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How to Create Subtags
zenrain wrote: It's in both versions. 

Also, if you activate a type thought, you can drag a thought from the parent gate to create a super type.


Found it. Sorry. But thanks for the drag tip. 
Thought URL
Yup, come on guys, vote for this one. Evernote can do it in Win or OS X so PB should be able to as well. 
How to Create Subtags
Dodo wrote:
To create supertypes and subtypes:
  1. if it doesn't exist already, create the type that is to become a subtype 
  2. type the name of this subtype into the Instant Search field and select it when it shows up in the list. The type is now shown as the active thought in the plex
  3. in the Thought pane, there is now a button to choose a supertype. Choose an existing type or create a new type.


Is this only in the Windoze version? I don't see this button in the Thought window on my Mac. (TB 7.04)
Open 2 PB?
Yes, it can. See this thread here. Not that hard to do. 

http://forums.thebrain.com/post?id=4590521 
New: Automatic link adding to nodes
Nice script. Sadly for me, I predominantly use Mac OS so AHK not a great option for me. Some of the other integration tricks I have come across elsewhere are also Windows only. Sigh. 

But nice touch, nonetheless. Appreciated. 
Bookmarklet
I thought this might have been discused somewhere beofre on the forums but it did not show up in a search. Anybody made a bookmarklet or something similar?

I know you can simply drag n drop the icon from the browser into PB. What i would like is something simliar to how Tumblr/Posterous bookmarklets work. If you have highlighted text on the page, then it is auotmatically inserted into the notes section of the Thought. It would be even better if the page was tagged then the bookmarklet would insert the same tag text for the Thought.
External Hyperlink to a TheBrain Thought?
PB v6 did introduce Thought URLs, which seem to work well in Windows, but have yet to come to the Mac version. As I understand things, the current state of play is as follows: 
  • Right click on a Thought
  • Copy Thought URL
  • Paste this into the document from which you want to hyperlink from
  • The format of the URL starts with brain:// which is supposed to tell the OS to treat this type of hyperlink as a PersonalBrain link and to launch the app
I see from a few other threads that this should be coming soon, but it seems a long time in coming. Evernote manages this wee trick very nicely so at least there is an example of how it can be done (and Evernote is open source, isn't it?). 

I have tried using Rubicode's Default Apps preference pane to try to resolve this. Frustratingly, PersonalBrain does not show up either in the URLs tab or in the Apps tab. (Evernote does for both so I don't think the problem is with Rubicode). I have looked for other solutions eg using Command-I but this only applies to file types, not URL types. 

Any other suggestions? Or does anybody know how to make PersonalBrain show up in Rubicode's tool? Or can somebody point the PB dev team towards the relevant section in the Evernote code base to prod them onwards to implement this wee fix. 
Evernote Integration
topps wrote:
I am glad to have found this thread as this is a recurrent theme for me in exploring educational tools. I think that a key issue here is having the ability to hyperlink to items/anchor points within an application's datastore. I, along with many, am very pleased that this is now possible within PB. This message is getting a bit long so I am going to break this idea off into a second post.


So, a few more points on this. I agree with other posters earlier in this thread that searchability is crucial. Windows 7 does this quite nicely. Mac Spotlight also works well. And I am delighted that PB allows for indexed searching within many attachments, as well as Thought titles etc. Because I have been using multiple applications while doing creative writing/editing/exploring, I often forget where I noted/stored something.

But what I would really like is what Paddy alluded to... a global grab-bag that I can toss elements into and that I can then work with the data elements in multiple ways. PB is brilliant for its cross-linking, free form approach - I now use this for my exploratory thinking, and grabbing stuff from the web. But when I need a more structured left-brain approach, with pre-defined views etc, then I drift back to Outlook, or sometimes OneNote.

Designing such a tool would be very difficult. There are too many different working styles to attempt a one-size-fits-all. But if there were a data standard, that was open, which allowed objects to have a very flexible metadata structure, you could then have your favorite app work with such data. The associated database would need to be non-relational (maybe more OLAP-like?) and similar in style to that used by PB (yes, I know that some grumble about the GUIDs but I don't think you can avoid them with this type of data approach).

I'm not expecting such a data standard to arise, and I don't have the expertise to start it. So at the moment, I think that PB has the best potential foundation... Harlan and the team just needs to find some ways to present the data in more pre-defined views and work more closely with apps like OneNote, Evernote, etc. We're getting there.

