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Feature Request : Floating Notes Window
Sorry I wasn't trying to be aggressive. [frown]

Just pointing out that I won't be moving the bulk of my notes to TheBrain 9 until this feature is implemented, I suspect I may be waiting a while!
Feature Request : Floating Notes Window
Yes that sort of works but the notes window (i.e. the new wondow) is not synchronised with the node which has the focus.  With a floating notes window it displays the notes of the thought which has the focus and changes when a new node gets the focus.

Thats why TheBrain 8 is still better than TheBrain 9.
Feature Request : Floating Notes Window
The floating notes window is a feature which TheBrain 8 has but TheBrain 9 does not have and it is very useful.

With the advent of Windows 10 the floating notes window functionality was broken by Microsoft with the screen scaling factor.  If the screen you dragged the notes window to was a different scale factor to the screen which TheBrain was open on then the system crashed.

But with the latest update to Windows 10 this problem has been solved, the user needs to set the 'Override High DPI scaling behaviour' in the Compatablity tab of the program properties and set the 'Scaling performed by' drop down to 'System' and everything works correctly.

I believe this crash was the reason the floating notes window functionality was left out of TheBrain 9 but now the problem is solved there is no reason not to include it.

Let us examine the reasoning :-

1. This bug was caused by screen scaling which was introduced by Windows 10 so anyone using a previous version of Windows will not be affected by it.

2. The updates for Windows 10 are mandatory so 99% of people using Windows 10 will have been updated to the fixed version.

3. The function has already been implemented in TheBrain 8 so a working example of the code already exists.

Having a floating notes window on a multi monitor system is incredibly useful so please consider this feature request.  The lack of this feature is the thing which is preventing me from transferring to TheBrain 9.

Please !!
TheBrain 8 freezes with floating notes window and different scaling factors on 2 screens.
If you are running TheBrain 8 on a system with Windows 10 you may have noticed a bug where if you have two monitors with different resolutions and you try to have the Notes window floating on a different monitor the system crashes.

There is a solution!

Recently I was reading that the latest update to Windows 10 is supposed to fix many of the high DPI screen issues, but it wasn't doing anything for my setup so I started digging around, here is what I found.

If you select the executable file, it's probably in "C:\Program Files\TheBrain\TheBrain.exe" or if you have an icon on your desktop then right click and select the 'Open file location' option.

Once you have located the executable (called TheBrain.exe) then right click on it and select properties. then in the dialog box that appears select the tab marked 'Compatibility', this tab has changed a lot with the latest update to Windows 10.

If you are running Windows 10 and it is up to date then the dialog box will probably appear like the image attached to this post.  You need to click in the checkbox marked 'Override high DPI scaling behavour' and in the dropdown called 'Scaling performed by' set the option to 'System'.

When you next run TheBrain the problem with the floating notes window crashing the program if your screens have different scaling factors will not happen any more.  The floating window will probably disappear when you first float the window but if you select 'Open Notes Window' from the 'Thought' menu it will re-appear and you can drag it to the other screen without crashing the system.  Problem solved !

Have fun !  [smile]
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The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
I also miss many of these features in the text editor.  Before it was almost like a word processor, but now it's much more restrictive and I have not moved the bulk of my info across from The Brain 8 yet because of this and many other things (like the lack of a floating notes window).

I continue to experiment with The Brain 9 but will continue to use The Brain 8 until 9 has some advantages for me.
The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)

But the custom styles are good and do solve the problem with the eccentric sets of characters I use in the notes, good work!  Thanks.
The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
Now all it needs is to be able to have the notes as a floating window and version 9 will almost be as good as version 8.
The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
Well it could be worse I suppose.  At least the correct characters appear in the notes most of the time.  It's just that if the character isn't in the font used by The Brain then a character is substituted from another font, mostly they are Sans Serif and a different size and style.  But it's random and so you can get many different styles in one paragraph.  And about 20% come out just as empty boxes.  I think the program looks around for a font with the correct character in it and if it can't find one it puts an empty box there.

But seriously I don't think I installed DejaVu (Sans or Serif) on my system, or at least I can't remember installing it so it might be included as a system font.  If you check if DejaVu is on your system and if it is already installed on a Mac (if you have access to a Mac) then there is your answer.

