ibsteve
I still have not be able to get drag and drop of Apple Mail to work. I have tried it on a different machine and it is still a no go. In trying to find a workaround I tried dragging a message from Sparrow Mail and it was accepted by TB. Unfortunately the title seems to be the file number not the subject line and opening it in TB is problematical (sometimes yes and sometimes no). Interestingly it is listed as internal in TB.

Brain people please fix the mail problem for us. It mars what is otherwise a great product.

Steve
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pthompson
Hello Steve,

Thank you for posting. In Apple Mail, please make sure the email message you are dragging and dropping has been selected. When you select a message in Mail it will be highlighted. If you drag and drop without selecting/highlighting the message will not attach in PB.

Drag and drop from Address Book in Lion is currently not supported. However, PersonalBrain/TheBrain does integrate with Address Book. To link to a contact, do a search from PersonalBrain. The search tab will automatically display matches for content in the "External Mail, Address Book, and iCal Items" section.  A search result from Address Book has an Open and an Add button. Clicking Open opens the particular item in the appropriate application. Clicking Add button creates a new child Thought from the active Thought with a link to the item. Click on the icon next to the Thought to open its attachment and get instant access to the information inside of lAddress Book. Of course, these Thoughts can be linked and used like any other Thought in PersonalBrain.

Regards,
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ibsteve
Patrick, I appreciate your reply but I have been over this numerous times. I assure you I highlight the email in the column list and then drag. No luck. I highlight the email it's self and still no cigar. I am not new at this mac thing. I have seen the video of the operation pre Lion and it is not working for me as well as others. I am able to drag an email to a folder and then into TB but not from mail.

The search workaround is not a good solution for contacts or mail. It is awkward and time consuming sometimes returning thousands of hits necessitating scrolling through many pages. Perhaps a filter to just get hits from contacts would help.

Also I did find an interesting workaround for contacts. If you select a contact in AB and click share you get an email with the vcard as an attachment. You can drag the attachment into TB. IT WORKS. Alternately you can drag a contact to a folder and then drag it into TB.

Steve
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jbennett
Steve, 

Thanks for posting.  I can assure you that the ability to drag and drop mail from Apple Mail does work in the latest version of TheBrain 7.  If you are still unable to drag and drop emails from Apple Mail, please send a copy of your output.log to support@thebrain.com and include a link to this forum thread.

You are correct about attaching contacts as vCards.  In fact, the most direct way is probably just to drag the contact from Address Book to the desktop and then straight to TheBrain.  However, you will get the following screen every time you try to view the attachment.


Because of this, I prefer to add via search.

-James
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ibsteve
James, thank you for the reply. I will certainly send the output logs to support. I have been trying to get this to work on two machines without success.

As far as the vcard issue the search solution is awkward and quite time consuming, sometimes even impossible. I have been attempting to add my boss's contact information. I have several thousand emails from him. The search for his name has taken over 20min and still no success. It bogs down my computer and raises my blood pressure (not a good thing for my brain). I have suggested in the past this method should not be accepted as a good solution. At least have an option that would limit the search to contacts. 

I understand the issue with a vCard dragged to desktop then to brain. A bad solution is just to click review duplicates and you will see the contact information. Not elegant but sure beats waiting for a never ending search to finish.

All of this then begs the question of contacts and email being links that are broken when the brain is used on other computers. I have attempted to use the "copy to brain" with interesting results. Sometimes two links show up on the non originating computer, strange no?

I can appreciate that you are a fan of TB as am I. But the lack of quality development and concern on the mac side is disappointing and frustrating. Today the tool tips still have PC named key strokes. I spent a lot of time communicating with Harlin back in the PB 5 days. I am a licensed pro user. If this was a mac developed program much of this would have been resolved years ago. A am not complaining just to complaint. I love this program. I just want to have a quick and smooth workflow that does not involve time consuming workarounds. Everytime I begin to use TB in a serious way for something mission critical I get bogged down.

I am sure that the PC base for the brain is much larger than the mac, however it should be noted that in my conversations with other IT friends at large companies they are now being required to support macs, iPads and iPhones. How great would it be to have TB on an iPad?

Thanks for listening,

Steve
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sseraph

jbennett wrote:
Steve, 

 
Thanks for posting.  I can assure you that the ability to drag and drop mail from Apple Mail does work in the latest version of TheBrain 7.  If you are still unable to drag and drop emails from Apple Mail, please send a copy of your output.log to support@thebrain.com and include a link to this forum thread.




I can also assure you that it does not in fact work.  It doesn't work in up to date Lion with up to date TB Pro.  Please do not keep telling people who it does not work for that it is working.  I will believe it is working for you if you in turn believe that it is not working for some of us.

Please do not recommend search as an alternative.  It isn't delimited enough and churns a long time on my machine full of years of information. It is not a valid alternative particularly when I am looking straight at the item I want to drag and drop and it simply will not.  It is disappointing in an otherwise fine tool that drag and drop has issues.

 

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zenrain
I tested this in Lion. You have to drag it onto the plex and not an existing thought, but on my Mac it does work. 
Did you send TheBrain a copy of your output.log?
macOS 10.13
TheBrain 9.0.250
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