Portland, OR (PRWEB) December 8, 2004
Defusing bombs, whether on stage performing a joke or in the trenches of a legal debate, requires unique perspectives and a creative mindset. The new ThoughtOffice Brainstorming and Creativity Software solutions from ThoughtOffice Corporation help anyone be more creative faster and longer than ever before. You can see the new products at the ThoughtOffice Programs page.
ThoughtOffice is a seemingly simple program with a complex, web-enabled database under the hood. On startup, it opens to a Session Viewer, where you load a Brainstorming Session, and begin "playing with the IdeaBrowser interface: using words you type into the system, you find definitions, associations, hypernyms, synonyms and images. By simply typing a word or phrase, the unique, nearly artificial-intelligence of the program spits out tens to hundreds of associations, all keyed off of your initial prompt. The single word red might reveal a stop sign, Ferrari, fire hydrant or flame... any of over 1000 associations that come from that single reference. You might also receive over 100 related images from the unlimited online image database.
"Truly great ideas are created through amalgams of thoughts and associations. If we can prompt you to look at your world through Alice's looking glass, you just might find your solution isn't under the toadstool… it's sitting on top of it" says Mark Alan Effinger, inventor of the program. "When it comes to brainstorming and problem solving, you can't put 5 guys in a room, all with similar backgrounds and influences, and expect significant breakthroughs. So we give you 250 of the brightest, most diverse and influential minds we could find, and get you to have a dialogue with them whenever the mood strikes. And the program never comes back with "that's a lousy idea". ThoughtOffice is idea-agnostic".
If word associations are the answers, what about the questions? ThoughtOffice responds with Expert Business Plugin Modules - professionally crafted modules of 200 to 2000 questions, comments, web links and images each, sequentially grouped and precisely developed to characterize and surround the problem.
"Asking the right question is key to the whole brainstorming, problem-solving process" comments Mr. Effinger, currently managing operations and product development for ThoughtOffice Corporation. "If you can ask the right questions, the answers will flow from both your short and long-term memory. You'll surround the problem, look at it from every angle, and use every one of your senses - it's still amazing to me how this process reduces major problems into very crisply defined steps, with enlightening answers. Sometimes hundreds of answers. Take your pick."
"I can't overemphasize the fact that ThoughtOffice cannot replace the human mind" continues Mr. Effinger. "It's only a fraction of the hundreds of minds that helped develop the program. But if we only use 10% of our minds individually, then doesn't getting a dialogue with these many additional experts, even through our software, beat the opinion of the guy in the neighboring cube? We think so".
ThoughtOffice Brainstorming Software and Expert Topic plugin modules are currently in version 1.5.0, and are available for Windows and Macintosh computers. The program comes in 7 pre-configured and discounted bundles, as well as ala carte, with the 9,655,000 word association engine, the keyword-tagged image database and any combination of 16+ Expert Topic plugin modules. Corporate, distributor/dealer and educational discounts are available.
"We're nearing the finish line with our newest release for OSX and XP, written to leverage the power of our mass of hyper-creative developers and content contributors. These intellectual and creative leaders have helped us develop many new Expert Topic plugin modules" comments Mr. Effinger. "The new products take the power of associative thinking and magnify it with a more elegant interface, dramatically improved Expert Topic technology, PDF, HTML and text export, for nearly real-time collaboration between coaches, consultants, and their clients. It's the most dramatic improvement to associative thinking brainstorming tools in nearly a decade".
The company can be reached at http://www.ThoughtRod.com, by calling 360.312.4312 or e-mailing the company. Prices range from $49 to $499 for modules and complete systems.
ThoughtOffice Corporation is a Blaine, Washington consultancy and product developer focused on accelerating the growth of early-stage companies through increased revenue generation and reducing time-to-market of products and services. The company operates primarily within Portland Oregon and the TechCoast region (Santa Barbara to San Diego), with additional offices in Blaine, Washington. The company can be reached online at http://www.ThoughtRod.com.
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