FAQ

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1. Where can I get Toucan?
2. How big is the database?
3. How long does it take to index my files and directories?
4. How fast is Toucan’s search engine?
5. Does Toucan use spotlight’s database?
6. Does Toucan monitor monitor changes on the file system?
7. Can Toucan find hidden files and directories?
8. Does Toucan search files contents?
9. Can I modify the search settings?

1. Where can I download Toucan?

You can download Toucan in the Mac App Store.

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2. How big is the database?

A database containing around 300,000 files and directories with the default search settings is about 50 MB (on a computer with a 500GB hard disk).

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3. How long does it take to index my files and directories?

The first time you launch Toucan, it will index your files and directories. This process takes about a minute with the default search settings. This process is done once.

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4. How fast is Toucan’s search engine?

Any query is executed in a fraction of a second.

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5. Does Toucan use spotlight’s database?

No, Toucan creates and uses its own database.

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6. Does Toucan monitor monitor changes on the file system?

Yes, Toucan monitors creation, deletion and renaming of files and folders.

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7. Can Toucan find hidden files and directories?

Yes. Toucan is customizable, you can specify whether or not you want to index hidden files and directories.

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8. Does Toucan search files contents?

No, the current version (v1.5) does not.

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9. Can I modify the search settings?

Yes, you can.

By default, Toucan searches your home directory but you can change that in the preferences window. You could, for instance, set Toucan to only search your Documents and Movies directories.

You can specify which files and directories you want to exclude from the search results. Files and directories inside an excluded directory won’t be added, either.

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