Support Article: Known Limitations in Reveal
The following known limitations are present in the latest version of Reveal. See something you'd like addressed? Please contact support.
- The file:, title:, and when: selectors cannot be joined with AND and OR operators; they are implicitly joined as AND operators.
- Using multiple selectors of the same type is not currently supported (e.g., file:Newco file:Oldco in the same query).
- The when: selector can only be used with other search terms or other selectors.
- Negative search (a minus sign in front of the term, e.g., –term) is only supported when used with a positive term to search for (so term1 –term2). Searching for –term by itself will show only positive matches for term.
- Variations of AND and OR are supported for search terms in addition to negative searches. E.g.:
- Peter AND rabbit OR bird
- Mitch AND newco AND –oldco
- Reveal does not currently index nor show slide notes.
- Reveal indexes slide decks that live in your home directory; external drives or other folders outside of the normal home directory are not scanned or configurable in this release.
- Reveal supports Keynote files from Keynote version 6.0 and later, including presentations created on iPads and synced with iCloud. Previously-created slide decks can be upgraded to version 6.0.
- Slide Previews for PowerPoint on the Mac
- Slide previews are approximations to help give you an idea of what the slide looks like.
- Images, tables, backgrounds and colors are well-represented in our test data set.
- Charts, “smart art” and other generated graphics may not render accurately.
- Fonts may default to Times New Roman if they were embedded in the original deck.
- Slide preview storage
- Slide previews may consume several gigabytes of free space, depending on number of slides. A modest slide library of 10,000 slides may use about 3 GB of storage.
- The first scan and indexing run may take half an hour on a modest slide library of 10,000 slides and a medium speed MacBook laptop (about 400 slides per minute). I suggest letting your computer run the first scan while it is connected to a power outlet.
- Keynote support
- Reveal supports Keynote 6.x and later decks, created on Mac or iOS. Older decks (before June 2013) use a different Keynote file format that Reveal does not support. To user with older decks, you can open and upgrade the file format with a new version of Keynote.
- Hidden slides in Keynote decks can make Reveal open to the "wrong" slide in Keynote. Unfortunately, this seems to be a bug in Keynote and likely complicated to work around.