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Many different ways of thinking about files and data
Authored by: SeanAhern on Aug 28, '09 09:40:06AM

I use whatever makes the most sense for the job. Spotlight is great for some things, but woefully inadequate for others. For example, I often want to look at a group of files that are related to each other (by project, generallY). Spotlight is fine for finding one thing in particular, but not showing the relationship of multiple files to each other.

UNIX command line tools are what I cut my teeth on in the early 90s. I know find backward and forward, use regexes to manipulate documents, and love xargs. But even those tools suck for things like batch renaming. There is a place for other tools.

Path Finder allows me to think about my data in a visual way, similar to how the Finder does, but provides much of the power of other modes of operation. I can stay in Path Finder, but also use UNIX tools and search using Spotlight. I love having Cover Flow available in any view when I'm working on a graphics project. Being able to see the metadata associated with a file with a single click is way faster than using a command line tool.

So use the appropriate tool for the job. And "appropriate" is defined separately for each person.

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