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TheBrain Development Update
zenrain wrote:
I think once v. 9 is released we will all look back and wonder how we used TheBrain without tabs. The ability to have multiple brains open, or different sections of the same database open in tabs will probably be a game changer.


I have only a single database, so I'm hoping that the same database can be opened in multiple tabs.  Along with this, I'm hoping that Thoughts displayed in one tab can be copied/pasted into another tab.  I frequently copy/paste Thoughts (I have a series of "template" thoughts), and it seems that this process could be improved with tabs.

While I like the idea of having tabs, I'm not crazy about the amount of space that both they and the new icons (under the tabs) consume.  I realize that the space was already available in 'normal' view because this view doesn't take advantage of the space.  But, and I've said this before, I would prefer that Thoughts within the plex be shifted up into that space to allow more child/grandchild Thoughts to be displayed at the bottom.  This is still possible if you move the functionality of the icons to the menu bar, and move the instant-search back to a line that's shared with other items (e.g., pins).  You could do away with the 'xx fps' (what is that?) and make some room for instant search.


TheBrain Development Update
mcaton wrote: You can do that now.  After you click on the search button, in the search results tab, just check the Under Active button.

Matt, selecting 'under active' is a manual post-search step, so it's not the same as changing how the initial search behaves. 



TheBrain Development Update
The few issues that I have with TB will probably be addressed in the new version, but here they are anyway:
1. In the Normal view, which I use exclusively, a relatively large portion of the screen remains unused (at the top), which means that there's less space for Thoughts on the bottom of the screen.  I'm hoping that the new Brain will be more dynamic and make use of the entire screen by automatically shifting content upwards to fit more Thoughts at the bottom.  (I don't want the Thoughts to float around until they settle into place, just quickly shifted upwards.)
2. I make extensive use of the Search Field in the plex as a way to quickly locate, and jump to, an existing Thought.  However, I've found that this isn't a very reliable way to locate thoughts for two reasons: first, the entire Thought title isn't searched (there seems to be a limitation to the number of characters searched), and second, typing text from two parts of the title doesn't work.  We need to be able to locate any Thought regardless of how long the title is, and the search needs to allow wildcard characters.  Please also increase the size of the font used in the search field and in other places of the product for those of us who no longer have 20/20 vision.
3. When I perform a Search (by pressing Enter after typing characters into the plex), the entire DB is searched by default.  I'd like to be able to change the default to limit the search to the active thought and everything below it.

Thanks!
Brent
Mini-Freezes (5-10 seconds)
pthompson wrote: We are, however, making some very important and major architectural changes behind the scenes with TheBrain that will eliminate any of these issues.

Will these major changes be available for free to users who paid for 8.0.x?  I was considering upgrading from 7.0.4.5 to the current 8.0.1.5, but I'll wait if there's going to be a fee for upgrading to whatever version contains this great new architecture.


Alt-Tab Keypress Stuck
mcaton wrote: Thank you for posting.  I'm still trying to keep the File (or any menu item) selected while navigating to another app.  We'll continue testing this scenario and keep you posted.  Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Thank you,
Matt



reported this almost 3 years ago...



how to use for book list?
I use a simple construct where the author's name is the parent Thought, and each book written by an author is a child Thought under that author (or under multiple authors if necessary).  If a book is part of a series, I put the series name first in the Thought's name so that all books associated with the series are grouped together and displayed in order.

Other than this, I do use tags and Thought Types to help me organize and locate books.  For example:
  • When I create the book Thought, I assign a Thought Type of Kindle or Nook.  This allows me to more easily locate books in my online accounts.  (All the books I read are ebooks.)
  • When I create the book Thought I also assign a tag of 'unrated'.  This allows me to quickly locate all books that I haven't read yet.
  • Once I've read a book, I remove the 'unrated' tag and add three tags: one to rate the book and two for the month/year I read it.  These tags help when I create reports.
I hope this helps!


Unable to drag-drop files from Outlook into TB
I upgraded to java 7 again and, just like before, I'm unable to drag a file from Outlook into TB.  (Same symptoms as before.)  The reason I tried this again is that my workstation's OS is now Win7.  Before upgrading to java 7 I was using java 6 on Win7 and drag-drop worked.

