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Smart Thoughts (#4550)
The idea of Smart Thoughts and therefore my own thoughts about how they'd work is derived from Lightroom's Smart Collections. If you have in your crew a photographer or two that use Lightroom, ask for a Smart Collections demo.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an image organizing and editing program. Among its organizing tools are two kinds of collections which are basically just lists of images.

Simple (or "regular") collections are created and maintained by manually adding and removing images. A simple collection is kind of like a virtual folder and an image can be in multiple simple collections. This is similar to attaching child thoughts to one or several parents in TheBrain.

Smart collections are defined by a set of criteria (a.k.a., rules). Images with characteristics satisfying the rules are in the collection. Images cannot be manually added to smart collections.

A Lightroom smart collection is basically a saved search displayed as a group of images. A particular smart collection is created with the smart collection editor using predefined and fill-in-the-blank rule templates. As soon as a collection is defined, the matching images appear and when other images come to match the definition they immediately appear in the collection.

In TheBrain version 9, can a search be saved? If so, displaying saved searches as thoughts would come very near to what I have in mind. Also, it would be useful to be able to pin smart thoughts.
Smart Thoughts (#4550)
Smart Thoughts

A smart thought automatically gathers child thoughts (and maybe jump thoughts) based on criteria such as key words or phrases in a thought's name or label or notes, date of thought creation (e.g., thoughts added or updated today), specific tags or any tag, whether or not a thought has notes, etc. Any combination of these and other criteria could be used to gather the content of smart thoughts.

This idea is based on Lightroom's Smart Collection concept.

Maybe TheBrain version 9 already has this or a similar feature.
Backup Manager, Please (#4389)
Please add a backup manager that (optionally) removes all but the most recent N backup brains where N is a number set by user.
Assign Icon to Untyped Thought Type?
Can I assign an icon to the untyped thought type? I know I can assign an icon to an untyped thought but can I easily arrange for all untyped thoughts to have the same icon?

Terrible Trouble with Java 7 Update 67
A couple of months ago, I updated Java when prompted and, as a result, lost my brain which I discussed above. Since then, I've upgrade from PB 5.5 to TB 8.0.1.2 and today I'm getting another Java update notice. I'm worried about accepting the invitation to update Java because of my recent experience. How can I know that this and future Java updates won't obliterate my brains?

I am "once bitten, twice shy."

Thanks,
-- Sam
Instant Search Weirdness

Thanks for the reply, Matt. Your explanation helps but it doesn't satisfy.

The behavior you describe is different that my experiences with PB5. The exact thought names and search phrases I'm having trouble with are identical to ones I used in PB5 and I didn't have this issue. Now it seems that I have to remember more particulars about thought names than I did before, and I have to wonder each time Instant Search doesn't find a thought whether or not I actually created it.

-- Sam

Instant Search Weirdness
TB 8.0.1.2 Free Edition Pro Trial
J-1.7.0_67

I have a thought named "Articles about, World Health Organization | WHO". When I enter "articles about, who" or "articles about who" (no comma) or "art abo who", Instant Search finds the thought but when I enter "articles who" or "about who" it does not.

Why?

-- Sam
Instant Search > Create produces multiple identical thoughts
The problem was, indeed, caused by my mouse. I replaced the mouse and the Create button works as expected.

-- Sam
Instant Search > Create produces multiple identical thoughts
Hi Patrick,

It's possible that my mouse is acting up. In Options > Preferences > UI, I changed "Enter key defaults to:" to Create Thought. When I typed a new thought name and pressed Enter, a single copy of the thought was created. When I switched "Enter key defaults to:" back to Search, a very carefully pressed single mouse click created 6 or more identical thoughts. It sounds like key bounce, doesn't it? I'll try this again when I get another mouse.

-- Sam
Instant Search > Create produces multiple identical thoughts

TB 8.0.1.2 running in free trial mode with Pro privileges (at least for now):
J-1.7.0_67

In the Instant Search box (lower left corner) I enter the name of a thought that doesn't exist in my brain. I'm presented with a selection of thoughts, an option to create a new thought, and an option to search the brain. After select "Create", I find that I immediately have 6 copies of the new thought in my brain. I must have a preferences setting wrong.

-- Sam

P.S., This brain was newly created with TB 8.0.1.2 and J-1.7.0_67 just a few days ago.

Terrible Trouble with Java 7 Update 67
Thank you, Patrick! My problem brain has been uploaded.
-- Sam
Terrible Trouble with Java 7 Update 67
Sure, I can share it but it's a large file -- about 631MB.

Added: Wait a minute. I'm trying to load a much smaller (300-400 KB BrainZip) file into TB8 and I'm getting the same or similar errors. If this smaller file exhibits the problem, I suppose you'd like to investigate that one instead. I'll be back.

Added: Even though I got one error during the conversion, the small brain I loaded seems to be complete and operating just fine. It's my big brain that got all the prob's.


-- Sam
Terrible Trouble with Java 7 Update 67
I restored from my older BrainZip with almost precisely the same results -- lots of missing links. All the thoughts are there (I think) but thousands of links are missing.

During the restore, after I acknowledged that the database would have to be updated to TB8 format, I got two error messages in quick succession. The error logs are attached.

I'm beginning to believe the problem is in Java 7u67 (version 7 update 67) with which neither PB5 or TB8 is capable of handling my PB5 database.

The BrainZip I'm trying to restore from is about 631MB in size.

-- Sam

Added: FYI, I have lots of thoughts in this brain with thought names in the form "2014-01-01" -- that is, YYYY-MM-DD -- and, as near as I can tell, every link to every one of these thoughts has gone missing. Their former children, parent, and jump thoughts still exist but without links to the thoughts with such names.
Terrible Trouble with Java 7 Update 67
Okay, I finished doing all those steps and find that this brain is pretty messed up. In particular, the number of thoughts is 84,563 which is (I think) correct, but the number of links is only 136,041 and I'm sure link count should be upwards of 179K.

I'm going to make one more attempt. I have another archived BrainZip from about three days earlier than the one I've been working with and I'll try restoring from that.

-- Sam
Terrible Trouble with Java 7 Update 67
Thanks, Patrick, for your detailed reply. I've started along the path you've outlined. I'll be back.

-- Sam
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