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2013-06-01 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap launches new example site that showcases Thinkmap 5's HTML5 front end
The new site shows a number of examples built with Thinkmap 5 that work with different types of data sets with different combinations of visualizations.

2013-05-15 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap licensed as an internal customer relationship management visualization by a top 100 global retailer
Thinkmap provides the retailer with insights in customer and vendor relationships, as well as an understanding of key influencers within the customer base.

2013-04-23 00:00:00.0
TIME Recognizes as a "Leader" in Word Learning
TIME senior editor Jeffrey Kluger has reviewed the site in depth, finding that, of online resources to help you learn new words, is "a leader in the sector."

2013-04-10 00:00:00.0
New York Times: Signals "Real Progress" in Online Learning
The New York Times praised as a sign that "real progress is finally being made in computer-assisted education."

2013-03-13 00:00:00.0
Microsoft's visualization of its Unified Communications Web API goes live
The Thinkmap 5 visualization of the Unified Communications Web API gives Lync Developers the insight to jumpstart their development of Lync applications. Because the map of the API is easily navigable and understood, developers new to Lync can quickly build full featured applications.

2013-02-05 00:00:00.0
U.S. News Names a "Website for High School Teachers to Try"
U.S. News names "One of 3 Websites for High School teachers to try in 2013."

2012-12-17 00:00:00.0 is One of PC Magazine's Top 100 Websites
PC Magazine has selected as one of the top 100 websites of 2012. In the magazine's annual look at "undiscovered and classic sites that deserve some real estate on your bookmarks tab," was singled out as one of three "undiscovered" informational sites. "Take the quizzes at this site and you'll be spouting new idioms to all with dexterous proficiency," PC Magazine raves.

2012-06-14 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus Licensed Province-wide in Alberta, Canada
The Canadian province of Alberta has agreed to licence the Visual Thesaurus throughout its entire school system, providing access to the VT for more than 600,000 students.

2012-05-09 00:00:00.0
Top 10 Pharmaceutical Company Licenses Thinkmap as Part of its Internal Analytical Toolset
A leading pharmaceutical company has licensed Thinkmap as part of its toolkit for analysis of chemical compounds, gene expression, and other biochemical phenomenon.

2012-04-16 00:00:00.0 Earns Webby Honor was selected by The 16th Annual Webby Awards as an Official Honoree, one of nine in the Education category. The Webby Awards are widely seen as establishing a standard of excellence for Internet design and functionality.

2012-01-30 00:00:00.0
Top 10 Pharmaceutical Company Licenses Thinkmap to Better Understand Doctor Relationships
One of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies is now using Thinkmap to present a mix of public government and proprietary data in order to better understand key opinion and decision makers in the medical community. The resulting Thinkmap is used both for analysis as well as tactical decisions on where to invest marketing resources.

2012-01-26 00:00:00.0 Named SXSW Interactive Awards Finalist was named a SXSW Interactive Awards finalist in the category of Educational Resource. Contest winners will be announced in March at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX.

2012-01-26 00:00:00.0 Wins Tech & Learning Award of Excellence
Last month, was granted an Award of Excellence by the K-12 technology and education magazine Tech & Learning. The award — announced in the magazine's December issue — recognizes "both the 'best of the best' and creative new offerings that help educators in the business of teaching, training, and managing with technology."

2011-09-15 00:00:00.0
Jackson Laboratory uses Thinkmap as basis for stem-cell gene analysis tool
The StemSight Scout tool is used by researchers to gain an understanding of potential genes for further exploration.
Go to to see it live.

2011-06-09 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus Expands to the iPad and iPhone
The newly released version of the Visual Thesaurus uses HTML5, the latest revision of the HTML standard for the Web. The use of HTML5 makes it possible for the VT to be used on the iPad and iPhone, and it also streamlines the Visual Thesaurus experience for users of up-to-date browsers, providing load times more than five times faster than the previous version. Read more here.

2011-05-09 00:00:00.0
Large Networking Company licenses Thinkmap to use as a means of more quickly understanding data from their configuration management database
Thinkmap's ability to show networks of information combined with performance metrics allow for drill down and filtering in near real time. This therefore allows both better planning for redundancy, and post-mortem analysis of network problems.

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Large US-Based Utility Company uses Thinkmap for Monitoring Regulatory Issues
A Large Utility Company based in the Western United States licensed Thinkmap to navigate industry-wide regulations and rules. The utility business is one of the most regulated in the country, and the vast array of regulations and compliance requirements are difficult to track. Using Thinkmap to navigate an ontology of regulations, this company's business users get a better sense of how the regulations interact with each other, making compliance easier.

