Monday, 27 April 2015

New Result Options in the FT Search Manager

For many years now, the FT Search Manager has been presenting search results in table format, like a Notes View;

This is useful because it allows additional functionality like re-sorting results by column, then 'Jumping To' results starting with a specific string;

It also allows re-searching by Facet, as show here with a Date facet;

However some users rightly complained that they found the spacing on large screens difficult to navigate, and when we looked at common web search engines, they had a point. Those search engines all truncate result widths at 100 characters or less.

Therefore we've allowed users to (optionally) select a different result format. Like all the other options, Administrators can default it to their preference then prevent it being changed, or let users decide.

This then displays results truncated in a 'list' format, with the UI being customisable as usual;

Re-sorting results by column and facet-based searching is no longer possible, but you can still perform other functions, like selecting & processing results (and you can define your own processing options also);

For more information, demos & downloads, please visit the FT Search Manager page. 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Removing the clutter: De-duplicating Mail Search results

In general, mail files contain a lot of duplicated data, due to the 'Reply With History' function. 

So if you search for a phrase in the first email of a thread, you'll probably receive results from ALL the other emails in the thread as well, which clogs up the result set and makes it harder to find your target.

The IONET FT Search Manager now optionally allows users to de-duplicate mail results, displaying only the latest entry in the thread, containing all information from the rest of the thread.

This makes it much easier to find target data, as you don't have to wade through a lot of very similar, repeated results. Of course you can still search normally if you're looking for a specific email.

Without De-Duplication

With De-Duplication

You can also use our 'Navigate to Query' option to automatically move to the first instance of the search term used, which speeds up the target identification process.

And seeing as email is person-person communication, specifying a name in the query (or a domain name) increases search accuracy significantly.

Try it out free of charge and with no obligation, and we think you'll be surprised at the results.

The IONET FT Search Manager - Targeted Notes searching