Combined with the easy-to-navigate Property Manager, the preview window enables developers to create, test, and deploy applications to users relatively quickly; prototype applications can be created in a matter of days and complete implementation time can be as little as three weeks.
Thinkmap Studio provides three different Thinkmap display types: spider, bubble, and chronology. A spider Thinkmap displays data objects with radiating lines connected to related objects; a bubble Thinkmap displays objects as a formatted list. The chronology Thinkmap displays objects on a time line; using slider controls, the end-user controls what time period is displayed.
For example, a customer navigating through a Thinkmap application displaying the online catalogue of an outdoor-gear store may click on a certain backpack. This single click can simultaneously center the display on the backpack and show related outdoor items, open an Adobe Acrobat file describing the item in another browser frame, and store the item number for inclusion in a shopping cart.
TheBrain Technologies and Inxight both offer software with visual content-navigation interfaces similar to a spider Thinkmap. Whereas Thinkmap offers developers greater control over the final appearance of an application and increased data interactivity compared with its competitors, the competing products currently offer better access to unstructured, or nondatabase, content.
Thinkmap Studio relies on the value derived from providing information consumers with increased access to relevant data to justify the $20,000 TAS price tag. E-commerce sites seeking increased cross-selling opportunities and companies looking to put a dynamic, engaging interface on their existing knowledge management applications should take a look at the unique data-visualization capabilities offered by Thinkmap Studio.