14 Days Ago I wrote a quick preview of Apple's Spotlight Search feature in its new OS named Tiger. Last night I received an email that my order has shipped and I will be expected delivery day is for May 2nd, this Monday. I can not remember every being so excited to upgrade to a new operating system. But with the 200+ features, including the single new feature I am most excited about, Spotlight - it does make me want to be an early adopter.
Last night, the Wall Street Journal released an article (hope link works) named Tiger Leaps Out in Front: Apple Operating System Offers New Approach to Searching, Smart Folders, Better Browser. The article starts off with;
Despite all the advances in personal computing, one problem has remained constant: It often is really hard to find a file months or years after it was created. To have any hope of doing so, users have to create a logical, structured system of folders, and take care to give consistent, descriptive names to their files. But few have the patience to do that.
The author continues to say that "Spotlight, is the first universal, integrated search system ever offered as part of a mainstream consumer PC operating system. In seconds, Spotlight can peer inside e-mail, office documents of all kinds, photos, songs, address books, calendars, and all manner of other files to see which ones match a search term you type in."
He continues by saying;
This is a big deal. Along with a similar built-in search capability Microsoft is working on for its next version of Windows, Spotlight could spark a major change in the way people use computers.
Midway down the article the author gives a detailed overview of how Spotlight works. No wonder I am so excited.