Internal (tabbed) Web Browser
Will enable opening multiple web pages, PDF's and MS Office Documents inside Personal Brain. Avoids the need to keep swapping in and out of of external applications. Mindjet Mind Manager just implemented this in its new Version 8...
Included in TheBrain 9.
Dr. Evan Stark PhD commented
I asked for this years ago and was told it was non-starter but was not given a reason. Surely it's doable technically. Brain is wonderful—no doubts—unique, functional, powerful, etc. But the UI could use some modernizing. The notes and calendar windows are, well, not pretty. So it seems having a web browser pop up in the lower third (or on the right with an itunes-like display) would be a good improvement, eliminating the need to go outside the program whenever executing a thought with a URL. It's time, folks.
Personal Brain is at its best when it connects information but the Notes view should definitely be upgraded to provide a little more HTML support. I don't know about a tabbed browser since you'd want to keep things simple...but you could definitely add more support for rich html objects/media
like youtube videos
Benjamin Glitsos commented
If Personal Brain could open inside the web browser (it was a web app), this would not be a problem and it could utilise all the existing technologies. I dont see the point of building all this from scratch when the existing technologies already exist. Personal Brain should be embracing the age of cloud computing which is why I agree with this suggestion, however it seems like an unnecessarily difficult and ungainly manner in which to do this. Many people use their browsers more than their OS so I think we should embrace this.
I like the general idea of tabs and side to side windows (to manage and drag & drop two separate nodes or brains at a time) but not embedded applications.
One of the strongest point of The Brain concept is to link to all kind of content, not to embed it. Embedding features (other than current notes feature) would kill this software IMO.
Dr Evan Mitchell Stark PhD commented
Many at least vaguely similar apps (iDocument, Together, Papers2, Devon Pro Office) all display websites and various filetypes within their windows. Why can't TheBrain devote, on-demand, say, the lower 3rd of the screen (adjustable) for this purpose. Better for workflow, much more elegant. Tremendous improvement in ease of use and productivity.
As long as the internal web browser being opened is your default web browser instead of a web browser defined by TheBrain.
Ren Pope commented
IMO, This can only bring a lot of problems (crashes, memory and required system resources in general). A negative vote on this request, sorry. ;-)
Tommie N. Carter, Jr., MBA commented
Some drawbacks might be that the memory footprint of PB would increase dramatically. Even if such applications were invoked on a separate thread, one would need to retain callbacks against the child processes.
Dr. Evan Stark PhD commented
This would increase the functionality of the program 1000%. I'm surprised that it's not higher ranked.
This would be a very nice feature.
Ordering of thoughts can be done in Expanded view but I find this so frustrating I have stopped using it:
I agree this feature is urgently needed in Normal view, along with the ability to spatially separate one or a group of child thoughts from the remainder. Achieving this "subsorting" by sorting by type is a clumsy workaround.