I needed an application where I could :
1. "dump" any "idea" (whatever its data type)
2. link any "idea" to any other, non hierarchically
3. view the whole "landscape" as it evolved
I immediately liked TheBrain because of it's handling of points 1 and 2
Where is lacks, in my opinion, and to this day, it's in point 3.
MindMapping cannot just be a database - we have zillions of databases. The "mapping" part is fundamental.
A zoomable view of the map (from tree to entire forest) is fundamental.
TheBrain's Expanded view was a step in this direction
v9's mindmap view is honestly of little use
I find this idea intriguing ("tree to entire forest", viewing the whole landscape) and I wonder what actionable information you could imagine gaining from improvements in TheBrain in this area. Specific use case stories can help us understand what users could do with any such potential improvements in visualization. Currently, we have Search for when you know exactly what item you are looking for, and what it is called. We have the Reports feature which you can use to drill into narrow areas of your Brain to find stuff you know is there, and we have the different view modes, and the current visualization(s) in general, that let you get 2-D views of slices of your Brain, and the animations give you a sort of 2.5-D view of things as you manually move through your Brain. But all these aspects of TheBrain are very "tree"-focused (i.e. Thought-level) and manual and require a lot of poking and prodding and reading of Thought names. Can any readers out there help share examples from any domain, fiction or non-fiction, or more helpfully, in video or software form, where information is spatialized in a way that helps show the transition from "tree" to "forest", and give the user a 2-D or 3-D interactive map of lots of information? Also, I welcome concrete suggestions for approaches to showing higher level charts, graphs, and maps of trees/networks/graphs (since that is what each Brain is).
TheBrain Technologies Engineering Team