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    General  
    Basic information about the product.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
115 out of 190
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
110 out of 190
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
103 out of 190
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
97 out of 190
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
101 out of 190
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    Add-on modules  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      Scripts for automating the map creation (updating) and publishing are available.   Inxight Eureka, Categorizer, SDK, etc.   BrainSDK supports streaming and collaboration, and supports Java 1.1 for cross platform deployment.   MindManager Expert Systems.   Consearch for Windows that get, sort, and filter information. Also, depending upon the configuration, document formats and database connectors are optionally available.  
    Display OS  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      WIN.   WIN.   WIN.   WIN.   WIN-UNIX-LINUX.  
    Documentation  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Good documentation. Installation tips, two printed documents: Guide to ThemeScape Server and Guide to ThemePublisher.   Excellent. User Guide for both Site Lens Studio and Site Lens Designer. They are available both online and as a printable PDF version.   Online and printable User Manual, Tutorial, and Getting Started With The Brain Guide.   Only provides basic printable online help and online tutorial.   Very limited. An operational Guide, there is a small Word document detailing Readware IP API.  
    General Product Architecture  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      Client-Server architecture using standard TCP/IP connection protocol. Maps can be published to HTML files for service by MS IIS web server and access using the Map Viewer applet in Java enabled browser.   It is Java based and embedded in an HTML applet.   Client/Server.   32-bit Windows program with Internet conferencing ability via TCP/IP networking.   Readware is implemented in a Client/Server architecture. It is designed to be used as a component together with operating security, LDAP, DM, ODBC, flat-file, and other technologies to form a complete and exceptional information system. The Readware Analyst and indexer uses low-level file access functions based in C. Both the Analyst and Query servers are multi-threaded.  
    Language Availability  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Processing algorithms are not language specific. Some success has been achieved with German, French, and Spanish. Character set is single-byte.   English only.   English only.   English and German. No double-byte or multi-byte character support. But the following codesets are supported: Arabic, Baltic, Central European, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Johab, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Western (US).   English, German and French.  
    Module included  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      ThemeScape is a suite of four software components: ThemeServer, ThemePublisher, Web Manager, and Cartia Map Viewer.   Site Lens Studio and Site Lens Designer.   PersonalBrain is the only module.   MindManager, symbol library, and spell check dictionaries.   Analyst Server, Query Server, thin client and Java Spider.  
    Platforms Supported, Server  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      Microsoft NT.   Windows 95, 98 and NT.   Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0 and 2000.   Win 95/98, NT.   Windows, most Unix, and LINUX.  
    Product Positioning  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      Cartia technology analyzes text to identify and visually represent statistical patterns of word usage within and among documents. By speeding access to relevant information, Cartia empower users to spot patterns, interpret meaning, and discover new knowledge without reading or manually indexing the material. It allows users to navigate, investigate and interact with the information space, exploring where their intuition and insight lead. Cartia is dedicated to supporting the knowledge seeker in the search for meaningful discoveries, accurately, quickly, and effectively.   Site Lens Studio is a solution to web navigation problems that enables web designers and webmasters to create, edit, and modify information in the form of a graphical and interactive map.   TheBrain is a medium for organizing and sharing information. TheBrain gives people the ability to organized separate pieces of information into one meaningful structure that conveys valuable relationships in an easily understandable display.   MindManager is a memory and organizational tool that helps users organize thoughts, projects, and presentations. It is being used by thousands of people worldwide for planning and tracking projects and tasks.   Readware creates an environment where focused information resources are leveraged to enhance the human ability to read and correlate information, to make decisions, and to take action based upon being well-informed.  
    Software Availability by Country  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Available for shipping worldwide, supported in US only.   US only.   US offices only.   Headquarters in US and distributors in Alzenau, Australia, England, Finland, Swiss, and Hong Kong.   The Company has representation in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.  
    System Requirements  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      300 MHz Pentium recommended. 128 MB RAM recommended. 1GB free storage. Requires TCP/IP connection.   Pentium 233, 128 MB memory required.   Pentium process with at least 16MB RAM, and at least 4MB of free hard disk space.   Pentium 100 or higher, 16 MB RAM or higher, 12 MB disk space + 20 MB for symbols, 65000 colors, 1024x768 resolution, and Internet browser/access.   350mhz Intel processor, 256MB main RAM is recommended. 2GB free disk space (for virtual memory) is recommended.  
    Vendor References in primary markets  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      CIA, US Air Force, 3M, SAIC, Logicon, Ford, BG Technology, Intel, HP, Herman Miller, Lucent, Phillips, and various universities.   CNNfn, eToys, Barnes & Noble, Porche, Exodus, etc.   Foxsports.com, Andersen Consulting, Columbia University, etc.   HP, DEC, MCI, Unisys Corp, Honeywell Inc, NBC, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California.   Bundesministerium does Inneren, Berlin Finanzverwaltung NRW, D sseldorf FOCUS Online, M nchen Gauss Interprise AG, Hamburg IC-Consult, M nchen Interprise GmbH, M nchen MAN AG, M nchen Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, Reinhausen Polizei NRW, D sseldorf Sandoz Technologie AG, Basel Siemens AG, M nchen Siemens AG, Paderborn Tangens GmbH, Potsdam Vision GmbH, M nchen  
    API and SDK  
    Weight: 1   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
3


