Find Any File lets you search for files on your disks, primarily on HFS formatted ones.
Contrary to Spotlight, it does not use a database but instead uses the file system driver's fast search operations.
This lets you search for file properties such as name, dates, size, etc., but not for file content (use Spotlight for that)!
Find Any File can find files that Spotlight doesn't, e.g. those inside bundles and packages and in inside folders that are excluded from Spotlight search (i.e. system files).
One of the Find Any File features is speed. Not always as fast as Spotlight, but faster than other, similar file search tools you might find for the Mac.
Here are some key features of "Find Any File":
- Quite fast
- Convenient folder view for results
- Can search as root user
- Saveable queries
- Fixes a crash on OS X 10.9.
- Shows new Tags in OS X 10.9.
- Searching "in Finder selection" now also works when a folder is open without anything selected in it.
- Dragging found files to a Finder window of the same volume moves them again.
- Dragging a file into a search field enters the file's name again, not its entire path.
- Does not consume excessive CPU time any more when showing results.
- Prevents an occasional crash when moving items to the Trash.