Search and ye shall find (maybe): Apple's Spotlight needs an overhaul
Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:14 AM
Where Apple has fallen down with Spotlight is not making it easy to string together easily found additional search criteria. This is the part of your post that I agree with most.
Perhaps Siri will improve file search, but I'm not betting on it. Siri has the same problem that Spotlight does here – the inability to easily modify and extend the command to adjust results.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:26 AM
That would be because "kind:word" and "kind:excel" are not keywords as such. They're directives to match on files whose Finder-visible "kind" string contains the string 'word' or 'excel'. You can do "kind:" followed by essentially anything to find relevant items.
Spotlight, IMO, has two long-standing weaknesses to address.
1. The granularity of indexing is one file. There's no provision at all for a Spotlight indexing plugin to note records within a file, for something like Circus Ponies' Notebook or a FileMaker database. If you want to index records, you need to create placeholder files to represent them.
2. Only one plugin is invoked to index any particular file. Multiple may apply, but only the "best" match is actually used. That means that any particular plugin developer must take responsibility for every indexable attribute and it also means that you can't augment. For example, OS X has long supported the ability to attach arbitrary attributes to files - essentially a generic form of the original data+resource concept from 1984. So I, as a 3rd-party developer can write a utility that attaches attributes to my Pages files. But I can't write a Spotlight plugin that indexes them. Well, I can. It just won't actually be invoked by the OS.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:26 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:58 AM
As a Snow Leopard user, I was really happy with Spotlight in Tiger (has it been consistently regressing since it's debut?) I use it as an app launcher more than I use it for search, so maybe Snow/Leopard is the best between both worlds?
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:20 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:41 AM
That brings up a Finder window; look at the screen shot in the article.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:56 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:58 AM
It looks like a Finder window but searches in it do not produce the same results. For one thing, the ⌘ ⌥ Space search includes "Spotlight items" such as Calendar events. These do not appear in a generic Finder search (unless you add that specific search criteria).