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Please add more icons on the toolbar
Wow, thank you! I always thought they are "Notes area left or down", and so neglected them [smile])) 
We need more layers of thoughts to be seen )
Come on ))) Of course I did this, it is the same as in previous PBs. We need MOAR! )
We need more layers of thoughts to be seen )
First, Congratulations with PB9 now out! Cheers! Just bought it - it looks good, many nice (and not so nice, lol) changes!
Second. Now that you have modern, optimized etc engine, please add possibility to see more layers of thoughts (children-of-children etc)! Really, even one more layer will be already big deal! If that will cause PB to work slower - OK, I can deal with it.
Especially now, when there is no Expanded view (yet?), it is very important.
P.S. And please make the font difference between 2nd and 3rd layers smaller. Now 1st layer thought and 2nd layer - its children / siblings / parents are nearly identical (not very good too), but! 3rd layer - children-of-children - are nearly un-readable. Or you should make 1st and 2nd layers really very big. Best of all is to make separate font size changers for layers, but at least make the difference not so big, please.
Btw thoughts name on the lower history panel are also of the main thought size! And thought pins on the upper panel too! This is definitely bad idea ), absolutely no need to make their size variable. At least, if you want to over-engineer it so, make separate scale for them in options too ))
Please add more icons on the toolbar
Most needed - show / hide Report, show / hide Timeline on the main PB toolbar. It would be rather big help )
On the Note toolbar - usual cut-copy-paste-paste special (or "paste and match format", as you name it). 
Sure, there are keyboard shortcuts for these, and menu, but icons can be handy too )
Please return "Focus on notes" key mapping!
Oops, sorry, found it. Now it is called Window - Keyboard Focus on notes. My bad. Delete the post, please )
Please return "Focus on notes" key mapping!
In PB8 there was such possibility for the key mapping - "Focus on tools - Notes". I always mapped it in F5, and it was very handy: press F6 - new thought. Name it, press Enter. It becomes active. Press F5 - cursor appears in the Note, and you can start typing. Now you have to grab a mouse, click on the note, move hand back to keyboard, and only then - type. 
Of course, it is not over-important matter, but it means a lot if you write many thoughts with notes one after another, as I do...
Why there is no monthly subscription to the Brain Service?
They chose between selling an expensive product to a few people or a cheap product - to a large number of people, and chose the first option. This has its advantages. For example, managing a company with large sales is a very big headache [smile] In any case, both choices have the right to exist (although we, as consumers, would certainly have liked the cheap one [smile])) But why they do not they show elementary flexibility in the matter of subscription - it is completely incomprehensible. They will not lose money, but most likely they will only gain more.
Why there is no monthly subscription to the Brain Service?
In fact, it is very strange. Everybody else has it, and for a good reason. Monthly, quarterly, half-year, etc. The longer the term, the cheaper. It is comfortable. Evidently, "one size" does not fit all. Please, be more diverse!
Brain 9: no Expanded view???
Great! I'm very happy to hear that! Very interesting what is this new approach, let's see [smile]
Brain 9: no Expanded view???
AmbidexterMan :  great example! This is exactly what I mean! 
enkidu: of course, if automatic building of a big conceptual map will work good, it would be great! But still the possibility to modify it manually should exist. And sure, any good-working AI additions (like, proposals of lenks for the new node, highlighting of un-usual links etc) are  welcome too [smile] And the things Moltair mentioned!
We already have a lot of simple programs. Including simple programs overloaded with a lot of bloat. We need something complex and powerful.  "Simple" is not always "good". In fact, in the long run it never is ))
Brain 9: no Expanded view???
Well, I think that making Version 9 such as it is was a grave mistake. And they may pay for it dearly (((... The decision was not in the interests of the customers, but engineerial, in the interests of developers. I don't want to underscore those interests and preoccupations, they were also serious. Java is not on trend anymore, and its future is not 100% clear. Probably, there was generation change among TheBrain developers, and new ones wanted to make own version, clear, comprehendable, scalable etc etc. All that are serious reasons.

But. IF they coupled this new, rewritten-ground-up version with some really new, cool, flashy, BIG feature - what would be great. It would be real "new start" for TheBrain. But they couldn't invent such feature. Without it, what we have? Actually, TB 8.2. Okay, 8.5 (for some nice, but not really important features like Timeline, MindMap etc). With some nice minor quality-of-life changes (new "create thought" interface, faster start, better text editor in Notes...) and WITHOUT big, important feature - Expanded view. Actually, if I would get such update in V8, I would (with big regrets) roll it back and returned to previous version. But BUY it as a new program?? For a such price?? No.

I think, TB suffers from bad marketing and too narrow realization of its identity. We all know, that basically TB is "navigational database" of 1960-1970, they were later defeated and replaced by relational databases. Why? Because the search was possible only along pre-made links between nodes [smile]. But of course, TB is not a database per se, and it has modern search under the hood etc. Still, we have this controversial feature: EITHER you define good links OR you don't see the nodes you need and you have to resort to "usual" search, that defies the idea of VISUAL... What? Not search. Model, in fact. With good links in place, you can see MODEL of your conceptual space, and work with it, add parts, replace them, group them in other ways etc.

