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Someone using TheBrain with Microsoft Surface 3 (Pro) and a pen?
Regarding the dpi problem, have a look at the solution outlined in http://forums.thebrain.com/post/high-dpi-support-windows-10-7695301?highlight=dpi&pid=1289179107. Finally makes TheBrain usable on a Surface or other notebooks with high dpi screens.
High DPI support (Windows 10)
No idea, why the TheBrain team is unable to tell us the solution to this problem, even though there is one, at least in TheBrain 7. There, there are two executables in the program file folder C:\Program Files (x86)\TheBrain; TheBrain.exe and PersonalBrain.exe. While TheBrain.exe obiously tells Windows 10, wrongly, that it is dpi-aware even though it is not, which leads to this terribly wrong scaling, rendereing TheBrain unusable, PersonalBrain.exe does not. With PersonalBrain.exe scaling does work just fine.
I hope this is the case also for the folks that have switched to TheBrain 8.

Even Touch-Keyboard Input now works just perfect with PersonalBrain.exe: If the on-screen keyboard is brought up, TheBrain automatically resizes, so no part of the window is hidden behind it.
Someone using TheBrain with Microsoft Surface 3 (Pro) and a pen?
The main problem with the Surface Pro 3 is the high dpi-screen which makes dpi-unaware programs very small and hard to read, but that is general windows problem. Since the size of the fonts in the plex can be changed continuously, it is just the notes-Window, for which I find this Windows-behavior disturbing.

Another problem when using TheBrain in tablet mode is that the virtual keyboard does not automatically appear when puting the focus into the search field or the notes window, and if one manually opens the virtual keyboard, the TheBrain window does not automatically resize so that the instant search field stays visible. It is hidden behind the keyboard. But that is a general problem with tablet-mode-unaware programs as well.

At least this all applies to TheBrain 7 under Windows 10.
Windows 10 ready?
for me, everything works just fine, cannot reproduce the issue.
Windows 10 ready?
and what about TheBrain 7 which I am running?
TheBrain Development Update
@Harlan, thank you for sharing your answers to all the questions, your thoughts and reasons that all make sense to me. [smile]
TheBrain Development Update
For me, there are two things that are very difficult to wait for at the moment: The Surface Pro 4, hopefully with a Skylake processor inside, and TheBrain version 9.

... Or, with these monumental changes, going native, may I suggest to skip a version number and name it TheBrain 10?

In that regard, @Harlan, I am very curious about how TB will work with the upcoming Windows 10. Will I be able to also touch-interact with it, or will it be pure desktop-only, calling for keyboard and mouse to sensibly work with it? Or can I count at least with dpi-awareness and with TB making good use of the Surface Pen, e.g. popping up thought icons when hovering over them with the pen, etc.?

Thank you for the change in company policy and starting to share things with us users, you see the positive feedback. It does make waiting so much less agonizing. At least one then knows, what exactly one is waiting for. With the SP4, I do not. Not even a press conference on the horizon. Argh.
TheBrain Development Update
Thank you, Harlan, for giving this very positive update! Patiently looking forward to what is to come. [smile]
disallow multiple program instances?
Thank you, Brigitte, for answering!
However, it did not solve my issue. My fault: I was definitely not clear enough. I have the following usage scenario and problem.
In a program other than TheBrain, for example it could be MS OneNote, I include the Thought URL of a specific thought in a specific brain.
TheBrain is running with this specific brain open, in the background. Now, if I click the link of the URL, e.g. in OneNote, following happens: Another instance of TheBrain is launched, taking a lot of time, until it realizes that the brain in question is already open. Then it closes, and the specific thought in the specific brain that was already open to begin gets activated, as is my intention (TheBrain is not brought to the foreground though). 
The problem is, that this additional launching and closing of TheBrain unnecessarily takes a lot of time (7 seconds), even though it could/should be instant. I am using TheBrain 7, maybe in 8 this problem does not arise...
Maybe there is a solution? 
disallow multiple program instances?
The program TheBrain can be opened multiple times, each window showing a different brain.

