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You Found Us How?

Sometimes strange, sometimes wonderful, always interesting keywords that people use to find Cutcaster.com!

Search Term of the Moment:  “Native American” and “Person”

Beautiful girl

And today’s purely puzzing search term, with rather delightful results:  You

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Search like a Pro for outstanding imagery at Cutcaster

Cutcaster’s improved search feature, which uses contextual filtering, lets you easily refine your searches to find images that meet very specific parameters. You get the image you need quickly, with the assurance that you’ve seen all the images that fit your parameters.

1. Type a keyword or phrase in the search field, and click Search. Our search engine parses language for context, so be as specific as you can.

Keywords can include of what you are looking for, such as flower or tree, concepts like growth, or emotions like excitement.

For example, if you search for ‘yellow flower,” results include all images with both of those keywords.

2. Filter your search to narrow your results:

  • Roll over your search terms, which appear at the top of your results, to choose a more specific contextual filter. In this example, you can clarify the context of “flower.”
Image Search

Choose your word meaning

  • Make selections using the filters that appear in the column to the left of your search results. You can filter for image orientation, file type, size, and so on.

3. Experiment with adding and removing keywords to specify your results quickly.

Type keywords in the fields to the left of your search results. In the “yellow flower” example, if you want a woman to appear in your photo, type “woman” in the Add Keywords field. If you don’t want that woman to be a bride, type “bride” in the Remove Keywords field. Click Apply to see the filtered results, which will include just images with the keywords “yellow,” “flower” and “woman” and NOT the keyword “bride.”

Filter your search result

4. Broaden your results if necessary.

At any point, if you’ve narrowed your results too much, you can broaden them by removing filters.

Each filter or keyword you specify appears at the top of your search results. Click the “x” next to any filter to expand your search results.

Broaden your search results

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Search Engine Tweaks

Happy Belated Halloween. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.

We had a busy weekend at Cutcaster. First, we spent a good amount of programming time last week and this weekend making a necessary updates to our search engine and how Solr, which is used to aid search on our site, was interacting with and re-indexing our photo database. One problem that we noticed was that all files that were accepted and on the live site were not showing up in search results when they should have. This problem was corrected and all files now show up during search when they should be returned. Another issue was search slowness which we are constantly working on and is still a work in progress. We also tweaked with some of the search weightings and pricing on the site. Let us know if any of your files are not showing up on the site when you do a keyword search.

UPDATE-

We have completed the wire-frames for the new site redesign and are about 60% of the way complete with the new code for the backend and new functionality. Exciting stuff. I will post some of the new wireframes that will show you the new look but won’t give away a few of the cool new features we have in store. We are hoping to release the new site by end of December or early January so be on the lookout.

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Adding Solr to our Search Platform

Get ready for a lightning quick site.

Cutcaster is getting a much needed upgrade to our search platform, database and virtual servers.  Over the next two weeks, we will be testing out Solr which we will be adding to our database  in order to speed up the Cutcaster site in general. If you don’t know Solr, you can read more about it at lucene.apache.org/solr/

From the Solr website,

“Solr is the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, dynamic clustering, database integration, and rich document (e.g., Word, PDF) handling. Solr is highly scalable, providing distributed search and index replication, and it powers the search and navigation features of many of the world’s largest internet sites.”

Favor to ask of our community.

We will be doing some bug testing over the next week and would love anyone in our Cutcaster community who could help us beta test some of the new functionality and search.  If you are interested please email webmaster@cutcaster.com and let us know that you want to participate. As a thank you we will add 15 credits to your account.

We will be updating the blog if there will be any downtime and when it is released to the live site. This is a much needed improvement to the site and will have a great impact on our future growth and success. The way we had the site structured before was fine for the early stage of growth we were in but now with more files being uploaded to the site and more people visiting each day, we needed something to improve the overall user experience by speeding things up.

Can’t wait to share the upgrades.

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