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Best Practices for Determining Data Loss After Import?
I learned that backup is very important as I have lost files before.


Quote: In the meantime, with a program like Duplicate File Detective, are there any limitations on the types of "files" it identifies?

I don't think any duplicate checker program has any limitation on file types, the method I use in duplicate checking is by comparing hash, you can test this by copying a file and removing/changing the file extension of the copy, the two files still have the same hash. 

I'm not sure if the URL attachments are saved as file? can you see it using windows explorer? if not, then you cannot check these using a duplicate checker program.

These program can only see the internal file attachments, as long as windows explorer can see the files, you can use these program to check.

I don't have any experience importing into TB9, but the process using duplicate checking, I used while transferring ebooks into calibre library, I compare the calibre library folder for any duplicates before importing books 

Best Practices for Determining Data Loss After Import?
Hi metta,

This is an idea that you can use to check for missing files, because thebrain uses the file system to store files, we can use the help of a duplicate checker program to check for duplicates. if we found duplicates of the file on the other brain, then it means its imported.

Here is what you need.
1. A duplicate checker program ( I use Duplicate File Detective, but other duplicate check can be used)
2. 2 copies of thebrain 8 data folder (1 copy for backup)
3. 2 copies of thebrain 9 data folder (1 copy for backup)

Here is what you do
1. Secure the backups first in case something unexpected happen
2. Make sure the backups are secured.
3. Add additional backups if required.

Here is what you do after backups ( I will use feature in Duplicate File Detective as example)
1. Ready the brain 8 and brain 9 data folders
2. Open duplicate checker program
3. Add the brain 8 and the brain 9 data paths
3.a Lock thebrain 9 path, so the program cannot delete any files on thebrain 9 data path
4. Set program to compare using SHA-1 hashing, you can also use byte-by-byte but that will take some time 
5. Search for duplicates
6. After completing the search, select all files in thebrain 8 data folder, you can use smart mark, mark by path, select thebrain 8 path
7. Delete mark files, you can also use Move files .
8. Once the files are out of thebrain 8 data folder, you can check thebrain 8 data folder properties if there are files left, if the properties show some bytes, you can use "*" or "*.*" to show all files on the folder.
9. The remaining files are files that are not imported into thebrain 9. These are the files that you need to manually check in thebrain 8, I think by using the GUID.

The downside is the duplicate program can only check missing files attachments, for other features accessible only inside the brain example are notes, thought type, links, you can check the log file for any errors. 

Hope this helps!
How do you organize your thoughts when you have the same thought but different source?
Hello,

Anybody experience this? How do you organize/manage it?

Example 
Thought : Population
This is linked to a website about population
Youl create a Thought: Population Website

You found another source for population, this time its a book
You read the book and link another thought: Population Growth to thought: Population 
and also you create a Book Thought to Population Thought

And you add more Thoughts to Population like Exponential Growth and other websites which is not related to the Book thought

The problem is when time passed you forget what is related to the Book thought, what do you do so you know the thoughts are connected to the Book?
Feature Request: PDF Viewing using Browser Plugins
Hi,

The current pdf preview is limited, although, the idea of having the pdf in view inside TheBrain is amazing!

I would like to request an option to use browser plugins to view and annotate pdf files, the user can use other pdf readers they like.

Open pdf inside browser

See the link for the example using 3rd party pdf readers

PDF-Xchange Add-on

Adobe Reader


Thank you!
Feature Request: PDF Annotation / Bookmarking
Hello,

I like to request support for PDF Annotations / Bookmarking while viewing the PDF file.

This is useful when reading a book and taking down notes.

One idea is the annotations could be quickly inserted on the Notes with page links/citations

The additional metadata from the annotations and bookmarks will be saved in the location of the file.

When you open the PDF in the Brain's Viewer, the Brain would check if there are annotations/ bookmarks, if there is an annotation/ bookmark available, the Brain would load it.
Feature Request: Support for Code Blocks
Hello,

I like to request support for Code Blocks in the Notes similar to Github.

