That’s the way it should look in DEVONthink 2. Here’s why:
In DT 1, you could only use one operator in a query. So buttons for the choice between AND, OR, PHRASE, WILDCARDS made sense.
But in DT 2, you can use all those operators in the same query, plus others. In fact, a query could be written to use any one or all of them multiple times. So a simple toggle button choice of operators doesn’t work in DT 2.
In DT 1, you simply entered the word or words to be used in the query in the search field, and clicked on one of the comparison buttons.
In DT 2, you write out the query including the word(s) to be searched AND the operators. Those proximity operators, for example, may require definition. So the query “John NEAR Carol” means that the query will examine documents that not only contain the search words, but filters further to those that contain them within a “space” of 10 words maximum in separation. But you could redefine the proximity, as with NEAR/3, or NEAR/78. There are no comparison buttons (although there are still some buttons to click, of course).
And you also need to tell the query how to handle a string of multiple search words and operators.
“John NEAR Carol OR Tom” is ambiguous. It could mean either
- find documents that contain either “Carol” or “Tom” within 10 words of John, or 2) find documents that contain either “Carol” within 10 words of “John” or documents that contain “Tom”.
To clear up that ambiguity, we can use parentheses to clarify what was meant:
John NEAR (Carol OR Tom)
(John NEAR Carol) OR Tom
See how different those two expression are? The word “John” would have to appear in all the search results for expression 1). But “John” may or may not appear in the second search results.
So in DT 2, unless you are entering a single-word, or a multiple-word query without entering any operator terms (AND is implied in such a case), you need to spell out what you mean.
That’s enormously more powerful, though. You are used to expressing yourself in language, and would be hindered if you were limited to only, say, two verbs and four adjectives in your entire vocabulary. You are also used to syntax, rules that give structure and meaning to a sequence of words. DT 2 give you more ability to define what you want to accomplish when you do a search.
Yet it’s still a simple set of operators and rules, a small “pigeon-language” that can do useful things.