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2 Ideas for Mac
Hi Crew , New release 9sounds like a winner I'll be force to subscribe again .
A couple of ideas that my have already been suggested . Anyway ...

What about the choice to keep the Thebrain plex always (until unstuck) 'stuck' to the desktop , that is always at the bottom of all open screens or even hidden BUT when an object in another application is drag selected then TheBrain plex pops to the top so that the dragged file can then be quickly dropped on a thought . Is the Team including perhaps a menu icon for Mac so that the Plex can be quickly toggled stuck-unstuck etc ?
Hope I'm not way of target with this idea :-)

The other idea (rather obvious) is to have the ability to quickly show only files in a Brain Plex by date so that activity for a particular year can be isolated visually. Great for business people wanting to see related events and other reviewing their Brains as a sort of diary of doings Sorry if this is already a feature :-)

Feel free to delete this post of its useless . No point in wasting peoples time .

Controlling Info on the Fly
Hello Matt , Just one final clarification and I will cease lobbying . I have tried to make this a clear as possible :-)
What I imagine is a Fixed Base underlying Template set by the developer of something like an inverted tree structure. The User then creates a template in The Main Brain by selecting the most important Thoughts say 15 (so we don't start with a 'perfect' system but a workable static system but with visual design relevancy ; not some dynamic malfunctioning one that gives everybody a headache OR conversely merely a list of Thoughts with no design orientation relevancy.
Only shortcuts can be accepted so any large files will 'Fall Though' the Template Inbox (to the select folder behind it) leaving behind a short cut to the larger file that will be added when TheBrain file is opened .
We could also have a small noter that adds to a Thought Inbox (say a tag on the side of the Thought on the Tree to give relevancy to dropped files .
USING :
When a dragged file hits the screen boundary a list of Brain Template Icons open and then dragging the file over the particular Brain Template icon the Tree Template pops out into the main screen and the User drags the file over a desired Thought .The Thought then highlights and the user drops the file .A shortcut is added to that Thought in the Addon Template which will be transfused to the TheBrain file Thought when the main program file is opened.

The Inbox on a Thought ,when TheBrain file is opened , could be displayed up by clicking producing a popup .At the top of that Thought InBox are icons to Sort By : Date , File type, , Name ; next to each file SC is a checkbox to import the file or delete , so the User can click through ordering of these Inboxed files (and so notes added develop powerful relevancy) , then grabs a group of files and drag them out to a Thought anywhere in The Brain and drop them there Thus creating new child thoughts or jump thoughts .

OK well thanks for listening I won't persist in annoying you lot with lobbying ,who knows what TheBrain Teams have got coming . Best of luck Chas
Controlling Info on the Fly
So whats the Story . This is the make or brake issue for me . Can the user easily get info into TheBrain on the fly whilst working on other applications THEN open TheBrain later and sort/delete/organize information easily and intuitively (because the dropped files on the right node zone).
There appears to be a geek following that loves to spend their time curating their stuff . I want solutions to controlling information easily , logically and intuitively . So when I go looking for some info much later its all in the zone say Art Works or History , I get information reinforcement about things that I had forgotten about : connections and ideas then become apparent . The world is becoming so complex and moving so fast us humans need a way of reminding ourselves(apart from doing a Spotlight search , in which case I wouldn't need the brain anyway) as to how and when and where we stored a file .
You see the beauty of using the inbox I suggested is that in many cases we don't need to go in and deal with the information that we place on a node . Perhaps a month later when a PHD student is looking or an obscure thing he vaguely remembered looking at she could go to the area node and find it in the inbox . Or the Art Collection , grabbing stuff on the fly and dropping things onto different art categorizes .The user feels secure on dropping the link that they WILL be able to find it or it Will turn up because it has been intuitively filed (on an inbox node ) .
Those dropped file can be easily dragged off the Inbox to another node in the vicinity and automatic link can be then added and the file can be dropped . Same goes for groups of files .
I really hope you guys sort something out cause I'm struggling will a jumble of information , that of course if I was a computer I could easily organize but alas I'm only a human AI ! Also I would be careful as the are millions of hungry people out their who might perfect your system (say in China) and gazump you . Look at Ubers new competitors or Apple .
Templates Mindmaps And More
So whats the Story . This is the make or brake issue for me . Can the user easily get info into TheBrain on the fly whilst working on other applications THEN open TheBrain later and sort/delete/organize information easily and intuitively (because the dropped files on the right node zone).
There appears to be a geek following that loves to spend their time curating their stuff . I want solutions to controlling information easily , logically and intuitively . So when I go looking for some info much later its all in the zone say Art Works or History , I get information reinforcement about things that I had forgotten about : connections and ideas then become apparent . The world is becoming so complex and moving so fast us humans need a way of reminding ourselves(apart from doing a Spotlight search , in which case I wouldn't need the brain anyway) as to how and when and where we stored a file .
You see the beauty of using the inbox I suggested is that in many cases we don't need to go in and deal with the information that we place on a node . Perhaps a month later when a PHD student is looking or an obscure thing he vaguely remembered looking at she could go to the area node and find it in the inbox . Or the Art Collection , grabbing stuff on the fly and dropping things onto different art categorizes .The user feels secure on dropping the link that they WILL be able to find it or it Will turn up because it has been intuitively filed (on an inbox node ) .
Those dropped file can be easily dragged off the Inbox to another node in the vicinity and automatic link can be then added and the file can be dropped . Same goes for groups of files .
I really hope you guys sort something out cause I'm struggling will a jumble of information , that of course if I was a computer I could easily organize but alas I'm only a human AI ! Also I would be careful as the are millions of hungry people out their who might perfect your system (say in China) and gazump you . Look at Ubers new competitors or Apple .
Templates Mindmaps And More
Also Each Template can have a folder selection Choice where files that are dropped onto the Template nodes could 'fall through' and be filed under the users folder choice .This allows more controlled filing of large exteral files. Keeping the main program faster .

