Capturing information from the Web is now much easier thanks to Magic Paste. This new function has been added to the latest release of the BrainStorm 'thought assistant' software, launched today.
Magic Paste enables users to repeatedly copy information from their Web browsers and other applications without having to return to BrainStorm. The textual elements are automatically pasted into BrainStorm, so that they are waiting there when the user has finished extracting information from the various sources.
BrainStorm is a creative thinking tool that makes it easy for users to capture information and record their ideas quickly and then organise and develop them. Once incorporated, information can be easily modified, expanded, copied or moved as the creative process progresses. The program automatically sets up links between matching entries, wherever they appear.
If required, each Magic paste can be automatically tagged with the date and time. Once in the program, the information is ready to be manipulated using BrainStorm's powerful organising tools. It is then simple to arrange the data into a logical structure, with the end result being a highly organised hierarchy in multiple levels, with related items being automatically cross-linked.
The new release benefits from over 40 other enhancements, most of which are aimed at helping users to work more efficiently and to exploit BrainStorm's powerful features to the full.
"We contacted over 1000 users and evaluators to find out what they thought about BrainStorm and what enhancements they would like to see," explained David Tebbutt, Brainstorm Software's managing director and a former editor of Personal Computer World magazine. "Their responses were used to improve the program, the website and the help file."
BrainStorm can be downloaded from www.brainstormsw.com. It is free to try for 30 days, after which a fee of UKP 40 (+ VAT if applicable) is payable for a full licence. Existing registered users can upgrade to the new version at no charge.
Previous releases of BrainStorm have shown it to be an invaluable tool for project managers, researchers, writers, students, teachers, genealogists ... anyone who needs to marshal information and ideas as part of their work or hobby. An illuminating selection of users and their applications can be found on the new website.
Being text-based, BrainStorm can handle much larger projects than can visual-based tools. It also keeps the user's mind focused on the job at hand, without the distraction of having to worry about lines, boxes or layout. BrainStorm is a thought assistant rather than a presentation program.
Image caption: The latest release of BrainStorm benefits from over 40 enhancements resulting from a large-scale consultation exercise with users and evaluators.
Date: 15 October 2003
Notes for editors
Further press information, including downloadable illustrations, can be obtained from www.brainstormsw.com/press/.
BrainStorm was designed by David Tebbutt to be his 'personal assistant' when he was editor of Personal Computer World magazine in the early 80's, following a 14-year career in the computer industry. It has gone through many iterations over the years but the current version is the culmination of work done during the past nine years with Marck Pearlstone, a professional programmer since 1973.
After the 30-day trial period the program remains fully functional, but starts to issue reminders that the registration fee is now payable.
BrainStorm runs on Windows(R) 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000 and XP.
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