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Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 8, 2017 at 10:23 AM

 

Andy Brice wrote:
3 of you mention Brainstorm. I’m not familiar with it. Is it a
>mindmapping tool? What was/is so great about it? A Google just turned up
>generic ‘brainstorm’ references.

It’s this one:

http://www.brainstormsw.com/index.html

If you search the forum, you’ll find several threads on it. WorkFlowy has made it redundant for me, as the key attraction for me was the ability to zoom into an outline item. But it’s a very idiosyncratic piece of software, it can do plenty of things still that WorkFlowy can’t do.

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Nov 8, 2017 at 03:54 PM

 

Just to add a little more detail, Brainstorm was originally developed for DOS. The original programmers updated it to Windows and kept improving it until about ten years ago, then transferred ownership to Oliver, who had high ambitions for the app, but has never been able to do anything with it, so it has languished.

Dr Andus wrote:
Andy Brice wrote:
>3 of you mention Brainstorm. I’m not familiar with it. Is it a
>>mindmapping tool? What was/is so great about it? A Google just turned
>up
>>generic ‘brainstorm’ references.
> >It’s this one:
> >http://www.brainstormsw.com/index.html
> >If you search the forum, you’ll find several threads on it. WorkFlowy
>has made it redundant for me, as the key attraction for me was the
>ability to zoom into an outline item. But it’s a very idiosyncratic
>piece of software, it can do plenty of things still that WorkFlowy can’t
>do.

 


Posted by Andy Brice
Nov 8, 2017 at 04:21 PM

 

Thanks!

 


Posted by Hugh
Nov 9, 2017 at 10:26 AM

 

I notice that the OP’s post and all the responses so far refer to Windows applications. I suppose that there may be at least one reason for that: with Apple’s operating systems upgrades now one-yearly, it may be difficult if not impossible to continue to upgrade OSX without upgrading the applications that run on it. I believe in fact that 2019 will be terminal for some: the next OSX upgrade in September will no longer support 32-bit applications.

In terms of applications rather than upgrades, my oldest now goes back to 2007 when I switched from Windows, and is Scrivener, unless you also count MS Office which I used on Windows and now use on the Mac. I used to support some other older “carry-over” Windows applications on my Mac via Parallels (including Brainstorm), but the benefits ceased to compensate for the efforts of doing so, and I stopped.

 


Posted by Andy Brice
Nov 9, 2017 at 11:12 AM

 

Hugh wrote:
>with Apple’s operating systems upgrades now one-yearly, it may
>be difficult if not impossible to continue to upgrade OSX without
>upgrading the applications that run on it.

Apple like to periodically nuke their entire developer/application ecosystem from orbit. With Hyper Plan I am able to support back to Windows XP ~16 years old) and macOS 10.8 (~5 years old).


Andy Brice
http://www.hyperplan.com

 

 


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