 
      No. API release planned for Fall 2000.   Yes, JavaScript and Java-based applets.   No.   No.   Yes, The RwIp API is provided for independent applications access. The new application communicates with the Readware server, sending commands and receiving response streams, using TCP/IP sockets. It does not matter what language is used to create the interface application.  
    Third-Party Integration  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      Use third-party file converter (from text-based native file formats to HTML), document summarizer and object-oriented database.   No current plugins for product.   No.   No.   Compass Server Robot, and OpenText's Livelink Spider. A Livelink DMS connector is available from a third party. Using OLE and being aware of all Office formats with INSO filters, Readware integrates well with Office applications and Windows-based enterprise applications.  
    Popular usage of the product  
    Weight: 1   Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
3


  Weighted Score:
2


 
      Business intelligence, intellectual asset discovery, marketing research, natural language survey and consumer feedback analysis, frontend interface to large knowledge repositories, web-based access to large document collections.   Organization chart, product catalogs, family trees, Yahoo! Type taxonomies on corporation intranets and document collections.   Provide visual map of the Web.   Prepare for speeches and presentations quickly and easily. Plan and track complex tasks and projects.   Newspapers or corporations to hold catalog and classify documents in archives on networks, intranets, or Internet.  
 

    Standards Supported  
    Industry standards to which the product adheres.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
56 out of 210
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
110 out of 210
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
64 out of 210
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
64 out of 210
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
108 out of 210
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    Open Standards Support  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
12


 
      No.   LDAP.   OLE.   OLE.   OLE, LDAP.  
    SSL Support  
    Weight: 5   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
48


 
      No.   Yes.   No.   No.   Yes.  
    Support for Standard Email Protocols  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      Standard SMTP/POP.   None.   MAPI.   MAPI.   No. IMAP and MAPI (Outlook) planned for next release.  
    Document Types Supported  
    Weight: 5   Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
48


 
      Approximately 250 types. Including word processing programs, HTML, and text files.   All document types. Users can embed an applet into a web page and set a node to a path or any type of file as long as the client computer has the necessary application to open that file; then it will be viewable by the client and the applet just links to that specific file.   It supports Rich Text Format, bitmap Image, Wordpad document, Enhanced metafile, Flash, Microsoft HTML Document 5.0, Winzip file.   RTF, HTML and TXT. It reads and writes MindManager MMP and eMindMaps EMM files.   200 formats. Incorporated with TextAccess from INSO Corp, Readware can read formatted files Including Windows, DOS, Macontosh, Unix, PDF and compressed file formats.  
    Database Connectivity  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      No.   ODBC.   No.   No.   No. Must use Readware toolkit (SDK) to build database adapters or pay company NRE charge to build an adapter.  
 

