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dragging in mail from Mac Mail?
Are we supposed to be able to drag in mail messages?
Now that I am using TB9 more intensively this is something I sometimes want to do but seems never to work, either dragging to plex, or to notes, or on top of thought. Only way is to copy paste message from mail into notes, and of course that loses the link to the original message (and thread).

Is that right? For some reason I thought dragging (or some kind of direct import) from mail was a possibility?
Integrating more information into the Plex (#3736)
Yes please! Option B, with features already mentioned PLUS ability to click on the TYPE and see all other thoughts with that type. 

Automatic calendaring of Thoughts (#3715)
Cerebrum wrote:
Instead of cluttering up the name of the thought (in addition to the comma trick and the numeric prefix trick) it would be simpler and ultimately more powerful to have a separate Date/Time attribute rather than try to cram more information into one field. 

yes please!
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)
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).
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