I used [free] Brain for two (2) or three (3) years under XP. Used it mostly as a PIM. The linking capabilities were great, although the screen did get a bit cluttered after a while with connecting lines
. Part of that usage was Web links with notes from the site and linked to that were my notes about the site. Also used it to track software downloads, what I'd paid (if anything), source pages, online reviews, and my reviews. Don't think I ever used it in any kind of planning capability, but then, I don't often make long range plans
It has a learning curve, but works pretty well. Some of the export capabilities were pretty nice, too. Lost all that when a hole in the roof let the rain in - over my then desk
- and wiped out the XP box and the backup drive, in use at the time. (That's when I started off-site rotation of my backups, mentioned in a thread discussing backup methodologies.)
Never installed it on a Win7 box, since I'd lost everything I had in it, but might pick it up and work with it again.
Went back, looked at some file dates ... I was using it for something like five (5) years.