When I came home from Zürich on Friday, Tiger was waiting for me after Mrs. M-V had taken the cat in from the doorstep, where the DHL dude had left it (him?). (It’s that kind of town, where the mailman leaves stuff on your doorstep…)
Installation was a breeze, as always. I’ve always been among the early adopters and have never, ever gotten hit with the sort of thing that seems to routinely affect other folks. Maybe because I keep my HD in order and run the maintenance routines every once in a while and generally try not to have too much stuff — especially little shareware apps — lying around? Be that as it may, after an archive and install, Tiger was up and running — sloooowly, because Spotlight first needed to index all the files on my HD.
A number of people have commented that Spotlight will revolutionize the way we do business by eliminating, or almost eliminating, the need for hierarchical folders and similar Finder organization. It’s kind of like Gmail: with such powerful search abilities, why bother filing stuff in folders?
The hype is true.
I had experimented with such setups before, using DEVONthink as a repository (dump) for files, PDF files in particular, and relying on its ability to look into the full text of these files, putting them at my fingertip. I bought a license right away and am still happy with its ability to create semantic links between files, but I’m not happy about having to use a separate app for the purpose of file management (though of course the Finder is a separate app too, but it doesn’t feel that way).
I haven’t warmed to Dashboard yet — nice eye candy but not horribly useful.
Cool: the dictionary. It’s basically the New Oxford American, which contains gems like “This use of queer is now well established and widely used among gay people…” — but never mind. (And in case you were wondering, this is for a story I’m editing.)