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January 06, 2005

John Battelle Blinkx for Mac Users

Let's see how good it is:

John Battelle's Searchblog: Happy Day: Desktop Search for Mac: Blinkx announced today that it is launching a version of its popular desktop search tool for the Mac (it will be ready Monday). I can't wait to try it.

BLINKX LAUNCHES SMART FOLDERS ON MAC: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - January 10 2005 - blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer, today announced the availability of blinkx 2.0 for the Macintosh Operating System, featuringthe world’s first Smart Folders, and delivering next generation search technology to the Mac OS for the first time.  blinkx, a free download at www.blinkx.com, has already changed the way over 1 million Windows users interact with information, and can now do the same for Mac users. In response to an overwhelming consumer demand, blinkx today became the first to deliver both implicit query and Smart Folders for the Mac environment.  Smart Folders are intelligent folders that automatically update their content as new information becomes available, based on the ideas contained within the content of those files.  blinkx offers a comprehensive solution that enables Mac users to index their hard drive, and search across the Web and their desktop simultaneously. 

Using implicit query, blinkx brings information directly and proactively to Mac users, without requiring them to enter any keyword searches.  blinkx assesses all the information that the user is actively viewing, and automatically recommends and retrieves relevant content, including PDFs, Zips, MP3s and Jpegs from local and Web searches, based on context.  For example, blinkx can infer from the content on the user’s screen whether to retrieve information on Apollo the space program, the Greek god, or the theater in London.  This release also features Preview Thumbnails, which provide users with screenshots of the suggested links for improved navigation and ease of use.    blinkx 2.0 supports many Mac-specific applications including the Safari browser, Quark, Entourage and QuickTime.

“Major players in this industry have long discussed Smart Folders as one of the most anticipated innovations, and one that will shape the future of search technology. .  At blinkx we’re proud to be the first to bring Smart Folders to consumers, and we continue to deliver  innovative ways to improve the way users interact with information - the Smart Folders capability is  just one example of the industry firsts which blinkx has achieved,”.  said blinkx CEO, Mark Opzoomer.  “Leading industry commentators have called blinkx a maverick for stealing competitors’ thunder and beating all the majors, but in practice, we’re just continuing to deliver the vision and next generation technology our users have come to expect.  After extensive research and development, we’re pleased to be able to extend blinkx to Mac users.”   

Posted by DeLong at January 6, 2005 09:42 AM

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DevonTHINK has done this for a long time... A very convenient tools to manage all your files !

[Which unfortunately runs like a pig on my laptop.]

Posted by: alex at January 6, 2005 12:33 PM

Count me as someone that really does not understand the utility of these tools. Hell, I don't even use the "dumb, previous generation" of search tools that already exist.

Just seems easier to remember where I put things.

Posted by: Timothy Klein at January 6, 2005 01:19 PM

"Just seems easier to remember where I put things."

That's fine when you don't have too many "things," or are willing to invest a lot of time thinking about the ontology of your collection of things.

Most of us currently have the experience of being able to find things on the other side of the planet, via Google, much faster and easier than we can find things on our own computers.

Posted by: me2i81 at January 6, 2005 05:24 PM

I would like to try out Google Desktop at a future date when it can scan more file types and work seamlessly with Firefox and especially Bloglines.

But for now, for me, I find that I have managed to hone my mind into ruts (which is not a particularly appealing way to describe it, I guess) such that given a concept or an item, I will (usually) categorize it the same way repeatably.

Posted by: ArC at January 6, 2005 07:06 PM

Quicksilver. Quicksilver. Quicksilver.


Posted by: CD318 at January 6, 2005 10:57 PM

After reading the press release I still have no idea what a smart folder is. Nonetheless, seems worth playing with. Apple's web site previews some desktop search functions in OS X.IV.

Posted by: ozoid at January 7, 2005 02:00 AM

Wow . That sure sounds like a hard drive eater.

Posted by: Jim A. Sherman at January 8, 2005 11:23 AM

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