Posts Tagged “spotlight”

  • LaunchBar and Trickster

    I first mentioned Trickster---an app that tracks and filters recently-opened files---a couple of years ago, and it's continued to evolve since. Trickster 2.1 added quite a few features for automation, and the latest version (2.3.4) integrates with LaunchBar 6's latest features to take advantage of them, so this is a great combo.…

  • Doing Spotlight right with HoudahSpot 4.0

    Spotlight is great for finding files without digging through folders. It's great with tagging. It's even great for finding photos and emails faster than iPhoto or Mail.app can. It has its shortcomings, though.…

  • Mirror your MindMeister maps to nvALT

    I love iThoughtsX, MindNode Pro and Mindjet MindManager for a lot of the local brainstorming I do on my Mac, but I've found myself doing a lot of work with MindMeister in a Fluid browser (and on iOS) lately.…

  • spl, a CLI for Spotlight searches

    I've been playing with wrappers for OS X's command line Spotlight tool mdfind for a while now. I've gone through many permutations, including a tool that maintains "smart folders" by symlinking the results of a Spotlight search for the contents of a .query file in a folder. That one's not ready for prime time yet, but I found another (probably handier) solution.…

  • Mavericks and Tagging

    The next version of OS X (Mavericks) is going to have file tagging capabilities built directly into Finder (as well as save dialogs and iCloud browsers). In fact, it works in the same way as OpenMeta -- the system I've espoused all these years -- using metadata on the file itself to store the information and expose it to Spotlight. Apple is on the tagging train, and I'm certain they'll be conducting it in short order.…

  • When a file just can't be mdfound

    I was building a ridiculous Saved Search that gathered all of my web-design-related bookmarks and notes into one place, based on keywords and tags. I don't even remember why I started doing this, and HoudahSpot would gladly have saved me from the issue, but I was too far gone.…

  • Overthinking it: fast bundle ID retrieval for Mac apps

    Ok, I told the world and myself (in a podcast you haven't heard yet) that I wouldn't admit to putting time into this, but... I kinda like it. Given that you'll probably need it at least once at some point, I might as well share it and save you the time.…

  • App Review: Found - Spotlight on steroids

    I've been waiting to write about Found since the last WWDC. I got a preview then, and a few months later got a beta copy. It's pretty amazing.…

  • Mac App Review: Trickster, instant access to recent items

    I've been testing an app called Trickster for a bit now, and it's publicly available today (just in time to be included in the impressive Productive Macs bundle). It's a revamp of Apparent Software's predecessor app, Blast.…

  • Spotlight tricks: search by category

    You know those categories the App Stores use to sort applications by their intended use? You can use those in Spotlight on iOS. Did you know you can do that on your Mac, too? I didn't, and I didn't find many references to this on the web, so I'll share the discovery:…

  • Some suggestions for better tagging

    Since publishing my first article on tagging and appearing on MacPowerUsers, I've been asked many times for more specifics on my tagging system. I'll start by telling you that I don't have all of the answers what I'm sharing here is what I've learned after a few years of constant tagging.…

  • Fixing Spotlight indexing of Markdown content

    I ran into an interesting problem this evening. It actually started a few days ago when I noticed that my qq script wasn't returning searches within the @(metadata) I set up in the note bodies. I figured I'd come back to it when I had time. Then I got a couple of emails from readers who had also noticed this, so I started digging. It turned out that Spotlight had stopped indexing text content of all files with the .md` extension. If I renamed the file to `.txt` or `.mmd, it would work fine, but…

  • A Bash function for Markdown bloggers

    I store all of my writing as separate Markdown files. A basic tagging system adds more "searchability," and I can quickly locate any file with Spotlight. Given the amount of time I spend in Terminal (well, iTerm 2 these days), I use mdfind quite a bit to do the Spotlight searching. This function just makes it a little more convenient to search for and quickly edit an existing document.…

  • Mirror your Pinboard bookmarks with OpenMeta tags

    Update April 3rd, 2011]: The current version, 1.0.4 at the moment, has bugfixes for running without Tags.app installed, more error handling and a new setting for locations where the date format is dd-mm-yyy`. If you had a previous version and run into trouble, please replace the script with the [latest and delete your `~/getpinboard.yaml file to regenerate a new one with the additional localization setting.…

  • Delicious, Spotlight and OpenMeta tags, revisited

    I've taken a little time to improve the script I'd posted previously. It saves bookmarks you add to Delicious as webloc (Safari bookmark) files on your local hard drive, optionally with thumbnails and OpenMeta tags.…