I have tried to find the best thread for this idea/note which mainly relates to link-type filtering. Maybe I should start a new thread. But ...
I tried to use PB more times and I love it. There isn't a tool like this for organizing ideas. On the other hand, I never started using it for a really serious work. The main problems are:
1. The first problem starts when the number of thoughts and especially links was increasing (let say hundreds). Our natural brain just hide in such case the connections irrelevant for that moment. (If you are preparing e.g. a technical specification for a purchasing a cars you really don't need "links" like what persons drive these cars or what color had these cars when you saw them last time etc.) The corresponding feature in PB is filtering thoughts and links. In the newest version thoughts are implemented, links not. Implementation of thoughts filtering turned me back for thinking about using PB seriously.
2. The other problem comes at the moment, when the content put in PB should be used outside PB. I am talking about the point, when you need to write a document or prepare a presentation. Practically it means, that you need to SELECT what you want to tell and CREATE A TREE LIKE STRUCTURE. In other words create a PATH you will go through the selected points. And at that point is PB, very unfortunately, unusable or at least very uncomfortable (yes, having Word on one half of screen and PB on the other and using Copy/Paste is still possible :-( ). The good news is, that this problem could be solved using filtering according link-type very easily and quite comfortable. You can just create a new link-type let say “document_1” and creating links with this type, you can do the structure of your document. Using filter link‑type=document_1 you can just see the document, you created and using a filter link‑type≠document_1 you can continue work on your knowledge base in PB. Let me note, that e.g. using a quotation of an famous writer in your presentation about let say PB actually doesn’t make an important link between PB and this writer. And creating a Brain full of links like that will make the Brain unusable (structure where all thoughts will be connected with each other has no information value equally to a structure without any connection at all).
Yes, the last “tiny” step is to export the created structure into a document (e.g. doc, odt, rtf, html, ...). If this is the last problem, then probably a transformation for XML output would be an acceptable solution. Even if I should prepare it myself.
If I can use all my votes for at least link-filter I would do it. All other are nice to have.
Our brain put the ideas into network, what makes it very effective and creative, but first we have to communicate, we have to projection it into tree structure.