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Importing Webloc Files
When you drag webloc files into ThBrain, it doesn't convert them to URL's. They remain as webloc files and cannot be viewed in the internal browser. I'd really appreciate if you could fix this please.
Inline Styles
Currently, it's not possible to apply styles inline. I'd like the ability to highlight some text and apply a style to it, like the Code style.

For example, I frequently create lists to document some coding process. Within the list, I want to insert code snippets. Presently, the only way to to do this is to break out of the list entirely, enter the code, then start a new list. I'd like to be able to highlight text within a list item and apply the Code style to it.
The ability to search on html page opened in your embedded browser is required (#4023)
Agreed. Also:
  • The ability to download files, which should be saved as attachments to the thought associated with the web page.
  • Web links that open in new windows/tabs should be handled, either opening in a new Brain tab or opening in an external browser tab. Presently, it seems to just do nothing.
SVG Support (#4004)
Currently, when attaching an SVG file to a thought, TheBrain does not display any preview image. I'd like to request support for internal display of SVG images. You could easily accomplish this by rendering SVG files using the internal web browser.
Viewing Web Pages
Hi Harlan,

That does not work for me at all. When I tap on the icon, nothing happens. If I tap on it a few times, the number "1" sometimes appears on the icon, I guess indicating that there's one attachment. But I can't figure out any way to get it to display the web page.

Also, I'd like it to open web pages in an internal browser, rather than redirecting to Safari. And if it's not too much to ask, the internal browser should support 1Password, lol. 
Viewing Web Pages
Currently, to view a web link, you have to navigate to the attachments screen, then tap on the link, which then opens in Safari.

I'd like to propose something more closely approximating the desktop version. Tapping on an open thought should open the first attachment in an internal browser. The current action of opening the thought properties could be moved to a force touch or vice versa (should be user-configurable).
Suggestions to Improve Attachments
I have a couple of suggestions regarding attachments:

  1. Currently, the option to view attachments as tabs or as a list is a global setting. It would be much better if we could set a global default, but override the setting for individual thoughts. For example, I mostly use attachments for web links, which I want displayed as tabs. However, I just created a thought and dragged 600 font files into the thought as attachments. I want these displayed as a list, but if I change the setting, it will affect all my other thoughts as well. Another idea would be to have a setting to display attachments as tabs by default, but automatically switch to a list view if the number of attachments exceeds a certain number. In my view, the latter approach would be preferable, but maybe you could offer both options.

  2. I'd like the option to exclude attachments from indexing on a per-thought basis. In other words, attachments should be indexed by default, but in the thought properties, we could have a setting to exclude attachments from indexing. Going back to my example of 600 fonts, I don't want the font names showing up every time I do a search, as it creates clutter in the search dialog. I realize attachments are displayed in a separate section within the search results, but it's still too cluttered, as these font names now show up in many of my searches.

  3. An optional grid view would be a great addition, for thoughts containing large numbers of image attachments.
How to Make The Brain Useful as a Productivity Tool
Hi Harlan,

Thank you for your response. I totally understand your point and agree that migrating from Java to native apps is an enormous task, but certainly well-worth it in the long run. I emailed Patrick yesterday to commend him and your entire team for your great service and customer-friendly attitude. I mentioned that after using TheBrain for many years, version 8 was the first time I didn't renew my license. The reasons I cited were slow pace of development, lack of an internal web browser and the fact that it was still a non-native app.

After testing version 9 for a few weeks and after getting some encouraging feedback from Patrick and your team on the forums, I decided to jump back in and renewed my license. I'm happy to be back and looking forward to seeing more great stuff from you guys, in the months and years to come.
Popup Notes Editor

Currently, we have an option to display note icons on thoughts. However, the icons are non-functional; they simply alert you to the fact that a note exists.

It would be better if positioning the mouse pointer over the note icon would display the note content in a tooltip-style window.

Even better if you could double-click on the icon to open a mini note editor in a popup window. This would make it much more practical to use TheBrain in a non-maximized view and would eliminate the need to constantly slide the note panel open and closed.

Pasting Plain Text into a Note (#3946)
Hi Matt,

I've attached two files, spaces.txt and tabs.txt. We should be able to paste the content of either of these into a note and have it retain the exact same formatting as in the plain text file and no extra space between lines. Each line should be treated as an independent paragraph, so it can be indented independently of the other lines, but with 0px top/bottom margins, so the lines display single-spaced.
Pasting Plain Text into a Note (#3946)
Also, it seems to treat line feeds as <br> tags, rather than <p> tags, which means a pasted plain text block will always be a single paragraph. Thus, if you try to manually indent lines using tabs, it will indent the entire block, rather than just the line. I’ve also tried adding spaces manually and after adding the spaces, it snaps back, automatically deleting them.

Thus, the only way to make it work is to manually hit Enter after each line, forcing it to create a separate paragraph. Additionally, this has the negative consequence of creating extra vertical space between each line. Thus, depsite the inclusion of a Code Block style, the notes editor is pretty much useless for storing code blocks.
Pasting Plain Text into a Note (#3946)
When pasting plain text into a note, indentations are lost. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using spaces or tabs, it’s all trimmed. This is extremely annoying when pasting in code blocks. TheBrain has a nice style for code blocks, but you have to manually add the spaces to create indentations, after pasting in the code block.

Perhaps we could have an option to “Paste as Code Block” and/or “Paste Plain Text” that would retain the spaces and tabs. It would be nice if “Paste as Code Block” would both retain the spaces/tabs and apply the Code Block style in one step.
Miscellaneous Feature Requests for TheBrain 9 (#3935, #3936 and #3944)
Thanks.

Another approach for locked web links would be to make it so the user cannot navigate away from the locked page in the original attachment tab. Instead, all links on that page would open in a new attachment tab as an unlocked web link. From a UI perspective, this might make more sense, as it would be clear that a locked web link is literally locked on its URL.
Miscellaneous Feature Requests for TheBrain 9 (#3935, #3936 and #3944)
  1. An option to not display the brain name in the tabs, only displaying the thought name. I usually open multiple views to the same brain, so it's a waste of space and distracting to have to see the brain name in every tab.
  2. An option to not display the sync status or to display it much more discretely, perhaps a green dot that illuminates when syncing. Again, it’s distracting to have to view the full details of every sync as it’s happening.
  3. Add a lock/unlock feature for web links, with an option to specify the default state. If a web link is unlocked, the most recent page will automatically be saved as the location for the web link. If a web link is locked (the current behavior), the saved location will not change when navigating to other pages. Having the ability to unlock web links would allow for using TheBrain as an actual web browser, rather than simply a place to store and organize web links.
More Folder Import Options
I'd like to request additional import options when importing folder structures. The current behavior is to import folders as thoughts and files as attachments. Instead, I'd like it to display a dialog where the user can enter a list of file types/extensions that will be imported as their own thoughts, rather than as attachments.

The most obvious example is text files. These should be imported as thoughts, with the file content mapped to the Note field. Same for HTML files, RTF files, web archives, etc... For other files types like web bookmarks (webloc files), the bookmark would be the primary attachment to its own though, so it would display the web page immediately when activated.

I realize, of course, you can drag attachments out of thoughts manually, but when importing thousands of files, this is not a practical approach. Also, when dragging a text file out of a thought, it creates a new thought, but the text file is still an attachment to the new thought. TheBrain should be smart enough (pun intended) to recognize file types that can be rendered in the note viewer and automatically convert them from attachments to notes.
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