TheBrain is a mind-mapping program that allows you to organize your files, web pages, schedule, and other relevant materials in a logical form, akin to the way humans organize our thoughts in our own brain. This can be useful for managing work or school projects, and organize your thoughts and materials for creative work such as writing a novel or design a new product, as well as many other applications.
First, you need to create a new project. This will be the "parent" thought. Then, you can add as many "children" thoughts to this "parent" as you need, and also create "grandchildren" and "grand-grandchildren" according to your needs. Let's say that you are using the program to write a historical essay. First, you create the "parent" with the title of the essay, and then you will add "children", for example, "Historic context", "Social life of the period", and so on. You can attach the URLs of the relevant web pages to these "children", as well as written files, videos, or audio files you may have created or downloaded previously. Also, you can assign a deadline to each part of the project. The beauty of this is that it gives immediate access to these elements so you can have all your material in front of you, without the need of making time-consuming searches. Also, you can combine the elements in creative forms to generate new associations between them.
The program offers a cloud service that allows you to store your materials and access them from any web-connected device.
The main disadvantage I found is that the license for using all the program's features is rather costly, but you will need to pay for it only once. You can download and use the program for free and see if it works for you before purchasing the license.
- It is useful to organize and group files and other items in a logical manner
- The costs of the license and service are rather high