After playing with V9 over the weekend, I came to the same conclusion as kbunders, and a little disappointed.
Looking forward to Version 9 to complete my migration away from windows to the Mac. Brain8 has less gotchas on windows.
Appreciate it's pre-release so you are after feedback, this is why i dug out my forum account.
I'm tying it on a Mac, It does look smoother, and slick.
I miss the spinning retro 70's 7" record centre in the middle of the plex, its also nice feedback when its busy doing stuff, then starts gently randomly spinning again waiting for input.
It feels like getting into a new car where a lot of the controls are in the new strange places.
The search field feels like the Engine start button is a touch screen button way over on the passenger side of the dashboard.
To view the notes of a thought feels like I'm clearing a popup each time to look at the speedo.
When I click on a thought I personally like to look at my notes first even if empty, but by default it shows me a preview of an attachment. I would prefer my notes first before any attachment previews.
Also double clicking on the wallpaper wallpaper hides/reveals the notes attachments section, I miss that.
I use calendar for a particular type of thought only. Not a big deal, but I would really like it back which apparently you are.
So yes it is very modern with less buttons, but V9 currently has less features and the features left are activated by pressing same buttons multiple times and with couple of swipes for good measure.
Overall the programme is faster executing, but it does feel slower stretching over the dashboard, and clearing popups to enter notes, just driving the thing seems slower.