can someone enlighten me about indexing and spotlight?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jojoba, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'm in the process of comparing some different reference managers, and one of the tests I'm trying to do is how well they do full text searches of my research library. So, I did the same key word search of full collections (the exact same pdfs) using Bookends, Papers and Finder.

    - in Bookends, I got 30 hits using the spotlight search
    - however, when I used the Finder to search the Bookends attachment folder, I got 268 returns
    - in Papers, I got 212 hits using the spotlight search

    So, I'm confused :confused::confused: What's up with this?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It sounds like those two apps have more restrictive search criteria than Finder/Spotlight.
  3. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Thanks, GG - in that case I guess I should just do my searches in Finder.

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