Find Any File (FAF) 2.0.1b6
Find any file (FAF) 2.0.1b6
Find any file searches local drives for files by name, creation or modification date, size or type and creator code (not in content, though).
As there are other instruments with a similar search operation here features unique to find any file:
- It has a new hierarchical view of the found items, which makes it much easier to browse 100s elements (see screenshot).
- It can run as the root user, actually finding any file on the disk, even those that are hidden from the casual user.
- You can save queries and run them later.
- As there are other instruments with a similar search operation here features unique to find any file:
Unlike Spotlight (ie discovery Find command), it does not have access to pre-built database, but the search for the selected volume directly. This allows you to locate any file, even those inner packages and other excluded from Spotlight search. So it’s perfect for system files search, for example.
On the other hand, it may take a little longer than Spotlight, and it is only fast on the HFS (+) volumes. But even on mounted network volumes on a server Mac OS X can still be surprisingly fast.
Therefore, it is not all replacement Spotlight, but it can be useful in some, if not many, of the situation.
Version 2.0: New Features
- In the settings there is a new version of the Setup Display. If checked, the results will appear as soon as the first elements found. Closing the window will abort the search. Let me know what you think about it.
- The new rule search: UTI file type corresponds to search for images, music files and so. See the help text at the bottom of the screen when you select this rule.
- Copy JSON Format (Cmd-Ctrl-C) creates a JSON text to the clipboard, describing most of the properties of the selected files. It may be useful for post-processing in other programs. Let me know if you find it useful. There are also hidden settings to fine tune the output settings such as date format.
- new features
- v2 is a 64 bit application and therefore should work fine at the upcoming MacOS 10.15.
- Search in “slow” mode (ie when searching for a subdirectory instead of the entire disk) should be faster than v2 to v1. Definitely not slower.
- Filter field in the upper right corner of the results makes it possible to search on any column shown. In addition, when filtering the date, month and day of the week can be registered (for example, “April”).
- Deleted items remain in the list, as shown with the line (strike) therethrough. I like your opinion on this issue. You can disable this option in the menu of results, as well as remove all deleted items through it.
- The default and most recent searches are not stored on disk as a file .faf more, but in the application settings.
- v2 only works on MacOS 10.11 and later (v1 supports 10.6 to 10.14).
- In the results, when «List View» selected (CMD-1), there is a second list at the bottom of any additional parent folders to display the selected item. Instead, at the bottom of the window shows the so-called Path bar, which lists all the folders, and can be double or Ctrl-clicked.
- When you select a folder on a volume of NPF to look, it will not show “(slow)” as a recursive search is hardly slower than searching the entire disc using the “quick search” operation (which, unfortunately, is much slower than the search for HFS formatted volumes).
Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor Home http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/index.php
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