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Paragraph Spacing and Default Text Size (#3508)
Yes I am also hoping for a very simple notes area (at least as an optional default). I would like it if we could set our default in preferences (eg. plain text vs rich text notes?) and then override on a per-thought basis if we happened to have one that needed lots of colourful typography.
(Maybe not completely PLAIN text, but an option with very basic formatting options)
Reports
From my memory, when I first started using TB9 there was a third button to the right of the search bar that allowed the reporting pane to be opened. Did that disappear for some reason? To me it is useful as an alternative to the view menu or remembering keyboard shortcut.
Tags and types panes? (#3409 and #3646)
Yes please - a good way to envision and arrange/re-arrange/add/delete/apply/... types (and tags) - preferably allowing collapsible hierarchical arrangement - would be AWESOME!
thought names truncated too much? (#3668)
OK - then I am puzzled why I need to have names truncated to 2/3/4 uninterpretable letters in the attached example? 2017-03-16_13-54-37.jpg 
Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
Thanks Matt - just for clarity - I am not talking about navigating the timeline itself but about using the little calendar date picker to set the date of an event - or the little square calendar to the right of the timeline. I think usually date pickers of this kind have single arrows to go back/forward by months and double for years?
larger target for display side bar?
Ooops! Sorry to have missed that - esp since I suspect you may have told me about it before! Thx for your patience.
Brainstorming: How can TheBrain better represent visual data?
This is one of the things I would most like to see - and have written about quite a lot in the past (eg MULTIPLE PARENTS, SUGGESTIONS FOR STRUCTURING TYPES)

I would love to be able to do more with types than just see a list. I have kind of implemented what I want in a half-arsed way by having a type called CLASSIFIER that I can use to, well, classify thoughts when they get too many children. This is kind of useful, esp when combined with the comma trick but is hugely limited by the limitations on my wetware brain! There would be so much more that could be done if this kind of classifying could be done by TB9.
 
I would really love to be able to see all my types (and tags, but separately) on their own plex, so I can move them around, creating hierarchies and links at the type level instead of just at the thought level. That would let me visualise my classification system so I notice gaps, use terms consistently and so on.

Ideally we could also use type-thoughts in the plex itself, so we could link to a type thought that would then display all the thoughts of that type, dynamically updated. 

From a non-tech perspective it seems like such a small step from what we already have - just making a two-level brain instead of a single-level. But I recognise it is probably a lot more complex to implement when you have to take technical realities into consideration!

I like the idea of a dedicated thread for big picture discussion, which sometimes gets buried among the (also important) minutiae.
Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
Just playing around a bit more with the timeline and have a couple of very small suggestions that I think have not been made yet.
Please can we not have the event pop open automatically on one click? There is already a preview on hover, so if we want to edit, it should be ok to double click? Having the full edit box pop up all the time is distracting when simply browsing around.
Please can we have a button to go back/forward a whole year (maybe also buttons for +/- decade, century)? Navigating the calendar a month at a time is v slow.
Please can we have an indicator on the thought name that there are events associated (similar to the notes indicator)?
Hope these make sense!
thought names truncated too much? (#3668)
Thanks. I think I see now what is going on. It is the expanded view that causes the problem. Thought names seem to try to avoid overlapping links. I see the logic of that but wonder if it might be done in a less aggressive manner! Leaving thoughts with just a couple of letters makes it to hard to navigate. Perhaps letting link lines go behind thought names rather than being completely avoided?
Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
Cant wait to see your new timeline features Harlan!
I certainly love the scrollable visuals - very innovative and much much nicer than the trad array of boxes.
But I also really like the idea of dates being thoughts (this is how I have set it up for myself, before knowing we would have a timeline and it works well for me and I feel would be greatly enhanced by integration with the timeline view.
Maybe part of it is just us learning to really use the new features. Maybe when you guys have time (how often do you hear that phrase every day from us!) you could do a quick demo video covering your idea of some use cases?
Like others - thanks for listening so carefully.
larger target for display side bar?
Another little thing.
To expand/collapse the sidebar we can click one of two little arrows near the bottom of the line separating plex and sidebar.
These arrows are very small - it takes quite a bit of mouse control to hit them.
I wonder if we could have a bigger target? For example, click upper half of dividing line to expand, lower half to collapse?

