I absolutely LOVE this software. I use this so much everyday. I NEVER use spotlight and just passed over some usability issues. Highly recommended to anyone that wants to simplify search and find everything.
Have been testdriving it since the 25th of January (and renewed my license). I really like it. Having the previews of results, and being able to search all Devonthink databases with HoudahSpot are very useful.
For integration in your regular workflows, HoudahSpot is offering extensions in its Preferences for:
And just today I saw the tweet by DefaultFolder, also offering integration with sending Houdahspot results to their open dialogues:
You are no longer asked to sign up for the beta mailing list. The beta should automatically suggest you update to the release version once that is available. The only thing missing from the current beta is the user guide.
The latest beta is basically a release candidate. Unlike earlier betas it requires a license.
I just got v 5 and I’m finding it a little disappointing. I had hoped that the smart text preview would also me to select multiple documents and focus into all of their matching paragraphs at once. No such luck. And the actual focusing can’t be adjusted (e.g. adjacent # of words, lines, paragraphs) as I had hoped.
Search results can’t be grouped by tag. You can get around this by exporting results as a smart folder and then grouping that in Finder but it’s a rather inelegant workaround.
Still happy to pay for a program I use daily but I had hoped for more.
I have Houdah Spot 5: it is well known that it won’t search emails, 6 it seems will. however it doesn’t seem to find emails I move into DEVONthink 3 or anything in the DEVONthink 3 Inbox. I tried adding that to the list of search locations but it still didn’t work. It really isn’t working well for me, I appreciate every app can’t integrate prefectly with every other one. However DEVONthink 3 is my essential app and Houdah Spot is not good really to me unless it plays perfectly with it.
Thank you so much for the quick response. It worked, I didn’t even know about that box at all. I have been trying to fix this off and on for weeks.
Your helpfulness and generosity with time is the kind of thing that makes or breaks my feelings towards an app.
I find the restrictions and Apple side blocks quite fiddly now and some apps have a real learning curve.
I have to say I had an analogous problem with Drafts: the developer was great and helpful but the box ticking I was told to do didn’t help and I gave the app up as not being worth the trouble by that point… I think Apple should take care here frankly. I am a fan boy BUT that is mainly because of some of the software they support so well, or did.