For the first time, Google has made its desktop tool, Mac OS X, available for Mac users, with the release of Google Desktop for Mac.
According to the search giant, although Mac OS X comes with its own search software called Spotlight, Desktop for Mac features only complement Mac OS X 10.4 features. Desktop for Mac utilizes any Spotlight plug-ins that users have on their PCs, eliminating the need for developers to rewrite plug-ins specifically for Google.
Sophisticated yet simple
Google says using Desktop for Mac is kind of like launching a widget, without the need to get into the dashboard. Simply tapping the ’Command’ key twice brings up a small search window. As soon as the user starts typing, Google starts showing results - the last 10 search items matching the query.
Mac users also get a Quick Search Box that offers a single starting point for searching both the web and their desktop. In case the user does not find the correct search item, then he/she can click the link at the bottom of the list to view all results from the desktop, or search the Web with the same string. Selection of either of these options opens the default browser, and helps find appropriate results through a page that looks exactly like the Google search page on the web. Also, Google Desktop for the Mac enables users to search their Gmail, web history and the web simultaneously while it can even find prior versions of files or recover those that have been accidentally deleted.
Meanwhile, the current version of Google Desktop for Mac does not come with Google Gadgets, although the company said this would be included in a later version.
This latest feature also includes the Google Update for Mac, which installs Google Desktop and helps keep Google software up-to-date so users don’t need to worry about missing out on new features. The Updater aims to make it easy for users to explore and install other Google products that are available on Mac.