Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).
As there are other tools with a similar search operation, here are the special features unique to Find Any File:
- Has a new hierarchical view of the found items, making it much easier to browse 100s of items (see the screenshot).
- Can run as root user, finding really any file on your disk, even those that are hidden from normal users.
- Can save queries and run them again later.
Unlike Spotlight (i.e., the Finder’s Find command), it does not access a pre-built database but searches the chosen volume directly. This allows you to find any file, even those inside packages and others excluded from Spotlight search. Hence it is great for finding system files, for example.
On the other hand, it may take a little longer than Spotlight, and it is only fast on HFS(+) volumes. But even on mounted network volumes of a Mac OS X server it can still be surprisingly fast.
Hence, this is not an entire replacement for Spotlight but it can come handy in certain, if not many, situations.
- Fixes an issue where searching entire volumes could miss some items, especially on fast network volumes such as Helios AFP servers.
- Fixes some Spotlight search issues on Synology NAS volumes (called Universal Search there).
- Searching for text content with non-latin characters (such as the Cyrillic script) does not freeze the app any more.
- The manual (see Help menu, "Documentation") has been much improved, explaining the search options in more detail.
- The Edit commands "Copy" and "Copy Names" have been exchanged to match the Finder's commands better, now called "Copy" and "Copy Columns".
- Fixed: When using the Service "FAF: Search Folder(s)" from the Finder, the search doesn't start on its own any more.
- Fixes a crash when searching for dates.
- English wording for some search rules has been updated to match Spotlight's.
- File names are again painted in their Label colors as it was in version 1.
- Brings back version 1's ability to search for Owner ID and Group ID (hold down the option key when clicking the "Name" popup).
- Fixed: After moving or deleting files, FAF now always updates the results accordingly, even on network volumes.
- Fixes a crash when sorting the column showing the full path.
- Fixes a crash when using "Make Invisible".
- Fixes searching "in Finder selection".
- Brings back all Services in Context menu, like in version 1.
- During QuickLook, using the cursor keys doesn't close the window any more.
- Fixes sorting of Kind column.
- Completes missing localizations in French, Spanish and Portuguese.