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MacUser's Find Pro III

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macusers_find_pro_iii.sit (125.36 KB)
MD5: 0c0298ff11b9ff0cf388861fc479b9f2
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

The best (and fastest) and MUCH FASTEST find utility on Mac. I relied on this software for a decade nearly!!!

It could search entire computers (2 or 3 hard drives) in seconds!!!



Architecture: 68k PPC


cbone's picture
by cbone - 2020, January 6 - 4:49pm

On System 7 and OS8, when I've dragged a file onto the find pro's search window, it takes that files info to look for other matching files. For example, if I select any criteria, like file type or creator as my search choice and drag a word file, it will enter the file type or creator of my file and search for those kinds of files. I can then drag any of the files found onto the desktop, so AFAIK, drag-and-drop works. What it doesn't recognize are any files dragged onto it's own icon.

This one is one of my favorite little System 7-8 tools Smile

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by themacmeister - 2015, February 25 - 1:48am

oh, I thought FindPro III had some limited drag-and-drop functionality Sad

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, November 19 - 6:59pm

Spotlight indexes everything. But OS X doesn't search everywhere Sad

I've used the 'mdfind' command to look everywhere with the Spotlight database. In general, it's pretty robust, but the way it's implemented in Finder isn't.

At least find by content is fast and accurate -- usually.

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by themacmeister - 2010, November 19 - 5:07am

This is for OS 6, and 7 as well, try using Sherlock or Spotlight under OS 6 and 7. I still believe it is the fastest search engine before Spotlight was released.

PS. There is an NTFS search tool for Windows, called Everything -- it is even faster than Spotlight Smile Works with Windows XP, don't know about other OS versions...

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by bertyboy - 2010, November 18 - 9:54pm

Well, it can be. But Spotlight is hated by many users.

It doesn't index the folders you want it to, ie. it only does select folders, many of which I don't want to be indexed.
It hammers you Mac for a day / a week building these indexes.
It insists on searching by content when most users are competent enough to want nothing more than searching by filename or date.
If an index hasn't been generated, searching by filename is slower than old QuickTime v1.0. Honestly, if I need to search the disks on my Mac Pro (OSX 10.5), I'm quicker connecting to it from an OSX 10.3 Mac and using the Finders 'Find' from there.
Great for plain text documents, hopeless for databases, images (and their EXIF tags), archives, etc.

I can see why it's there, it's a god-send for clueless chumps who have no idea where they save their documents,

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by xy - 2010, November 18 - 10:12pm

FindPro is much faster than Sherlock 2: just search for a single letter on your HD. You will see how slow (really slow!!!) Sherlock is compared to FindPro. Sherlock 2 is more comfortable, though, because you can drag files from the search results to any other place or folder. FindPro does not allow this drag and drop.

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, November 18 - 6:21pm

Spotlight searches pretty fast .. if an index has been generated.

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by bertyboy - 2010, November 18 - 5:59pm

It could search entire computers (2 or 3 hard drives) in seconds!!!

Back in the days of 80MB hard disks. Try it on the 8.5TB attached to my G5.