1. Both Outlook 2010 and TB are 32 bit
2. I manually removed the redemption dll from Outlook and readded it.
3. No I have not uninstalled/reinstalled TB. 

Obviously TB has an issue with java 7, whether it be on XP (my previous OS) or Win7 (my current OS).  So I need to either upgrade to a version of TB that does work (on my machine...), or configure TB to use java 6 instead of 7.  (I still have java 6 installed too.)  Since there haven't been any updates/patches to TB since 7.0.4.5 (my current version) I assume that there's no fix for this.  If there is, great, let me know.  But if there isn't, can I configure TB to use java 6 while leaving java 7 installed?

Replicating the same child thought for numerous parent thoughts
You may already know this, but here are two easy methods for selecting multiple Thoughts that you want to copy:
  1. If you have multiple layers of child Thoughts (i.e., each child Thought is a parent to other Thoughts), use "Edit > Crawl Brain" to select all child Thoughts down to a certain level.
  2. If you have only one layer of child Thoughts, you can select all of them by doing a CTRL+click on the parent Thought's child gate.
Once you've selected your Thoughts, right-click in the Selection window and then select 'Copy Selected Thoughts'.  Then navigate to the Parent thought and do a paste. 

If you want the pasted Thought(s) to have only a single parent (i.e., the parent under which you pasted the Thoughts), then you'll need to manually unlink the pasted Thought(s) from their original parent. 
Instant Activation interpretation of dot '.'
Patrick, please understand that I don't have an issue finding Thoughts...I have an issue finding TOO MANY Thoughts.

When I type (for example) 5.0 in the Instant Activation box, a list of Thoughts appear that have 5 and 0 ANYWHERE in their names...even if they're not connected by a period.  An example is "2012-05".  This name should not be listed.

I can understand if TB has a wildcard character for listing Thoughts.  But it seems that every non-alphanumeric character (including space) is a wildcard.  If a character can be used in a Thought name, I think that it shouldn't be regarded as a wildcard.  So please ask development to have TB regard the period "." as a normal (non-wildcard) character when typed in the instant activation box.  Maybe the wildcard should be a comma?
Instant Activation interpretation of dot '.'
Patrick, have any decisions been made about how to handle this situation?


Brent
Unable to drag-drop files from Outlook into TB
Patrick, my previous reply to you, in which I said "I did do that as well" was confirmation that I did what you'd asked.  So, yes, I've manually removed and added the plugin...many times and in every conceivable combination. 

I'll send a copy of the output.log via email.

(Ticket
21807 was created.)


Unable to drag-drop files from Outlook into TB
Patrick, I did do that as well, but since I described a process in which the Redemption add-on was removed and then re-added, I didn't bother stating that I also manually removed and re-added it. 

Has drag-and-drop been tested in-house on a workstation that also has XP, Outlook 2007, TB7 and Java 7?




Unable to drag-drop files from Outlook into TB
This morning I uninstalled/installed Java 7...problem still existed.  Then I uninstalled Java 7 and installed Java 6...problem circumvented.  This seems to point to an incompatibility between TB7 (on XP) and Java 7.
Unable to drag-drop files from Outlook into TB
I'm still on XP (so everything is 32bit), and I didn't reinstall either Outlook 2007 or TB 7.0.4.5 before this problem began. 

I went ahead and removed the redemption file from Outlook, stopped Outlook, reinstalled TB, started Outlook (confirmed the redemption file was there), and then tested drag-drop.  The results were the same -- instead of getting a copy of the file in TB, I get a copy of the email.
Unable to drag-drop files from Outlook into TB
Recently I upgraded to JAVA 1.7.007, and since then I haven't been able to use the drag-drop method to copy files from an Outlook email into TB.  When I drag a file, what I get in TB is a link to the email.

I also attempted to copy files into TB by right-clicking on the file within Outlook and then using Paste File within TB.  However this results in an error message stating "The file '[]' could not be copied."   The [] on my screen is actually a box.


Brent
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