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Attachment sizes for web brain
These are excellent questions that I don't know the answer to, but I will do a bit of playing around and see what I can figure out. What I had in mind when I wrote the post was compressing files before uploading them to get around the size limit on files that could be uploaded.
Attachment sizes for web brain
There is a limit on the size of individual files and total file size that can be uploaded to a web brain. I have been using software that can significantly reduce the size of many files without reducing their quality, thereby allowing more content to be uploaded.

The software is called NXPowerLite Desktop and is available for both Windows and Mac. It's published by Neuxpower (http://www.neuxpower.com). I use the Mac version which will compress PDF, JPG, PowerPoint and Word files. A 4.4MB jpg file can be reduced to as little as 621KB with no loss in quality. They offer a 14 day fully functional trial.
9.0.92.0 No visible windows or menus after launch
I've just installed 9.0.93 and am still having this problem.
Limited Number of Pins
I'm trying to prune a very large Brain and am finding that having only 20 Pins available is quite limiting. I have a 27 inch monitor and often find that I have plenty of space for more Pins, particularly when the Thought names are short. 

I have posted this as a feature request so anyone who would like more Pins please vote. I haven't made much use of Tags or Thought Types, so trying to use them as an alternative to Pins isn't very practical for me.

Roger
TB 7.0.1.8-b
iMac running OS X Lion
Alias Not Work After Syncing Through WebBrain
Hi Tracy,

Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure, though, that I made clear what my issue really is. I know that shortcuts (alias in Mac-speak) to external files are not included in a sync to WebBrain and that they need to be internal files to be included. In my case the files that the shortcuts point to are internal files. I'm trying to cut down on the size of my Brain by eliminating excessive duplicates, and I was hoping that internal shortcuts would be preserved.

Do you happen to know if symbolic links would be preserved? That might be another way to do what I want. Any other suggestions for ways to do this would also be helpful.

   Roger
Alias Not Work After Syncing Through WebBrain
In several places in my Brain I use an alias (I'm running Mac OS X Lion) to point to another location in the Brain that contains the original document. Usually the alias is a thought on its own, but sometimes it is included in a thought with a large number of other documents. I do this in an effort to reduce the large number of duplicate thoughts in my Brain order to reduce its overall size.

This works fine in my Brain on my home iMac, but when I sync to WebBrain and then sync on my MacBook Pro, the aliases are broken. They no longer point to the original location (thought) in my Brain. Instead they show up as text files filled with garbage characters.

This happens for both Word and PDF files, and it doesn't seem to matter whether I leave the word alias that is automatically added to the end of the file name when the alias is created or if I delete that and leave the alias looking like a Word or PDF document.

Any suggestions on how to fix this behaviour would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

   Roger


Unable to Drag Email into PB
I'm having the same issue with TheBrain 7 Beta running on an iMac when I try to drag an email from Apple's mail to my Brain. I see an image of the email being dragged, but when I try to drop it, it just bounces back to mail. The only way I've found so far to get around it is to drag the email onto my desktop and then drag it from the desktop onto my Brain.

    Roger
Statistics - internal attachments size
Thanks all for the tips. I've now got most of my merging done with reasonably good results. The size discrepancy is gone. I've ended up with quite a lot of orphaned thoughts, but am slowly relinking them as I go along. My brain is now quite responsive and does not slow my iMac down to a crawl when I'm using it so I'm pretty happy with. The guidelines I got here and in another thread are what made it work. Again, thanks to all.
Merging Brains
Thanks, zenrain. Unfortunately there's some of each in the various brains I'm trying to integrate into a single brain. However your response provides very clear guidelines and should let me do this without too much difficulty.
Merging Brains
I'd like to merge several Brains, some of which have similar or identical thoughts in them. When PB recognizes that a duplicate thought is being imported it gives the choice to overwrite, copy or skip. Any thoughts on which is the best to use and why would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
   Roger
Statistics - internal attachments size
Thanks, Matt. I'll try this. I'm also going to try importing some of them into a new Brain one at a time to see if that helps. I'll add a new post once I've had a chance to play around for a while.

This may belong in a different thread, but do you know of any reliable way to find and eliminate duplicate files from within a single Brain? If I do a Spotlight search and find 4 instances of the same file, can I just delete 3 of them, or does that create problems in the Brain database? What about using a Mac program such as Decloner that finds duplicates and can replace all but 1 instance with aliases? 

Thanks,

    Roger

Statistics - internal attachments size
I'm having a similar issue. I have several Brains that I've created over the years that contain thousands of files, a large number of them duplicates. Many were created on PCs before switching to Macs a couple years ago. A lot of the duplicates are the result of switching between desktop systems and notebooks when travelling or meetings at various locations.

I'm wasting a lot of space and am trying to eliminate duplicates; both duplicate Brain files and duplicate files within a single Brain. I've narrowed the Brains down to a set of 6, some of which I've just recently created to try and reduce things down to one Brain without losing any files (or PB structure). But when I look at the Statistics for these 6 I get results that I really don't understand. For example, there are 2 Brains that each contain 2438 thoughts, 157 notes, about 2200 internal attachments, and 191 external attachments. One of them shows an internal attachment size of 1.8GB and has a 'Files' folder that takes up 2.2GB on my hard drive; the other shows an internal attachments size of 0.3GB and takes up 5.69GB.

I'm not sure how to interpret this information. Any suggestions you have on how to weed out the duplicates and get down to a single Brain would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

   Roger




Gray toolbar icons?
I also liked the colored ones better. Maybe there should be a large/small icon option.

Roger
My PB still doesn't like the letter S
I'm not sure I really understand the response. I get the same behaviour even when I don't use a plural name (except that the letter 's' is probably interpreted as a plural). I have temporily solved the problem for my current use by using names like 'S:' for my alphabetic breakdown.

Here's what it looks like when I use "Book" instead of "Books".

   Roger

My PB still doesn't like the letter S

Interesting observation. I hope Harlan can shed some light on this.

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