You can set conditions on your monitor to notify you only when the conditions match. Conditions are case insensitive in Distill.
Following are the steps to add conditions on the monitor:
Step 1: Click on context menu button of the monitor. It will open up the menu with some options.
Step 2: Click on “Edit Conditions” from the menu. It will open up the Conditions window.
Step 3: Click on “Add Condition” to add or delete button to remove condition.
Selections from the web page can contain characters, numeric or other data types. In add conditions, you can choose either “Text” , “Added text” and “Previous text” from the drop-down as shown below in the image.
“Text” and “Added text” refers to current version of text and additions that could have been made to it. “Previous text” refers to the second most recent version of the text selected in the page. For example, if the originally text was “hello world” that changed to “hello world!”, the values used in conditions will be as follows for each type of text:
Selecting the type of text will depend on your use-case. “Added text” makes sense when you are monitoring a list of items. For example, you are monitoring IMDB top 5 movie of the month which keeps on changing. Currently, top 5 movies are: alpha, beta, gamma, delta, omega. You want to get notified when “zeta” appears in the list. After some time it changes to alpha, beta, delta, zeta, omega. Here if you add condition text has zeta or Added text has zeta both will work. After some time it changes to alpha, beta, delta, zeta, omega, gamma. If the condition is text has zeta, then you will get notification. But this notification is redundant as you received the notification for appearance of zeta earlier. You will not receive notification if you choose “Added text”. So, here Added text has zeta is a better choice.
Another dropdown list in the condition window shows various option as shown below:
You can use compound condition for multiple combinations of conditions. For example, your text currently is “50”. You want to get notified either if it goes above “60” or it stays between “41-45”. The image given below shows this case:
You can add compound condition by clicking on down caret icon adjacent to add condition button as shown below: