Released under Bartas Technologies. A Spotlight plugin written in Objective-C, targeting Mac OS X 10.4+. It added the ability to search the manifest contents of zip files (file and folder names, user comments), but would not index contents of files in the archive due to the complexities of Spotlight’s indexing approach as well as available disk space and performance. Ziplight quickly rose to the top of Apple’s Spotlight Plugin download page and remained there until the demise of their Downloads pages. There, it earned multiple Apple Staff Pick awards until it was “Sherlocked” by the inclusion of similar functionality in Mac OS X 10.6, when it was retired. Amusingly, more developers and future coworkers recognized Ziplight (because they were pleased users) than its author’s name or other works.

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