Tough Choice: Apple Expo or Republican Gala

Forgoing watching Arnold at the RNC last night, I tuned in instead to the streaming video keynote from the Apple Expo 2004 in Paris. It was the first public demonstration of the Tiger OS and several other hardware and software products. For something to really rock your world, take a look at the new IMac G5.

The new IMac comes in 17'' and 20'' models. Because it's only two inches think, you're left looking under the desk trying to find the box. This looks to be a system designed for those wishing to reduce the clutter in their lives and get down to business.

Of particular note to me was the demo of the Tiger operating system (OSX 10.4). Tiger includes a nifty Automator for automating common workflow processes, Safari RSS for automating RSS news aggregation, and Spotlight for desktop and network searching, and numerous other "I have to have this" features.

Type in someone's name in a Spotlight search box and it will instantly retrieve all kinds of documents including email messages, presentations, text files, pictures, and address book contacts. While not offering true faceted searching, you can use a simple dropdown to filter by type or other characteristics. What separates Spotlight from the competition is its full content searching of documents and integrated searching of document metadata. From thousands of cryptic files names, it will retrieve, for example a presentation authored by the name you entered. Spotlight is a significant step toward a truly integrated search of one's personal world, business environment, and the Internet.

Ironically, news arrived that same day that Microsoft's new WinFS advanced file search for Longhorn will be delayed until 2006.

Posted by Ray Matthews on September 01, 2004 at 08:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | Send this story to a friend!