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Version 3.6 build 4 Release Date: 16-Jan-2008
  • Give the Find / Replace dialog box a caption

Version 3.6 build 3 Release Date: 6-Jan-2008
New Features
  • Add Open / verify option to force sanity checking on dubious brn files
  • Improve loading speed by removing sanity checks for brn files
  • Further improve speed by removing case insensitivity for loaded namesakes

Version 3.6 build 2 Release Date: 6-Dec-2007
Bug Fixes
  • Magic Launch was not extracting the correct URL from entries with line breaks
  • Crash found in undo of a marked dot line

Version 3.6 build 0 Release Date: 30-Nov-2007
New Features
  • File .. Project layouts ... load / save options
  • Save all view windows in saved "project" layout - including splits
  • Keep last 10 project layout files on Project layout menu
  • Add .bwl file type shell support to enable launch of BSW from projects.
  • This also allows for real-time project switching from shortcuts
  • Add "Break window and promote" on Alt+K
  • Simple OPML outline file output
  • 5 new marks (giving 6 in total) - menu and hotkey combinations of Alt,Shift,Ctrl + 0..5 to use
  • Add 'Marks' menus to right click popup
  • Add tick marks for used marks in the set mark sub menu
  • Allow mark to appear on bins - new icons
  • Enable XP theming - modern buttons and controls in dialogs
  • Switch to RichEdit. Simplify all output / edit displays. Cures 'wiggle'
  • DoubleClick to promote or demote. Secondary click now ignored.
  • Enhance drop area to include full width of entry for drag/drop
  • Add "Auto Entry" edit option to improve speech to text streaming
  • Add link to the User Forum to the help menu
  • Add "Mouse help" hints to main menu
  • Search / replace history now stored
  • Add Alt+F2 as a synonym for Shift+Esc (end edit)
  • The default document save path defaults (1st time) to Windows "Documents"
  • (pre-release) Use redistributable SHFOLDER.DLL instead of SHELL32.DLL
  • Updated help file
  • Attempt to improve case sensitivity with non-latin characters
  • Ensure that .INI files are created in sensible locations
  • Don't seek confirmation for mass-deletions - we have Undo!
  • Don't merge windows when closing split views
  • When splitting windows, split on largest dimension
  • Change "Split window" to "Break window" and give it a hotkey of Ctrl+K
  • Project load / save now works.
  • Open files as READ_ONLY to attempt to support loading models from CD
  • Text file name used as dummy model title in order to prevent corruption when building the model
  • Streamlined Write To File code
  • Do not store "Replace" and "Replace all" flags in search
  • Code efficiency changes to improve model load times
  • Search dialog box rewritten
  • Cosmetic change to hover help for Aerial view
  • HTML output footers now customisable in unlicenced mode
  • Improved "End of file" prompts in Find
  • Copy Marks submenu into Browse menu

Version 3.5 build 2 Release Date: 29-Sept-2005
Bug Fixes
  • email links not working without explicit mailto: - parsing logic fix

Version 3.5 build 1 Release Date: 16-Sept-2005
New Features
  • Major new function added: "Magic launch (Alt+L)" to launch links
  • Intercept '.' at the beginning of a link as a "file://" reference substitute '.\' with BrainStorm executable path
  • New installer option for running from removable drive
  • Implement Apply button functionality for Entry and Model colours
  • Turn entry icon Pink when in edit mode
  • Implement Ctrl+Shift+drag to drop copies into the next level down / up
  • Ctrl+PgUp/PgDn - go to top / bottom of current level
  • Ctrl+Home in edit mode - go to beginning of entry
  • Divorce main window from Help window to enable window switching
  • Convert document drive letter when using them from removable drive
  • When marking a selected dot line, new marked line is created as selected
  • Add PPT2TAB.ppa PowerPoint macro to installer
  • Version number is changed
  • Add licensee name to short menu (when no model open)
  • Change default setting for "Warnings" to "Popup"
  • Change entry icon colour scheme to a more balanced combination
  • Change Split Window lower limit from 256px to 200px
  • Change to button image for Retrieve
  • Cosmetic menu item name change - "Quick nudge"
  • Default font is now Arial instead of Verdana
  • Don't wrap incoming text if previous entry is < 50 characters long
  • Help file updated
  • Improved hover help for Write file function
  • New versions of the "Introduction to BrainStorm" documents
  • Open up help automatically on first run
  • Remove getgoing.brn from distribution, menu and internal support code
  • Tidy up buttons in "Organize" toolbar
  • Rename "Drop in/Drop out" to "Push in/Push out" in help

