Advanced Search gripes.
As soon as you select “Advanced Search” you are presented with the search pane, in which you can enter your search terms. Once the search window opens, the search pane remains in the centre of the screen, effectively obscuring the resulting images. The only way to see the results of the search is to drag the search pane to the edge of the screen. Surely the obvious thing to do would be to minimise the search pane when the search commences, but there does not seem to be a means of doing this.
There are various options for searching “All images”, “Current Images” and “All Catalogged Images” etc. which always seems to default to “Search Current Images.” If this was made “sticky” and remembered the last setting, it would save me having to select “Search All Images” or “Search all catalogged Images.” next time I do a search.
When I come to a search result I want to look at in more detail, if I close the search pane I lose the image of interest and get thrown back to the image catalog where the image of interest is located. This is extremely annoying, since I just made my image selection and I've just lost it. The only way you can keep a selected image is to select “Edit” which is not always wanted if you are just browsing.
I spend hours keywording all my images but in a previous version of On1 if I searched for “Stowe” I could not understand why I was presented with images of Tower Bridge after searching for “stowe.” I eventually realised that my images were keyworded “river thames,tower bridge” and the program was ignoring the comma between “thames” and “tower” and returning the result as “stowe”
I'm pleased to say this problem has now been overcome, only to be replaced with another.
I was searching for the keyword “alley” and kept getting results for “valley.” the program appears to take a partial match and insert it into a longer keyword. What I'd like is a means of precisely identifying a particular word, so it is not added to another word. I've tried entering the search term in inverted commas (quotation marks) but that doesn't do it, so I'd like a means of inserting an exact search word.
It's been suggested to me that I search using the keyword list, but I find this is extremely awkward, time consuming and tedious and I cannot get used to it.
My plea is, if we are going to have an “advanced search” facility, please make it work properly.
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