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How to explain best what you can do with search in PC Lifeblog? Maybe the best advice is: Just use and see! πŸ™‚

Seriously, there are plenty of things that you can do with that small search box that Lifeblog offers.

Search for text contents

It’s probably obvious that you can search for the contents of all items that contain text (text messages, multimedia messages, text notes):

  • if you want to find all messages and text notes that contain the terms “football” and “worldcup”: just enter “worldcup football” (again, the order of terms does not matter)

Search for manual tags and descriptions

Of course, also all the manual effort that you spent on describing and tagging your items can be used during search:

  • if you want to find all images that you tagged with “football” and “worldcup”, use the same search string again
  • if you want to find all videos that have “football” and “worldcup” in their description field, you already know what to do. πŸ˜‰

Search for automatic tags and descriptions

When creating items, such as images, on the mobile, Lifeblog enhances them with metadata. This metadata includes the name of the country that you are currently in, the information from calendar entries that apply to the current time, any sender/recipient information in case of messages and, of course, the timestamp. Hence, what you now can do is:

  • if you want to find all the mobile images that you took in Germany, just enter “Germany” – even if you did not spend any manual effort on tagging
  • if you search for “birthday stephen”, you will get all items that you created or received on your mobile at the time for which the calendar entry for Stephen’s birthday was valid
  • if you want to find all the messages that you exchanged with somebody from Nokia, just enter “Nokia” in the search field
  • if you want to find all your pictures from Chistmas Eve (independant of the year), just enter “December 24”. If you are only interested in pictures from Christmas Eve 2005, then you enter “December 24 2005”. Quite handy isn’t it?
  • if you want to find all weekend items, you should search for “Saturday Sunday”.
  • if you are interested in the pictures that you took in August over the years, you can enter “pictures august”
  • etc. πŸ™‚

You are a routine guy and want to view how a certain area has changed over time:

  • Right-click on an images that you took with your mobile and select “Show objects from same network area”. It feels a bit like magic. πŸ™‚

Written by lifeb

September 17, 2006 at 10:47 am

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