First of all I should say I really like TheBrain. It has plenty of amazing features.
But I feel that TheBrain lacks some functions, which makes it not as satisfactory as it may be. In fact, it seems to me that TheBrain has stagnated.
Not that there are no fresh and good ideas – look at http://thebrain.uservoice.com/forums/4597-thebrain
The problem is that there is no progress in development. I’ve paid for all TheBrain versions since 4.x, but I didn’t get anything new and really useful since 5.x.
Cloud integration is a great thing, really, but I use it primarily as a backup. Personally, I don’t need web-based TheBrain application. What I need is ability to work with TheBrain on any device and any OS.
It means TheBrain go native. It means there should be native Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android versions that could be synchronized via cloud. TheBrain should be scriptable and support third party plugins.
Java was a good choice some years ago, but it’s a hindrance now, especially after Oracle buying it.
That’s my opinion, I well may be wrong and I still like the software and thank Harlan and others for it J
I’ve made some scripts to improve TheBrain integration with OSX.
Here is one of them, for those who use OmniFocus.
TheBrain could be used as a GTD tool, but it lacks OSX integration and I personally find the way to manage tasks in TheBrain a little cumbersome. On the other hand, OmniFocus is a great tool for GTD and project management, but it lacks TheBrain’s ability to store information and make connections.
So I make a script which somewhat brings them together J
You can find a little screencast and links to download the script below.
Keep in mind that this particular script was never tested on any other machine except mine (MBP Retina) and was never intended for distribution, so if you decide to use it, you do it on your own risk etc.
TheBrain is not scriptable, so for the script to work you should enable access to assistive devices (System Preferences --> Universal Access).
Then go the “~/Library/Scripts/Applications/OmniFocus” folder (if it doesn’t exist, create one) and place all the files there.
Open OmniFocus, click “Customize Toolbar…” and place “Script:Add to TheBrain” and “Script:Find in TheBrain” icons wherever you want.
You may need to run manually OmniBrain.app once to make your Mac GateKeeper to allow it (ctrl – LMB, Open).
download the script (the script is big because of icons... I'm not a designer and they may be ugly, but I prefer ugly icons than no icons )