ie. which characters are invisible to MM5 search?
or when are blanks required in the search term?
These things can be deduced if you have enough time and patience, but initially they are confusing.
"frank z" finds Frank Zappa albums ... so does "frankz" ... but then "Frankro" does not return "Roxy & Elsewhere" by Frank Zappa
"pj" finds albums by P.J. Harvey, and "drj" finds albums by "Dr. John", but dj doesn't find Dr. John
"gris-" finds the album Gris-Gris by Dr. John, but it also finds all albums by David Grisman
"cc" finds "CC Rider" but not albums by "10cc"
"them" returns 2288 tracks (?!), including tracks like "Burning the midnight lamp" and "When the Music's over", which makes it harder to find Van Morrison's old band named 'Them"
it can be hard to predict how it will work ... say I am looking for the track "Jazz Police" by Leonard Cohen ... I can remember that it is "jazz ... ?something" ... so I type jazz and I get 8768 tracks due to my tracks with Jazz genre tags ... so i type "jazzc" and I get 28 tracks, but none by Leonard cohen "jazzl" is no good either ... "jazz coh" is better ... that does find my Cohen tracks, but also all of my jazz tracks by Al Cohn"
I wonder whether some of these smarts are worth having ... often I spend more time wondering why it returned all those tracks, than I would have spent finding the track via a less smart lookup function (ie. a lookup function as implemented in most other browser tools) ... the optional blanks is one example of something that creates more confusion than help IMO
"sit dead" returns "Sittin' On Top Of The World" by the Grateful Dead, but it also returns their track named "That's it for the Other One" ... is that helpful? maybe not.
Or I sit there wondering why something didn't work.
ie "zipad" finds "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", but "zipadd" does not find the track ... why?
or. "frankzappar" finds the album "Roxy & Elsewhere" by Frank Zappa, but not the album "Return of The Son of Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar" also by Frank Zappa ... why?
Maybe a tool that is only semi-smart but is predictable, is better than a tool that sometime surprises by being better than you assumed, but also often confuses because the rules are complex, and are undocumented?
Also, I see this response in mantis to one of my related posts about MM5 filter facility.
The "current implementation" is not that intuitive IMO5) Re. user feedback:
a) it would good if the entry field had a little "x" hotspot, so I could clear the search field.
I think the current implementation is cleaner and works just as well (double-click to select text and then type new search entry)
1. a double click selects just the last word of a search string ... "Dr. John" ... a double click only selects "John" ... so If i want to search for Rolling Stones, the double click method gives me "Dr. Rolling"
2. most skins I have tried do not show the double click selection adequately ... ie. enter "dr. j" .. double click ... can you see that just the "j" is selected? I cannot. (tested with both material Design skins ... I also looked at Black Monkey skin ... that's better, but confusing, ie. the "j" is highlite, but the "dr." has a red underscore (?)
btw: dump id 76386157 when changing skins so I can check what I am saying here. ... is one of the nasty dumps where MM5 disappears from the task bar, and hides the screen's desktop (it all does black ... wallpaper, icons, everything ... which is confusing) .. have to open the Task manager, and find & terminate the (invisible) MediaMonkey task