What is the difference between Google Desktop and Spotlight?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sowlerrmgh, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. sowlerrmgh macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2004

    I was just wondering what the difference between Google Desktop for Mac and Spotlight is?

    Is it worth downloading Google Desktop?
  2. Mr Skills macrumors 6502a

    Mr Skills

    Nov 21, 2005
    I know that it can search your GMail etc.

    On the Google Mac blog they talk about how hard they worked to make it a real mac-like experience. But one of the best aspects of the Mac experience is the level of integration - so I would have loved a GMail spotlight plug-in instead (or at least as a choice).
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    my gmail gets downloaded through the mail.app anyway, so i can spotlight my mail just fine. other than that, i can't think of a reason why i'd want google desktop over spotlight.
  4. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    Well there's no way to find out, but to test it. Doing it now an already getting several "mdimport quit" errors, whatever that means...
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Or read what others who have tested it found (here).
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    those has nothing to do with functions, rather he was complaining google didn't use drag and drop style installation, but AFAIK, photoshop CS3 has complicated "non standard installer" too. and palm too, which, for obvious reason.

    I don't like it, but mac users will have to face it, nowadays, more and more softwares will install themselves into more and more locations, its just the way it is.


    GDS does search browser history, while spotlight does not(seems). this is the finding i have so far, after 5 minutes of usage.

    another one, your google homepage will have a link to GDS search, safari seems does not have it, but firefox does
  7. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    it also keeps a cache of "deleted" items so i you delete a file it will still show up in the search results. The deleted file can then be viewed (in safari). Tried twice first time with a .rtf worked perfectly. Second time it didn't work, .jpg
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    huh, make me worry my diskspace. :D
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
  10. majorp macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
    quicksilver is all of them........and more.......and more.

    i wouldn't be surprised if quicksilver gets a plugin soon to search online gmail email.

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