My dumb brain

For various reasons, after an interval of several years, I decided to install and try using TheBrain.

I found it broadly-inuitive in use and it required a minimum effort on my part to start to create quite dense, useful mesh of topics that have been floating around in my head. It also felt like I was creating.

It made me think, in a way that I was thinking about the ideas, their content and context; without having to think about the tool itself.

I still find myself thinking too much about formatting and markup when I am using a wiki, which I guess is my nearest comparable experience.

So far so good.

However, After my first wonderful five minutes, I wanted to share the notes with a colleague.

I have been trying to do this on-and-off for an hour and still have no idea how to do this.

Both the application and online help don’t seem to have anything more useful than telling you how to save ‘individual thoughts’ in the jargon of TheBrain (and the help is full of servicemarked terms and jargon, pretty unhelpful to dive straight into without buying all of their marketing talk from the top) – not how you could share or save the aggregate of those thoughts, which is surely the real value that the program has helped create. Nope. It’s all frustratingly locked-up it seems.

To be clear, I want to save a specific ‘node’ and it’s related child nodes in a format that will represent this well (Outliner-type format I guess) and share it with someone else who does not own a copy of TheBrain.

If anybody knows how to do this I’d be very grateful if they’d let me know

An aside – this experience reminds me how using ‘office’ IT, computers and applications used to feel pre-web/Win3.1.

The work I did in each was silo’d and separated, for you to save or more likely print in order to share or compare with work done in another application; especially between things like AutoCAD, WordPerfect and Excel – which were perhaps at the time seen as programs for very different users.

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  1. Paul said:

    and did you try the new CmapTool – COncept Mapping Software, they have just upgraded their software, I have not tried it yet. But I am using the Brain and is quite anice app so far.

  2. Paul said:

    and and about sharing, they seem to have some type of CmapServer thing going on, i guess that could facilitate.
    I quote=
    Description. The CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, >>>share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet<<<, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map.

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