I need a place where I can collate the information from all these different sources, with links between topics and keywords. But most importantly, I need to be able to visualize an overview of how things are related to each other at different levels. Custom expanded views shown in the tutorial videos looked like just the ticket.
I've tried various mind-mapping programs, but they all fall short in different ways. I've tried Tinderbox (V6), but I don't like the way I have to re-arrange the containers every time I click on a different note.. and drilling down doesn't let me see the notes above.
In fact, it was the emails I was getting regarding upgrading from Tinderbox 6 to 7 that got me looking at The Brain again. The expanded view and screenshot/icon features, as well as the intuitive interface as shown in the videos, are what convinced me that I could finally justify the price, so I bought TheBrain yesterday.
Maybe I'm just not setting up my links, etc., correctly. But I'm really having a hard time seeing parent topics when I'm more than one layer deep, so I'm pretty much back to the problem I have with Tinderbox. I'm lost in my own "mindmap."