HistoryHound 2.3 is now available, bringing support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur. It’s a universal app, running natively on Macs powered by either Intel or Apple Silicon processors, so if you’re lucky enough to have a “Developer Transition Kit” Mac or will be buying whatever Apple’s rumored to be announcing on November 17, HistoryHound is ready!
This release also delivers new inline search filters, similar to what you may already be using in your Google searches if you’re cool like that 😎. Specifying a phrase like “ipad case site:apple.com” will search your browsing history and bookmarks for the terms “ipad” and “case”, but only on pages at apple.com. Similarly, using “carbon wheel url:mtbr” will return only matching pages that you’ve visited that have “mtbr” in their URL.
The filters that HistoryHound currently understands are:
site – the website host
url – the full URL of the page
title – the title of the page, shown in the tab or title bar of your browser
source – HistoryHound’s source, such as “Firefox Bookmarks”
Note that these are all simple searches that look for the specified term within the relevant attribute. So “site:apple” will match pages from apple.com or appleinsider.com, since they both contain “apple”.
In addition, HistoryHound 2.3 understands custom URLs that let you save clickable searches for later use. Going to the link historyhound:apple will start a search for “apple” in HistoryHound. This can be handy when you want to repeatedly perform the same searches – just save the links in a document somewhere and click on one when you want to start a search.
As usual, there are some bug fixes and little improvements as well. A full change history and download links are available on the HistoryHound release page.
HistoryHound 2.2 is now available, giving you the option to add its icon to your menu bar so you can search your browsing history even faster.
HistoryHound still finds text in all the pages you’ve visited in any of the major Mac web browsers, but now handles Chrome and Firefox power users better. If you use multiple user profiles or run both Firefox and Firefox Developer Edition, HistoryHound will now track and search your history more efficiently and accurately.
This release also eliminates delays that could occur when you have HistoryHound set to “search as you type,” and adds a contextual menu to its error window so you can quickly add filters to keep certain pages from being added to your search index.
HistoryHound 2.1.1 is available, adding support for Microsoft’s Edge browser to our multi-browser search utility. It also improves the way HistoryHound creates its search index, resulting in faster updates and yielding more accurate results. As usual, a number of bugs were also fixed to make HistoryHound more stable and reliable.
HistoryHound 2.1 is available, adding a new capability to our multi-browser search utility. You can now search for exact phrases in your browser history and bookmarks. By choosing the “Spotlight-style query” option and then including a phrase in quotes, you can search for it exactly rather than any combination of the words.
Note that if you’re an existing user, you’ll need to rebuild your search index before phrase-searching will work. Just open the Index Status window and click the “Rebuild Index” button.
Also in version 2.1, I’ve done a lot of under-the-hood work to improve the indexing process. In previous versions, there was a chance it’d miss a page under certain circumstances. That’s been fixed, as has the handling of indexing tasks that are cancelled or that run for longer than 10 minutes. Overall, things are much more robust in general. Oh, and there’s a fix for a crash when indexing Google Chrome bookmarks.
If you’re a user of NetNewsWire 5, the release of of HistoryHound 2.0.3 is of particular interest because it can now search for articles you’ve read in NetNewsWire. It won’t search everything that’s in your news feed, just the articles you’ve actually clicked on – which is what you want. So if you remember you read something last week about the legless larvae of gall midges being able to jump, you’ll be able to find it again, rather than having to google and pore through all the search results for gall midges.
And even better (and as current HistoryHound users already know), HistoryHound can search through all of your browsing history, so it doesn’t matter whether you read that article in Chrome, Firefox, NetNewsWire, Safari or some other browser. A quick search in HistoryHound will find it.
Version 2.0.3 also enhances HistoryHound’s ability to search Google Chrome bookmarks, and fixes a bug that could prevent HistoryHound from launching when you log in. Full details and download links are on the HistoryHound Release page.
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A change in Safari combined with a bug in HistoryHound meant that previous versions of HistoryHound would often wait much longer than they should have to update the index of your browsing history. Version 2.0.2 fixes this problem, and is also notarized by Apple to ensure its security (and compatibility with macOS 10.15 when the time comes).
HistoryHound 2.0 was released last month, shortly before Christmas, and I neglected to announce that here on the blog with all the holiday goings-on. This update to our ‘personal web search’ tool adds support for the latest versions of your favorite browsers, as well as providing Mojave compatibility.
In addition, version 2.0 makes HistoryHound smarter about fetching and indexing visited web pages. It won’t repeatedly try to load a page that returns an error, nor will it index “front door” pages where you’re being asked to log in to a secure site. Its error handling has also improved, eliminating a number of bugs and situations where you’d previously have gotten an error message or warning.
Ronald combed through the French localization, providing a host of corrections and improvements to make the user experience more fluid for French-speaking users. And I modernized all the resources to bring everything up to date (though the main window does still use a drawer instead of a sidebar – that anachronistic interface element will be replaced in a future update).
You can hop on over to the HistoryHound Release Page to see a full list of the changes, as well as to download a copy. The update is free if you’ve got a license for version 1.x, even though the major version number has changed. The extent of the internal modifications felt like they merited a “2.0” version number, but because there aren’t many changes on the outside, it didn’t seem fair to charge for the update.
While Jettison and HistoryHound are still supported and sold on the St. Clair Software website, I’ve pulled them from the Mac App Store. The versions that were in the Mac App Store were older revisions, and it just didn’t make business sense to rearchitect the apps to meet Apple’s current requirements for approval so they could be kept up-to-date.
For both applications, complying with Apple’s sandboxing and feature constraints to get them approved for sale would have required significant rewrites. And in Jettison’s case, it would also require that buyers download a separate helper app to enable its full functionality. I realize that some people will be put off or inconvenienced by the fact that these apps are no longer in the Mac App Store – my apologies if you’re one of those folks, but it just doesn’t make sense for Jettison and HistoryHound.
Without going into a full-on rant about the Mac App Store (I could ramble on for days), let’s just say that while the Mac App Store is convenient for consumers, it doesn’t really serve the needs of some developers. Much has been written about it already (here, here, here, here and here, for example) so I won’t rehash it all – and despite years of “constructive criticism” from developers, Apple hasn’t fixed some major problems.
I hope you’ll continue to purchase our applications, as well as those from other independent developers selling outside the Mac App Store. While it’s a little less convenient than the Mac App Store, it allows us to bring you the best software we can, and also gives us the opportunity to foster a two-way relationship with you – both of which really matter to us.
HistoryHound also includes better error handling and its indexing is more intelligent when it encounters web pages that redirect you to a new page. You can now click on status messages in the main window to show you the status of indexing and the contents of your search index, and HistoryHound 1.9.12 supports the Vivaldi browser as well as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, iCab, Opera, NetNewsWire and URL Manager Pro.