It’s not true that Mac users get the better deal of things. In the same way that it took Yahoo! Messenger for Mac a couple of years to release an update, it is going to take a while for Google Desktop for Mac OS X to fix its quirks.
The Mac version of Google Desktop is somewhat slim compared to its current Windows counterpart, only consisting of the Quick Search—no toolbar or gadgets yet. However, the search box works well—it’s significantly faster at searching my files than Spotlight is when searching for the same files. Bringing up the search box is easy: simply press the command/Apple key twice in succession and it pops up over the top of your screen. The user can change the keyboard command in Google Desktop’s system preferences at any time, however, if they prefer some other key combination. [source]
The thing is, Macs already come bundled with the Spotlight search feature and my brain has been hardwired to it. Plus, coupled with Quicksilver, I feel that I have enough “getting things done” search apps to help me throughout the day. Although Google Desktop is supposed to work in conjunction with Spotlight – and based on the initial review, even better than, I highly doubt I’d want to make use of a similar feature when that is all it can do, as of its latest version.
Too many apps spoil the search, and I would like to keep things simple 🙂
Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.