[KPhotoAlbum] Idea for quick search feature

Angel Lopez anglopm at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 12:17:47 BST 2007

I think it could be great (and probably, not too difficult to
implement) that the thumbnail window (or even, always) have something
saying the current filter that KPA is applying to the database.

While I was typing this, ... I think that the Search bar could be used
for that, in such a way that Persons (in Jesper's example) is added
even if you selected it in another way.

Ok, just ideas...


On 4/25/07, Jesper K. Pedersen <blackie at blackie.dk> wrote:
> I like the idea, but do have a few concerns/ideas/whatever.
> - First, It might be usefull with some way to specify wheather searching
> should be incremental, or when enter is pressed (in the case for searching
> taking 20 sec :-)
> - Imagine this use case:
>   I type June in the search bar.
>   I then see I have 2000 images from June, and want to start drilling
>   I therefore press persons
> Will the search bar still say June? and if so, can I now not search in the
> persons list?
> - perhaps it would be better with a new icon saying general search, which
> brings up a line edit for typing in the search string, but that was just a
> thought, please carry on.
> Cheers
> Jesper (Who still only have internet when he goes to a bar)
> On Monday 23 April 2007 15:24, Shawn Willden wrote:
> | Disclaimer:  This wasn't my idea, it came from someone else on the list,
> | but I liked it and want to implement it.  I'm looking for feedback from the
> | list to help answer the following questions, plus any other general
> | comments/criticisms/flames, etc.:
> |
> | Does the basic idea make sense?
> | Do you think it's a bad idea to provide yet another search mechanism?
> | Will the different behavior of the search bar in category list vs other
> | views be confusing to users? Can you think of any useful refinements?
> | Do you have any suggestions for implementation, especially related to how
> | to make it fast?
> |
> | I'd like to enable the search bar even when not in a category list view.
> | At present it's disabled in the "home" view and in the thumbnail view, but
> | I think it should work all of the time, acting as a filter that searches
> | all tags, labels, descriptions, dates, folders, filenames, etc.
> |
> | From the home view (does that view have another name?), typing anything
> | into the seach bar should reduce the image counts displayed on the "Show
> | Thumbnails" line and the date bar, and probably also reduce the category
> | counts to those that include images that match.  Viewing thumbnails should
> | show the narrowed list, obviously, and search bar filtering should be in
> | addition to filtering done by drilling down through categories and
> | filtering by date bar selections.
> |
> | From the thumbnail view, typing into the search bar should filter the
> | thumbnails displayed.
> |
> | As I said above, I'd like this search filter to search on everything.  For
> | example, if I type "adam" into the search bar, I want my result set to
> | include any images with:
> |
> | Any tag including "adam", for any category
> | A description containing "adam"
> | A label containing "adam"
> | A folder name containing "adam"
> | A file name containing "adam"
> |
> | I'd also like this to apply to dates or pieces of dates.  So if I type
> | "June" the result set should include all images with a tag, description,
> | label or pathname including June, plus all images with dates in the month
> | of June or with date ranges that span the month of June.  Month names will
> | need to be localized, and I guess abbreviations should also be allowed.
> |
> | Perhaps at some point we might want to allow boolean specifiers, grouping,
> | etc. of search words, but for now I think I'd just interpret mutliple words
> | as an implicit AND.  So "adam june 2006" would find images that:
> |
> | Contain "adam" in some tag, description, label, folder or filename; AND
> | Contain "june" in some tag, description, label, folder, filename or date;
> | AND Contain "2006" in some tag, description, label, folder, filename or
> | date.
> |
> | I think that should be fairly intuitive to users who can read it as "find
> | pictures of adam in june 2006".  The very broad nature of the search might
> | mean that they get a few images in the results that surprise them, but I
> | think that's okay.
> |
> | All comments appreciated,
> |
> |       Shawn.
> --
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