Version 3.0 build 28 Release Date: 14-Mar-2005
New Features
  • Add "Request support" menu item
  • Add Help button to HTML Web Publish dialog box
  • Kink checksum when a magic paste fails to enable a retry
  • Pick up currently highlighted text for "Find"
  • Not all help calls were migrated correctly - mainly dialog "Help" buttons
  • Discard first magic paste then clear checksum when turning it on
  • Remove help button from Print Setup

Version 3.0 build 27 Release Date: 24-Jan-2005
New Features
  • Switch to HTML help
  • Add F2 as an alternate to TAB to begin edit
  • Save "Mark" into .brn file
  • Add Help .. thinkerlog menu item for a quick launch from BrainStorm
  • Add Alt+H and Alt+V as shortcut keys for tile horiz/vert functions
  • Add Alt+C as shortcut key for cascade function
  • Add Shift+Ctrl+F4 as shortcut key for Split Window (Ctrl-F4 closes)
  • Improve flagging of level overflow (16000 entries) in paste / read
  • Enhanced and expanded help file
  • Aerial view closure tidy up
  • Split window closure tidy up
  • file ID marker value change to indicate compatibility level
  • Improve file ID handling
  • Enhance attribute handling when reading entries from disk to cater for forward compatibility and further enhancement
  • Pick up mouse wheel event from edit mode
  • Pre-close print preview windows to allow immediate exit
  • Remove trailing non-marked empty entries when demoting a level
  • Aerial view - encode embedded cr/lf as spaces to remove block characters
  • Reorder status line entries to position menu help on the far right
  • Date printing format routine now taken from Magic Paste separator
  • Read only context menu shortcut key text was wrong
  • Widen "status line level" indicator for the descendent count indicator

Version 3.0 build 26 Release Date: 23-Sep-2004
New Features
  • Add mouse wheel support to Aerial view
  • Evaluation expiry logic changes
  • Change order of refresh when warning about parents not allowed be blank
  • Improvements to bad wrapping errors when typing in new entries
  • Amend HTML output text to explain the impact of SP2 on JavaScript
  • Replace "Quick start" with "First steps" in help menu
  • Updated help file

Version 3.0 build 25 Release Date: 5-Aug-2004
New Features
  • Edit entry colour now sets attributes for all currently selected entries
  • Add 'Read only' mode for handling .bak files
  • Bulk no-namesake on/off for all selected entries (using current entry as base for turning on or off for all)
  • Bulk Throw for all selected entries
  • Bulk Throw Copy for all selected entries
  • Add Read only status for selected entries with new icons and menu options
  • Add Read only flagging to Aerial view
  • Link to the Buy page added to help menu
  • Add context help links for title and entry icons
  • Add context help hook for the window splitter (header) bar
  • Click anywhere below current body to jump to dot line
  • Alt+Up, Alt+Down to move entries within a level
  • Quick move menu added to edit menu and popup menu for above functions
  • Change outline HTML output to give levels 1-6 as H1-H6 tagged levels
  • Use CSS to make the native h1 format work for cascading beyond 6 levels
  • Add option to suppress JavaScript output for HTML publish
  • Add some formatted layout to HTML output
  • Autosave should postpone saving while mid-edit
  • Don't merge blank lines when merging models
  • Rename 'Extra edits' toolbar to 'Extras'
  • Don't unselect when right clicking selection
  • Add "Select All" Edit and popup menu functions with Ctrl+A hotkey
  • Change "find next" hotkey from Ctrl+A to Shift+Ctrl+F and F3.
  • Strip off any non .brn extension when saving a model
  • Change menu and hint text to reflect the new multiple actions
  • Don't change current entry / selections when setting mark / namesakes
  • Add data entry validation to indented output edit field
  • Change the prompt buttons on "Merge namesakes" to 'Ok' and 'Cancel'
  • Set some reasonable defaults for Magic Paste separator and Smart Paste dialogs
  • Add cursor/page up/down and enter (to select) keys to aerial view
  • Help file improvements - Contents/Index and general update
  • Remove "Introduction to BrainStorm" from help menu
  • Don't refresh during block select/deselect operations
  • Default write indent is now 3
  • New help file
  • Improved licence information clipboard auto-extract logic
  • Enable File / Print menu option during print preview
  • Default search text in "Find" is taken from current text selection (if any)
  • Improved caret positioning logic for up/down and click
  • Another new help file
  • Make "Delete entries" prompt more logical
  • Improve sort case sensitivity.
  • Add warning for the above
  • Change of error message when trying to throw entry to self
  • Set 'silent running' during magic paste to avoid queries during pastes
  • Make all HTML tags lower case for XHTML compatibility
  • Clarify "can't throw entry to itself" error - make less ambiguous
  • Vary flat HTML level output by model depth making lowest level non-heading
  • Make 'leaf' levels non-list elements in flat HTML

