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[Pipe dreams / feature request] Text search of attached images/files #432

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quartertone opened this Issue Jan 21, 2019 · 3 comments

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quartertone commented Jan 21, 2019

So this is something I'm sure will be low on the list of priorities at this point, but it would be so great to have.
I would love to see some sort of extension or, more likely, an enhanced version of FileSafe that can parse appropriate attached files (PDF, documents, spreadsheet, slides, images) for recognizable text to be indexed for search. Optical character recognition (OCR) of images for text would be amazing as well.
An alternate option would be to parse/search the attached file and import the discovered text into the note for search.

But I dream.

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mobitar commented Jan 22, 2019

This would be extremely difficult. FileSafe files are all encrypted. Any kind of in-file search would also need to be done on the client side to avoid sending sensitive contents to a remote server. So, to search, we'd have to decrypt all files, then do OCR client side. Client-side OCR is very, very poor compared to server-side. The tech just isn't there yet..

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opie4624 commented Feb 3, 2019

I was just thinking about this, too. Is there a way to denote text that's normally hidden in a note? You could import the ocr'd content into that space, which would allow you to search the notes, then pull down the attached file if it had what you wanted.

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mobitar commented Feb 4, 2019

You're saying you want to have a hidden segment of text inside of a note just for the sake of it being searchable? This isn't possible. Interesting thought though.

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