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Monday, February 18, 2008

Keywords for Spotlight!

Searching with Spotlight works pretty well with text, but not so much with images. It is possible to solve that in iPhoto by adding metadata that can be used when searching. Not all pictures are in iPhoto however. A great way to do it is to use the Preview Inspector. You can add the inspector to the Preview toolbar or get it with "Command-I". In the Inspector, there is a section specific for Keywords. The keywords will then be used by Spotlight. You can add these to images and PDFs. I think it really improves the overall experience, because with time, I rely more and more on Spotlight and worry much less of keeping all the folders organized. Here is the Preview Inspector:

4 Comments:

Blogger lucas said...

i think this only works in leopard...

February 18, 2008 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

This is great! Thanks! One thing, my inspector doesn't have the ruler icon. How do i get that?

February 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Spotlight searches Finder's "Get Info" window's "Spotlight Comments" section. This is useful for adding keywords to any file, and works in Tiger.

February 23, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Lundar said...

Are these keywords embedded in the images themselves, or are they specific to the computer? So if I e-mailed one of these images to a friend, would they still have my keywords?

February 23, 2008 at 6:09 PM  

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