Precipitate merges Mac OS X, Google cloud

Program makes it easy to search Google's cloud data, but it stops short of some of the most interesting data: e-mail.

Spotlight, Apple's exceptional desktop search program, is great for finding files on your Mac. I also use it to launch programs, look up dictionary definitions, and do the occasional math problem.

While Spotlight is excellent on the desktop, it doesn't know beans about the cloud. Enter Precipitate.

I just came across the cool open-source Precipitate program, which was released this summer. It allows you to search Google Docs or Google Bookmarks from the comfort of Spotlight (or Google Desktop).

How does this work? According to Google's Web site: "Precipitate works by creating files on your machine that are imported by Spotlight, then periodically checking in with the server and updating the local files to reflect any changes."

Pretty useful, though it will become much more so when Precipitate enables Gmail searches, as well. Too much to hope for?

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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