COLLECTORBASE.net, Tutorial July 13, 2017 By test_blog No Response
The search tool of COLLECTORBASE.net is designed for the high demands and needs of collectors and is the most powerful tool of its kind!
Collectors have been fed up with very simple / cheap search tools for a long time. While these tools are easy to use, they deliver very little and are not useful. So we’ve put together our own search tool, one that is simple to use AND which can deliver the results that we’ve all wanted. This tool’s great advantages are:
+ The searches are storable and retrievable
+ You can search for highly specific, exact points
+ It is unlimited in the number of search parameters
+ You can combine different searches
examples for the searching tool
How does the search of the object overview work?
Quite simply. You enter your search parameters in the search function and, using these criteria (actions), the search filters your collection.
You can find the search in the object overview.
The search tool in the object overview
To retrieve a saved search, click the upside-down triangle to the right of “Search”. To create a new search, click in the text box.
You have three entries for each search term:
A) Select property
In the property, you specify the property in which the search is to search for your selection criteria.
B) Select action
You have several actions to choose from:
|Contains||Look for everything that contains your input in that property.|
|Does not contain||This is exactly the opposite of "contains". The output results will have those that do NOT contain this.|
|Begins with||Filters for a specific string at the beginning.|
|Ends with||Search for objects with a specific string at the end of the property.|
|Is equal to||All actions mentioned so far are looking for an element within the property. This action looks for your exact input.|
|Is not equal to||This is the opposite of "is equal". It looks for anything that does not match your input.|
|Greater than||This action works only with numbers. As an example, you could be looking for objects that cost more than the value you have entered.|
|Lower than||This action works only with numbers. As an example, you could be looking for objects that cost less than the value you have entered.|
c) Select Operator
You can use operators to link the individual search parameters to a query.
|AND||Use AND to connect parameters. For example, ‘Look for all products with the name X from manufacturer Y’.|
|OR||You can use OR to connect several search parameters.|
You can say: ‘Search for all products named X from manufacturer Y, OR search for all items named X from manufacturer Z’.
ATTENTION: A search construction such as, “search for all objects with the name X from manufacturer Y OR from manufacturer Z” does not work.
In this case, you would get all the objects named X from the manufacturer Y plus all the items from manufacturer Z.
It is best to have a look at the search tool and play with it, seeing what you can do with it and how to retrieve information with it. You cannot do anything wrong and cannot destroy anything. Try to access certain object types on your own, then objects whose names have a commonality – for example, from one manufacturer, from several manufacturers. Search for objects that have something in common, but also where something may not occur.
Through this you can determine the search that works for you, and when you’ve created it, you can save it and use it whenever you like.
You can save and manage your searches
The search management
As you can save your searches, there must also be a way to manage them. We have solved this centrally. All saved searches, sorts, tabs, and links are managed in one place.
You reach the administration via the opened book, which you will find in the submenu of the object overview on the right side. Click on the “Details search” tab and you will be taken to your searches.
The functionality is the same as functionality elsewhere on the site.
Checkboxes marked by the checkbox will be displayed in the object overview. This makes sense if you do not want to make your selection list too long in the object overview, or when you want some of your searches to be available easily via a shortcut.
With the red waste bin, you can delete your searches.
If you want to change your searches, click on the crossed tool. You will return to the object overview with your open search. You can change the search as desired and save it with the same name.
Would you like to join the discussion? Feel free to contribute!