Version 3.0 build 24 Release Date: 31-Dec-2003
New Features
  • Enable tabs in formatted text write function
  • Enable 'write to clipboard' in formatted text write function
  • Make registration easier - hunt for registration codes on the clipboard
  • Titles are now immune from namesake logic
  • Allow short licences - down to 5 days - for evaluation extensions
  • When magic pasting, only flash the icon if the taskbar does not auto-hide

Version 3.0 build 23 Release Date: 5-Dec-2003
  • Enable save for $$$ file even when autosaved.
  • Snapshot new default document folder with every file operation
  • Nagbox - changes and improvements in layout and timing
  • When splitting windows, duplicate the current position in the new view

Version 3.0 build 22 Release Date: 15-Oct-2003
New Features
  • Add Delete word left (Ctrl+BackSpace) and right (Ctrl-Del) edit support
  • Add "Drop in" support, use Shift-Drag to drop into a node as descendants
  • Add Magic paste option to open the clipboard for continuous paste
  • Show number of descendants of current node on status line as (n)
  • Add Beep / Popup / None warning modes (was previously just a beep) in General configuration options.
  • Change text case with Ctrl+U, one word or marked block. Cycles round Upper, lower and initial case
  • Add Ctrl-Shift-T to perform Copy/Throw single key operation
  • Separated the toolbar into six separately selectable segments
  • Override the default ini file location (Windows) by looking first in the currently logged directory, then the execution directory and defaulting back to windows if the ini file is not found.
  • Sort up/down added. Will also sort selection, if sequential.
  • After closing "split" windows, merge the size
  • New models open with "Title entry (Type here and press Enter)" ready to type into
  • Add separator for Magic Paste
  • New file is now created as a temporary file 'BrainStorm1.$$$' etc to enable autosave and better default option handling
  • New configuration panel for "Edit options" - o Undo levels o Start new model with "Edit Title" mode switch o Use Smart paste options for normal paste switch o Access to Smart / Magic paste and Separator default settings.
  • "Drop Out" - drop to title to move entries up a level
  • Insert Separator menu, context menu and toolbar option [Ctrl+L]
  • Insert date stamp menu, context menu and toolbar option [Shift+Ctrl+L]
  • Add 'Revert' button to Smart paste format dialog to regain defaults
  • "Save file" uses most recent path (or current), not the temp file path
  • Save file now suggests up to the first 100 characters of the model title as a name when saving for the first time
  • New entry icon for blank entries - shows non-promotable status of entry
  • When starting up BSW, search for $$$ remnants in TEMP and open them
  • Wildcard matching suppressed during text file import - entire internal rch structure changed to accommodate it
  • Updated all tool tips to be more helpful and to make more sense
  • Change "Write to us" help menu option to "Discuss BrainStorm" (BSUDL)
  • Don't add a space when either of two lines being joined is blank
  • When splitting windows, halve the width and open new window side-by-side
  • Default "save layout" and "load last used" options to "ON"
  • Use ClipboardChain events to monitor clipboard instead of polling
  • Add "Properties" button as shortcut to "Entry colour" option
  • Add "Throw Copy" and "Sort" to context menu.
  • Copy current file options (find, paste, write) when saving with a new name (also applies to new files adopting default settings)
  • New "document" icon reflects non-graphic nature of BrainStorm better
  • Improved help file
  • New context help references for the new options / help file
  • Prevent split of windows narrower than 256 pixels
  • Default font is now Verdana instead of Times New Roman
  • Various cosmetic text tidy ups
  • "Changed" model status is now more persistent and applied to undo/redo operations.
  • Undo now stays in edit mode when undoing typing within an entry
  • Add "Quick start tutorial" and "What's new" to the help menu
  • Create Registry key containing install path so that future installs know where to go
  • Turn off print preview instead of closing model when using the [X] button on a print preview
  • Colour the [=] icons green to make it easier to see that an entry has children
  • Add explicit web site address on the About dialog
  • Add "Open 'GetGoing.brn'" to the Help menu
  • Bring the "no model loaded" menu up to date with the full version

Version 3.0 build 21 Release Date: 21-Jan-2003
New Features
  • implemented undo
  • implemented redo
  • New "cool" style flat toolbar
  • New "cool" style drop down menu with icons
  • Add "HTML publishing preferences" to options menu
  • Edit - Strip all colours - removes colour from all entries in the model
  • Support undo for file merge
  • Improved undo buffer overflow handling
  • Made Apply button functional in preferences dialog
  • Switch the order of asking when web-publishing, naming file last
  • "Default" button in HTML options now called "Revert" and cycles Model/User/BSW defaults
  • Changed menu key hints to Borland style Shift+Ctrl from MS style Ctrl+Shift
  • The web published models are now called "Mind reader" models
  • "Paste formatted" is now called "Smart paste"

Version 3.0 build 20 Release Date: 19-Nov-2002
New Features
  • Add "Get the latest version" help menu option linked to the download site