This would be useful for people who needs to write/reference codes


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Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636, #4333)
@Matt

Here's some idea,

TheBrain needs to have the following for the multi-timeline

  1. TheBrain should have a Time attribute/properties
  2. TheBrain should be able to link the connection of time the same way Thoughts can link to other Thoughts

The mock-up has 4 parts

  1. Timeline Tab
  2. Timeline View
  3. Plex with Timeline Overlay
  4. Report Timeline

  1. Timeline Tab

The Timeline Tab is the Time attribute of a Thought, The property is per Thought.

The design is similar to the old calendar with different views

Some idea http://www.essentialpim.com/images/calendar1.png

In the Timeline Tab, the user can input schedules,events, activities, historical time, birthdays, any time related data.

Example:
Project Thought → Sub-Project Thought
The user can create deadlines and schedule of the Project Thought, if the user wants to delegate it to another person, the user can create a sub-project Thought and set schedule to track progress.

The Sub-Project Thought which is linked to the Project Thought, will be related and it will automatically be linked in time.

For Historical and Birthdays, the user can just set a Thought and add a Time property to it.

If its possible, the Time property can have a counter which is useful for Birthday or History. The counter would just get the difference between the current date and the set Time property of the Thought, so you will know the age of the celebrant.


  1. Timeline View

The Timeline View is the same as the current Timeline View design,

It can show the current Thought only, selected Thoughts, and a summary of all Thoughts currently on the plex

Example;

The user want to compare the time for PLEX 0 and PLEX 1, the user will just select PLEX 0 and PLEX 1 and it will only show these Timeline.


  1. Plex with Timeline Overlay

The Plex with Timeline Overly can be use see all the timeline of all the Thoughts currently on the Plex.

It can be filtered to show all, show dates, show months, show year

Depending on the filtered event, the circles are re-draw

Example: Time Filter is Year
The big circles are the Years, the small circles are the Months

The use can control and filter the Plex on the Timeline View.

If the user filter the event to 2016 year and month of january, all the Thought currently on the Plex will show only the event on that month and year.

The idea is similar to data visualization
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/06/50-great-examples-of-data-visualization/

The Plex with Timeline Overlay is only to a certain dimension similar to the Timeline View above because it can cause data overload for the user


  1. Report support for Multi-Timeline

After some thought, the Multi-timeline is better suited in the Report

In the Report, the user you can create a report related to all the timeline available in opened Brain,

Example Find all Thought with Birthdays, this can depend if the user add tags to Birthday, or Thought with name Birthdays, or linked to a Thought Birthday.

The report will show the Thought with Birthdays and show the links between the Thoughts.

Example the Result of the reports shows the Family A and Family B birthdays.
The Brain will create a link to all the Family A members that are connected to Family A, same with Family B members

The report shows the user what is connected based on their Thought linking.

The user can quickly locate the Thought by just clicking on the report.

A summary report of all the Thought with Time data in a picture file would be very nice to see.

Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636, #4333)
+1 to Moltaire multi-timeline request![thumb][thumb]

@Matt, 
Have you guys considered using the plex to show the multi-timeline if its possible?
The current timeline will be used for 1 to 3 dimensions, while the plex will be used for 1 to infinity.
[Feature Request] Move/Copy Internal Attachment to another Brain
The feature request is similar to how you would use "Move File out of the Brain" an internal attachment then select the destination where you save the file to an external location.

The process would be similar but instead of choosing an external location, the user would choose a Brain.

Example.
We have 2 Opened Brains
Brain A
Brain B

Brain A (Has 1 Thought and 2 attachments)
  Thought - "Move Attachment Out"
      Attachment - "123.doc"
      Attachment - "456.doc"

Brain B (has 2 Thoughts)
  Thought - "123 doc here"
  Thought - "456 doc here"


In order for the user to move out the 2 attachments of Brain A, the user needs to set the destination Thought where he/she would like to put it.
From the example above, if the user would like to move out attachment 456.doc of Brain A to the Thought "456 doc here" of Brain B 

1. The user would first focus Brain B's "456 doc here" Thought
2. The user would go back to Brain A and select Attachment "456.doc"
3. The user right click on the selected attachment, choose "Move File out to Another Brain"
4. TheBrain would then transfer it to the "456 doc here" Thought


The idea has limit of 2 Brains, I dont know how to do it if there are multiple Brains open, maybe the manual way would be an alternative.

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