2011-01-19 00:00:00.0
Top 10 Financial Services Company Uses Thinkmap for Monitoring Compliance
One of the leading Financial Services Company recently licensed Thinkmap as a significant part of an application to monitor compliance. The application, which allows compliance officers to navigate through vast troves of email communication, allows for the company to find potential infractions before they become a significant business risk.

2010-12-29 00:00:00.0
Leading Oil and Gas Exploration Company Uses Thinkmap for CMDB
A leading Oil and Gas Exploration Company recently licensed Thinkmap to navigate and understand IT Assets. The Thinkmap Application, which sits on top of a change management database, allows for better planning, as well as better understanding of dependencies.

2010-12-16 00:00:00.0
South China Morning Post launches Thinkmap-based "Who Runs HK"
South China Morning Post launches "Who Runs HK" Thinkmap application that shows a map of a select group of leaders in Hong Kong and their connections. The site is available here:

2010-09-13 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap 2.9.0 released
New-York-Based Thinkmap, Inc announced today the release of Thinkmap SDK - Version 2.9.0. In addition to improved performance, and numerous small improvements, the new version adds an extremely fast flat-file data source to ease implementation.

2009-07-20 00:00:00.0
National Strategies use Thinkmap to aid site development
The National Strategies area of the UK Department for Children, Schools and Families website is using Thinkmap to aid development of the site's dynamic navigation structure.

2009-05-26 00:00:00.0
Column Technologies uses the Thinkmap software engine
Thinkmap partner Column Technologies uses the Thinkmap software engine in Column Case Management's Investigative module, where it allows detectives and investigators to visualize - and even uncover - complex relationships among cases, people (subjects, witnesses), organizations, evidence, sites, and vehicles.

2009-03-05 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus announces new Educators Page
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus announces new Educators Page. Teachers can find many tools for improving vocabulary instruction.

2009-01-14 00:00:00.0
Top-5 Pharmaceutical Company Analyzes Statistical Data with Thinkmap SDK.
One of the leading pharmaceutical companies licenses Thinkmap to help interpret statistical analysis of survey data. Thinkmap enables the company to better understand patient needs.

2008-09-02 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap Licensed by one of the United States' Largest Corrections Departments.
Thinkmap used to track and understand inmate communication.

2008-08-21 00:00:00.0
Editor for American Dictionaries at Oxford joins Visual Thesaurus Team.
Ben Zimmer, former Editor for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, has been named editor for the Visual Thesaurus magazine.

2008-08-05 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap Powers Online Interface to FreeBase Wiki Database.
An innovative Thinkmap interface to the Freebase database is available here.

2008-06-26 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus Adds Online Spelling Bee.
New online spelling challenge is adaptive. Good spellers face more challenging words than bad spellers.

2008-06-18 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap licensed by Leading Financial Services Non-Governmental Organization.
Thinkmap to be used to understand linkages between countries' diverse financial systems.

2008-05-05 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus Adds Improved Audio Pronunciations.
Thinkmap now offers accurate, high-quality audio pronunciations for every word in the Visual Thesaurus database.

2008-03-31 00:00:00.0
Top 5 Consumer Products Company builds Thinkmap into application for monitoring suppliers and customers.
Thinkmap application helps business users choose appropriate suppliers based on past performance and other factors.

2007-12-17 00:00:00.0
New Visual Thesaurus Site Launches.
New site offers many features for word lovers, including word lists and autocomplete.

2007-05-11 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap Visualizes Company Customer and Supplier Relationships
Thinkmap provides visualization for Connexiti's BizMaps, a unique business intelligence platform that connects and maps over 125,000 companies globally to their customers, suppliers, competitors, products, geographies and more.

2007-05-11 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap Licensed by British Ministry of Defense.
Thinkmap used to help understand complex relationships within real-time data.

2007-02-15 00:00:00.0
Walmart chooses Thinkmap to power Walmart's Movie Connection Web site.
Thinkmap technology is used to power Walmart's Movie Connection.

2006-12-15 00:00:00.0
A Thinkmap interface is available as part of BEA AquaLogic Enterprise Repository.
Thinkmap visualization provides a unique view of the enterprise software asset portfolio.

2006-03-31 00:00:00.0
Thinkmap selected as part of Customer Service Management Visualization Tool for Call Center Software.
Thinkmap helps customer service personnel quickly find answers from knowledge base of thousands of questions.