Am interested to hear what others have to say on this.
Evernote Integration
PaddyVA wrote:
Has anyone in the Forum been using a dashboard approach with PB or anything else?



I have used a variety of combinations over the years, and like you, am trying to find a good combination of tools that will do what I want. I currently use PB and OneNote extensively, but in different situations. Although I can link quite well between them, it is not as smooth or simple as I would like.

I spent quite a lot of time last year getting OneNote, Outlook and MindManager to link back and forth easily to each other. There is a nice wee free applet called Linker for Outlook that makes it much easier to link directly from OneNote directly to specific items in the Outlook object store. And I like the way that OneNote syncs quite well with a SharePoint server.

BUT... I became sick fed up with Windows instability, updates etc (no, I'm not trying to start an OS flame war... just my personal opinion and situation). I now use a Mac with Parallels and a bunch of virtual machines. The relevance to this forum is that I find that I now more often use PB in Mac mode than on Windows. (BTW, I really appreciate that PB does not charge you double to use both versions, Mac and Windows, and that the brain formats are the same.)

So where am I at now? Well, if you want to do more seamless drag & drop between apps, easy linking etc, then running in just Windows for all the apps (PB, ON and Outlook) works best... until it crashes... which it usually does at some point in a real intense session of cross-linking. Sigh. Now I don't usually lose data because both ON and PB save quite well on the fly... but it is a pain to reboot the virtual machine when this happens... and you do have to reboot. Relaunching the programs leaves you with a persistent instability that crashes again within a few minutes.

So for more stability, I find that running PB on the Mac, and Outlook/OneNote in Windows (in a Parallels vm) works best. But then I am back to a few more steps for cross-linking. And I fully realise that this is not a very generalisable solution. Not many people will have the resources to buy/load such a wide range of programs... especially not our students, which is one group for whom I would love to find a generalisable solution to such idea/writing cross-linking.

I am glad to have found this thread as this is a recurrent theme for me in exploring educational tools. I think that a key issue here is having the ability to hyperlink to items/anchor points within an application's datastore. I, along with many, am very pleased that this is now possible within PB. This message is getting a bit long so I am going to break this idea off into a second post.
Best font for PersonalBrain?
I took a look through the fonts available on my Mac and found Abadi MT Light Condensed. Seems to give the same compressed effect that you like, and it also seems to be free... at least, I don't remember buying it or installing it so assume it came installed.

mbaas wrote: The best I found is "Frutiger 47", which is not free, I'm afraid. But maybe I only like it so much because it's our CI-Font But it also rather narrow

New thought URL howto?
Works well. One small point - if PBrain is already open, the jump to the linked Thought occurs, but PBrain is not given focus/brought to the foreground - so the user may not realise that the link/jump has occurred.
Thought URLs, Send-to and OSX
Outstanding to see hyperlinking now available. Much requested feature - for me, this will make PBrain so much more useful.

Looking forward to the Mac version of doing this. In the meantime, pleased that it works with Windows, and with the new v6.0 database, I can flip back and forth between Windows and Mac versions in my virtual machines. Terrific.

Works well. One small point - if PBrain is already open, the jump to the linked Thought occurs, but PBrain is not given focus/brought to the foreground - so the user may not realise that the link/jump has occurred.
Thought Hyperlinks
Thanks for that suggestion, Moe. That does help.

I have to say, though, that with the new version 6 release, despite this being a highly requested feature for several years now, I am very disappointed that this issue is still not really addressed.

Without understanding the underlying data structures (which would probably answer my question), I am curious as to why one can hyperlink to a node on a web brain but not to an internal one. All thoughts have their own GUID. Based on this, it should be a pretty simple matter to link to that GUID.

I'm afraid that I am beginning to suspect that the main driver behind this is that the company really wants to sell Brain EKP or the SDK. Sigh.

Does PB 5 Pro work with Outlook 2007? Problems ...
Has anyone tried PBrain with Office/Outlook 2010 yet?

I seem to remember having some quirky behaviours with another app that used Redemption.dll a long time ago with Office 2003, that broke altogether when I tried to use Office 2007... so I wonder if we will get similar issues with this migration.

Linking thoughts
Darkstar wrote: You can change a link's width and color. You can change what color a highlighted link is in PB versions 4.x and 5.0.x.

There is no easy way to find the shortest path between two thoughts at this time.


Isn't this the Traveling Salesman problem revisited?
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