Friday, June 16, 2006

Review: HoudahSpot - on MacZOT is offering a new application, HoudahSpot, today. And the deal is that for every blog entry that reviews HoudahSpot, MacZOT brings down its price by $0.05, with the eventual goal of having it available for free.

So here's my (brief) review of the software.

First and foremost, it's the interface of HoudahSpot that stands out. Upon launch, you're greeted with a crisp, simple looking Aqua interface that looks like this:

This window allows you to easily specify complex search terms, and once you're done, HoudaSpot essentially performs a Spotlight search on your system.

To be honest, whilst its interface is great, I don't see why this software is necessary. I don't see why you can't just create a Smart Folder and specify search terms within that to achieve the same effect that HoudaSpot does. Moreover, HoudaSpot didn't perform much better than Spotlight does, which would be necessary if I were to consider using it. For example, the reason I use Quicksilver (a phenomenal application which I can't live without) as a launcher, rather than Spotlight, is partly because it's lightning fast, among other things.

So whilst I wouldn't recommend the purchase of this particular software, it looks nice nonetheless. And if you haven't heard of MacZOT before, I definitely recommend checking it out; they offer great discounts on awesome Mac software every day, and sometimes you can get lucky and get free stuff. For example, I got AppZapper (which I have written about here) and SubEthaEdit for free off MacZOT, and they're both excellent pieces of software.

I'll probably be using AppZapper on HoudaSpot now - but whatever you make of this review, if you see this post on the 16th of June, do blog it and submit your review to MacZOT. Why? Because free stuff is always nice :).


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