[feature request] advanced search when populating entity fields

Hi all

I’d like to request a more complex form for creating new entities. It’s very difficult for us to fill in entity fields as the autocomplete results are pulled from across the project and not every published file contains its context in the filename e.g. trying to specify a render camera when they’re all called renderCamera.abc and there’s no contextual data presented. There doesn’t seem to be a way to limit this or display more information about the results that appear. As such it’s very difficult to know which file you’re adding.

I’d be happy with the advanced search option that appears when linking entities (an autocomplete field appears at first with an adjacent “Advanced” link that brings up a fully-featured search dialog.)


Hey David, best thing to do here is update the publisher to provide more context in the published file name. It can be different to the filename. Or change the filename of course, but then that has the potential to make the cam name in mayas outiner too long for readability.

I think there’s already a feature request in for this. I’ve certainly requested it before!

Hey Patrick, nice to hear from you!

Will this affect versioning? Or will SG still see items with identical filenames as the same file? I’m worried I’ll end up with every version appearing in the Loader as SG doesn’t recognise them as versions of the same file.


Did a bit of digging. Seems like a PublishedFile has the following fields:
Name - used by the loader to group versions
Published File Name - appears in autocomplete searches when populating entity fields and matches the actual file name by default
Path - contains the actual file name.

If Published File Name can indeed be different to the name that appears in the path, that sounds like my solution for the time being.

Okay, this seems to work nicely. Thanks for the tip, Patrick!