It’s not a liger or a tigon

I’ll give you one guess what I’ve been doing for the last 24 hours. Tiger is awesome. Spotlight is blazing fast, which makes me wonder what some reviewers were smoking. I saw a review stating that the search was not as fast as Jobs’ demo. Did they watch the demo in fast forward?! Yesterday, I searched for the word “test” and found that I had no emails with the word test in them. This was not suprising since I didn’t have any emails on my computer. So I went to Apple mail and sent myself an email with the word test in it. As soon as that email hit my outbox, it showed up on the spotlight search pane. Today a friend asked “what happens if you delete stuff? Does it still hang around for a while?” I didn’t know so I tried it. I was amazed and delighted as the email dissappeared from the spotlight search pane as soon as I deleted the email and emptied the trash (while it was in the trash, spotlight found it but it was greyed). I’d say instant is pretty fast.

Dashboard is also much more usefull then I thought. I knew it would be cool to look at, but the weather and conversion widgets are really handy. There is also a widget to post to a blog, which I could not get working with WordPress, but I think I will try to write one for WordPress, because it would be really usefull. Making widgets is really easy, since they are really just webpages with no window. In fact, you can test your widgets in Safari and use a setting that makes the window transparent. It’s crazy if you go to a text only page. You get just the text hovering over your other windows.

There are so many little improvements too, like the slide show view in Finder and Preview and the built in pdf support in Safari. Yes, I know XP has had slideshow in Explorer for years but I won’t go into how many things I found out did not have to be difficult when I got my Powerbook so that’s kind of a moot point. So many great improvements and I’m still finding them…

Posted by ryan on May 1, 2005

2 Responses to It’s not a liger or a tigon

  1. Caleb:

    I agree. So far I am enjoying Tiger. The Spotlight will make finding photos easily. I just hope it will search external drives as fast as it does the hard drive. I have seen a ton of cool widgets I can use too. I’m excited about it. I am disappointed though that I did not see any increase in perforamance of the machine. Once I get an external hard drive big enough to transfer my files on to I might try a full re-install.

  2. Bayard:

    For anyone who’s interested, I wrote and recorded a song about a real-life liger named Shasta - the song’s called Shasta the Lonely Liger. Check it out, I think Napoleon would approve.