This short review of the program in the New York Times from many years ago still correctly characterizes the strengths of Brainstorm as a program and its problems in the market place.
Perhaps its elegance and its "geekiness" are essentially related. But, however that may be, I still like it.
What I like about it:
- it allows you to capture things easily without paying attention to how things might be ordered later; hence the name
- it's the best list manager I know; and in the end all organisation starts with lists
- it also allows you effectively to order the listed materials later
- when the time comes to start elaborating your ideas, it allows you to concentrate on one thing at a time, keeping everything else out of focus
- it plays nice with other programs: you can easily import and export to other programs; if you want to work on the structure in Mindmanager or another Mind mapping program just paste a text file written from Brainstorm to the clipboard into that program; it also allows you to launch other programs and files easily
- it works well with Connectedtext; you can easily copy its URLs into Brainstorm and launch the appropriate topics from it
Here is a picture of the Mindmanager file on Luhmann's card index as a Brainstorm model: