Q&A: Get Smarter with Your Brain. Increase Your Understanding with Connections.

May 1, 2013
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Last week we had a very productive webinar on how to use TheBrain for education and research. If you missed our session you can watch the recording below.

We covered how to:

  • Build a personal knowledgebase to increase understanding
  • Re-contextualize information sources to create a perspective that matches your thinking
  • Analyze relationships and map out information networks on complex subjects
  • Present your research and share with coworkers and students (Example Brains from teachers, students and researchers)
Build a personal knowledgebase to increase understanding
Re-contextualize information sources to create a perspective that matches your thinking
Analyze relationships and map out information networks on complex subjects
Present your research and share with coworkers and students
Example Brains from teachers, students and researchers


Questions and Answers

Thanks to everyone who participated! There were some great questions. Here are a few notables:

1. How does TheBrain work with Evernote? Does it integrate with TheBrain?

  • There is currently no direct integration with Evernote and TheBrain, however, adding links to Evernote works the same as adding any URL. In fact, this can be done with anything that has a web interface and unique URLs, e.g. Google Mail (or any web email), Google Docs, etc. If you are using Evernote online, you will notice each Notebook and/or Notes has its own unique URL. You can drag and drop or copy/paste this URL into TheBrain to create a new Thought or attach it to an existing Thought.

Evernote URL

2. Can I print/export a static outline of my Brain/Thoughts?

  • Yes, you can export all of your Thoughts (or even a portion of Thoughts) to a text outline. This can be done by navigating to the Reports tab and, while leaving the first two settings at “All”, clicking the Refresh icon (two blue arrows). You will now see all Thoughts in the Reports. Next, go to Edit > Add Report Results to Selection then Edit > Copy as Text Outline. Open any text document software and Paste. If you want to export a specific section of your Brain, select the Thought you want to start with by CTRL+Clicking (PC) or CMD+Clicking (Mac) it. Navigate to and select Edit > Crawl Brain and Modify Selection then select the number of generations you want TheBrain to crawl and select Ok. Next, navigate to Edit > Copy as Text Outline. Open any text document software and Paste. Also note that if you use Notes, you also have the option to choose Copy as Text outline with Notes when copying. More information on this process can be found in our Importing and Exporting Word and Excel tutorial.

3. What is the advantage/disadvantage of linking to a file attachment, moving a file attachment into, or copying a file attachment into the Brain?

  • Linking to files will not allow you access to those files on any machine or location where the same file path does not exist. If you plan to run TheBrain on more than one computer or if you are using TheBrain Cloud Services and want access to your files from those locations, you will want to move or copy your files (internally) into the Brain.

4. Can you display all Thoughts that are connected with the same Link Type?

  • Yes, you can run a Report on your Link Types. Navigate to your Reports tab and click on “All“, then hover over Link types and select a Link Type.

Link Types 01

Your results will show any Thought that is associated with that Link Type.

Link Types 02

5. If I put a reminder in the Brain calendar can I get it to show in my Outlook calendar?

  • TheBrain does not directly integrate with Outlook, but you can get around this by using Google calendar synchronization. You can sync Outlook to Google and then Google calendar to TheBrain (File > Synchronize Calendar with Google Calendar…).

6. Can I place the Plex to the right and the Note to the left, etc.?

  • Yes, you can drag your tools around to custom locations and resize them to your liking.  You can find out how to do this by checking out our Tool Tab Layout tutorial.

7. Should I create one large Brain or a few topic specific Brains?

  • This depends on the individual. Some, like myself, prefer to keep everything in one large Brain and some prefer to create Brains for each section of their larger Brain. I like to keep everything that directly relates to my life in one Brain. If I am working on something specific or, especially, something that requires a lot more time and information I will create a new Brain. Again though, this all depends on the individual. Try out different methods to see what suits you. You can always copy and paste a portion of a Brain into a new Brain if you feel it is getting too large to handle all at once. Another great resource related to this question is our existing Blog Post, One Brain or Many? Approaches to Creating a Brain.
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