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New on the Site: Fast Newsletter Search Tool
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, July 8, 2004 - 14:02 EDT)

Tap into the wealth of knowledge, fun and history archived in over 125 issues of our own Digital Photography Newsletter with a new, fast, powerful search tool that shows results in context!

We've been busy testing a new way to search the newsletter archives and we now you can enjoy it, too.

Until now you could search the site by visiting:

The Archive, where the top three subjects in each issue are listed or

The Index, where every headline is listed or

The Keyword Search, where you could search the full text of the newsletters for a keyword like "Nikon Coolpix."

Now (drum roll), you can search the full text of over 125 newsletters using a regular expression (or not) from the Index. Don't worry about capitalizing anything, either -- the search is case insensitive. The new regexp search is nearly instantaneous, too, so if you're tired of waiting for the keyword search, this is for you.

If your search term is found, the new tool will display not only a link to the newsletter in which it appears, but (ta da) a listing showing the found text in context, so you can see if it's worth retrieving.

Regular expressions are fun to write. They can be as simple as looking for either a Coolpix 900 or 950 (eg: "Coolpix (900|950)") or looking for more complicated things, like all references to Minolta scanners (eg: "Minolta.+?scanner"). Simple searches ("Epson Stylus") work just fine, too.

To learn more about regular expression syntax, visit Regular Expressions Info/ or Starmerj's Perl RegExp Crib Sheet.

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