Find files quickly using search.


The search feature allows you to quickly search the entire system for a keyword or set of keywords that apply to your assets. The search feature will look for assets by both their meta data and the physical file data as provided by the system and the asset meta data editing window.

The Search Box
The Search box located on the top of your left navigation bar allows you to use ImageDirector's search feature.  ImageDirector uses two modes of searching, Standard and Advanced.  By default all searches run in Standard mode are available immediately by typing in the letters, word, or words you wish to search for into the Search box text field followed by pressing the Enter key or clicking on the "go" link found to the right of the text field.
As mentioned the search feature will look for assets by both meta and physical data.  The following eight information criteria are searched for by ImageDirector.

The Search Box

Asset Search Criteria:

  • File Name
  • Short Name
  • Category
  • Keywords
  • Description
  • Notes
  • Customer ID
  • Image ID 


    The above information for each individual asset can be edited from within the Asset Data Editor (Edit Image Data icon) within ImageDirector. 

  • Using the Search Box
    Searching the system for keywords is very straight forward, simply type in the letters, word, or words that you expect would appear in either the File Name, Short Name, Category, Keywords, Description, Notes, Customer ID, or Image ID and the results will appear in the Asset Data Editor.
    For example, if you search for the word man, the results will display all images that have the word "people" in any of the prior mentioned data areas. The search results for the word "man" could result in the display of assets containing descriptors of: woman, manipulate, roman, man, etc.

    The Asset Browser: Example Search Results for onison

    To narrow your search, use more than one word. Search for the words "man" and "boat" by typing man boat into the search field (commas, &'s, and other separators are not necessary). The result will be images that contain both strings. Possible results would be assets containing descriptors of: Man in boat shoes, woman on sailboat.
    Remember, the search feature finds "exactly" what you type. If you type man: the search will display man: or human: not man or human.
    Advanced Search
    The Advanced search function allows you to provide further clarity on your search criteria.  Although you will still search the data provided in the eight criteria discussed in the Standard search options, you will be able to narrow your search down by adding control to the method of search, the image orientation, and the file type.  You may also take advantage of the Quick Edit icon to select search terms from a previous Advanced search session.
    The Advance Search Window
    Search Methods
    There are three search methods available to the user within the Advanced Search mode.  
    The first option (AND) informs the system that it should include only results that include all the words in the search criteria.  For example when searching man boat, woman on the water would not show up in the results but woman on a boat would show up in the results. 
    The second option (OR) informs the system that it should include results that include any of the words in the search criteria.  For example when searching for man boat, woman on the water and woman on a boat would both show up in the results because each of the assets contained either man or boat.
    The final option is to set the search to "An exact phrase match".  This option informs the system that it should only include results that match the exact characters and spacing of the provided search letters, word, or words.  For example when searching for man boat the results would contain neither woman on the water nor woman on a boat since neither refer to a man boat.  On the other hand an image by the name of man boat2 would show up in the results because it exactly matched the provided search information.
    Select Orientation
    There are three options for searching by the orientation of an image.  You may select from Portrait, Landscape, or Any.  By default "Any" is selected to allow for all orientations to be returned in the results.
    Select File Type
    You may select the file types you wish to search for with this option.  All checked options will refine the search to those file types.  Leaving all the file types empty will allow for a generic search that ignores file type.
    Quick Edit
    The Quick Edit icon allows you to use, save, and delete from a list of search criteria privided by you the user.  This can come in handy when you wish to remember the exact search command you typed in to pull up certain results.  It is also handy when users are sharing accounts because it allows them to direct results to one another. 
    The Quick Edit menu
    To use the Quick Edit feature hover over the Quick Edit icon.  A new menu will appear on the screen with a list of words in the top area and "Add New" and "Remove" options on the bottom area of the menu.  To reuse a former search criteria simply click on the word or words you wish to add to your search criteria and they will be added to the search box in the Advanced Search window.  Typing in a search word or words into the "Add New" option and hitting save will save the word to the list in the Quick Edit menu.  Typing in a search word or words from the list in the Quick Edit menu into the Remove option box and hitting the corresponding save button will remove the search term(s) from the list in the Quick Edit menu.


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