User Interface

The user-interface is divided into the following sections:

User Interface

  1. Navigation Bar - select sidepanel and view warning/activity badges
  2. Sidepanel - contains Libraries, File Explorer & Collections
  3. Main Toolbar - query history + playback/volume controls [link]
  4. Waveform Display - displays similarity source / selected waveform [link]
  5. Aspects Panel* - for adjusting an active similarity-search [link]
  6. Search input - current path, search terms and keywords [link]
  7. Filter Banner - displays/applies search filters [link]
  8. Search Results - table containing search results [link]
  9. Similarity Ratings* - columns with similarity-search ratings [link]
  10. Filter Panel - manages search filters [link]
  11. Status Bar - display status, progress indicators, and so on…

* Only visible while in similarity-search mode


You can customize the color theme, font size and other display options from Preferences

In addition, you can change following from the application menu

  • Change the overall Zoom factor
  • Enter/exit full-screen mode
  • Toggle various user-interface elements

A special option, which is available on Windows only, is the ability to hide the menu bar. When you choose to do so, the ALT button is used for toggling the menu bar on and off.


The application supports bi-directional drag-and-drop. Meaning, that you can drag files and folders on top of the application and (audio) files out of the application window.

It’s possible to drop audio files onto the application to launch a similarity search, or folders. The latter will convert the folder into a library, or, if already indexed, open the library.

Audio files can be dragged out of the application too, but with a limitation of a single file at a time. We are hoping to solve this limitation soon!

Touch support

On compatible devices, Sononym supports touch-input. Gestures include tapping, long-press and swipe-to-scroll.

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