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Now that your objects library is so large and comprehensive, I think there needs to be a better filtering/searching system to find what we require. My main issue is usually with plants, but also things like tiles - I end up just picking any old thing when I see I'm only on page 5 of 12 etc. I appreciate that refining the search function will probably require a lot of work, but this is the "wish list" after all [biggrin]
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Thanks for your comment, much appreciated!

How you'd like this to work? Would you prefer searching with keywords directly, or sorting a category with let say a color, or type.

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Thanks for your comment, much appreciated!

How you'd like this to work? Would you prefer searching with keywords directly, or sorting a category with let say a color, or type.


It's tricky to come up with filtering categories that apply to all of the categories and without getting too specialised, but colours (all relevant colours within item as there may be more than one) and size (dimensioned size when downloaded) would be a great start. Also, some plants are listed by name and some are listed with a generic number which makes it tricky to find exactly the right one if it isn't named.

When I've more time I'll give it more thought, but Podium is great and I'm not complaining ... just refining ;-)
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No, we are glad to have feedback! We know there's a lot of content now, and the more we have to more problematic finding what you want is. Knowing how user are browser/searching, is very useful!
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Maybe the possibility of adding #tags for each item, for example the same word applies for 2 different components, there's a family of components of hanging plants (from a planter) to get to that page it's not so easy, maybe that component has a tag #hanging #plant #vegetation #planter, it's an extensive library so maybe it need's a more robust searching method.

 

The next time I found a better example I will put it here


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We do actually have search keywords. Its tricky to know what words to use and how many
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I have a recent example (about 10 min ago) if you search for "bicycle rack" you don't find anything, if you search "rack" you will find dish rack, towel rack, etc, it's cool, but you need to search or look in exterior public / cycle stands, so yeah "stands" is the right word I know, (that means I need to know more vocabulary in english, that's 100% true) but maybe the feature that users might add new tags for better finding things might help.

 

just giving my humble user experience (I love the browser!)


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That illustrates the difficulties perfectly! And also terms we use in British English are often different to those in American English!

For example we also call them cycle racks not stands (best search term is obviously cycle) but for things like WC cubicles, in the US they are often called stalls. I have a similar problem in Archicad with their library [smile]

When we started the Browser, it was principally stuff built by me and added to a simple web interface for using with Podium. Then as it became more popular, we recruited more modellers, so we had to have a quality control document. Keywords came along rather later, and I don't think it's being unfair to say that if we started with the idea of having keywords, they would probably be implemented rather more comprehensively. 

A useful feature would be for customers to add their own keyword tags, but that's actually quite complicated in terms of code, interface and methodology. For example you wouldn't want anyone to to be able to edit, and you would want a blacklist of forbidden words. Multiply this by several languages and you have a headache and a big cost.

Even with Google, there is almost an art to using the correct search terms. My wife for example will type why is my husband so annoying, where as I would probably type annoying partner.

Yes, it's a real example...

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Thanks for explaining! totally understand
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