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Good place to get icons?
You can find a lot of nice icons here : http://everaldo.com/  On the "Crystal" tab, you have a link to download icons (free).  There is also a link to yellowicon.com on the homepage, but these icons are not free (they are really nice).

Hope this help...

Tommy


Version 5 Beta Now Available
Just another comment...  I was hoping that the greatest new feature of PB5 would be the availability of PB for iPhone (in sync with desktop version).  There are millions of potential customers that would discover TheBrain if you release a version of PB for iPhone.  I think it could be one of the best move you could do and the return on investment would probably be very interesting. 

Tommy 
Version 5 Beta Now Available
As many items are fixes, will you apply these fixes to release 4.5 too?  For new features like tags, I understand that they are only available in the new release, but I think that fixes and some improvements of actual functionalities should also be applied to the current release (4.5x or 4.6).  Thanks.

Regards,

Tommy


PersonalBrain & iPhone 2.0
I know that you do not announce in advance future improvements and features, but do you think that one day (I don't ask when! ), it would be possible to use PB (full version) on an iPhone?  My question is more oriented to see if there is a possibility, or if you have completely discarded this option for the next ten years.  I know PB is now built with Java and that the iPhone platform is not Java, so I was wondering if that would be a potential orientation or not.  If you think there is no possibility for the iPhone, but maybe on future Android devices, that would influence my choice for my next cellular phone...  even if it's only available in many months.  I would not like to buy the new iPhone with a 3-years contract, and to learn in one year that I can use PB on an Android phone, so this is why I ask the question...

Thanks,

Tommy


4.3.0.3 - Major Upgrade
Hi Harlan,

I just upgraded to 4303 and did a conversion of my 'old' 4217 brain to see the changes.  It's nice to to see a progress bar for each step, so we can have a better idea of how much time is required.  That would also be nice to see an overall progress of all steps, because we have a better idea for each step but not for the conversion process.  Maybe a simple way would be to add a label (step x/y).

Also, the window is now smaller but we don't see all the information.  For example, it could display "0 co..." (for corrupted - see image).  If this information is useless for the user, maybe you could just simply hide it.  If this is important, I think it should be completely displayed.  Personnaly, I think that it's not important to see all the details during the conversion, but if an error occurs, a messagebox would appears at the end of the process to inform the user.

Another suggestion.  I use PB in auto-hide mode.  That would be useful to allow the main PB window to hide during the conversion process.  Actually, it takes half of my screen and it doesn't hide so I cannot do something else during the conversion because I only see the left part of my screen (PB appears in front of other apps).

Finally, a very small fix that could be done for the notes editor is to save the "Table / Hide grids" setting.  With 4302, I had checked the option to hide the table grids, but with 4303 the table grids were displayed.

Nice job for 4.3, it's really faster than any previous releases...! 

Best regards,

Tommy

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4.3.0.2 - Fixes
I just installed 4.3.0.2.  Same computer as yesterday, same brain file.  The conversion process took about 7 minutes (instead of more than 20 minutes yesterday).    I did not pay attention yesterday, but with 4302 the indexing of thoughts takes a lot more time than previous releases (4.1 & 4.2).  I could say that with 4.2, the indexation was done in less than 2 minutes.  With 4302, it just took 10 minutes (just for thoughts, not web pages) to complete the indexation of 420 thoughts.

Characters with accents in notes are now displayed properly. 

Good job, and thanks for the quick fix!

Regards,

Tommy


My first comments - 4.3.0.1...
Harlan wrote: Tommy,

Once the foreign characters are corrupted, they cannot be retrieved. So, anyone who has these characters in their notes should not use 4.3 yet - go back to your previous version and wait to convert until this problem has been fixed.


Hi Harlan,

I will switch back to 4218, because I have a lot of notes with accented characters, but I would like to experiment 4.3 so as soon as this issue will be fixed, I will come back into the experimentation...

Regards,

Tommy

My first comments - 4.3.0.1...
dkpalmer wrote:

Interesting - I have 644 thoughts, 647 links, 500 file attachments and conversion from 4.2 to 4.3 took about less than 3 minutes. Could be the OS - Windows 2008 Server configured as a desktop with 4Gigs on a 2GHz laptop.



For me, i'ts a workstation with WinXP Pro SP2, 768 Megs RAM, Pentium 4 1.8 Ghz...  From PB 4.2.1.5 to PB 4.3.0.1, Pro version.

I will try the conversion process at home tonight, to see if there is a difference...


My first comments - 4.3.0.1...
I'm in for the experimentation... 

The migration process from 4.2 to 4.3 database format took about 20 minutes, and I have a small brain   (~500 thoughts, ~700 links).  I remember that the upgrade from 4.0 to 4.1 took less than two minutes.  As it takes a lot of time, to improve the user experience during the conversion process, that would be nice to show a box with every conversion, and a progress bar for each item, with a check mark when completed.  Look at the image to see what I mean...

When I click thoughts to activate them and just 'browse', it's quicker with 4.3.0.1 than with any previous versions.   From 4.1 to 4.2, I did not see a big difference, but with 4.3, it's more obvious.