2006-01-30 00:00:00.0
Market Leading Financial Services Company Licenses Thinkmap to Navigate Mortgage Information.
Thinkmap helps customers and employees navigate through complex information about mortgages.

2005-12-20 00:00:00.0
Leading Public Safety Software Company licenses Thinkmap to visualize connections between individuals.
Thinkmap enables end users to visualize and analyze complex relationships between linked data in their systems.

2005-10-05 00:00:00.0
Top 5 Energy Company Licenses Thinkmap as Visualization for Configuration Management Database.
Tool is used to visualize technology assets.

2005-06-01 00:00:00.0
I.D. magazine reviews the Visual Thesaurus:
"On the whole, the VT3 is magnificent. Unlike my Roget's, the VT3 contains some 39,000 proper nouns, American and British spellings and for online subscribers, beta versions in five European languages. The depth of the database is striking."

2005-05-19 00:00:00.0
Leading Knowledge Modeling and Discovery Software Company Offers Thinkmap module to its Customer Base
As part of an application that models RDF and OWL ontologies, Thinkmap's unique front end enables rapid understanding of these knowledge structures, helping end-users derive maximum value from a variety of data sources.

2005-02-10 00:00:00.0
Global 100 financial services company chooses Thinkmap as visualization component for their CRM system.
Thinkmap, which excels at displaying relationships, will be used to show connections among the firm's sales team and its customers. Thinkmap allows multi-faceted business information to be displayed on a single screen, along with the ability to actively filter relationships by business contact or time.

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2004-07-22 00:00:00.0
The Visual Thesaurus is invited to be a vendor at the 2004 Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) meeting in Monterey, CA.
The Visual Thesaurus is invited to be a vendor at the 2004 Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) meeting in Monterey, CA.

2004-07-13 00:00:00.0
The Visual Thesaurus represented at two summer technology and education conferences.
The Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA), Summer Institute, Paris, TN; The New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, Albuquerque, NM

2004-06-24 00:00:00.0
The Visual Thesaurus represented at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

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2004-04-28 00:00:00.0
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) selects Thinkmap visualization technology to help visualize its ecological data and research efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.
Thinkmap will enable users of the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Explorer to discover and understand the complex web of relationships within the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Targeted at educators, students and their parents, the Ecosystem Explorer will be an interactive learning tool that takes what had been reams of charts and data and creates an engaging interface that facilitates communication, learning, and discovery. Thinkmap visualizations will help NOAA communicate the environmental issues of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and more generally the science of environmental ecology, in a way that provokes thought, encourages exploration, and leads to understanding.

2004-04-15 00:00:00.0
One of the top-5 mutual fund companies in the U.S. selects Thinkmap as a visualization prototype for a new generation of investment analyst tools.
Thinkmap will play a key role in helping investment analysts understand complex relationships and research data.

2004-04-01 00:00:00.0
A large, multi-national law firm has selected Thinkmap as their platform for enterprise information visualization.
The firm has integrated Thinkmap with their legacy taxonomy management tool and document management system; Thinkmap has quickly become a crucial component of their knowledge management systems.

2004-03-17 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus exhibits at Spring CUE 2004 (Computer-Using Educators, Inc.) in Palm Springs, CA.

2004-03-11 00:00:00.0
Mariner Software to sell Visual Thesaurus as complementary product to its Macintosh Word Processor

2004-03-05 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus signs bundling agreement with Pons, a leading dictionary publisher in Germany. Buyers of Klett's electronic dictionary to get a copy of the desktop version of the Visual Thesaurus.

2004-02-24 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus signs reseller agreements with Journey Educational Marketing and Silicon Heights

2004-02-13 00:00:00.0
Camera Mundi becomes Visual Thesaurus educational reseller in Puerto Rico. VT seen as a great ESL (English-as-Second Language) reference tool.

2004-02-03 00:00:00.0
Visual Thesaurus exhibits at TCEA 2004 (Texas Computer Education Association) in Austin, Texas

2004-01-24 00:00:00.0
PC Magazine lists the VIsual Thesaurus as one of the 101 Best Products of 2003
"Visual Thesaurus offers an engaging way to explore the English language. You enter a word and then choose a path. Type in booty, for example, and follow the loot path (as opposed to the prize and plunder paths), then you can choose to go with lucre, and so on."

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Thinkmap has been licensed for OEM distribution by a California-based start-up software company.

2003-10-16 00:00:00.0
MacAddict praises the Visual Thesaurus
"VT is outstanding for exploring relationships between words, and ideal for brainstorming ideas in work and education."

