What happened to search popup and features?

During the brief demo of DT3 I noticed how much faster, the awesome text clustering, and better tag presentation … so I upgraded. Then I realized the “Take Note” is pinned to the bar across the top of my screen and there is no popup search window. Both impede workflow.

The search window I would access via “View --> Search” or “Tool --> Search” on DT2 was very helpful. It allowed me to type in a complex query without waiting for live results.

It also let me scope my search to file names verse context. I also used the “Ignore Diacritics” and “Fuzzy” – fuzzy actually worked for searching for concepts when I didn’t have the words to describe a specific match.

Then provided a list of results separate of my main window where I might be doing other work. And it was a slim beautiful window that could be put to the side while I worked through documents.

When working through 20GB+ index of unpublished and research materials the live search is useless. I know what I’m looking for and can scope a boolean query to zero in – but live search won’t let me finish typing before it’s all searching.

Please tell me this still exists in DT3 and where to find it. I’ve searched the forum and don’t see any current tutorials. Thanks in advance.

Best,

Justin

All these features are actually supported by the new toolbar search, see e.g. its popup options, the search scope (“Search in:”) and the advanced mode.

Unfortunately one of the capabilities of the DTP 2 search setup was to have a separate search window, indeed one could have several open at the same time and I often did. It was like having multiple documents open at the same time, basic to how I did certain things. The new design means that the window is continually changing and one has to remember and go back, but then the results vanish…Sure would like that separate search window back.

The OP above also mentioned this

“Then provided a list of results separate of my main window where I might be doing other work. And it was a slim beautiful window that could be put to the side while I worked through documents.”

For the life of me I cannot find those “advanced” options. It was very simple in DTP 2, especially when trying to get real work done.

Any chance of a tutorial? At least the search bar still supports boolean. However, if I wanted “Finder” then I wouldn’t have gone DTP in the first place.

Best,

Justin

Try clicking on the teeny arrowhead on the magnifying glass in the search bar:

05

Regarding the separate search window: what about simply opening a new window on the same database in DEVONthink, then doing work/search in the new window?

I use Command-Option-N then Command-Option-F all the time. It opens a new window and focuses the search field. Since you’re already pressing Command-Option, it’s just a quick little dance from N to F.

1 Like