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The relationship feature in ExpressionEngine is fantastic, but quite difficult to manage if a relation points to a channel with hundreds of entries. In said case, the control panel's select/option form element is inadequate.

Is there a add-on that allows to set up a relation through an auto-complete text input field, while honoring the ee-native relation fieldtype?

Would the Playa plugin address this issue?

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  • Did any of the answers help you? If yes, please mark the answer correct by clicking on the checkmark to the left of the answer. – Anna_MediaGirl Dec 22 '12 at 6:28
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Playa can solve this. It hasn't got an autocomplete function, but it offers filtering-as-you-type and searching:

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As solution to the problem of selecting amongst hundreds of entries, this approach is functionally aequivalent to an autocompleting text-entry field.

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  • Playa does include autocomplete now. – Anna_MediaGirl Dec 13 '12 at 16:25
  • nice, seems like I'm a few versions behind then :) – janvl Dec 13 '12 at 17:31
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    The autocomplete is on the single select field, not the drop panes, so that may be why you hadn't noticed it. – Alex Kendrick Dec 13 '12 at 17:32
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Playa is what you need. It takes native entry relationships to the next level. It does have live filtering/autocomplete now. It creates a new table to store the relationships and I'm 99% sure will convert over your existing relationships when you change the fieldtype to Playa. You'll want to either confirm this with Pixel & Tonic or test on your own. Make a backup before testing obviously.


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