Spotlight VS. Google's Desktop Search

Discussion in 'macOS' started by eleveneastgate, May 29, 2005.

  1. eleveneastgate macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
  2. iindigo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    Spotlight beats Google Desktop hands down for 100% system integration alone, let alone search capabilities. Spotlight can handle several hundred different formats out of the box, wheras with Google Desktop you'll need to find the appropriate plugin for many formats, if it even exists. It also has to constantly reindex to keep itself up to date - something Spotlight needn't do with its sytem integration, since Spotlight automatically gets notified of any and all changes.
  3. eleveneastgate thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005

    ^^ Thanks for the info iindigo... I was jus' curious about it because I hav'nt got Tiger yet. ;)
  4. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    ya, the data in google desktop search can be old, so when you search a file that is deleted or altered may show up but not contain the data or be deleted. that alone is the big thing for me. it's never totally up to date.
  5. James Philp macrumors 65816

    James Philp

    Mar 5, 2005
    Does google desktop even work on the Mac? On the link it says:
    So in that case, umm..... I think Spotlight beats it hands down!
    Moot point.

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