XtraLean Software has released DataLore 1.1, an update to the front end to Spotlight hat makes it easier and faster to search and share files both locally on one’s own computer, and on the network.

This update adds more than a dozen enhancements to the interface to simplify browsing. Faster search algorithm and improved interface also make it faster to find and display files, and easier to narrow down and display the search results. A new Filters tab allows users to add more filters to their search in order to further narrow down and customize the search results to their specific needs. Other features new with this update include the ability to use DataLore as a Finder, and “exclude files” has replaced the former “exclude folders”feature for faster narrowing down of results.

DataLore’s developer, Hagen Kaye, says the app uses a “Search-as-You-Type” technology for finding files fast. It also employs “Text Shorthand” and “Special Characters” for highly defined or more complex search patterns. DataLore is both a Dock application and menu-bar app. The companion menu bar application acts as a mini-server for controlling remote access for network searches.

DataLore lets users search filenames, file types, content and more. The search can also be restricted to search only filenames. Users can narrow down their search results by filtering the results list by file type or by searching using special characters to define the search by date range, Boolean operators, wild cards, exact matches, plus much more.

Other features include filter searches by file type, include/exclude folders, search multiple external hard drives, and more. DataLore requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and is available for immediate download from XtraLean’s web site (http://www.xtralean.com). Users can try the full-featured seven-day trial of DataLore for free before they buy. A serial number can be purchased for CAD $19.95 and can be used on up to five computers. Version 1.1 is a free update for registered users.

Users must have Spotlight indexing enabled. DataLore is Universal Binary so runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel Macs.