Version 3.0 build 19 Release Date: 15-Nov-2002
Bug Fixes
  • Corrected bug in HTML output for entries containing \ characters

Version 3.0 build 18 Release Date: 9-Nov-2002
  • Support IE 4 better in output HTML by hiding DOM tables in JavaScript

Version 3.0 build 17 Release Date: 9-Oct-2002
New Features
  • Mouse wheel support for scrolling
  • Removed pop-up "find" window from published models
  • Added "Accesskey" (Alt-?) attributes to published buttons: oto, <T>itle, <F>ind, Find <P>revious, Find <N>ext, >mbers, <H>elp, <A>bout. Shortcuts shown in MouseOver status text.
  • Use the current document's path for the browse root when opening a model
  • The "Link" text can now be blank on exported HTML, allowing the link to be completely suppressed
  • Cosmetic tweaks to HTML output options dialog to clarify new options
  • Improved paste/text import wrap test for continuation lines
  • New program icon derived from artwork.
  • Changed default HTML output extension from .htm to .html
  • Changed nag text and removed timed nags in favour of event nags
  • Improved handling of invalid licence code entry to restore original
  • Improved HTML formatting for Opera.
  • Full DOM support for Mozilla.
  • Improved online help for published models to reflect shortcuts.
  • Updates to the main help file to cover recent enhancements.

Version 3.0 build 16 Release Date: 6-Mar-2002
  • Close "Nag" screen when visiting the "Buy Now" web site
  • Strip trailing spaces from the Name field in registration screen

Version 3.0 build 15 Release Date: 18-Feb-2002
  • Added a <DOCTYPE> tag to generated HTML
  • Improved "end of evaluation" narrative

Version 3.0 build 14 Release Date: 13-Jan-2002
New Features
  • Use <Shift-Return> to break lines within an entry
  • Represent line breaks as <BR> in exported HTML
  • New "Paste formatted.." functionality with options
  • User definable navigation button tops for published HTML
  • User definable BSW web link text for published HTML
  • Add "GoTo" button to jump to an entry in published HTML
  • Add extra support for <A href="#10E"> style hyperlinks to jump to specific entries in published HTML
  • Added "Help" options to "Tell a friend" and "Tell us what you think"
  • Install set now includes extra documentation
  • <Shift-Esc> keystroke to complete editing and leave the entry selected
  • Changed release number basis to reflect BSW's status as the 3rd version over many years of the program's existence
  • Changed version number display to exclude unused digit
  • Removed superfluous "That was the last reference" when killing a Find
  • Preserve padding spaces in generated HTML
  • New modal "nag" screen text with more reasons to register
  • Added timer based "nag" to help encourage registration
  • "Soiled" write and print functions for expired licences
  • Store HTML output file name / per model
  • Store Formatted Paste options / per model
  • Strip trailing spaces for paste / import
  • Restore zoomed windows when creating a new model
  • Unlicensed copies have a "Buy NOW!" button in the "About" box

Version 1.0 build 13 Release Date: 08-Oct-2001
New Features
  • "Tell a friend" button added to the "About" box. Press the button to generate an email about BrainStorm.
  • All new JavaScript in Web Publisher to prevent reload of the whole page when changing level. For IE only.

Version 1.0 build 12 Release Date: 19-Jul-2001
  • Added "About" and "Register" options to the main "Help" menu
  • When loading a corrupt file, only the first error is reported.

Version 1.0 build 11 Release Date: 16-Jun-2001
New Features
  • Added the "getgoing.brn" model to auto-open on first install
  • Increased the "recent files" list from 4 to 16
  • Drag cursor now reflects control key state with '+' to indicate copy mode

Version 1.0 build 10 Release Date: 8-Jun-2001
New Features
  • Added "Tile vertical" to the Window menu.
Bug Fixes
  • Joining entries with the Del key caused the edit caret/cursor to position to the beginning instead of the end of the line.
  • Lock up when deleting all text in an entry with descendents then clicking on the promote icon.
  • Lock up when deleting a namesaked entry with descendents when the anchor mark is present anywhere in the model other than amongst the child entries.
  • Changed "z22 this entry" to "promote this entry" in JavaScript for HTML published models

Version 1.0 build 9 Release Date: 18-May-2001
New Features
  • BrainStorm now remembers the character set chosen for use with the default font. This is important for international users who don't use the Western character set.
  • Using keyboard marking (shift-arrow) selection in long entries which went beyond a window length now scrolls the entry to show the selection position.
  • Custom colours have been activated giving much more choice when choosing default and entry colours.

Version 1.0 build 8 Release Date: 17-May-2001
Bug Fixes
  • BrainStorm no longer crashes when closing the program with no model present

Version 1.0 build 7 Release Date: 1-May-2001