Harlan
This update includes a new view, distant thoughts, just like PB3, but better of course. Drag and drop of attachments is also much improved and the default drop action for files can now be configured. The problems with function key commands have been resolved. Finally, there are many small adjustments to the UI as well as performance enhancements.

Version 4.0.6.0

June 25, 2007

  • Distant Thoughts View
    • Distant thoughts allow the display of Thoughts from up to 5 generations at once (the normal view displays 3 generations)
    • Options > View menu has been updated to allow switching between the three views
  • General Plex Changes
    • Links that do not involve the active thought are drawn less prominently
    • Fade and shrink of thoughts in expanded view is more pronounced
    • The cursor changes to standard arrow when the mouse pointer is over a gate
    • Gate hit testing has been fine tuned for fewer false hits
  • Drag and Drop of Attachments
    • URLs can be dragged from the attachments list into the plex
      • Dragging to a thought in the plex attaches the URL to that thought
      • Dragging to an empty area of the plex creates a new thought
      • The URL is moved by default or copied if the Ctrl key is held down
      • Fixed: When dragging to IE, the cursor shows the "no drop" symbol (circle with a line through it).
    • New Preference: Link files and drag and drop to PersonalBrain
      • When selected, files dropped from the desktop Default drop action from the Desktop can be changed to move instead of link
      • Holding down Ctrl will always copy
      • Ctrl+Shift will do the opposite of the default (move or link)
    • Files can be dragged from the attachments list to the plex
      • Dragging to a thought in the plex attaches the File to that thought
      • Dragging to an empty area of the plex creates a new thought
      • The File is moved by default or copied if the Ctrl key is held down
  • Keyboard
    • F1 open the support web page
    • F9 opens the advanced search dialog box
    • Insert key opens Create Child dialog box
    • Fixed: Function keys cause dialogs to open multiple times
  • Performance
    • Loading Brains is faster
  • Fixes
    • Fixed: Conversion of version 3 Brain files at open works properly
    • Faster response to mouseovers in normal view (link cache refresh no longer performed)




Regards,
-Harlan
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Spacenexus

What to say?  

Great job with distant thoughts. Would it be possible to add some config options too in forthcoming release similar to PB3 (space between 1st gen thoughts, distant thought size relative to 1st gen size)?

Would it also be possible in the preferences to have check boxes for which groups activate thier distant thoughts in distant thought view (checkbox each for child, jump, parent, siblings groups). That way, we can configure the distant thought view to expand prefered groups of thoughts.

Also the thought size circle around the active thought does not appear live in distant thought view.

cheers and thanks for the great efforts.

Jim

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FransJehoul
good morning,

Concerns switching between views:

From normal to distant views : ok
From distant views to expanded view : gives expanded view of the distant view and not the expanded view from the normal view. So I get to mutch thoughts in the expanded view.
Using the menu    Option -> View -> choise of view we wish, is the alternative but then we have to click to much!

Regards,

Frans
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FransJehoul
Good morning,

Another problem.

Hovering over a thought and pressing "F2" doesn't give rename of that thought but of the  central (active ????) thought.

Greetings,

Frans
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punkmonksf
Won't start on OS X. Hangs during startup. Only splash screen, then nothing. No menus, no window, nothing

Argh.
Help?
Karekin

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Harlan
Hi Karekin,

This problem has been fixed in version 4.0.6.2, up now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Regards,
-Harlan
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ChrisCase
Since the button for expanded view forces one to pass through the distant thoughts view, it can take forever to display the expanded view,  and then, as mentioned, it is only the fully expanded view.
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Shiiko
Harlan wrote:
    • Options > View menu has been updated to allow switching between the three views


Congratulations to you and your team for the three view update (plus all the other improvements). 

Would it be possible to add keyboard controls to select the view options?   Alt > Options > Normal;   or  Distant; or Expanded.   This way we can jump to the desired view in any order. (Also solves ChrisCase's concern.)

So as not to clutter the toolbar with more buttons, perhaps you can switch the background color of your nice looking view button  depending on  the selected view, so that one can  quickly determine what is the current view.


This is a subliminal message: (remember to add undo)

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Harlan
Shiiko and Chris,

Yes, we hear you... You can of course switch to expanded view directly using the menus. More keyboard shortcuts are coming soon also. Thanks.

Regards,
-Harlan
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