Thanks Mark and everyone else who responded. What thoughtful feedback so far.
Quote: Just to make sure I'm understanding this, are you suggesting / requesting PB becomes more of a dynamic mindmapping solution. For example, MindManager allows links from all directions from the parent thought (although subsequent trees aren't allowed this flexibility). Is your suggestion to have PB treat each thought as a parent MM thought which allows links in any direction? I'm not quite clear why you used the word dynamic here. If anything, PB is more dynamic, particularly in Expanded view. But I understand what you're getting at. The more one thinks about the basic design of such visual displays, the more fascinating the topic becomes. When you start running out of ideas for designing a new Brain, go here and rummage around (yes, you'll find PB here too). It seems we want to have our cake and eat it. We want to connect our topics in as many ways as possible, we want to see all its neighbours as well, and we want to fit in as many levels as possible on the same screen so as to see the big picture. Some display priorities are needed, and PB achieves this reasonably well by its clever use of solid and hollow gates Directional links imply the existence of goals, which are far from a bad thing. The home Thought is a goal from which flows the classification. Or it may be a conclusion from which flows an argument map. The central node in a radial mind map is also a goal. Problems arise when the same database has multiple goals, therefore multiple trees, intersecting at various points, but I think PB comes off well in this department, although permanently visible multi-line link labels would be an advantage. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that the connections you assign between Thoughts are entirely notional (i.e., depend entirely on how you define them). Link colors, types, relationships etc. can actually be limiting compared with an exact definition of each relationship (say, in Notes). There's no reason why you can't do this in PB right now, if you want to try it out. You could make all Thoughts orphans or link them in a rudimentary way only, reduce the size of the Plex and do your real linking by hyperlinks in Notes, with full and exact descriptions accompanying each link. I can see from UserVoice that there has been a lot of support for being able to create hyperlinks from within Notes to other Thoughts. No big deal here, you can do it right now using macros. I can foresee this coming in soon if PB is to remain competitive. Try doing it this way for a few thoughts and see if you can find a happy, eclectic medium that meets your needs. @ Adathome, I know you're correct there, but I was referring to the visual display of links in the Plex, which unfortunately are not directional. This is noticeable in Expanded View when child Thoughts can angle upwards. I agree there's a great need for redesign here and allowing us to set directionality. @ Darkstar, I would love to use Jump links a lot more for logical relationships but their reflexive design is a big disincentive, as well as old hat now. As you say, a "following jump" link is the way to go, so Thoughts can now be seen to be vertices of a grid, rather than merely branches of a tree. In the past there was no way to turn off sibling views, so jump thoughts had to be crammed into the space on the left side of the Active Thought. But now that we can switch off sibling display in 5.5 and also give ourselves unlimited horizontal plex room if we wish (as in Expanded and Outline View), that should remove the greatest impediment to horizontal, left to right, logic flow across the active Thought rather than vertically downward. Have you considered that this would now split Create Jump into Create Left Jump and Create Right Jump, so that PB would prevent you from connecting two left Jumps or two right Jumps? In the meantime, you can create one colored tag for a left-to-right thought and another for a top-to-bottom thought, and simply make them all parents/children, your mind and descriptions supplying the necessary logic. Incidentally, the new Reports filter would then enable you to display only the horizontal links or only the vertical links. @ Mark (asexymind)
Quote: Harlan, I think your answer is music to my ears! Did you really mean that?
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