Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) September 21, 2005
Imagine never running out of unique, valuable ideas. Or tapping the minds of some of the most influential thinkers in the world. ThoughtOffice Creativity and Brainstorming Software is a desktop software program that does just that, through a unique design that helps create "stream of consciousness" associative ideas, then strings them together in the form of a linear Mind Map. Already being used by the US Government, NASA, Ivy League universities and creative departments in leading Fortune 500 firms, the $97 to $499 application breaks through mind blocks that might otherwise stall creative progress.
"Over the last 5 years of development of the program, our hopes were to see idea generation accelerate, but at the same time, become easier to hand-off to the idea-implementers: the engineers, production people, graphic artists and advertising specialists who bring ideas to life" says Mark Alan Effinger, founder of ThoughtOffice and co-creator of the program. "But we never imagined that this little software solution would see use in such important programs. We're seeing glimpses of the future as CEOs using these tools give us insights into what they've been creating, and the enormous amount of creative output they've generated, assisted by ThoughtOffice. We're more than encouraged by the results".
ThoughtOffice consists of an interface with a text-based "search" field (much like a traditional web browser), buttons for finding Definitions, Synonyms, Hypernyms, Word Associations, popular Search Terms (keywords) and Images. By entering a word or phrase and clicking a button, a list of related phrases, terms, colloquialisms or images pour into a viewing port on the program. Selecting a phrase or image adds it to a Session: a linear "collector" and organizer of the information. Comments, images, web links and references can be added to each Session Object to help clarify the creative process, and stimulate more related ideas.
ThoughtOffice features an integrated Session Window which allows organization of the brainstorming Session, addition of web links, images, references, and any of the 13,700+ add-on Expert Topic questions available in the ThoughtOffice databases.
The final Session can be printed, saved as a PDF file, adding the user's unique Brand and Copyright, and exported as a web page or even a Slideshow presentation, very similar to Power Point(tm).
In a recent test, first-time users ranging from business leaders to MBA students and advertising creatives were able to generate an average of 100 "unique and viable" creative ideas in the first hour, leveraging ThoughtOffice's brainstorming engine. Further studies are planned to better quantify the creative process via the Associative Thinking process developed by the word, phrase and images and how they are presented by the program.
"We consider this just the beginning of the potential within our program" comments David Lockman, Product Specialist for ThoughtOffice. "Because ThoughtOffice auto-updates daily, we see an average of over 250 new key-word tagged images, 65-100 new word references and over 150 new keyphrases making their way into the product daily. Added to the existing 9,523,680 words and phrases, and nearly unlimited images, and the creative possibilities available with ThoughtOffice boggle the mind... but better, we're seeing real-world results. And in the end, that's what matters: creativity converted to productivity".
The program is available for Windows 2000 - XP, Vista, and Macintosh OSX (including Tiger), as a download or on CD. An internet connection is required for operation of most of the program's features.
ThoughtRod.com is the strategic development channel for ThoughtOffice programs. The company was founded in 2004 by a former Inc. 500 company executive and nine-time serial entrepreneur, Mark Alan Effinger. ThoughtOffice leverages Internet and software applications into "Rich Content", the valuable output of ideas and "individual intellect" turned into useful products and services. ThoughtOffice is the result of years of research into the creative process. The company can be reached on the web at http://www.ThoughtRod.com, or by calling 360-450-6888.