My "Notes" windows was detached from the other ones (properties, reports, etc), but after the upgrade, this window was integrated with the other ones.  It looks like the windows settings did not remains.

All characters with accents (french) in my Notes are converted to small squares (see image).    I'm not sure if that will be technically possible, but I wish that when you will fix it, the squares will be converted back to appropriate characters.

That's all for now...

Regards,

Tommy

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PB memory usage vs. Windows memory usage
Does someone could explain what is the difference between the memory usage displayed by Windows Tasks Manager, and the memory usage displayed by PB?  If you look at the image, according to Windows, PB is taking 129 MB of RAM but according to PB, it only takes 41 MB.  Also, what is the 20 MB free?  According to Windows, I have more than 100MB of free RAM.

Regards,

Tommy


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After upgrading to 4.2.1.5... my brain is now dead.
I have made some tests, and here is the problem/solution...

When you add a file that contains the character ' into it's name to a thought, by using drag and drop, PB freezes and it's impossible to reopen the brain.  When I remove the character ' from the name, I'm able to add the file correctly, but when I add this character, it freezes.

@TheBrain Team...  can you confirm that you have read this issue and that this will be fixed in a next release.  Meanwhile, I will continue to use 4215 and I will pay attention to the filename of attachments...

Regards,

Tommy

After upgrading to 4.2.1.5... my brain is now dead.
Hi,

Yesterday I upgraded from PB 4.1.2.7 to 4.2.1.5.  I thought that this release would works fine without major problems, but after few minutes of use I'm not able to open my brain anymore.  I have to kill PB from the task manager.  The migration process seems to have worked properly, and I added some new thoughts into my brain, and attached files into these thoughts.  It worked fine for few minutes.  I created a new child thought, and when I did a drag and drop to add (internal) a file (Excel) to this new child, my brain has stopped to work.  When I kill PB and open it again, it hangs up and I'm not abe to open my brain.

In my "output.log" file, and I can see many lines like that one (this is the file I was trying to add to my new thought when PB crashed) :
~Insert Attachment To Entry: 1440 [0] [287]
~Update Display Modification Date: CURRENT_TIMESTAMP [Phoenix,448]
~Add Internal Attachment: 1440 [CCSCP - Fiche d'impact - 012403_1.xls] [F0384A4A-769D-E546-E3F8-9F66E04032B8\CCSCP - Fiche d'impact - 012403_1.xls] [Phoenix,448]
~Insert Attachment: 1441 [8EC1CDC9-3718-09D3-68DA-44D7DBC99DBD] [2008-05-14 09:10:16.313] [null] [CCSCP - Fiche d''impact - 012403_1.xls] [F0384A4A-769D-E546-E3F8-9F66E04032B8\CCSCP - Fiche d''impact - 012403_1.xls] [1] [.xls]

I have a backup of my 4.1.2.7 brain but that would be nice to be able to open my 4.2.1.5 updated brain.  Do you have a solution that I can try?  Let me know if I can help you to improve the stability by sending a log file, so you could know what happened exactly and fix it for a next release...

Thanks,

Tommy
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WinXP SP2, PB 4.2.1.5, Pro Edition.

PB4 destroying Brain File
Hi Harlan,

I think (?) the frustration is more related to the attitude from TheBrain.  Since many weeks, a lot of people reports many problems and asks for help with some issues, but there is no answer from you or your team.  A similar thing happened with TheBrain's forum that was on Yahoo's groups in 2000 (±).  This is the main reason why I stopped to use PB at that time, the software was not improved, we had no news about fixes or new features.  And I remember that you were reading this forum, you just stopped to reply, leaving people to not know what was happening.  On this forum, people helps you to improve PB, they are more than just customers who buy something and leave the room, and I think it's just a matter of respect to also answer to people, in addition to fix issues and improve the software.

I understand that when you are answering questions, you are not working to improve PB at the same time, but I think it would be more appreciated to delay a new release for few days, and people would know that you are aware of the problem and that you are working on it, like what you were doing from February to December.

I really like PB, more than any other piece of software, and I think you and your team are doing a great job to improve the product.  I just would like to see a better interaction with people here...

Best regards, 

Tommy
Brain dies in autohide mode
I also have this problem, since version 4.0x (actually using 4.1.2.5).  I have to kill the process and restart PB, about one time a week.  Hopefully, I did not lose any information, but it's annoying.  I use Java 1.6.0 with WinXP SP2.

I have joined output.log, maybe this could help TheBrain team to solve the problem.  An information that could be useful, is that my computer (at work) has some restrictions , I cannot install new software and I cannot update the registry.  But I succeeded to install PB and it works fine.  (except the fact the I need to kill the process and restart PB one or two times a week).  I also have this problem on my laptop, which doesn't have any restriction.

Detach files from Lotus Notes to PB
Hi,

It would be useful to be able to detach attachments (by drag and drop) from a rich text field in a Lotus Notes document (like an email) directly to PB (attachments window).  Actually, we have to detach the file to the file system, then add it to PB...

Thanks,

Tommy


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