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Spotlight still has a ways to go...
Authored by: raider on Oct 14, '05 10:57:47AM
I am the original author, and here I will defend my statements. First of all, you and Aaron seem to have not got past the "Spotlight is terrible." and never made it to the "But at the same time, very useful. Let's hope Apple cleans it up a bit in a future release."

Spotlight *is* terrible. For crying out loud, there are 700 hints on this site alone trying to make it work better. Search the web and you will find thousands of people talking about the problems they have with spotlight.

An Apple product should be cleaner, simpler, and more consistant. PERIOD.

Some people claim there is no problem with speed. While *I* have not experienced any problems with speed, it would be silly for me to claim that there are no problems, simply because of the massive numbers of people who claim otherwise. This is not like the "iPod battery" issues where there were tiny numbers of people speaking loudly. This is a good 25% of the spotlight discussions revolve around people having issues with it's performance. This area needs improvement.

Spotlight's interface is terrible. It just simply is. It is inconsistant, acting one way in the Finder, a different way in Mail, and yet another way in the Spotlight app itself. And to get it to do what you want is undocumented and confusing. It just is. Maybe YOU don't find it confusing, but when you look around and tons of people are having a hard time getting it to work right or find what they want - that is enough evidence to say Apple can do better. Did you see the special presentation for the new iMac and iPod with video? Steve puts up the slide showing the Microsoft media center remote control with 50 buttons and compares it to the FrontRow remote control with 6 buttons, and he says "This slide more than anything shows what Apple is all about. Well my friends - Spotlight is like the 50 button remote, and half the buttons are not labled and the other half don't do what they say...

And finally - Spotlight results are inconsistant. I don't know why - but it needs to be fixed. I can get different search results on the same search two times in a row... I have a smart folder that I set up. It found all the images I wanted it to find. Then I added two more to the source folder, and tagged them appropriately - and the smart folder will NOT find them. I have forced a re-index of the source folder. I have restarted Finder, and restarted the machine. The smart folder will not "see" the two that I added. They have the exact same comments as the other images that the smart folder finds fine. In fact I even tried copying the comments directly from a working image into the others, and no luck. WHY THE HELL IS THIS? Is this a "smart" folder? No. This is a pain in the ass.

Spotlight has a hell of a lot of potential. It does. And it curently *can* be used well, as many of the hints here help out. But Absolutely Apple needs to improve it..

Something Apple touts as being so great - should be much more polished than Spotlight.

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