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Use wildcards to build iPhoto smart albums Apps
This is an interesting little iPhoto feature I just found. When making a smart album, ? and * are wildcards. A ? will match "any single character," so that K??e will match "Kate" and "Kyle." A * will match "any number of characters," including none, so K*e will match "Kate" and "Kill me" and "Ke."

I couldn't, however, discover how to search for the actual ? and * characters. Backslashes -- the usual escape character -- don't seem to work; K?ate is treated the same as Kate, but K\ate will find only "Kate." Adding an 'escape' character (Control-Q, Esc) also failed.
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Use wildcards to build iPhoto smart albums
Authored by: fracai on Aug 16, '04 11:30:59AM

I've heard (haven't tried) that enclosing wildcards in square brackets will match the actual character.

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Use wildcards to build iPhoto smart albums
Authored by: TALlama on Aug 16, '04 11:45:42AM
(I'm the one who submitted the hint) Yes, you can also use brackets to match any one of a selection of characters, so that Son[jiy]a will match "Sonja", "Sonia", and "Sonya". If you only put one character in the brackets, then it will only match that character, so using [?] will match an actual question-mark character, and * will match an actual asterisk.

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Ahh, Regexps
Authored by: mal0rd on Aug 16, '04 11:59:25PM

This is a nice feature. I wish Apple would take it further and just make OS X support regular expressions whenever logical, like in Find/Replace dialoges and Smart Albums/Playlists.



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Use wildcards to build iPhoto smart albums
Authored by: Erik Toh on Aug 17, '04 04:06:24AM

The way to get around this is to put brackets around the literal i.e. [*], [?] to match the asterisk or the question mark. HTH.



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Use wildcards to build iPhoto smart albums
Authored by: david-bo on Aug 19, '04 02:25:31PM

Does not work in iTunes:-(

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Use wildcards to build iPhoto smart albums
Authored by: fontgoddess on Oct 11, '04 07:20:55PM

how do you put the checkmark (in the key word display) into the smart album parameters?



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