Google Desktop

Licence: Freeware
Version 1.4.2.1007 | Release Date: 2008-04-01 | Download

Bug fixes:

We fixed bugs where the following action occurred:
  • Crashes and redraw problems within the Safari web browser (For this reason, we also recommend restarting Safari after upgrading).
  • Crashes when a file had an owner with a very high UID.


Known Issues:

Installation issues:
  • During initial indexing, Google Desktop may have a noticeable impact on your computer, especially if your hard drive is highly fragmented or low on disk space. We've designed Google Desktop to be usable - if a bit sluggish - during this period. Once indexing is complete, your computer should return to its normal, speedy self. To expedite indexing, we recommend that you have at least 10% disk space remaining and defragment your hard disk before installing.
  • Users who have recently upgraded to 10.4.9 may experience unknown errors installing Google Desktop with Google Updater. To resolve this, try to mount any other DMG file; if that fails, please delete /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache and /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kernelcaches/, then restart your system.

Mail and Browser Issues
  • Indexing Gmail may take a long time because emails are downloaded in batches; each 'batch' is separated by two hours, and there's no progress meter.
  • If you use MailTags, you need to delete the existing MailTags Spotlight importer from /Library/Spotlight or ~/Library/Spotlight and reinstall version 2.0b9 or later. Earlier versions cause crashes during indexing.
  • Inability to search for MailTag tags in emails; the mail contents themselves can be searched normally. We are working with the MailTags author to resolve this.

Indexing Issues
  • Desktop may slow down and appear unresponsive when completing an operation that involves a lot of files, such as installing Logic Studio. It will eventually catch up.

Other Issues

  • We've received reports of some CVS (Concurrent Versioning System) updates failing with I/O errors. The workaround is to disable indexing during the update and re-enable after the update is complete.
  • If you're working with programs like CVS or SVN (Subversion), you may experience large amounts of file I/O. There's a known issue in Mac OS 10.4+ where large amounts of file I/O may cause a kernel panic. To resolve the issue, we recommend adding any CVS or SVN associated items to your Privacy list.

Version 1.4.0.838 | Release Date: 2007-11-30 | Download
Feature improvements:
  • Indexing improvements that reduce indexing time and improve machine responsiveness.
  • Support for Google Gadgets. For more information regarding Google Gadgets for the Mac, please visit http://desktop.google.com/support/mac/bin/topic.py?topic=13391

Known Issues:

Installation issues:
  • During initial indexing, Google Desktop may have a noticeable impact on your computer, especially if your hard drive is highly fragmented or low on disk space. We've designed Google Desktop to be usable - if a bit sluggish - during this period. Once indexing is complete, your computer should return to its normal, speedy self. To expedite indexing, we recommend that you have at least 10% disk space remaining and defragment your hard disk before installing.
  • Users who have recently upgraded to 10.4.9 may experience unknown errors installing Google Desktop with Google Updater. To resolve this, try to mount any other DMG file; if that fails, please delete /System/Library/Extensions.kextcache and /System/Library/Caches/com.apple.kernelcaches/, then reboot your system. 

Mail and Browser Issues
  • Indexing Gmail may take a long time because emails are downloaded in batches; each 'batch' is separated by two hours, and there's no progress meter.
  • If you use MailTags, you need to delete the existing MailTags Spotlight importer from /Library/Spotlight or ~/Library/Spotlight and reinstall version 2.0b9 or later. Earlier versions cause crashes during indexing.
  • Inability to search for MailTag tags in emails; the mail contents themselves can be searched normally. We are working with the MailTags author to resolve this.

Indexing Issues
  • Desktop may get behind when doing an operation that involves a lot of files, such as installing Logic Studio, and appear unresponsive. It will eventually catch up.

Other Issues

  • We've received reports of some CVS (Concurrent Versioning System) updates failing with I/O errors. The workaround is to disable indexing during update and re-enable after update is complete.
  • If you're working with programs like CVS or SVN (Subversion), you may experience large amounts of file I/O. There's a known issue in Mac OS 10.4+ where large amounts of file I/O may cause a kernel panic. To resolve the issue, we recommend adding any CVS or SVN associated items to your Privacy list.
  • Google Desktop may no longer work if you upgrade from Mac OS X Tiger to Leopard. For a solution, please click here (link: http://desktop.google.com/support/mac/bin/answer.py?answer=79038).

Version 1.0.3 | Release Date: 2007-05-31 | Download
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Version 1.0 | Release Date: 2007-04-04 | Download
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