Search FOR slides by searching WITH slides: Drag-and-drop a file or folder to search for related content

Generally, search interfaces are all the same.  You have a text box and you type in stuff.  The “stuff” gets matched to records in a database, the records get scored, and you get back some answers, typically in a list.

With Reveal 1.2.2, you can “Search Different.”  You can drag a PowerPoint file into Reveal and search by that entire file.  The results you get back are variations of slides within that file—the entire file is used as input to the search engine.

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You can also drag an entire folder into Reveal.  When you do this, Reveal will show you all the slides contained within that folder, letting you instantly see the actual slide contents of the folder, not just a list of files.

Speaking of lists, that’s the other thing that’s different about Reveal.  When you do a search, you get a visual result of your slide results, organized by how they are related—slides are grouped into stacks when they are very similar, and stacks are organized by how visually similar they are.  That’s a lot more exciting than a list, and it means you can find the exact slides you need faster than ever before.

Reveal is in public beta and is free to try today.