That’s it: with 3rd party or within Spotlight, is there any means of searching for, as an example, “folders that contain mp3s but do not contain PDFs or MP4s”.
I am very familiar with the way to structure searches that DO this but NOT that (If anyone reading this does not know how to do this: when you go to click on the + sign that allows additional criteria for a search, hold down the option key, it will turn to ellipses and give you more advanced options…)
The tricky bit is specifying returned results (folders) based on the characteristics of the files the folders contain.
(Not to be pessimistic, but I’ve been a Mac geek for 30 years, and such a digital hoarder that super-specific searching has always been my thing, and I’v never figured this one out. So I’m anticipating crickets. Hope not, tho…)
Also: regarding “smart” searches. Again, because of my insane search needs and my insane digital hoarding, I find myself having to structure multi-step searches. I would love to be able to save them as templates, meaning without any key data being searched for, just the various options for inclusion and exclusion preserved. Haven’t figured out how to make that happen, so I’m stuck with creating a search that has the data plugged in, and I just have to change it, but that can be surprisingly annoying. So if anyone has the secret…assuming one exists.
And finally: I have Houdahspot, which is pretty bitchen for refining searches and getting more data, so if someone knows how to do what I want with that…