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10.4: Use Boolean (NOT, OR) searches in Spotlight
Authored by: tluger on May 21, '05 12:52:28AM

I found this little app that allows full use of ALL normal boolean operators. It seems to access spotlight for file contents cause it worked 2 seconds after installation.

http://www.grunenberg.com/easyfind.html

just put in the apps folder and open. then select file contents and operators from the SIMPLE GUI and choose your folder. Let me know if it works for the rest of you as it seems to do for me.



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10.4: EasyFind
Authored by: Zo-1 on Jun 18, '05 08:06:33PM
Nooo. . .EasyFind has always worked like that.

The reason it's so fast? That's DEVONTechs' little trade secret!

Fanstastic, isn't it! (Just a fan.) (Who can't believe how many people don't know about Devon . . . yet.)


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10.4: Use Boolean (NOT, OR) searches in Spotlight
Authored by: jwtheiss on Aug 05, '05 12:37:36PM

After much frustration, I went to the Devon (makers of EasyFind) forum. Unfortunately, their boolean operators only work on complete words, so if you're trying to strip out results with just characters in the filename, it's a no-go (unless what you're stripping out is a whole word in which case I'm assuming it works fine - just not for my needs).

I really can't believe that Apple didn't include a "does not contain" filter in both spotlight and the new Find dialog. I've got a folder of about 24k files that I need to be able to delete all the ones with XXX but not with YYY in their filename. 24k files is quite a bit to do by hand...



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10.4: Use Boolean (NOT, OR) searches in Spotlight
Authored by: jwtheiss on Aug 05, '05 01:48:39PM

Update: just got another post from the Devon board and EasyFind does support substrings with the ~ character.

So, to find files with XXX but not YYY in the filename would look like this:

~XXX but not ~YYY

Would recommend EasyFind to anyone who needs boolean searches for filenames.



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