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typed links are not listed in search results (#2160)
OK, thanks, that's an explanation, and I see, how I could handle link types...

It's stringent, it's the same on thought and thought types - if I search for e.g. "plant", the thought type 'plant' will be listed, and any thought with 'plant' in it's name (notes, etc.), but NO thought which got the type 'plant'. Yes, I understand.
My expectation was wrong, sorry.

I don't want to bother you, just an idea: Google accepts search strings like "TheBrain filetype: pdf".
What if TB9 would understand "type: plant", or "type: born on"...?

typed links are not listed in search results (#2160)
See below: I've linked two dates to one thought. One got the label "born on", the other got the type (!) "born on".

Now, I search for "born on". Listed is the link with the label, and an event. The typed link is, well, not listed ...

The background: I would like to use link types more extensive. But without search coverage, this makes no sense.


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thought name removed (partially) on creation (#3430)

just tested on macOS with TB9.0.204.
Issue still there, as described on Jan 26, no change (i.e. selected text is removed when thought type is selected).

Btw.: I explicitly pressed "Return" (tried both, normal keyboard and numpad enter), and did NOT select the thought type via mouse click ...

b202 question
When you link to a new thought, you can press cursor down to scroll the list of existing thoughts.
The selected thought's name is than   also   displayed in the name field for the thought to link, where you can edit this name, and afterwards create a new thought.

See also the post #4070.


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replace tag(s) instead of add tag (#4077 and #4078)
Within the contextual menu for a thought, menu item "Set Tags", as well as from the thought details dialog, tags button, one can select one (contextual menu) or multiple (TDD) tags to be added or removed from the current thought.

I often face the situation, where I want to add one tag, and remove another tag.
Now, these are two steps: add one, remove the other.

It would be nice I could press e.g. the Shift key while selecting one tag. This tag would than be added, the other tags would be removed. It could be visualized within the tags lists like ...

Contextual menu:                                                      Thought Details Dialog (TDD):
tag menu - shifted.png  tdd - shifted.png      

But there might be a small problem: where I want to replace "open" by "finished", I might want to keep the tag "Prio 1". This could be solved within the TDD's tag list, while holding the Shift key, I could click on "Prio 1", and it would be "unselected from removal" (= line removed).

Because the contextual menu offers a 'direct action' (= select one item starts the appr. action), there must be another procedure, e.g. "Space" for select/deselect, and "Shift-Space" for replace/'unselect from replace' (...but I'm not happy about these different approaches, it would be better to have only one...).

link to existing thought instead of create new one (#4070)
Just try the procedure I described on Jul 04 in TB8 (eight), and compare it to the current behavior of TB9 (nine).

Imagine: you enter a phrase, get a list of existing thoughts, and scroll down to check whether the thought you want to link already exists; well, it doesn't - so you have to re-enter the whole name again, because the name field has been cleared. What's that good for? [confused]
link to existing thought instead of create new one (#4070)
Well, yes and no ...

When I now press "Cursor down", the name field is cleared. It stays empty, whatever existing thought is marked within the list.
My intention is to select an existing's thought name, change it, and create/link a new thought with this new name.

Suggestions for improving the timeline. (#4040 and #4053)

the basic idea is to keep (not only) the interface as simple, or as clean as possible.

For example, I use TB as a tool to handle the data, and the relations of my ancestors, as a genealogy tool.
Each person got a birth date, and in most cases, a date of death.
So I create a thought for the single person, and per date one thought (name format "yyyy-mm-dd", unique within TB).
I link person and dates.

Now, using the timeline, I am forced to create two events, e.g. "born", and "died".
But: I got various persons to enter, so I see a lot of "born"-, and "died"-events, with the name of the appr. person in front.
BUT: this does not work, because I can't change the scale of the timeline to display e.g. a century, and even if I use the largest scale, no events at all are displayed.
AND: there's no relation between the active, or selected thought(s) and the events on the timeline, or the period of time being currently visible ...

I'm used to get the central information and the related data at a glance.
One person. Two dates. The links stand for "born" and "died."

"Time View": We've got the "Mind Map" view: one thought in the middle, the linked thoughts are more or less evenly spread on the left, resp. the right side. The kind of the links is present, but not that important for the way the thoughts are arranged as they are in normal view.
Now, just imagine having date thoughts, on the left side; dates are displayed from the past (top) to present, or future (bottom). Depending on the selected scale, you would see one thought per year, or month, or day.
If a "normal" thought x is linked to a day d, this thought x would be visible on the right side; if the month of d, or the year of d is displayed (due to scaling), a "virtual" link would be displayed between thought x and month, or thought x and year. You can scroll the dates, and change the scale. If more thoughts are linked to one date, than can be displayed, well, than just show three or four in a line - if I want to see the rest, I can either scroll those thoughts (left/right), or make the date in question the active thought in normal view ...
Just an idea - we could navigate via cursor keys to a normal thought, press enter, and by this switch to "Normal View"; and vice verse - navigate to a date thought, press enter, and enter "Date View"?
Periods of time could be represented by a vertical line.

