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TheBrain 9 reaches its beta phase

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Posted by Paul Korm
Oct 20, 2016 at 10:24 AM


TheBrain 9 is now available as a beta:


I’ve been using the alpha “preview” throughout the 123 preview releases over the past several months.  It’s shaping up to be a good app—brand new interface and new features.  There is a document available at the page linked above describing the changes.  Not yet “very good”.  Just good.

My take is that the product is 75% ready.  The iOS version is still primitive and has not been updated.  The web version is in the same state.  And there are some major features of version 8 that have been ignored so far—especially the ability to “crawl” a brain and select all related thoughts.  In a very large database this is a major miss, for me.  The new search and reporting features make up for this gap somewhat.  Not completely.

I trust that the product will continue to evolve during the beta phase.  The development team is very responsive and the alpha forum has been one of the best I’ve participated in.


Posted by Paul Korm
Oct 20, 2016 at 10:32 AM


Forgot to mention.  No JAVA!

Also, however, no calendar integration—a major heartburn for many testers. 

TB9 has tabs—the same database can be opened in multiple tabs and different databases in different tabs.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 20, 2016 at 10:55 AM


Thanks, Paul.

I am looking forward to the day TheBrain 9 is out of beta. I rely on TheBrain 8 every day and some of the features of version 9 are really appealing:

- having multiple brains open at the same time and instantly accessible via tabs
- focus on notes and new notes editor
- faster performance (no longer Java-based), so less ponderous

I hope the webbrain sync will be faster, too.

Have they given any ETA for when they hope to go live with version 9?

Steve Z.


Posted by Paul Korm
Oct 20, 2016 at 11:57 AM


Steve, I haven’t seen any word on the release date for TB9 final.  Since the preview process was very long, and the product is pretty stable (albeit needing some features, IMO), I’m guessing the beta will not be long.

You can run TB9 side-by-side with TB8.  The format for the databases are different so if you import a TB8 brain into TB9 you’ll get a separate copy.


Posted by Hugh
Oct 20, 2016 at 05:03 PM


Thanks for this news, Paul. Less clunkiness/“ponderousness” will be a major improvement for me.


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