Interesting. Quote: A dedicated team started working on TheBrain 9 at the same time as work began on TheBrain 8. After a year of development version 8 was ready for release and it seemed like the new code for version 9 was well on the way to replicating the core features of TheBrain. The team that worked on version 8 was now able to reinforce the version 9 team. We thought we might be done in another year. Two years at most. But the devil, and the beauty I’d argue, really is in the details. All of the small seemingly innocuous options and little things that the software does may seems like minor adjustments and adornments but in reality they probably took up over 80% of the development time. Now that it is finally ready for release we’ve worked on TheBrain 9 for well over 5 years.When the preview version of TB9 was introduced in December 2015, it was practically unusable. I didn't realize that there had already been more than three years of development. Quote: The move away from Java was a huge investment for us as a company and a significant risk.... But thankfully it has all worked out. It's not clear to me that "it has all worked out". Yes, it was a good idea to redesign and rebuild the software. The interface is cleaner and the performance is better. But, it seems that the required resources (money, people, expertise) were not available so the development has been limited: Several TB8 features were removed rather than improved (Calendar, Expanded Views, Virtual Thoughts) and several others have been delayed, e.g. Saved Reports, printing, integration with Google Calendar. I've never seen any other software where the new version had so many features missing in comparison to the previous version.
TheBrain is unique so I am still using it for some specialized projects. I'm waiting for new features and more of the desktop features in the iOS app and in Webbrain.