2374 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 14, 2009 6:01 AM by Timothy Holt
The chances of someone from Apple engineering seeing this are pretty much nil. You need to send feedback directly to Apple. You can do so here:
You also need to make one correction:
name, kind and date modified are somewhat useless
It is worse than that--date modified would sometimes be useful, but that isn't what we get. Instead we get the totally non-standard, and completely useless "date last opened."
Also, it IS possible to make a Smart Folder that will search two or more specific places, you can then bring it up and change the search term. I have one that searches my boot drive home folder and my data drive. But it isn't easy, and can't be done thru the Spotlight interface, you need to use either a text editing program or, better, a plist editor to modify the Saved Search Smart Folder.
I consider using Apple's bug reporter system to be the most effective. Send bug reports and enhancement requests to Apple via its Bug Reporter system. Join the Apple Developer Connection (ADC)—it's free and available for all Mac users and gets you a look at some development software. Since you already have an Apple username/ID, use that. Once a member, go to Apple BugReporter and file your bug report/enhancement request. The nice thing with this procedure is that you get a response and a follow-up number; thus, starting a dialog with engineering.
Additionally, you might want to examine how I changed Finder's Find to be a bit more user-friendly. Whether or not you can tailor it to suit your specific needs, I can't say. See my post at http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=6725932 or the tip at http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080229204517495
I agree with all the rants listed above. And especially with the attitude of Apple thinking how "Awesome" Spotlight is. Unfortunately, with that attitude, no matter how much we beg, plead, or demand via Feedback, it will never be fixed. It took an army of complaints just to get Boolean searches. And for our trouble, they changed so much of Spotlight's result layout, that it is useless once again.
Another bothersome thing is that Spotlight is tied to Finder and not to the OS. What I mean by that is that say I spent 6 months adding Spotlight Comments to all of my photos. Use Spotlight to find a particular photo? Great, there it is. However, bring the same photos into iPhoto, and all your commenting does not import. Not even a window menu asking if I want to do this.
Some people are using a combination of Spotless (to turn off Spotlight) and EasyFind. I do not blame them. However, I do like Spotlight and EasyFind will not recognize all my Spotlight Comment work.
I wish Apple cared. But I highly doubt they do. They think its all working just great--when its not.