The other thing is to keep this template structure 'design elegant'. Thoughts selected could be connected back through lines to the Central Thought (which itself doesn't need naming just and icon) and missing thoughts are just given node bumps . This allows the user constructing the Template to select the Most relevant or memorable thought nodes (that would be named on the Template ) down though a number of parent child iterations but without the structure becoming visually cluttered but node bumps are there on the CONNECTING TREE for the user to drag an item over and a popup describing the thought and which can also receive dropped information.

Perhaps even a node can be activated visually on the Template as the user changes focus of project etc .
Templates Mindmaps And More
When I said templates I mean a copy of the most significate parts of users differant Brains selected by the user when making a template . Files dropped into the templates then go to an 'inbox' to the RHS of the node on which they were dropped , when TheBrain Application is opened .This allows user to move quickly on the fly when working in another application and to sort out things after .
This Addon could also have a zone where we can dump things of interest that go into a simplified mind map structure that can be sorted by clicking on types in that window .

I think that boss is missing an opportunity not to build simpler addons that do more specific thing in a similar style to TheBrain .If an idea works particularly well that in could be developed and incorporated into TheBrain .And TheBrain could charge for these extras.

As I mention to PT in an email exchange , the idea of having a zone called say BrianThink or BrainPlay and in this area a User can drop stuff in as they go through their day . This area would display those files as word bubbles floating around on the scream (like a screen saver) . When we click on a bubble it bursts and Thesaurus derivative words fall out and rain down giving the user a choice of new words that might be closer to ones for new Brain nodes they might be looking for . When we click on a falling word it becomes bubbled and floats up (still related to that file that was dropped in) .
NOW if we drag two bubbles together they form two(3 or 4) ballons with strings and attached to the strings are Icons related to the Words . This is a way of selecting Icons for Brain Nodes when building a New Brain at the start of a project .Good for students perhaps trying to remember stuff.

This relates to another area that might be developed For Recordings of say a lecture . In this Addon the mic is directed at the speaker And the Addon is translating key words off the lecturers voice (that is being recorded) And those keywords are floating around on the screen (in and out of focus) infront of the Student who can then grab a most relevant keyword which starts to build a mindmap .Quick notes can be added at that new node to fill out lecture points . This allows the student to focus on the lecture and not trying to write notes (and having a recorded copy of the lecturers voice for review ) .Perhaps AI is needed for this .

All Easier said than done of course .

Template system seems easier more direct and less distracting than having an open Brain file and considering where and how to fit that new information.
The ADDon template links are setup to the right of any node that information is dropped in the template ,and when TheBrain file is opened a file shortcut is there on the right of the though (node) for the user to consider .Its like a sophisticated inbox with much of the sorting already done .

Hope this might be useful for us all .
DevonThink style Sorter addon for TheBrian ++
DevonThink app has an addon called Sorter that sits as a tab on window .This small addon can collect information for DevonThink user created databases .The addon is small quick app that can start with OSX (or window) . When the main DT application is opened then the information held in Sorter is transured into the relevent Brains . Why not have something similar with TheBrain  .Another style app could do a similar thing called Unclutter .
Why not have templates of a users TheBrainsin this popout addon so that the we can just drag a link or file onto the template outine node And that information will be transfured into TheBrain on opening .
DT Sorter also has a noting spot also .

Or what about a TheBrain area that information can be dumpted into that sorts like a mind map and that the user can inspect info colleted by different metrics ; date file type origon spelling ... .TheBrain templates could be stored in this app also where the user can file or discard new info easily .
I see so many opportunities to widen usage and satisfy a broader range of customers

I could go on about all the other options or opportunities . I bought TheBrain in 2010 and I find that it still has this integration problem .
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