Mar 29

Tembo 1.4 – Find Files, Messages, …
Tembo – the friendly find utility – makes searching and finding easy and effective.
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Normally: $14.99

ZOT Price: $6.99

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Tembo: Easy and Effective Searching

Tembo is an efficient search tool that is based upon the Spotlight engine.
The job of Tembo is to make searching (and finding) of files, mail messages, bookmarks, … as easy as possible.

Grouped Search Results

At first sight you will find Tembo to have been inspired by the original Spotlight interface as we knew it under Mac OS X Tiger.
Search results are grouped by categories. Preferences allow for categories to be enabled, disabled and reordered.

Drill Down: Details & Filters

Behind a small arrow on the header bar for each group you will find the real power of Tembo: drill-down. Tembo may list up to 2500 search results within each group. Here you will find filter appropriate for the context. These help you sort through the list of results.

More than a File Search Tool

Thus Tembo is much more than a file search tool. It works as an extension to / to locate messages. And as extension to Safari to search browsing history and bookmarks, etc.

Filters by category

  • Bookmarks: Type, URL Domain
  • Documents: File Type
  • Fonts: File Type
  • Images: Resolution, File Type
  • Messages: Subject, From, To
  • Movies: File Type, Codec
  • Music: Artist, File Type
  • PDF Documents: Author
  • Source Code: File Type
  • New in Tembo 1.4

  • Result count in group headers
  • Option to use larger font size
  • Option to quit on close of last window
  • Advanced option to exclude files by type
  • AppleScript API to open search to a given folder

    System Requirements: Mac OSX 10.6.6 or later.

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    Developer Interview

    What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?

    Tembo groups results in file categories: Messages, Images, Documents….
    This makes it easy to skim results. Drill down into a category to find more results.

    Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?

    The very purpose of Tembo is to make Spotlight both more efficient and easier to use.

    What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?

    The highlight of Tembo is the drill-down screens for the various groups. Each group offers dedicated filters to quickly narrow down results.

    What features would you like to add to your product that at this time seem improbable/impossible?

    Tembo lives in a somewhat restrictive environment: The Mac App Store. Restrictions made some features impossible to implement.
    The one I probably miss most is “Text Preview”. This remains unique to HoudahSpot.

    What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.

    Developing for the Mac is both more challenging and more rewarding than developing for the iPhone.
    On the Mac your application lives in a large ecosystem of other products that you want to interact with.
    Tembo supports Apple Script, provides Mac OS X Services, integrates with PathFinder…
    In the end, a simple application becomes a versatile tool that each user can shape to fit his/her needs.

    What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?

    New Mac OS X releases are so very tempting. Apple always adds so many new API that make development easier and open doors to new features.

    Yet one has to not to leave existing users stranded by rushing to the new OS. Sometimes new ideas have to wait for the user base to move up to the latest OS.
    Tembo was our first Snow Leopard only application. With Lion just around the corner, it is now safe to assume that the larger share of Mac users is now running Snow Leopard.

    What’s your favorite Mac app out there from another developer? Why?

    LaunchBar. Followed by 1Password.

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  • 5 Responses to “Tembo”

    1. WWDC-Tickets bei eBay, Smart Cover Enhancer, Tembo für 24 Stunden reduziert & Updates: Notizen vom 30.3 Says:

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    3. mcoad Says:

      Good, quite fast, clear UI (more so than HoudahSpot, I think). Definitely worth adding to the toolbox at this price. However, DataLore (, $9.95) is faster – virtually instantaneous – allows better configuration, and finds items that Tembo misses – Tinderbox docs, for example.

    4. mcoad Says:

      PS Just to add that the Tinderbox docs that showed up in DataLore but not Tembo are also found by Spotlight. So it seems Tembo doesn’t find everything Spotlight does, despite being a front end for it. Strange.

    5. adwade Says:

      Thanxx so much for mentioning DataLore. I already have their ImageWell & Shutterbug products, but I had overlooked DataLore. The Instant Previewing of files sold me, and the Modified Same Day date-range was an unusual touch as well.