siven111

Some kind of Safe As function is a must. I was using TheBrain since it was PersonalBrai, than stopped for a while and I am really surprised it is not implemented after those years (now, when I bought TheBrain License and Service Combo 🙂 

I red some discussion elswhere on the forums and would like to add my voice: please, implement a Save As or Duplicate (the whole Brain) function. Believe me – those of us, who call for it, have legitimate reasons. We want to use theBrain app that way. 

Imagine a project manager, who has a template for project, documentation and many many more things and only needs to opent the template when starting new project. He does not need to create everything from scratch – that is time consuming.

Imagine a presenter, who has his "structure" of a talk and only needs to fill in content (you might suggest, that every presentation is unique - hell yeah, but I am talking about narrative structure – and there are some of them, that can be aded to Brain as templates – as placeholders (Heroe's Journey, Minto Pyramid Principle to name a few).

Imagine a lecturer, who has an ideal structure of a workshop/training/seminar and needs to fill the data for different events. Or he needs to share the „almost the same Brain“ with different groups – but than creating alwas a new Brain is... time consuming 🙁

The way we can duplicate Brain now is… time consuming 🙁

Why not make us happy? At least I am reading TheBrain Technologies emails and they are saying something like: „Stay productive“ or „Be more productive“ or something like that, right? 😉

And thanks for great tool anyway.

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eeik
Are you thinking and/or suggesting a "selective export" or "clone" type feature to pull out specific hierarchy within a brain database? ... or simply a full brain snapshot? If the latter, why not use the "Backup to Brain Archive" feature which seems to me as though it covers all of your requirements?
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siven111
Hi eeik, I mean full brain snapshot. Think about it like a Word or PowerPoint or whatever document. Save document as a template (or as a version or whatever) and than Load it and give it a different name. Easy.
The "Backup to Brain Archive" you are suggesting is too complicated, involves tooooooo many steps. Not easy. Too many steps one have to remember/recall. Definitely not a time -s aving procedure and miht lead to a mess.
Thank you for your reply.
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dhaney
Another use for which his would be a good feature: at my organization we use the Brain for an iterative process of strategic planning, and it helps to be able to "freeze" a brain for one year, then copy it to start the next year's cycle.
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metta
+1 -- Definitely!
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JohnStrasser
+50 🙂 Only thing better would be a linux version too (🐧) 😁😇
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shatcher
There is a feature request for this option, and I have updated it with your input.
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reasonablekamikaze
+5,000 😄
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mcaton
The Save As is really the same as the Brain Archive feature.  Just click on File > Backup to Brain Archive.  Your backup .brz file will be time stamped and protected to your account information (by default) and can be extracted into another Brain at any time in the future.

Thanks,
Matt
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metta
@mcaton ~

As I understand the original request for a "Save As" option, the goal was to have a quick and easy way to save a brain to a new name by automatically creating a new GUID.

In contrast, when I try to import a brz file into an existing brain, I always receive the following message:

This brain already exists.
In order to restore this brain from the BRZ file you can:
1. Change the GUID of the local brain
-or-
2. Delete the local brain

BRZ_Import.png 

Unfortunately, neither of the recommended options is acceptable. Specifically, I do NOT want to delete the local brain or change it's GUID.

In light of this, I'm not sure how your recommendation to import a brz file addresses the request to quickly duplicate an existing brain.

Could you please clarify?
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metta
Also, we have another discussion here in the forum about the "Save As" feature request where you said:

I'll confirm that the Save As feature is documented.  The current process for creating a copy would be:
  • File > Backup to Brain Archive
  • Create new Brain
  • Import BRZ into new Brain
But obviously the Save As option would be faster...

Just wondering if this documented feature request is now no longer under consideration?

Later: This earlier/older discussion explains in more detail all the steps required when we use the current import process to duplicate a brain. Seems to me this additional detail explains the rationale for having a quick-and-easy way to duplicate a brain using a "Save As" function.

Will be interested in any additional clarification you can provide.

Thanks.
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Brigitte
Hi Metta,

The "Save As" feature is documented and is still under consideration. I have also reminded our engineering team of this feature.  

Best regards,
Brigitte
TheBrain Technologies
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metta
Many thanks, Brigitte!

As evidenced by the feedback from multiple users in these 3 discussions, this "Save As" option would be extremely helpful, if it is feasible.
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mcaton
Metta,

On your earlier screenshot, you're getting the message of "This brain already exists." because the radio button for `Create a new Brain` is selected.  If you first create a new Brain and then import INTO that Brain (selecting the radio button for `Add to Brain_Name and link to Current_Thought` than the .brz will import into this new Brain and thus, have a new name and GUID associated with it.

BRZ_Import.png

Still, I realize that there are a few extra steps here, so the save as feature request still stands...

Thanks,
Matt
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