Structuring data with highlights and tags

In Condens, highlights and tags help you structure research data and prepare it for further analysis. You can create highlights by assigning tags to any piece of raw data like notes, transcripts, images or videos.

Tagging notes and transcripts

On a Session page mark the respective text in the notes section or transcript. Open the tag dialogue with the icon above the text. You can also use the following shortcuts:

  • on Mac

  • on Windows and Linux (with the exception of Firefox on Windows, where the shortcut is )

You have four options here:

  • Search an existing tag: Type a few characters to see matching tags

  • Choose an AI-suggested tag: Condens suggests fitting tags based on the text that you highlighted. Suggestions are indicated by , and . Just press the respective number keys on you keyboard to select them.

  • Select a tag from the list: Scroll down to see a list of tags and tag groups to choose from.

  • Create a new tag: Type the name of the new tag in the search field and hit enter or click Create.

In addition to assigning relevant tags, you can add a summary to Highlights: Especially when working with transcripts, summarizing the content of what is said in a few words helps with gaining an overview and quickly identifying important Highlights during synthesis.


Hint: You can use the blue pin above the tagging dialogue to make it appear automatically once some text is selected.

Tagging images and files

You can assign tags to images and files that are placed in the notes or transcript section of a Session. Select the file by clicking it and then proceed the same way you would do for text (see section above).

Tagging audio and video recordings

You can also create highlights from parts of audio and video recordings. Upload a recording to a Session and select the icon, choose the sequence, select a tag and add a description (both optional) and then press Create highlight. The media highlight will show below the recording. More details on creating media highlights can be found here.


Note that tags on the transcript will automatically create the corresponding audio or video clip.

Edit Highlights

Edit the length of highlights by clicking the -button at the top of the Highlight detail modal or next to the Tags on the Session page. Grab the handles at the beginning or end of the highlighted text to adapt the highlight length and position.


See Highlight usage in Artifacts

In the Highlights, the icon in top right corner of a highlight tells if a highlight is used in any Artifact.

Posti-it occurences in Artifacts

Hover over the icon to see in which Artifacts a highlight is included. You can also quickly jump to where the highlight is referenced in an Artifact.

You can filter the highlights, to see for example only highlights that are not included in any Artifact or not included in a specific Artifact to make sure you're not missing out on important findings.

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