Tiger Tweaks Could Kill Folders

jsw

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From Wired:

User-interface experts at one of the world's top design houses say Mac OS X Tiger is the beginning of the end for the Macintosh Finder -- the era of organizing files in nested folders is over.

Experts at Silicon Valley's frog design say new features like the systemwide Spotlight search are far more useful for locating information than the hierarchy of files and folders that underpins most computing interfaces, whether on Macs or Windows-based PCs.

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Not news to us, but nice to see in the media.
 

Cooknn

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Old habits are gonna be REAL hard to break. I view folders as if in the physical world in a file cabinet. Sure, with Spotlight I can just throw my stuff all over the room and find it whenever I want, but I'm into organization - whether or not it's necessary :p
 

Macaddicttt

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Cooknn said:
Old habits are gonna be REAL hard to break. I view folders as if in the physical world in a file cabinet. Sure, with Spotlight I can just throw my stuff all over the room and find it whenever I want, but I'm into organization - whether or not it's necessary :p
Yeah, me too. I'll never go solely on Spotlight. I'll definitely open most of my files by going through nested folders to get to them. For me, Spotlight will be for the obscure file, not everyday use.
 

tech4all

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It's news to me

I read that article but still don't quite understand what they're saying in regards to Spotlight and folders in Tiger. Could someone perhaps sum up the main point of the article?

Does it mean you can't have folders inside other folders in Tiger? Or Spotlight doesn't work/search folders inside other folders? :confused:
 

mad jew

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Sure, old habits certainly die hard but I'm really trying to use Spotlight more. At the moment I'm kind of using both because I've got everything nicely sorted into folders and I'll use Spotlight to bring up the folder, then I'll select the file I want. Sure, using Spotlight to find the file straight away would be faster but half the time I can't remember what it was called.
 

swheeler

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tech4all said:
I read that article but still don't quite understand what they're saying in regards to Spotlight and folders in Tiger. Could someone perhaps sum up the main point of the article?

Does it mean you can't have folders inside other folders in Tiger? Or Spotlight doesn't work/search folders inside other folders? :confused:
Everything still works fine, just like you're used too. The point is with spotlight you no longer need folders. They're saying people will eventually stop using them altogether.