Portland,, OR (PressExposure) August 20, 2008 -- Creativity software has a history almost as long as that of the personal computer. IdeaFisher, widely credited with originating the field, now has a successor designed to run on modern operating systems. Prompting creative thought with more than 7,691,000 images, words and phrases, this brainstorming software from ThoughtOffice Corporation also provides problem-solving guidance using thousands of questions developed by experts.
"I've found that a spirited dialog can open your mind like no written exchange can ever do. Invest a couple of hours with a copy of ThoughtOffice, and you can dramatically improve your creativity and your world," states ThoughtOffice CEO, Mark Alan Effinger.
The dialog Mr. Effinger describes is the advanced question and answer feature of the software. A series of questions, developed through protracted interviews with experts in 16 specific disciplines, can be used to skillfully explore an issue or problem. The user is prompted towards a solution by following this expert Q & A process.
Mr. Effinger developed the concept for ThoughtOffice in the late 1990's, while working with Marsh Fisher, the pioneering inventor of IdeaFisher brainstorming and innovation software
"Creativity is the last great hope for our world," says Mr. Effinger. "If we don't learn how to think beyond borders and boxes, and start implementing solutions at an faster pace, on an international level, then I'm not the only one not long for this world. Hopefully solutions like ThoughtOffice can increase the tempo of idea creation and problem solving enough that we can turn the world around... but on a different axis".
The creativity and innovation software offered by ThoughtOffice utilizes principles of associative thinking and expert guidance. It is composed of two primary tools, the first being an online database of over 7,691,000 words, images, and phrases accessed by means of an integrated "Idea Browser". This built-in idea search technology allows users to quickly and easily build a list of associations based on a word or phrase, expanding rapidly upon the original idea.
The second part of the solution is a set of modular Q & A plugins. The contents of the ThoughtOffice plugins are the result of many hours of interviews with over 200 CEOs, PhDs, writers, MBAs, and other domain experts. The techniques of these successful problem-solvers were captured and condensed into 16 targeted modules, ranging from marketing and product development to business and strategic planning.
ThoughtOffice software and eXpertTopic plugin modules are currently in version 1.5.1, and an upgrade to version 2.0 is planned for autumn of 2008. With versions for both Windows and Macintosh computers, the program comes in 7 discounted, pre-configured bundles, or can be ordered ala carte, with any combination of the 16 eXpertTopic modules. Distributor/dealer, corporate, competitive upgrade, and educational discounts are available. The company can be reached at http://www.thoughtoffice.com, by calling 360-609-9272 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices range from $96 for the starter bundle to $494 for the CEO bundle, which includes all 16 plugin modules.
About ThoughtOffice ThoughtOffice Corporation is a Vancouver, Washington-based technology firm focused on business process development and innovation. Since 1986, the company founders have successfully started and sold nearly a dozen companies, from advertising to e-commerce, from software to laser display technology. The final product of years of development, ThoughtOffice, takes brainstorming and innovation out of the lab and makes it practical for daily use for business process development, and by advertising creatives, CEOs, consultants, and coaches. ThoughtOffice Corporation can be reached by phone at 360-609-9272, or visit http://www.ThoughtOffice.com to learn more about ThoughtOffice Corporation products.