There is an old, wisdom-yielding riddle regarding managing information: "What is the difference between the information you can't find, and the information you don't have?"
The corollary for TheBrain relates to its assumed advantage, visualization of the relationships between data items. "What is the difference between the information relationships you can't see, and the relationships you haven't established?"
I, too, currently am disappointed with TheBrain's display options. Yes, this seems to invalidate the point (and key differentiator) of the software. (Elsewhere in this Forum, there are posts about the Rabbit Hole effect...)
I do appreciate the app's challenges in moving to multiple technical platforms. And I salute the reasons for making this change.
As a visual thinker and learner, I NEED to see the big picture visually. That's why I am a customer of TheBrain.
My subscription recently renewed. Right now, I am being patient; waiting on progress of v9, and the development of the new iOS version.
But, candidly, I am not using TheBrain as much as I'd expected given its current utility and the lack of features in iOS. (Not to mention my investment.)
Meantime, I've cobbled together a suite other apps to accomplish what I'd hoped TB would be doing for me. Not in the same way, of course.
Depending on how things shape up in the coming months, I may renew TB…
Looming issues for me that must balance with the decision to "all in" with TB, beyond the missing but requisite big picture views, include the lock-in from the app's unique data format and its proprietary web sync. (I do appreciate that everything in TB ultimately is exportable, but that requires a decidedly affirmative effort.)
TB is an innovative app. It appeals to a relatively small group of folks who think a certain way and want to take the time to work with their information in a particular fashion. In our little niche, we represent many disciplines, preferences, and desires.
I get that Harlan & Co. is not making this app expressly for me (or any one of us here). Still, I truly hope that the apps that they serve up serve my needs so that I can continue to happily buy again and again. In a few months, I will make the call that will be decisive for me.