I use a free font called 'Kelvinch' which contains all the characters I need and is free both in terms of cost and restrictions, it is licensed under the SIL Open Font license.

The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
Harlan wrote:
Editing of styles is already something we are planning on adding. In the meantime, we can add a style to suit your needs. Do you happen to know offhand of a font that contains all those blocks and is available by default on both Windows and macOS?



I don't know what fonts are available by default on the Macintosh.  On Windows very few of the Microsoft fonts have a comprehensive coverage.  There is one which is widely available free of charge called DejaVu Serif, they also have DejaVu Sans and DejaVu Mono.

You could always embed a font in the installation package and install it if it was not already installed, this would mean that you could guarantee it would be available for the program.  There would be no copyright issues if the font was licensed under the GNU license or the SIL Open Fone license.

There are many free fonts of good quality which would be suitable (but there is also a lot of rubbish out there).

Editing of styles is probably the best solution, not least because it would allow people from around the world to type notes in their native languages.
The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
In the preferences there is the option to either link files or move them into the brain.
The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
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.

The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
zenrain wrote: To create a floating Text window:
  1. Create a new tab. 
  2. Open the Brain you want and navigate to the thought
  3. Drag the tab out so it creates a new window.
  4. Double click the area above the tabs in the note section (to maximize the note).
  5. Resize the window.
This window and location should persist on shutdown/startup  [smile]
Edit: As a side note I've requested the ability to right click a thought and have it open in a new tab to speed this up (among other things). 


Yes this creates a second window with the notes open in that second window but when you navigate in the first window the notes in the second window do not update, they stay on the same node (thought) which isn't very useful in my opinion.

The replacement for virtual thoughts (a folder structure from the disk represented as a network of thoughts) is to link to a folder when it is dragged and dropped into the plex, this just opens windows explorer when you click on it, again not very useful.

As I said if there were a way to customise styles or to create a custom style (or at least set the font) then the notes would not be much of a limitation but as it is now with preset immutable styles this is not useful.  Changing the font may not seem to be much of a problem but I need many special characters and foreign characters and I have a couple of fonts which have all the characters I need but the default fonts used for the notes in The Brain 9 don't seem to have these characters.  There should be at least one pan-unicode font amongst the presets.

It seems that The Brain 9 is a step backwards, a dumbed down version, missing many of the capabilities of The Brain 8.

The Brain 9, a first look. (#3486 and #3669)
I have been using The Brain 8 for a while now and have been pretty impressed with it's capabilities, so it was with great anticipation that I downloaded the beta test preview version of The Brain 9.

Two of the features which I use quite a lot are the fact that I can have the notes in a floating window maximised on the second screen and virtual thoughts.

It seems that these capabilities are no longer present in The Brain 9, or at least I haven't been able to find them yet, they may be still there but well hidden.

Also the interface for the text editor in the notes pane seems to have been dumbed down quite a lot.

Simplyfying the interface is good but when it is at the cost of removing useful capabilities then it is not so good.

This might be less bad if there were a way to customise the text styles for the limited number presets available.

This is just a first reaction, there may well be ways of doing what I want, I'm still looking.

But if there are no floating windows and if there are no virtual thoughts then I might end up staying with The Brain 8!

[frown]
Windows 10 Update
My laptop has just spontaneously updated itself to Windows 10.

After the update TheBrain went from the Pro License I have been using to the Free version.

I had to activate it again.

Someone who purchases a Pro license only gets four activations for that license, which is inadequate in my opinion.

If the upgrade of a third party piece of software which has nothing to do with the Brain has used up one of those activations which I have paid for I will be quite angry.  After all it is the same computer as it was yesterday.

Unfortunately The Brain Technologies give their users no feedback which I can find on the number of activations which have been used and how many they have left.

This activation system seems really broken to me.
Synchronisation between computers
On the brain cloud services FAQ page http://www.thebrain.com/products/cloud/cloud-faq/ the table implies (row 9) that I can synchronise brains between 2 PC's for free without the subscribing to the Pro Cloud Services.

Is this teue?

If so it solves the problem of synchronisation between my desktop machine and my Laptop.
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