There are some search apps out there but Foxtrot Search is only one that I am aware of that does its own indexing. Its quite expensive and probably more than most people need. I use Foxtrot Search but also do not have too many problems with Spotlight. If you find apps with similar functionality to Foxtrot Search let us know.
Out of the box Lucene/Solr use a server model but there are some corpus linguistics programs buillt on Lucene that do everying locally. Programming that and your personalised GUI will give you what you want. And, of course, being open source the only cost is your time to do the coding.
Thanks for sharing this, I’ve downloaded it and for my use is so much better than Houdahspot.
Saved me plenty of time already
At £35 for the personal search I don’t feel it’s that expensive - especially when compared to the price of some calendar subscriptions
That’s an intersting tool but surely fails on the criteria of “does its own indexing”? All grep work-a-like tools rescan files each time where as Spotlight (for all its failings) and a Lucene/Solr or similar approach builds its own indices once and then uses those; Lucene/Solr can cope with incorpating new material.
Plus the kicker that grep work-a-like tools are usually run in a Terminal session whereas Spoltlight, Lucene, or others have a GUI interface.
All Spotlight searches were essentially instantaneous, but searching ~/Documents in EasyFind took 21 seconds …
The only answer is to have all of these products: I now use HoudahSpot as my primary search app, and wouldn’t be without it, but know that being able to fall back on Find Any File and EasyFind is essential.
@those who recommend HoudahSpot:
If really Spotlights indexing is faulty (which I could not agree to from my experience) how should HoudahSpot be any better, if it is using the exact same index?
And even worse, how could it be better than Spotlight, if it even could not access the results of the spotlight CoreIndex?