Is there a hidden setting somewhere, so that I can force TheBrain to only allow one program instance?

your help is appreciated!
Book and Movie Database Example and Usage
Thank you zenrain! gave me some new ideas, especially the calender and reporting tipps!
Icons as Thought Tags and Ordering of Tags and Types
There have been calls for having the possibility to assign icons to thought tags in the past, and I just wanted to make people aware that this is already possible now in TheBrain, albeit in a somewhat limited way.

WebDings does not work and WinDings only sometimes, but all the symbols of the fonts "Times New Roman" and more importantly "MS Mincho" or "MS PMincho", respectively, do function in TheBrain. So it is possible to have a heart, or a disc or chess symbols, all kind of arrows, or a telephone, for example, as a tag: ☺☻♥♦♣♠•◘○◙♂♀♪♫☼♪►◄↕‼¶§▬↨↑↓→←∟↔▲▼♫✩★✔✖♞☢▲♛ϟ☀❥①▄▀☂☛»☣♧♢☽☑❤㊈❝❞☠●☀█✖✗✘✙✛☠☡☊☋☌☍☎☏☐☑ひ人上下叓, just to show a few. You can browse the available symbols with the "character map" program in the Windows Accessory, and I guess in Linux or on a Mac, there will be a similar way.

Also, TheBrain has only limited possibilities for ordering the tags (and the thought types as well, for that matter).
I use a workaround for this. With the tags, I use special characters at the beginning of the tag name. The special characters _, :, !, /, ., @, *, \, #, and + are ordered in this order, before alphanumerical characters. Other special characters, like -, do not have an effect on the ordering of the tags, and in this case the first alphanumerical character in the tag name defines the position.
The symbols that I referred to above come after alphanumerical characters. I show a screenshot of the tags that I use in my TheBrain database to illustrate the point.


The ordering just explained does not apply for thought types. Special characters in thought types do not have an effect on the ordering whatsoever, except for the special characters  -, ´, §,  °,  ² und  ³. Also, whether a type is a supertype or a subtype has no effect on the ordering in the plex (if you use "Arrange Thoughts by Type"); they are just ordered alphabetically. Because of this, I do not use supertypes, and just simulate them in the "Thought Types Window" by indentation, and arrange my thought types by using x) in the beginning of their name, where x is a alphanumerical character. Again, I show an excerpt of my thought types window.


Hope this sparks some ideas in you, and I'd love to hear them.
Searching in SiteBrains, easy to program oneself!?
I doubt that. TheBrain.com stopped further developing the sitebrain feature a long time ago. They developed webbrain instead.
Searching in SiteBrains, easy to program oneself!?
OK. I did it (with Mathematica). [smile]
[comp] Finally, SiteBrain is now usable for me.
Searching in SiteBrains, easy to program oneself!?
I am (once again) frustrated with sitebrains not working. At least they open in Internet Explorer; in Firefox and Chrome they do not. But the search does not work in Internet Explorer either.

It could be a relatively simple task to program the non-functioning instant search oneself:

In the exported sitebrain there is a folder "Drive:\pathtobrain\brainname\instantSearch" with .xml files in it (_.xml, 0.xml, 1.xml,... z.xml).
One would have to concatenate these files yielding a  big .xml file with all the names of all the thoughts together with their id#.
One could easily search this file for a particular name, and then all one has to do is to open (in Internet Explorer) the page "file:///Drive:/pathtobrain/brainname/index.html#-xxxx" where xxxx is the id# of the thought, and voila, the plex opens with the searched-for thought in the center.

It is easy to do this by hand: Prepare this .xml file once and for all, have it open in one tab, and have the sitebrain open in the other tab. One can search the xml with standard internet-explorer ctrl-f, and put the id# into the addressbar of the other tab, and that is it.

It can be made even better: With "search and replace" and a little editing one can quite easily, once and for all, prepare a .html file out of the .xml file that lists alphabetically all the thoughts (in my case over 10.000) and clicking on the thought would bring you directly to the plex.

But maybe somebody has a more elegant idea or an idea to automate this. For example, after exporting the sitebrain, running this program would automatically do the steps for you that I just outlined.

Then you could even take your brain into your pocket and have it with you on your i-phone or android device.

Anybody out there with me on this little project?
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