Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Google Desktop/Mac

I've never installed a Google desktop search product on Windows, let alone seen the need for one on the Mac - why would you when you have Spotlight? - but seeing as Mr Pinky asked so nicely I will give this new Google Desktop/Mac a go on old failthful G3 iBook.

My main problem with these multi-search programs is that I always know in advance where I am looking. If I'm looking for a document or file, it's on my local disk. If I'm looking for a web page, it's on the internet, and the two don't really coincide: equally, if I'm looking for an email, I search there, whether that's local or internet (ie Gmail). I can imagine that under some circumstances you would want to look for all info about a topic, whether as emails or files or webpages, even though I can't think of one myself. Perhaps the program will offer that opportunity (if it ever finishes indexing!)

Edit: on reflection, I would probably use this type of search at work (where I don't have a desktop search program anyway, mostly because everything is stored on the network somewhere and/or on an Exchange server)


Lottie said...

I have been using Google Desktop at work now for about a year, and wouldn't be without it. Especially with outlook and PSTs - the MS search is truly lacking!

stuart said...

I've had to uninstall Google Desktop, my system resources are too precious. It has given me the idea to remove some folders (/sw, maybe /Developer) from Spotlight, though I want to do some more research yet before I do it.

I still have a copy of LookOut for Windows, which indexes Public Folders and Outlook mailboxes: we use Exchange Server at my current employer so no PSTs, and being able to search Public Folders I'm not supposed to know about is very useful :)

I read recently that LookOut used Open Source indexing, specifically Lucene: so when Microsoft bought it they bought nothing except the right to take it off the market and force people to use MS search or the glacial Outlook search, which is a complete joke.

Anyone who wants a copy of LookOut, let me know (it doesn't work on Outlook 2007)