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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.

Google Search Result Previews

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Google now gives netizens a preview of their search results. I was googling for vector tutorials and as I hovered my mouse pointer on a result, a preview of the site is shown on the right side corner of the page. Also, Google highlights parts of the page that contain your search keyword.

Here’s how it looks like:

Google Search Result Preview
Google Search Result Preview

However, there are still searches that don’t give previews. I’m guessing that it’s page rank dependent. Nevertheless, I still get a chance to check if a result is relevant for my search.

I also tried this on Internet Explorer 8 and Google Chrome 6 but there were no previews. I’m using Firefox 4 Beta 6.

Swirling Google’s Image Search

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Google adds a twist in its image search feature as it recently launched a new experiment in it’s Google Labs – the Google Image Swirl.

Google Labs

Google Labs

Image Swirl combines the technologies of a regular image search and the recently Labs graduate “Similar Images”. The search interface also uses the Wonder Wheel which makes it more interactive. The results are shown in stacks of similar images. When a stack is clicked, the wonder wheel shows up with thumbnails of other related images around the selected image. You’ll also see the path of your search which will help you get back to the root of your search.

Selected Swirl Results

Selected Swirl Results

Currently, there are more than 200,000 queries for this Labs experiments and Google promises to include more in the future.

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