One feature I’ve always missed in Studio is being able to filter by a source and target string at the same time. A fairly recent arrival on the SDL AppStore is Integrated Search Views, a plugin that lets you do just that, and more.
Almost two years ago I wrote a blog post comparing Studio and memoQ. I’ve updated it a couple of times since then to reflect the latest changes and features, but memoQ has always won hands down on its filtering options, with sorting, cascading and, more recently – following in Studio’s footsteps – regex strings to make it really comprehensive. Studio has just caught up. (* See comment at end of post)
It’s hard to keep up with all the apps that are published on the SDL OpenExchange. In fact, there are so many, I’d like to be able to keep track of them somehow – maybe under “Latest News” in the Studio Welcome view. One app that I happened to spot a few months ago is called Integrated Search Views, and bearing in mind that it has been downloaded just 89 times, this may well be the first time you’ve heard of it, which is why I’m writing this post today.
Search for a selected word
At its most basic, with Integrated Search Views you can select a word in a source segment in the Editor view, click Alt-F10 and see all instances of that word in a filtered view. With the dedicated window in view you can then search by source and/or target segment string. Double click any segment to jump to the same segment in the Editor.
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Search for two words in the same source and/or target segment
You can also search for instances of two different words in the same segment, to see how they collocate:
Or search for one word, and not the other:
If you don’t have a termbase, or don’t know how to set up forbidden terms, the “and not” operator is useful to check whether specific or forbidden terms have been used:
(Did you know it’s also easy to carry out these QA checks in Project settings under Verification>QA Checker 3.0>Word List or simply enter the terms in Regular Expressions, immediately below Word List?)
At last, you can search for segments that contain tags, or even a specific type of tag:
Under options, you can match by case, regular expression or whole word.
The “Filter” button lets you select the segment status, locked or unlocked segments, 100% or fuzzy matches, as well as date options. The “Context Type” box is a mystery because it seems to refer to document structure data, but I haven’t managed to get it to work. (Please let me know in a comment below if you have more success with it.)
Search across multiple files and projects
The app also works at a file and project level. In the Files or Projects view, click “Search in project” on the Add-ins or View tab. This calls up the search window. Then, perform a search across multiple files/projects to quickly find an instance of a word when you don’t know which file it’s in:
All in all, this is a great addition to Studio’s box of tricks.