    Web Capabilities  
    The product's features that support World Wide Web functions.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
22 out of 30
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
22 out of 30
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
10 out of 30
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
20 out of 30
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
6 out of 30
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    Publishing  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      Users can publish a content map, document group, and time slice to make them available to the Internet and intranet users or other ThemePublisher users. When publishing, it is making a read-only copy of the content map on the server. Readers can flag, zoom, pan, and bookmark documents for future reference.   Users can publish their project to a local website or to a web server. The process is really easy. One click on Publish and then it provides the accessible directory where to copy the files from (or FTP) and that was it. Site Lens creates the applets to show the map.   Brains can be published. But it only can be published in a category of The vendor's Think Tank web page for Internet (global) accessing. The Notes Section as well as the files and shortcuts users have created can be published with the Brains. Also, users can keep some thoughts private (hidden) when publishing.   Yes. The MindMaps can be published on the Web through FTP, etc. Users can use MindManager's website export feature to create Java-enhanced websites.   No. Readware does not publish Collections automatically. The Readware IP Servers work in conjunction with a web publishing system.  
    Web Servers Supported  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
8


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      Microsoft IIS.   All web servers are supported.   Microsoft IIS.   All. It doesn't matter to MindManager. MindManager just generate the HTML pages.   Microsoft IIS and Apache server.  
 

    User Functionality  
    Features on the application's client-facing side. The parts of an application that facilitate a user's work processes.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
326 out of 520
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
246 out of 520
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
277 out of 520
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
248 out of 520
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
176 out of 520
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    Additional Features  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Such as create Time slices and Groups. Users can save the map in either two formats: JPEG and CompuServe GIF. Provides for PERL scripting for customized source text extraction.   No.   No.   Internet conferencing for multi-users. Provides chat log for all the conference sessions. TimeTask, MindManager will create Project to manage time/task based on the start/end date of tasks. Can mark Done and set priority. Multi-maps function that can connect several small mindmaps with each other.   The administrator can run the Analyst so that it keeps a list of terms found in files that it does not recognize. Important terms can be added to the ConceptBase so that Readware can also recognize how the news terms relate in the terms already captured in the ConceptBase. The administrator can also define subject categories by which to classify information. The administrator can define almost any type of knowledge as a topic. Topics fit in the Readware hierarchy. Topics can be listed at the interface. They can collect specified information on a single click. Topics can be nested in users' queries. One of the best query functions of the evaluated products . Readware supports a wide range of flexibility on how the users can accurately query the information they really need. By providing searching format (such as: for ..) and Query Command Language (by placing Logical positioning symbols).  
    Collaborative Mapping  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Yes. Maps can be shared, as long as users have access right to the maps.   Yes. All files can be on a shared directory and used by individuals with Site Lens Studio. However, they cannot be accessed at the same time.   Users can upload their Brains to a part of the vendor's website called Think Tank and be able to share with other Brain users.   Yes, through the Conferencing function. This is an exciting function. Participants share mindmaps and work on the mindmaps together through the Internet connection. It provides an interactive and teamwork working environment.   Yes, users can share Collections when given proper authorization.  
    Advanced Search Capabilities  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
32


