Harlan wrote: Paul,
The ability to create custom styles for notes is something we are planning for the future. If you have specific needs for a style now, please let us know and we can probably add it in for you.
Sorry, but virtual thoughts will not be making a reappearance for a variety of reasons. Most importantly is that they cannot be supported properly - they are not cross-platform, cannot be linked between each other, cannot have properties add on to them, cannot be searched properly, etc. Their inclusion as thoughts makes it necessary put caveats on many aspects of the software and is confusing to new users. Even for advanced users, many people just assumed that we could make all of these limitations go away by adding more features to virtual thoughts, however this is not the case and has resulted in some frustrations for people that we'd prefer to avoid going forward.
If you give it a chance, I am sure you will see that Version 9 is far superior to Version 8. We rewrote TheBrain from scratch and were able to use all the lessons we learned to make something that is far more robust and capable.
In terms of the UI, everything has been custom-designed in V9 to allow you to focus more on your information and not have to spend time fiddling with UI gadgets. For the case of wanting to put notes onto a separate screen, this is not possible right now unless you use a second tab, as discussed above. You are correct that it will not change thoughts as you navigate, however it does update live as changes are made if you have the same note open in multiple tabs at once.
I agree that version 9 is much easier to use.
And taking a good look at how I use Virtual Thoughts I could probably get by without them, it will take some adjustment, Virtual thoughts were just the icing on the cake. I can make do without the icing.
However having a floating window with the notes which updates live is essential.
The styles are too restrictive but I also use Connected Text which is just as restrictive with styles, however editing the CSS file allows you to set up the style you want and then you don't have to bother with it again and you can just concentrate on the content.
Similarly with The Brain version 9 you should be able to set up a custom style and set up the parameters of that style then not bother with it again, or be able to alter the existing styles then not bother with them again. This would not clutter up your clean UI for the editor because it would be hidden away in the preferences.
The style I need would have a font which includes the following Unicode Blocks 'Mathematical Operators', 'Miscellaneous Technical', 'Letterlike Symbols', 'Miscellaneous Mathematical Symbols-A' and 'Geometric Shapes'.
But the ideal solution would be to allow editing of styles.