Precipitate

Precipitate

Spotlight is a nifty, little tool that does great wonders when searching for files on your Mac. However, some of our data/files/documents are stored in the cloud, e.g. Google Docs, and searching for them can be quite a hassle. You have to open your browser and login to do a manual search. Now, an open source program called Precipitate will let Spotlight search for your files in the cloud.

This Mac OS X-only program will let you search for your Google Docs, Bookmarks, and Picasa Web Albums via Spotlight. According to Google, Precipitate creates files on your machine and periodically checks the server for updates. Download Precipitate from the its Google Code website.

Below are screenshots I made searching for my Google Docs files after installing Precipitate.

Search a Shared Doc

Search a Shared Doc

Search my own document

Search my own document

Precipitate is easy to install but if you need help, here’s a link to a step-by-step guide on installing the app.

Advertisements