It is a VISUAL MODEL. This is a main identity of TheBrain. Of course, many people use it for totally other purposes, and it is all right. But. For all those purposes there are better tools over there. Like, they replaced Expanded for MindMap. Ha! Do they really hope that mindmappers crowd will flock to TB? Of course it won't happen! Most people who are using MM use it for presentation purposes. Just look on the most advanced MM programs, what features are they restlessly developing? All "good visual presentation" features. TB will not be able compete with them, not even in a 100 years, sorry. That goes for all other, not-model features, like lists, outlines, GTD etc. TB is too big, too clumsy, too complex for them. They try free version, get excited (because it is something new and interesting), then quickly burn out and switch to other, smaller and simpler applications. Guys! No need to run for them! You have zero chance to catch them, but you definitely lose your current core base on the way. Instead, appeal to the people who need more complex thought work done, nor just "list - GTD - presentation - ka-ching! (and some nice video from YouTube in notes )))". 

Visual. Models. Enkidu is right - visualization is the key. Different people prefer different ways of it, so there should be many ways. Yes, they are difficult to program and difficult to design. But this is the core of this program - or just rename it to something other, not "The Brain" [smile])

Right now, I think, developers are in a hard situation. They developed this version a long time (FAR TOO LONG! btw) and, of course, they want to get recognition, praises and money for their hard work. Alas. Instead, they need not to rest and relax, but (now that they have new, completely "their" version) immediately move to Version 10. It should be real comeback to the identity, with stunning new features, some of them even flashy (to show them in commercials [smile]), but it should be The Brain. The "perfect digital brain dump", or how they called it? Any number of thoughts, that can be connected in myriad ways, combined in complex structures, that could be easily viewed in differed meaningful ways, contemplating, seeking new insights and solutions.

Do you have different vision? What is it?
How long will Version 8 internet services work?
Brain 9 and Brain 8 have different databases and servers. Will you stop V8 servers after V9 release? Or at some later date? This is very important question for me [smile]
Brain 9: no Expanded view???
Well, I understand that it is probably too late to write about it, but it is bad. Dealbreaker, in fact. Look, I understand that you want to appeal to the MindMap crowd, this is good and all. "MindMap view" may even have some uses. But it can't replace freeform Expanded view in no way.
Of course, it depends on TheBrain use mode. If you have small Brain(s) with no deep nesting level, almost every view mode will work all right. But in contrast case there is a problem.
For me, "normal" mode is good at information input stage. Make a new node, type in a note, make a child node, sibling node etc. Later, after I have dozens of nodes, I move to contemplation stage. On this stage I need to see them all, at once. Without manual arrangement of nodes it is impossible. Totally impossible.
Btw I hoped that you will allow to see more than 3 levels of nodes in Normal mode, but again - no. So, if you have big network with deep branching, you are out of luck [frown]((...

Well, I understand that programming Expanded mode is a difficult task, with all its saves, problems with arrangements, chores of deleted and modified nodes after save was made etc. But it was very good and useful. I hoped you will do it better, not just trashed it [frown]((
TheBrain Development Update
I'm sorry, but I'll take the role of the "Devil's Advocate".
I think all this is a tragic error. 
First, theBrain doesn't need "more speed and 10000000000000 thoughts capability". It is speedy enough, on numbers that really matter - up to 100 000 thoughts. Billions of thoughts? How will they get into it? One person can't do it. Is it a solution for big corporations? Why don't you say so, then? It is totally different product, in this case. Or may be by some automated process? Sorry, it can't be. TheBrain is not RDBMS. All the sense in TheBrain as we know it are LINKS. And they are MANUALLY established links. If you just import a billion... can't call them "thoughts", well - "nodes" into TB database, it won't do any good to its owner. OR you have some AI algorithm for making meaningful links automatically? Wow! When you get Nobel for it, please, don't forget this little programm too )))
Second. Now you write, in fact, a bunch of totally different programms. You should not just make them working. You should make them working in very similar way. And besides, they should inter-operate. And more than that. They will have different databases that shoul all seamlessly sync into one. Well... You say that people working in your team are geniuses. Sorry, this is not a task for a team of geniuses. This is a task for a team of usual, mediocre men, just VERY NUMEROUS. It should be very big, with very big testing department, with very, very big support dept etc. Are your team that big? I doubt it. So what will we have? It will take a lot of time. The result will be very buggy anyway. And will stay buggy very long. What will do customers? They will move elsewhere. The programm will be effectively killed.
Most tragic thing is that it will be killed for no reason. Not because of a daring experiment with some new knowledge representation metaphor, that may be not liked by ppl. Not because of some sophisticated algorithms and AI (here you could really use some geniuses). Just because leadership has no meaningful ideas how to develop the program in its core sense (knowledge representation, organization and use) and decided just make it "faster, bigger, more powerful". Well, we all are humans, and we don't always have revolutional ideas when we need them. Sometimes we have to make small incremental updates. But DON'T re-write from ground up for this laughable reasons!
A bit more possibilities for Notes
Now, Notes editor is powerful and has a lot of features. Still, it would be great to add a couple more:
1) very simple - keyboard shortcut for "Edit - paste special - as plain text". Or at least just for "Paste Special". Really, this is very usual operation, and the necessity every time open upper menu by mouse etc is tiring (...
2) more complex - add please in "View" option to see Note smoller or larger. Usual thing, when you can see page at 100% size, or bigger / smaller. There is very good reason for that: in many notebook screens text in Notes looks too tiny! It is really hard to read it, and nothing can be done with that except really selecting all the text in the Note and making font larger [frown] When you sift through dozens of notes it is not a solution. Besides, if you make your notes to 20th font size, they will look stupid on bigger monitors. So please, standard option to change % of view size would be really good for usage!
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