Originally Posted by Mr. H
I'm not on Snow Leopard yet so only have the occasional exposure to the new Preview via my OH's Mac.
It seems Apple took one or two steps forward and several back. How have you found their "Artificial Intelligence" approach to selecting text in PDFs? Supposedly makes selecting text in e.g. multi-column PDFs, much better. Does it?
I'm certainly not aware of any improvements to word searching, at least not to the kind of word searching that I am doing routinely. But since you mention it, I wonder if this "AI" is the cause of the lapse between Spotlight and Preview search results. I find it extremely dismaying to have Spotlight report a word's presence in a document, only to have Preview tell me it's not there once I search within the document, and that only after drumming my fingers on the desk for many minutes.
Most of my searching involves old newspaper microfilms which have been scanned and OCR'ed. The fidelity of the text columns is very poor, which makes searching a major challenge to start (but very rewarding given the massive amounts of data which can be searched at once). I've learned all sorts of tricks for finding words, involving knowing some of the common OCR errors. Early on I also found that hyphenated words which wrapped lines would be found in Spotlight but not in Preview (including the Leopard version). Guessing where the word might be hyphenated often found the word I was seeking. Now this does not seem to work. Spotlight finds the word but Preview cannot? How is this even possible?
Apparently Apple has outsmarted me. I could have done without that.