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The new web search in SecondLife 
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Today's release (v1.26.0.4) implements the new web search (along the old ones), announced only two days ago by LL for their new beta viewer !

Better, even: the Cool VL Viewer is the only viewer around to offer you the three currently available search engines: the old, non-web search (still giving the best results in the most compact and handy way for simple searches (one word or exact matches searches)), the current web-based search and the new (beta) web-based search !

As for the new search, it can be found in the Search floater, "All (web)" tab: simply check the "Use New Search" option to fire it (and uncheck to return to the current web search).

The new web search is however still in beta and got a few known bugs and shortcomings:
  • To be able to access Mature and Adult ratings, you must have changed your preferred maturity rating at least once from "PG only" to "PG and Mature" or "PG, Mature and Adult" (this is a bug in the current version of the new search engine server). If you never did, close (with the "X" button in its upper right corner) the search floater, then open the Preferences floater and in the General tab choose "PG only", press the Apply button, then choose again your rating ("PG and Mature" or "PG, Mature and Adult") and Apply again. It may take a few minutes for the update to be propagated to the search engine, after which you will be eligible to unrestricted searches.
  • Due to a bug in the new search engine, the maturity check boxes in the search floater do not have any effect (e.g. you will be presented with all PG and Mature+ results, even if you checked only the PG setting for your search).
  • Due to a shortcoming of the current implementation, even if the bug preventing the server to take into account the requested maturity for a given search was fixed, you won't be able to display only Mature, or only Adult results (all results which maturity is lower than the highest selected rating would be presented to you).

Linden Lab has been made aware of the above bugs/shortcomings.

Enjoy, and stay on the cutting edge with the Cool VL Viewer ! ;)

2011-05-27 13:01:48
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