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  1. node types with structured meta data

    It would be nice to be able to define types of nodes with associated properties. For example, maybe an "event" type node with properties such as "name of event", date, duration, etc.  I could also envision a "person" type node with name, birth place, birth date, etc.  Yet another example could be a "research" type node with the name of the research paper, lead author's name, university affiliation, date published, names of other collaborators.

    An example of a structured node that is buried in the text is at http://forums.thebrain.com/tool/post/thebrain/vpost?id=2733306

    I imagine that the structured data structures would be relational and…

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  2. Email or text a Thought or Note into my Brain

    I would love to be able to email and/or text a Thought or Note into my Brain while away from my PC. As one learns to use PB to manage one's creativity, tasks, "life," there may be times when an item comes up that belongs in the PB. I'd love to be able to email or text it in to my PB, even if it defaulted to a "holding Thought" of some sort.

    1,162 votes
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  3. Google Mail (Apps) Integration

    I have stopped using Apple Mail in favour of Google Apps Mail - and would love to see PB and Google Apps working fully with each other. Google Calender & Google Docs work already - what about the Mail and Contacts side?

    951 votes
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  4. Print reports including notes of each thought

    I would like to be able to print the results of the Reports tab including the notes of each thought in the report. It would be even more useful with some basic report formatting capability, but I would be satisfied with a hard copy print or export to text file of the Reports tab.

    808 votes
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    The closest thing available to this right now is to add the contents of the report to the selection via the Edit menu. Next, select Edit > Copy as Text Outline with Notes. You can now paste into Word, etc for formatting and printing.

  5. Traditional Table View and more

    While we are using personalbrain in a inter-connected way, sometimes we need a traditional table view. Here I recommend a view object to be connected to Thoughts, when one of the Thought is activated, the corresponding view shows in another layer of Plex. The views can be timeline, flowchart, table, Logic, positions in a image, even another part of the same brain(another plex) and more. The final aim is to make good use of various kinds of views to present knowledge stored in a brain.

    747 votes
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  6. Notes Templates

    Ability to have templates in notes. This is useful for when you are doing organization of things like Names / Addresses ,etc. You can build a template to be filled out using Tables and then when a thought is created as a child of a thought it would inherit that text template.

    741 votes
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  7. GoogleDocs Integration

    There is a great need here as we go collaborative. I would like to see full GoogleDocs integration with PB. Offerings like Memeo and Syncplicity do not offer features like multiple local folder integration etc. It would be awesome to create a file in PB and have the option to sync it with a GoogleDocs account so that both the GoogleDocs web location is stored and a sync'd local copy of the file is stored in that thought.

    729 votes
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  8. Please bring back user defined sort order in plex

    I work with medical data that has its own structure which does not lend itself to the current sorting features. If the other features of the current release were not so compelling in other areas I'd be back to good old PB3 in a flash for that feature alone. I'm begging here! ;-}

    658 votes
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  9. Allow note clipping like EverNote directly into plex

    Highlighted text from eMail, Web page, document would be clipped into and added into the plex as a special edit area or active thought.

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  10. Allow custom user-defined thought ID serial numbers

    I often work in different systems and need a shorthand way to cross-reference between thoughts on PersonalBrain and entries in other systems. I would like to be able to create user-defined serialized GUIDs. For example, Tasks are a certain type of thought, so I would number these Txxxxx or 6xxxxx. Accounts and contacts are another type, so I would number these Axxxxx or 7xxxxx, and so forth. That way, if I need to refer to this somewhere outside of my Personal Brain, I can use 600132, for example, as a shorthand for a task that I can look up in…

    545 votes
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  11. Multi-level tags

    Currently, tags are only differentiated by the name of the tag, there is no heirarchy or classification of tags. If at least two levels of tags were available, lots of functionality becomes available. For example, you could have a tag type of 'Release date', and then have the tag specify a date. You could in this way also implement what some have asked for in the 'Timeline' request(s). This is just one example of the possibilities.

    481 votes
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  12. Password protected Brains

    BillS
    Registered: Nov 08, 2008
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    AES encryption - Password protected brains. This would include encrypting all the little files associated with each brain.

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  13. Versioning of Thoughts and attachments

    As the idea is to completely use THEBRAIN as the user interface it currently still is missing one important feature to use it professionally. This is the versioning of thought and attachment feature. Currently I must still rely on a third party tool and either integrate somehow.

    402 votes
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  14. Menu option, "thought-fact" summary active thought and linked thoughts

    A thought-fact is a summary and has all the information about the active thought and the linked (related) thoughts with there link-types.

    All this information is available in PB database, the only job for the brain is create a form with the thought-facts of the active thought, .

    If you can READ all the thought-facts in the notes field there is no need clutter the plex with this kind of additional information.

    look at my site http://webbrain.com/u/10Rp (only the English part of this webbrain)

    See also; http://forums.thebrain.com/post?id=4021667

    391 votes
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  15. Multi Language Brain

    I suggest that a thought or notes or even tags can have several languages. The language should be switchable with respective buttons (showing country flag for example). So you can enter a thought in French and if you like switch to English and enter the English thought name. For sure hotkeys will be necessary as switching would occur quite often. This is helpful for international presentations etc. Creating a thought with two or three languages all put to the name of the thought for example does not really work, you loose overview easily, not to mention notes in several languages.

    340 votes
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  16. add project management functionality

    I would like to see a robust PM module in PB like the one offered in iMindmap:
    http://www.thinkbuzan.com/uk/products/imindmap/ultimate/features#ProjectManagement

    They have videos on their site that show the feature and this is an incredible time saver.

    307 votes
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  17. Add Tablet PC support

    As they did it in MindManager! At least, please allow drawing / writing in Notes. It will be very good for all Tablet PC users. Now we see more and more touch screens even in netbooks, Tablet features are embedded in Vista and Windows 7, so many people will appreciate such possibilities :)

    294 votes
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  18. Customizable shape of thoughts

    It would be cool to change the shape of a thought (now it is simply a rounded box around the label) based on it's type (in addition to coloring). This would help to visually structure the Brain.

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  19. unify, modularize, and expose the search/report/filter

    This is by far #1 limitation of the software. The search, filtering, and reporting capabilities seem too 'unfinished' or 'disjoint'. I can search nodes with words, but not report on them, I can report on some attributes, but not search on them, and I can't filter based on my searches... A powerful and modular searching would tremendously enhance the usability of the software when you have thousands of nodes.
    Why not rethink the whole search paradigm and make 3 main changes:

    1) Modularize - look at search in Toodledo. Simple, yet very effective. You add additional sub-querries to make searches…

    277 votes
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  20. Create an API for accessing other data (e.g. databases etc).

    Create an API that allows 3rd part developers to create add-ons to the brain.

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