not the mom and pop America system, but a leviathan, always with RAIDS, SSDs, and 6-15 daisy chained drives, mostly 4TB, attached. There is never less than millions of files online, and Spotlight casts less than a single candlepower of illumination on that vast ocean.


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Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to go2rba)

    So what's the question, exactly?


    I don't know File Buddy, but EasyFind is good for deep searches, but takes an age to complete.


    Spotlight and Finder work on indexes, and for that reason are very fast.


    Try using the Finder filter bar for searches on file types. You need to hit the '+' button (it's shown as '-' button in this screenshot, but it's in the same location), clear the search field, then explore the options from the dropdown menu. "Other" has a lot of powerful search filters.


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