Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Google Desktop Search

Have you tried Google Desktop Search?

It's actually pretty cool.. I installed it on my machine at home a couple of weeks ag, and one especially neat thing it does (beyond finding lost files on computers) is it optically recognizes scanned documents!

So for example, when I lost my one-year Metrocard, I was trying to find the statement that came with the card when I first got it. I had scanned it, but as a pdf file, so normally it would be a huge challenge to find (since obviously the scanned document is just an image.)

Well Google Desktop Search found it! It recognized the words in the document and pulled it up as a result when I searched for "Transitcheck."

Isn't that awesome?!