2003-10-10 00:00:00.0
MaximumPC applauds VT's innovative technology
"We applaud the innovation behind Visual Thesaurus: It uses technology to animate and expand on the deeply rooted conventioin of traditional thesauri, and in doing so, provides an insightful, if somewhat arduous, journey through the English language."

2003-10-04 00:00:00.0
The Washington Post calls the Visual Thesaurus "rare, rewarding."
"The whole interface feels almost live; it reinforces word connections in a direct manner and encourages exploration... overall it's a rare, rewarding example of a paper-bound process that has been radically rethought from the bits up."

2003-09-03 00:00:00.0
macHome highly recommends the Visual Thesaurus
"One of the best tools we've seen, Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus takes the traditional thesaurus and turns it on its head... Happily, it's a product we can't recommend enough to wordsmiths."

2003-08-20 00:00:00.0
The New York Times praises the Visual Thesaurus and its thought-provoking display
"Search for the word "plain'' in a conventional book-bound thesaurus, and you will find an unadorned and featureless list of synonyms on the printed page. Search for the same word with Visual Thesaurus 2.0, and the program generates an animated three-dimensional constellation in which "plain" is at the center, surrounded by synonyms and other related words. Click on the antonym "fancy'' and that word drifts to middle of the screen, where synonyms rush to encircle it in an elaborate, showy and — the people who came up with it hope — thought-provoking display."

2003-08-18 00:00:00.0
Chicago Tribune says the "amazing" VT search delivers solid results
"Based on the now-familiar Java Web-programming language, these amazing thesaurus searches quickly become intuitive, and a user is continually surprised at the insights and solid results that each search delivers."

2003-06-14 00:00:00.0
The Economist calls the Visual Thesaurus "a classic"
"A classic in this category is the Visual Thesaurus created by Plumb Design, a start-up based in New York. Related words are linked with "virtual springs" that pull them together into a cluster. To navigate through the Visual Thesaurus, a user types in a word which pulls up a tree-like shape with the word in question at the centre, and related terms clustered around it? Definitions appear when the cursor is moved over dots next to the words. To find out more about a synonym, a user can click on it, which makes it move to the centre of a new cluster of words."

2003-06-13 00:00:00.0
Econtent says "check out the Visual Thesaurus."
"Check out Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus, for example. Type a word into the text box and you'll retrieve an almost intoxicating display with the word and all its various meanings and related terms. Speaking of intoxicating, try the word loaded. You'll see little branches spring forth for the concepts of affluence, laden, drunkenness, charged with ammunition, and so on."

2003-04-27 00:00:00.0
The Irish Times
"Is there a word on the tip of your tongue? Can you describe it, hear it, almost see it, but just can't say it? Then check out Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus - an online fusion of language, design, art and typography. By displaying relationships between words and meanings as spatial maps, this funky tool translates language into something you see, as well as say. Just drop your word into its screen and it will splash up an array of multi-coloured alternatives, all rotating in 3-D around your own word. Click on whichever suits, and get a further splash of information and colour."

2003-02-17 00:00:00.0
Education World rates Visual Thesaurus "A+"

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USA Today calls the Visual Thesaurus a shining example
"A shining example of injecting a staid reference work with a serving of cyberstyle, Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus presents dynamically (via Java) a given word's relationship to other words."

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Yahoo praises the Visual Thesaurus as "near-perfect"
"A near-perfect combination of content and design."

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2002-06-28 00:00:00.0 recommends the Visual Thesaurus to word mavens
"If you're the type of person who's addicted to the Oxford English Dictionary and William Safire's "On Language" column, then you're going to love the Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus."

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The New Yorker calls the Visual Thesaurus "the best recent advance in reference technology"
"Reference books have come a long way from the days when they were unwieldy volumes with thin pages dog-eared from use. The best recent advance in reference technology is the Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus, which uses Web animation to illustrate the latticework of language. Enter a word, and the thesaurus will generate a solar system of similar words orbiting around the sun of the original term; click on one of those words, and the system will reorganize."

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The Visual Thesaurus is "Inventive. Imaginative. Ingenious. Fanciful." according to the New York Times.

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Wired praises the Visual Thesaurus as putting a premium on action, dynamic typography, and design.
"Duck - here comes an adjective. As you click deeper in, a similar word edges in from the right. Clearly this is not your average thesaurus. Strange stuff, perhaps, to the textual domain, but it's the linguistic way of life inside a new Java-powered word "nebula," as Plumb Design describes its Visual Thesaurus, which puts a premium on action, dynamic typography, and design."

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