I know we can drag the line which is useful sometimes but (a) on my machine that does not work smoothly, creates a slow and jerky expansion effect and (b) it is nice to be able to click to get a standard width for the notes window.

(I initially thought of suggesting double click on line but that seems to reverse notes and plex which no doubt it useful to many - but not exactly what I would like)
thought names truncated too much? (#3668)
Hi this is just a little thing and I feel it may have been discussed before but I cant find where.
Names of thoughts get truncated if there is not enough space to fit their full names across the width of the plex. That makes sense - the full name can be shown easily by hovering.
The thing is the names seem to me to be truncated too much - often down to just a few letters (making them hard to read), and even when there is plenty of room to write out the full thought name.
I wonder what the brain's rule is for when to truncate, and if it might be relaxed a little?
Funnily enough, whatever the rule is, I notice it does not always act consistently. For example I have multiple thoughts as children of TOPICS. One is PSYCHOLOGY, which gets truncated to PSYCHO... while one is PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT which gets truncated to PERSONAL DEVELOPM...
The latter is directly below PSYCHO... and takes more width than the whole thought name PSYCHOLOGY would take. 
I'd like thought names to be only truncated when there genuinely is not enough space for the full name, and to be truncated at the last possible point (i.e. display as many letters as the space permits).
Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
I do like the horizontal scrolling timeline. However I would much prefer (I think) for events to be thoughts, than for thoughts to have events attached to them. The former seems to me to give far more flexibility for integrating events into the plex and liking them to/from other thoughts. Thoughts with dates set could then be referenced very conveniently via the timeline.

The reason I would like to be able to set a thought date (as opposed to adding an event to a thought as suggested by Harlan above) is to help with sorting in the search pane. To me, creation and modification dates are next to useless as I tend to do brain-gardening in spurts meaning many thoughts on with same creation/modification dates and more often than not no relationship between those and the actual date associated with the thought in my own real brain.

I really like the idea of having a thought with type DATE. In fact this is what I have designed for my own brain. EG I have a 2016 thought, 12 month thoughts and add days as needed - then link other thoughts to these to help me find things by a date that is relevant to me (not just creation/modification).

In fact I have done the same for almost all my TYPES. Creating a PEOPLE thought to which I add thoughts with the people type, CONFERENCE thought to link conference types - and then using comma trick to create intersections. 

That way I can link all my types (including dates) in whatever way makes sense.

The only problem is I have to do it all manually - which takes time and I frequently miss something, which makes my brain less reliable than I need it to be.

What I would love (I think) is to be able to manage types like we manage thoughts, and to be able to link types to thoughts, with the result that all thoughts of that type were then easily referenced (and updated as new thoughts of that type were created). Having thoughts with multiple type-parents could give the intersection of those types (again updated dynamically).

The effect would be smart types - a feature I feel would be incredibly useful? 

Discussed in the thread a while ago http://forums.thebrain.com/post/suggestions-for-structuring-types-8216169?pid=1293164006#post1293164006 but I do hope it can be given some more consideration sometime?

Maybe the way I am writing it out makes it seem very complicated and hard to implement but I feel somehow there is a way the brainy folks at the brain could make something like this happen?

Or maybe there is already a far better way for me to achieve what I want with the existing capabilities of TB9?? I think I am often missing useful features - will be better when the documentation comes along.

Appreciating all the new developments ... thanks guys!
TB9: Super Simple Note Style Request (#3508)
Yes I also have been meaning to write in with a super-simple-notes-style request. It is nice to be ABLE to do fancy formatting when you want to but when you just want to jot down a few quick notes it is a pain to have to fiddle with styles - esp since it always seems to default to a very large font that makes reading hard in the narrow pane.
Timeline and Events (#3481, #3611, #3618, #3636)
Hello and thanks for timeline - seems really great. The issue of creation/modification date not being useful for the timeline seems to me to be another argument for users being able (optionally) to manually SET a 'thought date' for each thought. Would make search by date so much more useful, even apart from the timeline issue. Must admit I find it hard to see why this is not possible - is there a technical reason?

Also - could someone give a v brief overview of what exactly the functionality of the timeline is? I know it will be all set out in a manual at some stage but in the meantime I feel sure I am missing important features that I would love to use!

Thanks again!
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