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.
- File Icons are fully opaque again.
- Makes sure windows appear on-screen when an external monitor gets detached.
- Fixes an issue where refreshing the Results takes an unusually long time.
- Solves an issue with OS X 10.10.2 where opening more than six items failed.
- Fixes issues with deleting items on a network volume.
- Fixes issues (lockups) with unavailable NFS network volumes.
- Deleting symlinks doesn't instead delete their destination any more.
- The shortcuts Cmd-Shift-C and Cmd-Opt-C work again.
- Changing an item's Label removes all other Tags previously set on that item on OS X 10.9 and later.
- Does not attempt to auto-mount NFS shares any more.
- If the command "Delete Immediately" or "Move to Trash" fails, an error message is displayed.
- Switching between flat and tree views now preserves the selection even if more than one item is selected.
- When searching a "slow" volume, its name is displayed in the Find window again.
- Fixes a few rare crash cases.
- OS X 10.6 or later