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10.4: Demystify Spotlight's saved search syntax
Authored by: statefuldotnet on Oct 13, '05 09:55:01AM
You bring up a good point, but I use both Quicksilver and Spotlight as a daily part of my workflow and couldn't do without either of them.
Now, how about trying to find and launch an obscure, little used text file about nmap fingerprinting? Quicksilver requires typing the word "nmap", hitting the right arrow key (which expands the folder presented by QS), and pressing enter to launch the file.
Quicksilver would never find it though if nmap was text inside a pdf and that was really the document you had in mind -- Spotlight would. It is a critical event to consider -- Quicksilver has no concept of metadata, but it is an excellent portal for handing off content to Spotlight.service if you only one a single consistent interface. You are right in terms of the file launcher capability, but that's not a driver for Spotlight, it can do it, but that's not the purpose of it. I find the technologies complementary at best. Spotlight to index data, and Quicksilver to index applications and perform actions. Also if you hate the search as you type in Spotlight just use Quicksilver to invoke your spotlight search from text you type in after hitting the '.' key. If you restrict both technologies to not overlap each other you will find that both Spotlight and Quicksilver are MUCH faster then they are by default. Be sure and use the Privacy settings to your advantage too -- if you know you'll never search for anything in a directory that Spotlight seems to be pulling hits from, immediately block it. Also tune down the types of data you want Spotlight to return... maybe you don't care about it pulling up fonts, movies, music, system preferences, etc -- and you're really only concerned with email, pdf, presentations, etc. Tuning this also significantly speeds up Spotlight. I actually only use 5 of the 14 items, because Quicksilver handles the some of them better (like contacts and bookmarks for example).

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