Archive for February, 2010

Searchify: Calendar search

February 28th, 2010 15 comments

Searchify’s calendar search feature searches your calendar and brings back any events that match.

To use it, type the keyword cal followed by the words you want to search for.  If you don’t want to type “cal” every time, you can change or remove that keyword in Searchify Settings.

Calendar search brings back both past events and future events.  In Searchify Settings you can set how far back in the past and future you want it to look – the default for this is one year in the past and two years in the future.

You can also choose in the settings how many results should be brought back, and whether or not you want the location field to be searched as well as the event titles.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify 1.1.0

February 28th, 2010 No comments
  • Adds Calendar Search, with a keyword of “cal” (e.g. type “cal meeting” to search for meetings)
Categories: Changelog, Searchify

Searchify 1.0.3

February 21st, 2010 No comments

A few minor changes:

  • Corrected the IMDb search shortcut address, which had changed on the IMDb website
  • Added a fix for the issue where with limited internet connectivity sometimes Searchify would return no results.  This was because the Wikipedia module was failing to return results.  Now it will give up after 5 seconds so other results (e.g. calculator results) should still be returned.
  • Added kilometres to the unit convertor (no idea why it wasn’t there before!)
Categories: Changelog, Searchify

Searchify: Wikipedia search

February 10th, 2010 No comments

Searchify’s wikipedia feature searches wikipedia as you type and puts direct links to wiki pages in the search results.

If you want to use a different language wikipedia site, you can change the one Searchify searches in Searchify Settings.

You can also choose how many wikipedia search results are returned, and whether or not to use wikipedia mobile.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify: Keyword search

February 10th, 2010 2 comments

Searchify’s keyword search feature provides a handy shortcut for searching on other internet sites.  Several of these shortcuts come with Searchify, and you can add your own custom ones for any sites you want.

The built-in shortcuts are:

  • twt (to search Twitter)
  • dict (to search Google Dictionary)
  • meta (to search Metacritic)
  • imdb (to search IMDb)
  • slang (to search Urban Dictionary)

To add your own, go to Searchify Settings, bring up the menu, and select “Add new item”. You’ll have to enter the search URL you want the shortcut to link to, with “%s” where you want the search term to go.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify: Translator

February 10th, 2010 No comments

To use Searchify’s translator feature, type the keyword translate followed by a word or phrase in any language.

Translations are shown in a number of different languages.  You can choose which languages you want to be returned in Searchify Settings.

If the translation is too long to fit in the result box, tap the result to see the whole thing.

If you don’t want to have to type “translate” every time, you can change or remove that keyword in Searchify Settings.

You have to have an internet connection for the translation to work because it’s Powered by Google.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify: Calculator

February 10th, 2010 No comments

To use Searchify’s calculator feature, just type a sum into the search box and the answer will appear in the search results.  If you tap the search result, the answer to the sum is copied to Clipboard.

Some examples:

  • 15 + 12
  • 145 – 27
  • 3 x 5
  • 375 / 5
  • 4 + ( 3 x 5 )
  • cos(0.1)
  • 50 * sin(pi/2) + ln(7^2)
  • sqrt(36) * atan(0.5)

The full list of supported symbols is as follows:

OPERATORS: +, -, ×, ÷, ^

FUNCTIONS: sin, cos, tan, asin, acos, atan, log, ln, sqrt


For the trig functions sin, cos etc., Searchify by default uses radians, but you can change this to degrees in Searchify Settings.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify: Calendar entry

February 10th, 2010 2 comments

Searchify’s calendar entry feature lets you add new events to your phone’s calendar just by typing into the search box.

For each calendar on your phone that you can add events to you’ll see an item in the search results.  Just tap it to add the event.

Some examples of what you can enter:

  • today 3pm meeting
  • tomorrow 15:00 another meeting @ London Office
  • tue 1750-1900 drinks @ the bar
  • tuesday 9pm-3am party @ Sarah’s
  • fri-mon City Break @ Barcelona
  • 15/3 0900 interview
  • 15/03/2010 9am interview
  • 03/15/2010 9am interview (if your phone uses US date format)
  • 18/04/2010 3pm – 25/04/2010 7am long event

Events have to have a start date and a description, but the other bits are optional.  If you don’t give an end time, Searchify sets a duration by default (usually one hour, but you can change this in Searchify Settings).

If you want events created by Searchify to have reminders you can do this, just select the option in Searchify Settings.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify: Unit Convertor

February 10th, 2010 3 comments

To use Searchify’s unit convertor, simply type a quantity such as “10 pints” or “2 miles” into the search box.  Searchify will return a list of conversions for that quantity.

Searchify recognises different ways of writing units, so you can enter “10lb” or “10 pounds”.

Searchify will try to work out whether you’ll prefer UK or US units for things like pints.  If you want to change this, you can do so in Searchify Settings.

The units supported are:

MASS: kg, g, mg, lb, oz, stone, cwt, ton

LENGTH: km, m, cm, mm, in, ft, yards, furlongs, miles, leagues

AREA: m², ft², hectares, acres, football pitches

VOLUME: ml, l, fl. oz, pints, gallons, cups, tbsp


ENERGY: J, kJ, calories, kWh

PRESSURE: Pa, bar, atm, psi, Torr (mmHg), inHg, cmH2O

POWER: W, kW, MW, mW, horsepower, boiler horsepower (bhp), electric horsepower (ehp), cal/s, BTU/s

TORQUE: Nm, Ncm, kg-metre, pound-feet, pound-inch

If you’d like to see other units added, let me know.

Categories: Instructions, Searchify

Searchify is slow, how can I speed things up?

February 10th, 2010 No comments

Some older phones (e.g. the G1) can take some time to process Searchify searches.  Changing some of the options in Searchify Settings can speed things up though.

The best way to speed things up is to add keywords to searches, particularly Wikipedia Search.  For example, add a keyword of wiki to Wikipedia Search.  This will mean the app won’t send a query to wikipedia for every letter you type.  Adding a keyword to Calendar Entry might also help as that module does a lot of processing.

How do I add a keyword?

Go to Searchify Settings from the icon in the app launcher of your phone.  Tap and hold on the ‘Wikipedia’ entry.  Select ‘Set keyword’ from the context menu, and enter the keyword you want.

How do I use Wikipedia Search once I’ve set a keyword of ‘wiki’?

Just type ‘wiki’ before your search terms.  E.g. “wiki henry” to search wikipedia for “henry”.

Categories: FAQ, Searchify

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