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I downloaded TheBrain and wasted a lot of time trying to decipher the point and finally concluded that there really isn't one.

My review:

TheBrain is the ham-fisted, resource gobbling, implementation of a great steaming pile of mediocre ideas. I'm certain that someone could engineer a tractor-sized implement that costs a million dollars to open ketchup containers ... I just don't know why they would or who would buy it if they did.

I object to TheBrain being compared as an alternative to mind mapping tools (freemind, xmind, etc.) that are authentic thinking tools when in reality it is just a very windows-ish way to organize what you already know. There are many free open source applications that do everyting important that it does (minus the glitzy "plex" - think distract folks with a shiny object while you boost their wallet). Still, I suppose if you can be convinced that a computer program can help you remember the connection between a client and a project better than your own mind (a fairly impressive computing machine in its own right) then you might disagree with my assessment, but even then it wouldn't be worth the price they demand.

Software like TheBrain really pisses me off. It is obscenely expensive for what is actually is and does. It is NOT a "thinking tool" like a mind mapper, yet here we are. Based on my review, it is an over-priced paper weight that exists to answer questions that nobody has asked.

If the developer released it as free, open source software under a GPL type license, and then paid for the gallons of coffee it would take to do something useful with it, it might be worth the download. As it is, well ...

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Good - Great Concepts - Great Interface Design ...

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(note: subject to version, v9.0.245 )
Good

  • Great Concepts
  • Great Interface Design
    note: interface design =/= interface

Bad

  • Terrible Terrible Pricing Model (100+ for casual user is robbery)
  • Terrible Terrible Configurations, Crashes on every 3 moves (configuration only, not in actual workflow)

Problematic

  • Pretty Clunky at times
  • Menu Options are pretty misleading
  • I have no idea how to delete things !!!!!
    / i tried setting up short key, doesn't work (and its funny half of the functions does not have a default shortkey map), i have to delete appdata files in order to purge the data.

Overall
Great Concept, Far from successful in almost every aspect

[Edited by c0013, February 19]

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Overpriced, useful and fun program managed by a greedy shortsighted company who thinks they've found the holy grail and don't want to share it with the world. A good alternative is "Rightnote", which you can get with a discount at bitsdujour around 4 or 5 times a year + Black Friday, etc.

[Edited by javiergil, June 23]

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Terrible pricing

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Totally agree about the pricing scheme. Completely unreasonable for anyone not using it professionally, and even then it seems unreasonable!

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The App itself is sadly one of the best knowledge-managers I know. Sadly, because the pricing-sheme is outrageous. I wouldn't say something against the 160$ you pay a year for updates, if that what you are into, go ahead. But to enforce that, the developers made it nearly impossible to sync your data between two computers. You MUST buy the paid service with more than 10$/month just to do that. All other option the software gives you are a pain in the butt and TB will do its best to corrup your data or make it a hassle. Shame on the developers! I paid 219$ when TB 9 was in beta and filed also some bugs. After they went to TB 9.2 my 1-Year-Sub, which was included in the price, ran off and from then I was stuck with 9.1 because only paying subscribers get more updates. I could live with that, because I understand that development is not for free, but to force you to subscribe to the updates and service if you want any syncing at all. Even worse, to lock you in, you just can use their cloud to store your sync-data, so all your sensible data is stored on a computer you kno nothing about.

TL:DR: They force you to pay for syncing while keeping you locked in their system. You have to hand them your money and the content of your "brain" or there is no syncing. If you forever want to use it just on one computer, it is a fine software though a bit on the pricy side.

[Edited by BatzBenzer, October 28]

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