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Find and Replace
Unfortunately, the technique you suggested with exporting to XML, renaming, and then reimporting does not work for me because it wipes out all my saved Expanded Views. These views are absolutely critical for my project. I'm pretty disappointed in this.

Even if there were a way to FIND instances of a string in the brain, I could at least hunt them down and replace them manually. But with several hundred thoughts, this is crazy difficult.
Find and Replace
Wow, that's unbelievable. That solution is incredibly convoluted for such a simple operation. Imagine if a word processor required you to do this every time you wanted to change the name of something.

I don't understand how such an obvious feature could have been left out of the software.

Also, that voting area... seems to be unused by the devs. I don't think they take requests from there.

To be clear on what this feature should do:

If you press CTRL-F, a find and replace window should come up where you can type in a string to find (and replace). There should be THREE checkboxes in there. One for "Thought Titles" and one for "Thought Notes", and one for "Preview Replacements". Depending on which ones you check, the program should include these in its search and replace operation. And before doing the replace, it should give you a count to let you know how many there are.

Praise for 8.0.2.1
Just today, I installed 8.0.2.1 and upgraded from 8.0.2.a

I have to say, the problem I've been suffering from for a long time seems to have been fixed in this version. And that problem is the awful, sluggish behavior of the Expanded View when I have a large number of thoughts in a saved view. Not even an unreasonably large amount, mind you... but my brain has 486 thoughts and 591 links. Not what I'd call particularly large compared to what people say this program can handle. And the program is smooth as butter in "normal view" mode as always. But expanded view has been giving me lots of headaches. Just trying to pan the screen around a large view felt like I was running a Pentium II or something.


Yes, I do almost all of my work in an Expanded View, so it's very important to me that this feature be improved. Currently, it needs a lot of work. There aren't even scroll bars! There isn't even an export feature allowing me to save an image of the view. These should be obvious features. I have a feeling, though, that not enough people actually USE expanded views to be able to report all the bugs to the dev team.

Anyway, nice work on 8.0.2.1 because (so far) it seems to be running very smooth, and I can finally view my large story arc and pan around it without wanting to put my fist through the monitor. [smile]
Find and Replace
Am I doing something wrong? When I do a CTRL-F and try to find something, it just tells me "Finished searching the document. The search item was not found."

Really? Cause that's blatantly false. If I'm trying to search for something (or replace it) in my Brain, it says it cannot find what I'm searching for. It's like the whole feature is broken. And it's such a basic feature that pretty much every productivity program in existence has.

To give an example of what I'm using this for, I'm using the Brain to organize a story I'm writing. And I've recently decided to change the name of one of my characters. So I figured I'd go into the Brain and replace all the instances of that character's name with the new name. Nope. Not allowed. Very frustrating. So either somehow such an obvious feature was missed or I'm just doing something wrong. Hopefully it's the latter and you guys can tell me how to successfully search (and replace).
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