Quick Searcher allows you to quickly locate design, photo, document, music file or video file on your hard disk.
It works in the following way: User specifies max. 6 folders which contain design files, or photo files, etc. Each of these folders might be either closed - meaning that you do not save new files to that folder (and its sub-folders), or open - if you still save files there. Then Quick Searcher creates databases which contain the path location of files stored in specified folder and its sub-folders. Additional information is inserted into database, such as design size, number of colors and stitches in case of design file, or date when picture was taken in case of images, etc. When searching for some file, Quick Searcher compares searching criteria against data stored in the databases and it quickly shows results.
Note: Registration of Iconizer plug-in is required, otherwise Quick Searcher works only in demo mode with embroidery designs.
1 - Launch Embird Quick Searcher by double-clicking its icon on Desktop (Picture No. 1)
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2 - The Quick Searcher window will appear on the screen (Picture No.2).
3 - Choose folders which contain designs (arrow 1). You can type in the folder name, or click Browse button to choose folder from the list (arrow 2). If you do not save new files to that folder anymore, switch ON the option Closed (arrow 3).
4 - Optionally, you can specify also application which will open files when you click Open button (arrow 4 and 5). If not specified, or if In use option is OFF (arrow 6), then the file will be open by default application associated for its extension.
5 - Optionally, you can specify a folder into which files will be copied when you click Copy button (arrow 7 and 8). The Keep folder option (arrow 9) then specifies whether the file will be copied with relative path including sub-folder, or directly into specified folder.
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6 - Specify search criteria and click Find button (arrow 2). In this example, the name of file should contain "squ" string (arrow 1). Other search criteria are available - file extension, design size, stitch count, thread changes count, color count, or specific design color with allowed tolerance for difference in RGB components. You can also specify fields used by Windows for File Summary Information - see tutorial File Summary Info.
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7 - The search results are displayed in the box at the bottom of window - 16 results in the example (Picture No. 4). Click Open button (or double-click file path in the list) to open selected file in specified application (arrow 1). Click button with arrow 2 if you want to launch Microsoft® Windows® Explorer application and show the folder of selected file. Click button with arrow 3 to copy selected files to Send To folder.
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8 - Another search criteria was specified - the stitch count should be in interval 4000 to 7000 (Picture No. 5).
9 - When search process is completed, the result box now contains only 3 items (Picture No. 5).
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10 - Change tab from Designs to Images (Picture No. 6).
11 - Specify folders with your digital photos (jpg, tiff, bmp, etc.). Either type in the path or use Browse button to select from a list. If you do not add new photos into the chosen folder, switch ON the Closed option.
12 - The JPG image files contain various information about photo - e.g. date and time when the picture was taken, or description of equipment which was used. The Quick Searcher allows you to specify some of these criteria and search for photos. In this example, the photo being searched should be taken between January 1, 2006 and January 31, 2006 (arrow 1 in Picture No. 6). Click Find button to start searching.
13 - Once the process is finished, click Open button to launch selected file into default application for displaying images (arrow 2).
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14 - Change tab from Images to Music (Picture No. 7).
15 - Specify folders with your music files (mp3, wma.). Either type in the path or use Browse button to select from a list. If you do not add new music files into the chosen folder, switch ON the Closed option.
16 - Type in the word which is contained in the file name of music file - e.g. Mozart and click Find button (Picture No. 7).
17 - Once the search process is completed, you will see the list of files which fulfill search criteria in Results box. Click Open button to launch the play list of selected files into application specified in Open In box (arrow 4 and 9).
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18 - In this example, the WinAmp Media Player ® application is launched and it starts to play music (Picture No. 8).
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19 - The window of Quick Searcher application was minimized to tray (Picture No. 9). Click its icon there if you wan to start a new search.
Note: The menu Options contains settings, which allow to switch OFF the minimization to tray. Other settings in Options menu allow to shorten the time of database building - it is possible to switch OFF the storing of File Summary Info or file contents (for designs and images) into database. The Database menu contains command which allow to build all databases (Designs, Images, Music, Video, Books) and shut down PC when done.
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