More Search Features
Last week I started seeing search results on the screen and got excited and posted an update. I talked about how searching on the Mac was going to be different but I couldn't show you how different it would be until today. I probably should've delayed that status update until today but since I see things from inside the code, from my perspective it was all but done. I spent some time on this over the weekend and a couple more hours today, and the result is what you see here.
There are three key take-aways: First, it's going to be easier to find what you're looking for with PocketBible for Mac OS X than it has been with PocketBible on any of our other platforms. Searches that result in zero results in past versions of PocketBible will give you dozens of meaningful results.
Second, it's easier to enter a complex search specification because all the complexity is now inside the program instead of being in the search specification grammar. So instead of saying "john the baptist OR (john* AND the AND bapt*)", just type "john the baptist". You'll find the dozen or so verses in which "John the Baptist" occurs, but you'll also find verses where words that sound like "John" and "Baptist" and words with the same root as "John" and "Baptist" occur.
Finally, search results are "ranked" instead of just being in biblical order. Results that most closely match what you said you were looking for are at the top, and results that only sound like what you were looking for will be at the bottom.
I like this feature so I'm making this update public. If you aren't a "Kickstarter backer" of the project you can't see the earlier updates so hopefully this won't be too confusing.