@Harlan: I've got your mail and apology, thank you very, very much. Your kind words have reconciled me. I appreciate you and the work you do.

Suggestions for improving the timeline. (#4040 and #4053)


In short words again what I've criticised: The really poor integration of the timeline into the plex: logical, visual, and program logic.

Logical: the timeline shows events on dates; an event is linked to a thought; a thought is displayed on the plex.
imho better: add a date thought type, add date thoughts to plex, link thoughts to dates.
To me, an "event" is just - a thought. A date is a thought, as well.

Visual: the timeline, now, is pinned to the bottom of the app, horizontally. It can be displayed. It can be hidden. Nothing more.
imho by far better: integrate (sic!) time data and it's visualization into the plex. Remove the timeline view as it is right now. Add a "time view".
At least, but not as good as this, make the timeline view adjustable. Allow it to be displayed between notes and plex, or at the top. Or left or right - vertical.

Program logic: the timeline now shows all events which are assigned to dates within the period of time being displayed.
Allow these events to be filtered according to the active, or selected, or visible thought(s). Maybe via a preference?
Btw.: I understand, that by changing the scale of the timeline, it might make no sense, or increases the workload far too much when we try to display all events; but nevertheless - if you could filter the events, maybe they could be displayed when the timeline shows months and years?

In know, we're still in beta, BUT: events are not listed within the search result list; you can not add it to the selection.

Suggestions for improving the timeline. (#4040 and #4053)
My post from today relating the timeline has obviously been deleted.
I'm really, really angry.

That's definite the wrong way to handle criticism.

link to existing thought instead of create new one (#4070)
Please try:
  • Create Child/Parent/Jump
  • Enter a word which is already used by an existing thought, e.g. "test"
    -> a list of existing thoughts will be listed (>9.0.199)
  • Press once "Cursor down"
    -> the existing thought, e.g. "test of mine", is selected and displayed within the new thought name field
  • Now add something to this name, e.g. ", test", "version 2.0", or just "Hello, World!"
    -> in my case, the name field now contains the name of a not existing thought, e.g. "test of mine, version 2.0"
  • Press enter
My expectation is, that a new thought is created, e.g. "test of mine, version 2.0", and linked as child/parent/jump to the active thought.

BUT: the existing (!!) thought, being selected before, is linked to the active thought?! The extension entered before, here: ", version 2.0", has been discarded.

Add search results to selection? (#1346)
Just tested with V9.0.198. Yup! [thumb]
How to Create Super Types in Beta 9?
The entry point is imho how to create a thought type: it starts with a new, or existing thought.
There you can add a type to this thought - either an existing type, or a new one. Just enter the new type's name and select "New Type".
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This is how you can create a new thought type.

By repeating this step (you can reuse the same thought for this, just assign one new type after the other), you can create multiple thought types.

Now - you want to create an type hierarchy? OK, let's do it: Press Cmd-Y to display the thought types list. Select one - it will become the active thought. The easiest way to create the desired thought type hierarchy is, well, just link the types you want:
Linking a type A as parent of the current type B will make A the supertype of B.
Linking a type C as child of the current type B will make B the supertype of C, resp. C the sub-type of B.

Hope I could help you.

Crash when paste and match format in notes (#3351)
Just tested on 9.0.183:

Unicode characters can now be pasted into notes, as long as your text style is not "Code".

create linked thought - link to multiple existing thoughts
When you type in the name for a new thought to be linked to the current thought, a list of existing thoughts is displayed.
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With cursor up/down, you can select one - and only one! - of these to be linked to the current thought.

I would like to use the following functions on this list:
  • select a range of thoughts (here: C to A), e.g. with shift-cursor down, or shift-left click on last thought of range;
  • select multiple, single thoughts (here: C and A, but not B), e.g. with alt-click on the single thoughts (+ toggle, want to say a second alt-click deselects a thought);
  • on press return, the selected thoughts are all linked to the current thought.
And, on top, I would like any of these listed thoughts to be added to or removed from the selection list, e.g. via cmd-click (nota bene: the create thought dialog stays open and untouched ...).

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