PersonalBrain offers some really nice features which may be of interest to lawyers. Years ago I tried to use this software in lieu of Casemap, while still working in the Windows environment. Originally called ‘The Brain’ it had a lot of flash, but was thin on substance. Since that time, upgrades and improvements have come a long way…. tagging, attachments etc. Here’s a screencast showing PersonalBrain in action with some legal research originally collected and kept in the now defunct Journler. Apologies for the crappy YouTube resolution. FWIW, click on the ‘fullscreen’ & ‘HD’ buttons, bottom right, for best viewing.
Three things not mentioned in the screencast. First, the software is cross-platform and can be used on both Windows and Mac provided you have licenses for both. Second, because the software is cross-platform and because it has been around for quite some time, it is likely that it will continue to be around for some time. Finally, the software has a great export feature which allows you to export the entire ‘Brain’ as a self-sufficient webpage. I haven’t tried this out yet, but the possibilities of being able to share a brain with an expert and/or client are tantalizing.