Abecedaria, on May 2nd 2005, 12:11 PM, said:
I think you should really take a close look at Spotlight. It's cutesie name belies an enormous amount of power and ease of use. This one feature could literally change the way you work with your computer. . I heard several Apple developers, who were working on the beta, say that they now take ALL their files, put them in a single folder, and use spotlight to find what they need far faster than digging through folder hierarchies. That is what I call a "production" feature
People may compare Spotlight to finder indexing or even Google Desktop Search on the PC. Don't believe it, Spotlight goes much deeper.
The other "production" tool that could have a huge impact on work-flows is Automator. Think of it as Adobe's "Action" palette for the entire OS, not just one app. If that doesn't have enterprise time savings written all over it, I don't know what does.
My response echos what others have said here: Try it before passing judgment. You may be surprised.
A very well conceived and thought out response. 2 points though.
First, inregard to overall OS functionality--
What i'm getting at though is something like this:
Heck of an add on no?
Some might say, "you like it so much, well why not just get that program and be happy". That's fine on paper, but honestly, it's just not the same. Not every user will
do that, nor should they have too. That type of functionality should be part and parcel with our OS, not an add on.
Apple adds new features with this release and that's fine, but for the love of god, fix the old things too. It's the residual bugs that I site as productivity killers--bugs that no amount of new features can solve.
The part of your post in bold troubles me greatly. The very power of my Mac is the abliity to use the Dektop to store a colleciton of files I use regularity in some coherant manner. The day that I start to throw my two class sections together into one folder just so i can use spotlight ain't gonna come. Spotlight is handy no doubt, but to say you'll eventually throw things in one place is---I don't know what! The Ars article talkes about this very point and comes to the same conclusion as i just did. Great for long lost files and better searching, but it's not going to replace the finder by any means.
On a related note: Lucian, forgive me but I get frustrated with your apparent acceptance of mediocrity. It's fine to love Apple, but to love it unconditionally isn't helping anything.
We both love our brand, that's more than obvious. But I simply refuse to accept an "upgrade" that leaves so many stones unturned. Until we have a much higher market share I won't cease with the criticisms. We're the underdogs, and I'll never forget that.