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Posted by Andy Brice
Nov 8, 2017 at 08:36 PM


That is an interesting idea. I migth steal it for Hyper Plan. ;0)


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Nov 8, 2017 at 09:41 PM


If there was a “like” icon for this comment, I would have clicked it.

Andy Brice wrote:
That is an interesting idea. I migth steal it for Hyper Plan. ;0)


Posted by Lucas
Nov 10, 2017 at 04:17 AM


I’m not an expert, but I would say that it is indeed possible to search Tinderbox notes from Spotlight. Sure, the note files contain additional XML syntax, but they also contain all the actual text of your notes, so Spotlight searching should work fine (which has been my experience).

Paul Korm wrote:
I doubt you’ll ever see that feature.  Tinderbox “notes” are text inside
>XML files, conglomerated with lots of other text and coding—there’s
>no discrete “note” to search for.
> >Dellu wrote:
>>Inability to search TB notes from Spotlight has been a major challenge
>>to me.


Posted by Prion
Nov 10, 2017 at 10:28 AM


Sure that is possible but I think the original question was if it was possible to have Spotlight return the actual note in question rather than just pointing to the Tinderbox file.
This is currently not possible but it is not technically unfeasible, after all, Tinderbox has zero difficulties finding its way through the XML file.

But without a Quicklook plugin that passes on some of the knowledge about the notes structure inside the Tinderbox XML file to the macOS, Spotlight will only ever return the Tinderbox file, not the note inside of it.


Posted by Paul Korm
Nov 10, 2017 at 10:52 AM


A quicklook plugin that displays the Tinderbox document in a preview is feasible but challenging—the document can have numerous tabs, folded hierarchies, thousands of notes: so the developer would have to make design decisions that are arbitrary—and getting a QL preview for just one note would be expensive in development time. 

DEVONthink addresses this “find my document with Spotlight” issue by creating small metadata files in a cache that Spotlight knows about—one metadata file for each document in a database—that contain a concordance of words in the original document and the document’s database identifier.  DEVONthink’s QL then knows to grab the preview and show it to you in Spotlight.  Clever.  It’s a better solution than QL, might work for Tinderbox, but probably will never happen.


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