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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Apr 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM


(Interesting: the fields were considered markup by our forum software and were removed from view. Here is my post again.)

Same here for the use of namesakes. In my MBA class notes I had ?fields? like [lecture title], [lecture notes], [questions] etc. and I could very quickly scan back and forth the various material in sequence. I even put all such ?fields? under the home entry, so I could go from there to wherever.

The ?permanent hoist? view is the essence of Brainstorm. If you don?t like it, then there?s no need to use Brainstorm. Another tool that forces you to focus in a similar way (also coming from DOS by the way) is Maxthink.

As for getting an overview of everything, the ?balloon view? is a simple way to do it, but what I usually do is write everything to the clipboard in tab-indented text (Ctrl+W) and paste to a mindmapping program or to TreeSheets.

Let us render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar?s. No tool is good at everything.


Posted by Gary Carson
Apr 15, 2012 at 04:37 PM


I don’t particularly dislike Brainstorm. I used to use it all the time. It’s an odd kind of outliner, though, that only lets you view one level of an outline at a time. If I remember correctly, Brainstorm’s aerial view lets you see everything, but it’s not editable. Could be wrong about that, though. I haven’t used Brainstorm in years.

Maybe Brainstorm shouldn’t be classified as an outliner, but a different kind of tool altogether. It’s LIKE an outliner in some ways, but maybe it would be more accurate to call it a “thought processor” or something like that.


Posted by JBfrom
Apr 15, 2012 at 08:24 PM


Any tool sucks if you use it for the wrong thing. See hammer, screws.

BrainStorm is for sorting thoughts rapidly. Accessing them is another matter. You probably want something else.

I don’t want a chainsaw for finishing hardwood furniture, but I sure want it when I’m cutting up the tree.


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Apr 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM


Gary Carson wrote:
>If I remember correctly, Brainstorm’s aerial view lets you see everything,
>but it’s not editable.

You remember perfectly!


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Apr 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM


An interesting post in Manfred Kuhn’s blog, about how he uses Brainstorm with ConnectedText


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