Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Notes searchability: please IMPROVE (reboot)

I have asked this again and again and while I am grateful for tweaks and improvements being continually provided to the application, for some reason this continues to be an important yet neglected area of need.

We made steps forward in being able to search user documents and then having previews in the search window. But we continue to have significant usability problems in locating search hits precisely within annotation files. 

1) Search hits are not highlighted within individual notes like they are in resources. This is problematic for long notes as it is frustratingly long to have to scan the whole to find it or them. 

2) Only the preview of the first hit in a note is displayed with a frequency indicator in the right margin (e.g., 6x meaning it occurs 6 times in that note). This means that we have no way of scanning through multiple results to see if any are relevant to what they are being searched for like we can when we search resources. When there are multiple hits in multiple notes again the waste of time that would be involved in locating each hit for that determination is considerable, unpractical, and extremely frustrating.

3) The same limitation applies to CTL-F within the annotation file. Even if the cursor is inside an individual note, it will search the whole file and return the list of notes in which the term appears rather than search the individual note in which one is located. When in full mode (as opp. to compact, split, etc), the search will only produce the first note in which the term appears, that's it. There are no arrows for next and previous and the hit is not highlighted within the notes nor indicated on the scrollbar.

It should not be difficult to see that these are significant limitations on the searchability of user documents, especially annotations. I don't understand why it seems that Faithlife is just turning a deaf ear to this problem even though it has been pointed out a number of times before. 

Remember, Faithlife, that ultimately user documents are what Logos "personal" and allow users to maximise their use of the software. To neglect these in favour of features and resources only is a short view. 


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