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Summary: A description of the various search methods available in CAST Imaging.

Current view search

The search option is limited to the current view.

The current view search option allows you to search an item in the Current view. It can be accessed by clicking the Search icon in the current view.

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A search dialog will then be displayed, enabling you to enter a search string - any items that match the search string and are present in the current view will be displayed. Selecting one of the items will move the focus of the view to that object.

All application search options

The "all application" Search option allows you to search across the entire Application:

  • for specific objects using search strings (Object search)
  • text added to the Document-It feature (Document search)
  • via the cypher query language (Cyper search) - users with the ADMIN role only

You can access the search feature as follows:

Custom scope - see User Guide - Custom scope

Search icon in task bar

Right click a node/object - search is limited to the selected node

This option only functions in Level 5:

Object search

Access via Search view menu or Search icon on task bar

The standard search popup will be displayed. To search for an object:

  • ensure you are working in the OBJECTS tab
  • enter the object name and/or filter on:
    • a specific object type 
    • a specific tag or tags - see User Guide - GUI for more information about Tags)

Search only for objects

Enter the string to search for - i.e. the string to match specific object names. You can choose more advanced search options if required:

Regex patternTick this to enable search via a regular expression.
Name/FullnameSelect as appropriate. The search string will be applied to the options you choose.
Search by positionSelect as appropriate to specify where in the string the match should occur. By default this is set to Start.
FiltersFilter on object types AND tags or switch to object types OR tags.
Select an object type(s)

Choose if you want to limit the search results to specific object types:

Search a tagIf tags have been added, you can select them to further limit the search results.
Between tagsFilter tags using an AND (match all tags) or OR (match any tag).

Search results are displayed in the "List of objects" window:

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Select a single object or multiple objects to display them in the view (or tick the List of objects option to add all objects to the view). Click Visualize to view the view:

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Links between any objects selected for visualization will also be shown:

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  • You can add additional objects/nodes to the Search view in successive searches without losing any existing nodes added to the view.
  • If you need to clear the view you can click the Clear icon located in the Investigate panel - see User Guide - GUI

  • Existing nodes that have been added to the Search view can be removed by deselecting the nodes which will already be selected when the search is re-opened (by clicking the Search icon on the toolbar) and then clicking Visualize.

Access via node/object right click

When using the search option via the node/object right click contextual menu whilst in Level 5, the search will be performed as a "selective expand" on the originally selected objects. Therefore, the search box is presented in a slightly different way:

Results are displayed and handled in the same way as using the Access via Search view menu or Search icon on task bar.

Document search

  • This feature is available in ≥ 2.0.0.
  • Currently documents added to nodes in Level views cannot be searched.

Document search allows you to search for text added using the Document-It feature:

  • ensure you are working in the DOCUMENT tab
  • Choose the search scope:
    • View document (a document added to a view)
    • Object document (a document added to a specific object or group of objects)
  • enter the search string and filter on a specific tag or tags - see User Guide - GUI for more information about Tags)

Results are displayed and handled in the same way as using the Access via Search view menu or Search icon on task bar.

Cypher search

Cypher search is a feature that allows you to directly query the Neo4j database using "cypher query" - a specific functional language. You can use the "Cypher" tab in the Search view to run your queries:

The Cypher search option is only enabled for users with the default SUPER ADMIN and ADMIN roles. If you would like to enable it for other users, either modify an existing role to enable the Cypher Search or create a new role specifically for that - see Admin Center - Roles panel:

You need to enable at a minimum the READ and CREATE permissions to perform a query. The Cypher language is powerful and enabling the UPDATE and DELETE permissions will allow users to perform cypher queries which can update or delete existing application data.

Dedicated Document-It document search

When more than six Document-It documents have been added to a view, it is possible to perform a search of all the documents within the view. Use the following icon to access the search facility:

A search box will then be displayed showing all the documents present on the view. Enter a search string to perform the search - searches are actioned on the title, description text and tags:

Clicking an item in the results list will display the corresponding document in the view.