Friday, February 15, 2013

Try The Free Mac App That Finds Files Faster And Is More Fun Than Spotlight

FoundOnce upon a time I was in love with Spotlight, Apple’s index search and retrieval tool that’s built right into OS X.

Obviously, that love was short lived as the number of files on my Mac crossed the one million mark.

Using Spotlight to find anything is an exercise in frustration and patience. It’s about as much fun as searching for a web page on Google. Too many choices. Not enough relevance. Are there alternatives? Try Found. It’s free. It’s fast. It’s fun. And it does more than Spotlight in a much easier to use interface.

The pop up search window is deceptively simple. Type in what file you want to find.


Notice that Found finds files on your Mac to match the search criteria, but also finds files on your Dropbox account, Google Drive, Gmail, Evernote, Google Docs, and SkyDrive.

Spotlight can’t do that. Once a file is found, moving it from Found to an app is drag and drop simple.


I like using Found because it’s simple, but with some nice extra touches. And it’s fast. Found seems to remember what you’ve been working on recently so those files appear on top first.

Spotlight was once the cool new kid in town, but it has become cumbersome to use. Like a Google search, there are just too many results. Found is more social.