Nothing is Hidden reads as follows:
Nothing Is Hidden: Your senses are so acute that you no longer need to spend time searching for the obvious. You will automatically perform a Search check to locate traps and secret doors when you are in range to Spot them, although this Search check occurs at a -12/-8/-4 penalty.
For those of you who have tried this,
1) Can I dump the spot skill? Or do I need to "spot" things first, and then the auto-search occurs?
2) If I max out search, have a decent intelligence (20ish), take 3 levels of keen sense (+3 search), and wear a search item that is level appropriate, will nothing is hidden work on elite quests?
Thanks for your thoughts.