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Tangier Clarke
Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 12:18:53 am

Folks Initially I setup a folder on each of my four Mac Pro internal drives called "FCP Projects" where I'd neatly keep FCP X libraries. Realizing I could just use a smart search for the entire computer sorted by most recent to get access to my FCP X libraries (essentially my projects) I ran into the issue of not being able to exclude portions of filenames.

I am trying to create a smart search for Final Cut Pro X bundles (.fcpbundle). I already created an extension criteria for the search, but I need to be able to also search for filenames that do not contain"_PST" because these are the Final Cut Pro backup files I don't want to include in the search, yet they have the same extension as any other FCP library bundle.

I just want to be able to excludes charactes in a filename.

There is no "does not contain" criteria for filename searching.

Any ideas folks.

Tangier


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:26:18 am
Last Edited By Jeff Kirkland on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:27:14 am

When you create a smart folder / spotlight search you can hold down the ,alt. key as you click on the little round plus (+) button to add a new criteria - which then adds a new section that lets you specify things to exclude. Not explained well but try it and you'll get the idea.

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:11:42 am

You can also use Tags.


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Tangier Clarke
Re: Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 6:06:11 pm

Took me a minute to figure out why you meant, but I got it. I had to hit the ALT key as you suggest and choose "none" then choose NAME-CONTAINS "_PST".


That's a cool trick. There's so many little hidden tricks like that on the Mac - like holding option for the audio menu bar or option to show inspector (after right clicking) rather than get info.

Very cool. Thanks for the solution.

Tangier


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Bob Woodhead
Re: Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:36:22 pm

I'm a fan of Smart Whatevers, have used a few in Finder sidebar for a while, but this was a really nice heads up! Now I can see all Libraries (sans backups) in one place for easy opening. schweet.


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Tim Jones
Re: Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:36:15 pm

Hi Tangier -

Have you looked at NeoFinder? It's quite the amazing little addition to your file management toolbox:

NeoFinder

Tim
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Tangier Clarke
Re: Workflow - Finder smart search for FCP Libraries (without backup bundles) - How?
on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:17:18 pm

Yep! It doesn't solve my problem, but I've been using NeoFinder for years in conjunction with FileMaker - since it was called CDFinder.

T

Tangier


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