Jump to any item: item finder

With Dynalist’s file finder, you can already jump to documents and bookmarks pretty painlessly.

Wanna see something cooler? Here’s our latest Pro feature: now you can jump to any item!

It’s exactly like how the file finder works. You search for the item, navigate the results if necessary, and press Enter. Voilà! You’re there.

The shortcut to invoke item finder is Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+O, which you can customize.

Note: This is a Dynalist Pro feature.

P.S. Since there are way more items than documents and bookmarks, you might run into some funky search results. If that happens, please let us know on the forum so we can tweak the search algorithm. Thanks in advance!

  • Francisco

    Oh! That’s really great, thanks a lot!!

  • Wonderful. It’s so quick!

    • Glad that you’re liking it 🙂

  • yehosef

    Just a note about the last result in the image – what I assume you’re calling “funky results”. It’s not funky, it’s just wrong. You have to have some basic heuristics about what’s called a match and having all the letters, even in the right order is not helpful.

    I develop search and Information retrieval projects and you have to do it right, or it’s really bad. You basically always have to ask yourself, “what does the person want” and try your best to give them that. It’s a hard problem.

    In the case you give, the person typed “atomic weights” – good matches for atomic might be “subatomic” or “atomics” or “atom”, but it’s not going to be “at home I can..” (has “at om i c”). That’s clearly not what they want. It gets a little messier when you have combined words in the search or documents – but even if you’re trying to solve that, it should be relevant – “Homesick” might match “stayed home. Sick as a dog” but shouldn’t match “home, he was very sick”. But if the search was “home sick”, the last text could be a valid match.

    So, it’s hard – but please don’t do sequenced character search – it’s worse than pointless. Once people do search and see garbage results, they think the search is broken and don’t trust it.. and then might stop using it. So you would have been better off leaving the search “dumb” and people realize it’s “dumb” but not broken.

    • yehosef

      eg, I just tried it – I typed in the word “traffic” and I had lots of results, then added something “traffic w” and there were no “good” results so it showed me the bad results (scattered characters) – which is not good. Would have been better to say “no results” than what I got.

    • Hi, thanks for taking the time to write all these! Totally makes sense.

      We’ll work on eliminating results that are not really “matches”, as you mentioned 🙂

      > Just a note about the last result in the image – what I assume you’re calling “funky results”

      By “funky results”, I meant having those funky matches showing up before the real matches, which is worse than what we have now. Obviously I won’t use such a screenshot if we see it as funky 🙂

    • Already fixed some, on our way to fix more results!

      • yehosef

        Looking forward – the results I’m looking at are still very broken (OSX desktop 1.0.54)

        A few other pointers –
        Don’t start searching on a single letter, unless you want to search when that letter is in a word context (eg, “X” might match “iphone x” or “x-ray” but shouldn’t match “text”) Typing “e” and matching “the” is useless.

        Matches ideally should not match the middle of words unless you have some reason to think it’s a word break – eg “esse” (if I’m starting to type “essential”) shouldn’t match “processes”. This could be punctuation “-” or a capitalization change eg “MyEssentials”.

        Your team should review “precision” and “recall” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precision_and_recall). Precision is the measure of good results to bad results and Recall is the number of good results returned vs the good results not returned.

        You are sacrificing Precision for Recall – you want to get back every document that might be valid, at the risk of too many irrelevant documents.

        I assume this is to help in certain spelling mistakes. Typing “geting” will match “getting”. The problem is that it only works with omissions, if you have additions or switched letters, it falls flat (try accross or feild)

        As I said before, it’s a hard problem – but the solution you have now is worse than not having it. For now you should just take this out and make it dumb (exact). There are a few other approaches you could try that are relatively simple but much more accurate – I don’t have time to write it up here – you can contact me if you want.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f5c109ea8cc26b119e81aa39c7411d2e0937bdc0182a41bff10eda8503c0868a.png

  • Oh man, I’ve been waiting for this feature for so long, but now it’s only for pro users. Damn! X)

    • We figured that if it’s in the free plan, that would make bookmark limitation pretty useless, since you can just go to any item.

      Also the free plan is a little too generous at the moment, to the point the people frequently complain to us that we’re never going to make money (ha), so we’re trying to adjust that.

  • webwesen

    not yet delivered to the macOS app? thanks

    • It’s delivered, please restart the app to auto-update.

      Or you can look at main menu (menu icon at the top right corner) – About to see if you’re on the latest version.

  • dvcolgan

    This is truly an amazing update. You guys rock! Dynalist is the best. I’m super happy to pay for my pro subscription for the value you provide me.

    • We’re happy that you like it 🙂

  • sbar

    Tremendous feature. Super productivity gains with the jump to doc feature!