Google copies Spotlight!

echeck

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Yeah, Google was definitely developing a Spotlight-like search program before Tiger came out because I had the beta on my windows machine about a year ago. Didn't work all that well so I got rid of it, along with my windows machine. ;)
 
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mad jew

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Not bad. Thanks for the screen shot dubbz. I ended up ditching the original Beta because the little white box was such a distraction but maybe that's just because I use the blue task bar. Meh, it doesn't matter. I barely use the ol' PC anymore. :D
 
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stevietheb

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Yeah, Google Desktop was out prior to Tiger...but I wonder if the OP is referring to some of these modules or something.

I dunno...I'm a fan of Google...I think they're doing great things over there. I'm particularly enamored with Google Scholar, Google Print, and Google Maps. Since we're mac only, I've not tried Google Desktop.
 
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Heb1228

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mad jew said:
Not bad. Thanks for the screen shot dubbz.
Yeah, thanks for the screen shot, I've always wanted to know what it looked like since I don't have a PC anymore. Its doesn't look as good as Spotlight, but thats to be expected.
 
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Sogo

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All this he copied, she copied stuff is irrelivent...who got it out the door first and who started to do work are two different things...but carry on.
 
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tech4all

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DeSnousa said:
If you ask me that's a horrible waste of space. I like spotlight where you click on the icon and it reveals the white box to type in.
Agreed. I was even thinking about that before I read your post. They should put a little icon that you click to reveal a search box.
 
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runninmac

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DeSnousa said:
If you ask me that's a horrible waste of space. I like spotlight where you click on the icon and it reveals the white box to type in.
Well it is the best thing for windows right now so I cant complain :rolleyes:
 
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dubbz

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mad jew said:
Not bad. Thanks for the screen shot dubbz. I ended up ditching the original Beta because the little white box was such a distraction but maybe that's just because I use the blue task bar. Meh, it doesn't matter. I barely use the ol' PC anymore. :D
I can image that it whould be distractive with a blue task bar.. It's a bit of the same in the beginning with the silver, too, but I got used to it.

There are some plugins that put an icon in the tray, allowing you remove the white search box but, unfortunately, it used it doesn't use the standard result list. It has some custom window thingy that's much worse (and which cover the whole screen from left to right).
I'm sure someone will come up with a plugin that use a tray icon, as well as the normal list.

Here's a shot of the sidebar mode. It takes up more space when used, but can autohide so it'll stay out of the way most of the time. I haven't used it much, as I'm not really a fan of sidebars (legacy from my pre-widescreen days, I belive). There's several plugins on Google, adding stuff like clocks, iTunes controllers and system information.
 

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