NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
– It finds a certain thing.
– It filters a smaller quantity from a large quantity.
For example, one could filter all the red balls from a big mountain of coloured balls.
In this article, I’ll show you what you can do with the search tool, using simple examples.
We have THREE different search methods. They are very handy if you know what they can do.
THE SEARCH IN THE HEADER
This is a very simple search. I use it when I want to quickly search for a specific object.
For example, I’m looking for a specific Darth Vader (I’m choosing this character because there is EVERYTHING available from Darth Vader, from the action figure to the USB stick). All of these products – we call them “objects” – are displayed in the header search with a few items of extra data and a picture for easier recognition.
In order to find what you are looking for as fast as possible, we have subdivided the search results into topic areas (object types) and arranged them alphabetically. So, first come the action figures, then the comics. If, as in our example, we are looking for a USB stick, we will find it under IT accessories.
You can scroll through the search results and search for your object. You can also open multiple objects in a new window or tab. To do this, hold down the CTRL (or Apple) key and click on the icon to the justify of each object.
When I find the right Darth Vader USB, I click on him and my Darth Vader USB will opened in the detail view.
We came up with something special for the header search. It happens that objects may look very similar, and a photo and the name is not enough for identification.
For this reason, you can select in your CB account the properties that should be displayed for which object type (up to a maximum of three additional properties). This allows you to tailor your COLLECTORBASE.net account to your interests or needs.
So you see that the simple search in the header already has functions that are unusual for a plain search. But obviously the overview is much better!
Incidentally, the microscope on the right side of the input field for the search is a shortcut to detailed search!
THE DETAILED SEARCH IN THE OBJECT OVERVIEW
The detailed search also works as a filter for the object overview, and also works itself as a filter. You can use the detail search to display only action figures. Or just a subset of the action figures. You can also have books, comics or IT accessories displayed separately or together.
I do it myself. I get my object types displayed individually. This is very handy when I look at my audiobooks, among other things. A big advantage of the detailed search in COLLECTORBASE.net is that you can also display your collection according to topics. For example, you can have your collections listed by the merchandising lines that you collect (STAR WARS, Indian Jones, STAR TREK, G.I. Jo, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, etc.). You can also see as an example, all your audio books, cups, bedding and action figures from “Transformers”. Or just all your action figures, or all your cups, or all the cups and books from STAR TREK – but not the DVDs or action figures.
Your imagination knows no boundaries!
In addition to the possibilities, the big advantage here is that you can manage EVERYTHING. It is only with the detailed search that you can use this fully.
And of course you can save your searches so that you do not have to recreate them every time! You can retrieve them whenever you need them. You can also use these searches for presentations and soon for your trading lists. In the object overview, the detailed search in connection with the shortcut becomes twice as convenient.
The detailed search in the object overview is powerful and is also very useful for other functions of COLLECTORBASE.net.
THE SEARCH WITHIN SORTED RESULTS
The search in the sorted results is particularly interesting if you want go deeper within the results. With this option, you do not need to create a more detailed search – just a quick search within the search results. I often use this feature and it saves a lot of time.
A result with the detailed search can easily deliver a set of 10 objects, or even 200 objects. If the search result of the detailed search has too many results, then you can browse through the results, but this is impractical if you want to quickly see something.
The search in the sorted results looks at the properties that I use in the sort. In the example on the justify you can search in the properties MANUFACTURER; SERIES, ASSORTMENT and NAME. Everything I find with the search of the sorted results is displayed automatically. It has proven to be a very useful tool and saves a lot of time. Normally this kind of search doesn’t exist in most collection databases!
Sometimes I just play with it and let it show me one or another object in my collection. Or I browse through the objects that other collectors manage in COLLECTORBASE.net. Yes, searching through sorted results works for things that are also managed on COLLECTORBASE.net.
The collection database is structured like a wiki. Everyone can set objects, and everyone can edit them. Therefore, you can also access all objects (privacy settings permitting).
We are creating the right tools in the right place for every need in the collection database of COLLECTORBASE.net.
It is practical and tidy.
If you come up with further methods on how to use a search effectively, contact us. If we like your idea, we will discuss it in the forum with you and our users, and together discuss how best to implement your idea. Or you can open a topic in our forum by yourself!
For those who want to know more, I’ve written another earlier tutorial -> The Search