Spiffy Spot­light

Mac Format - - YOSEMITE TIPS -

Spot­light’s almost un­recog­nis­able from its pre­de­ces­sor. No more skulk­ing un­der the menu bar: it now opens brazenly in the cen­tre of the screen. In fact, it be­haves more like a launcher (like Al­fred or LaunchBar) than the Spot­light of old.

It’s more use­ful, too. As well as al­low­ing you to search for files and pre­view their con­tents, or launch an ap­pli­ca­tion, Spot­light now pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to on­line data sources such as Wikipedia. Type in the name of, say, a movie, and it will pull that en­try from Wikipedia and dis­play a snip­pet. Type in the name of, say, a ho­tel, and it will show you a map of the area with a pin at its lo­ca­tion. It’s a ter­rific up­date and while it won’t pull hard­core Quick­sil­ver users away, it might be enough to tempt the rest of us to use Spot­light more of­ten.

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