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Google plans desktop search tool for Mac OS X

updated 07:50 pm EDT, Fri October 29, 2004

Google search tool for Mac

Google plans to of the desktop tool earlier this month. The software lets users search email, files, web history, and chats. It also allows users to view web pages they've seen, even after disconnecting from the internet.

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  1. poulh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Spotlight for free

    Since I don't have a great graphics card in my g4 iMac and it won't be supported in Tiger I'll get a free search engine with this. I love this program on my work peecee.

  1. crawlingparanoia

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Your graphics card will be supported in Tiger. It might not support Core Video/Image functionality but it's definitely supported in Tiger.

  1. BKNY

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Spotlight for free

    Good god I wish people would get their facts straight. Your graphics card will be supported just fine, the only caveat is that Core Image won't utilize the GPU to do its processing. If you actually knew what you were talking about you would know this. Core Image scales to whatever hardware is available, it just won't be as fast.

    I'm also not sure what the h*** a graphics card has to do with the Spotlight search technology...

    I for one am not going to put any damned Google tool on my personal machine. The last thing I need is to search for files on my own computer through Google. Spotlight will suit me just fine, thank you.

  1. poulh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Wrong

    Yeah, I meant core graphics, you are right. I'm just worried, with Tiger, Apple will start writing their apps for higher end macs so I'm wondering if it will be worth my money.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Re: Wrong

    Yeah, I heard iTunes 5 is going to require a 128MB graphics card in order to run. Must be those full screen visualizer graphics... :)

  1. mactropolis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: RE: Re: Wrong 1

    Whoa.....Are yall talking out of your a** intensionally or is it just happening....?
    Wow, some Mac users have gone completely *loco* with all this talk of the CoreImage/CoreVideo framworks. No one seems to understand it properly and everyone's spreading mis-information about it. Apple's introduction of the topic was less precise that it could've been.

    What is CoreImage/Video? CoreImage/Video is a FRAMEWORK that apps will be able to use to perform stupid image conversations. Programs like GraphicConverter and Photoshop will use the new framework to add new functionality to their programs.

    Will the Finder or Dock or Safari or be using CoreImage/Video? NO. Again: NOOOO.It's not going to add any new special effects or any c*** like that to the Dock or Finder, etc.

    CoreImage/Video is NOTHING more than CoreAudio for image files. Now how excited was everyone about CoreAudio.....exactly. The majority of use won't even use CoreImage more than once after we play with it to do some stupid effects on some pictures.

    And a 128 MB vid card requirement for iTunes 5? Boy don't make me laugh....

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Wrong

    You're worried that with Tiger, Apple will start writing their apps for higher end macs so you're wondering if it will be worth your money??

    What are you, an 8 year old? First of all, your comment makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    Second of all, you have a freakin' G4 iMac! Half of the currently shipping Apple product line is still G4's! You have a CURRENT MACHINE, one of the most up-to-date machines on the entire market.

    Third of all, you just make no sense whatsoever.

  1. xwhy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re:Whats wrong with you!?


    Why are you being such crazy's? Not everyone knows everything about their Macs! You took 1 comment from a regular consumer user, and shoved that facking attitude of your's right up in his face! (I'm only guessing the user is a reg.consumer user because of their machine and question/statement)

    So back up your smart@ss attitudes as any one who is reading your reply's is probably switching back. Seriously, is this the best hate you can come up with? Weak!

    It was nice of you to point out the way Tiger and it's framework will function. Unfortunately, you left a feeling of belittlement also, you think you're tough? a Mac god maybe? Also, not everyone can communicate in english as well as they would like to.

    So please, if someone has a question, and you have the answer, by all means tell them, this is an excelent place for answers but not attitudes!



  1. zubro

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What s up guys?
    Had a bad day, uncool but here is the last place to run over people!

    I am 100% with xwhy, peace.

    If a user is lost, take him by the hand and show him the light! :D

  1. occupant

    Joined: Dec 1969



    [i]You're worried that with Tiger, Apple will start writing their apps for higher end macs so you're wondering if it will be worth your money??

    What are you, an 8 year old? First of all, your comment makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. [/i]

    -- scotty321

    Actually, it does make sense. With Panther we saw the introduction of Quartz Extreme, which was not supported on machines with less that 16 or 32MB graphics cards (I forget which).

    Now with Tiger there will be a further cull of machines with anything less than a 64MB graphics card for a feature of the OS. It has nothing to do with the CPU (which you so impolitely pointed out was 'current' - way to go on proving an irrelevant point).

    Now, if your machine cannot make use of the features of an OS due to an non-upgradable hardware component, is it worth the upgrade price? A fair question. If I get no benefit from a software upgrade, I see no reason to throw money away on it.

    Of course there may be stabilty/feature enhancements I can take advantage of that make it worth the money. But it's certainly not a nonsensical question to ask.

    If you're going to be rude, at least be right.

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