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French accents are gone...
My bad then

Thanks for tracking that problem for me and keep up the excellent work.

French accents are gone...
I've been able to copy/paste a french accentuated text into a new notes without any loss of character. Therefore, I didn't went into creating the new notes as per explanation in the release note.

Should I try something else then ?
French accents are gone...

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As for the update, I also saw that a couple of time. I close PB and run the installer and it gives me an error : "C:\Program Files\PersonalBrain\bin\Redemption.dll Could not create this file. Shall I try again ? Yes / No / Cancel" Yes doesn't work so I press No.

Same problem regarding notes with french accentuation with


French accents are gone...

I've seen it only in the recent upgrade but I can't say for sure it's only then. It might happened before but I didn't saw it.

French accents are gone...
XP Pro SP3, J1.6.0_02, PB

I use french for my brain. Notes are mostly in french and now, all accents are replaced with "?".

What should I do ?
Yes, actually, I don't recall the exact wording but when PB opened, it tried to access the last active Plex and I got an error saying something like access is not possible or brain invalid (yes, I know, that looks a lot like my early morning wakeups...)

As for the wallpaper, there was no power shortage. The only thing I can see is that the IT guy uninstalled a Novell driver which broke access to my account. After few hours, it was back and he had to reinstall all office programs. As far as I know, that was the only trigger point I can see. Oh, and he did a restore so maybe it was restored back to an earlier PB version and there was brain confusion in the registry ?

Anyway, maybe all this is related but upon such events, it's a bit scary not to have access to my brains. Maybe a more sturdy security scheme should be implemented. Just a thought

After installing 4081 and 4102 from 4077(?) I lost access to my brains. Import menus were grayed out. The only way back was to open a (_most fortunate idea to create_) brainzip.

I also had set a wallpaper yesterday PM and this morning, after a reboot, PB lost it and it was back to standard dark blue.

Attachment preview

I second that. In fact, a preview window somewhere around the plex would be quite ok for me, like the one used in the XML export.

PB4 Import and Export

Harlan wrote: importing this folder will create thoughts with the urls as attachments, not as virtual thoughts. Virtuals are never created for an import - only on linking to a folder.

If my memory serves, didn't PB3 used to put URLs as thoughts ? And if we export XML the plex, the URLs access are lost

Furthermore, I don't see the import favorites in the menu anyway.
PB4 Import and Export

Harlan wrote: Hi Elmar,

There's no way to do this right now, but we are planning several ways of letting users get at the URL links within their Brains from their browser in the future. More on this when we are closer to release...

I'm on Vista Ultimate french version and the Import favorites doesn't appear in the menu. Virtual thoughts only displays folders within the plex and the URL in the attachment list. It is located at :


and by importing it in the plex, I'd guess that those URLs will appear as virtual thoughts and not as attachments ?

XML Export future direction
Is the Brain will include the following XML export features in a near future ?

1) Search (advanced + synonyms/thesaurus support)
2) Icon attachment support (although you already have it on your site)
3) Thought formatting

4077 - Brainzips issues

1. Image attachments are not included in the Brainzip

2. There's an export to Brainzip but no Import from Brainzip in the menu

3. Upon opening of the plex on another machine, (see attached image)
    a) since image attachment are not transfered, there's the lack of icon in the thought
    b) the date associated with the image attachment is screwed
    c) the size of the file is 0Kb. Since it's not there, the whole attachment shouldn't show then.

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Image thumbnail takes forever to display

I confirm that no icon appears within the thought name if attaching JPG image. (b4075)

Image thumbnail takes forever to display

Harlan wrote: PNG format is used for pasted thought icons. If you have a JPG image attached, that will also be used automatically. The time it takes for the image to display depends on the size of the image itself. Unfortunately there is really no way around this without using up a lot of system memory. Because PB4 does dynamic scaling (zooming) of icons, a reasonably sized image needs to be saved and this takes memory.

That said, pasted thumbnails are scaled so they should be quickly loaded. For the image that is taking a long time to load, is is an attachment or a pasted thumbnail? How big is the file? Is is local? If it is on a URL or network drive, that will cause it to load more slowly...

1) The icon (with the thought) doesn't show if using JPG images
2) PNG images are around 2 MB 2000x1500 and are local

Image thumbnail takes forever to display
When an image (PNG: btw, why JPEG are not used ?) is attached to a thought, when hovering on it, it takes about 3 to 4 seconds to build the thumbnail and display it.

It would be a good idea to build a thumbnail image index along the URLs index rebuild so display in the plex is done in a flash.

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