 
      Able to use single terms, Boolean expressions and literal strings searches through all the documents in the map's database. The search result will be automatically saved for reuse or combine with other groups of documents. The map provides additional visual context for search results and improves results. But no wildcard characters support.   Yes, search for nodes only. Users can search for a text or numerical string in either: the labels of nodes, the ToolTips of nodes, and the URLs of nodes. Users can find a series of nodes in one find. But does not support wildcard search. Replace can replace all label text.   Search function is very good. Users not only can search for thoughts , they can also search for files, and web pages. When search web pages, users can select/custom search engines. On the search window, users can be more specific on name contain, Keyword included, Keyword exclude, etc.   When perform search/replace, users can select Match whole word only and Match Case. Attached documents and maps are also searchable. However, it does not support wildcard search and it does not display messages such as not found or 3 were found.   The crown jewel of this product. On top of the traditional plain text, keyword, and Boolean search, it provides unique and impressive advance query using advance knowledge types for more accurate and comprehensive results. They are Document subjects, Probes (why, who, growth), Issues (trends, potential troubles), and Topics (Politics, Health - there are 336 predefined topics specifications around).  
    Content Filtering  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      ThemeScape can include or exclude harvested documents in a content map based on their file extension, the minimum and maximum number of words in the document, the presence or absence of words, or the percentage of unique words within the harvested document. Users can set up stopwords too.   When crawling websites, users can enter certain file extensions that they do not want to crawl to, such as JPEG, GIF, txt, or PDF files, and are able to specify only the first link to the page or all links to the page. The other way to filter is by setting limits on crawl depth and total number of nodes.   Yes. PersonalBrain can filter out redundant or non-local links.   No. MindManager only add content links to the maps.   Yes, include or exclude specified files by extension when defining a Readware Information Collection and exclude category from the scope of the search; such as travel-related documents.  
    Customization  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      User can add or edit HTML-based content for the ThemePublisher Feature frames to provide introductory and contextual info, including links to documents in the content map. Users can change default settings, such as appearance, how many documents for a search to disclose, and display how many links to other related documents.   After the map is generated, users can change more on the map - not only the label, but also the colors (can use custom colors too), size, font, layout, and replace all (to other text). Users can customize the HTML page of the published map. Users can add child nodes to the map.   User can set default preferences on how to create a Brain. Users can customize the way Brain is displayed, such as: Auto Hide, Docking, Floating, resizing, colors, font and wallpaper, etc.   Can support color settings for normal text, title, and outline frames. User can customize Fonts, Toolbar, Image file, Template, Symbols and Sound used in the maps.   Java, VBScript or other scripting languages are supported. The product is made to be a component, Perl, Java, VBScript or other scripting or programming languages can be used to create independent sophisticated interfaces to the intelligent text processing functions automated by the Readware servers. Users can use Java, VBScript or other scripting languages to implement independent clients.  
    Mapping Functions  
    Weight: 5   Weighted Score:
64


  Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
48


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
16


 
      ThemeScape creates a content map that users can easily use to identify major thematic topics, which are represented as peaks; tall peaks contain many documents, and small peaks fewer. The similarities among topics are represented by the distance between the various peaks on the content map. Most interesting is that it is interactive; it displays the summary pages as the users move their mouse. Users can create new maps based on query results.   Site Lens genereates a map has a tree structure of multiple branches, which can contain several levels of nodes. The home page node is called the root node. There will be a plus/minus to show if the node has children (plus means yes). Since maps can be imported, users can build large maps from modules (branches) and separate datasets.   PersonalBrain can crawl sources and automatically generates visual maps for users. Users then can attach files, documents, email messages, and integrates web content (each one is considered a Thought) into collections (called Brains), and create associations between different Thoughts. The Brain view thought relationships as families, and its provide cross-referenced information at a glance.   It captures users ideas and presents them in a branch style Mindmap which is then enhanced by adding colors and symbols to make prioritizing and understanding even more easy.   Readware uses a Java spider to scan and analyze specified web pages or other sources into the specified Collection. Then users can use very strong Query tools to find the information they need.  
    Support for Natural Language Queries  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      No.   No.   No.   No.   Yes.  
    Graphic support  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      Yes. Users can add CompuServe GIF and JPEG graphics to the content pages. The limitation of the size is 167-200 pixels wide.   Yes, users can use an image as a map's background and icon or thumbnail of a node.   Yes, the content can be bitmap images.   Yes, image (bitmap) can be imported, but only to the text notes but not directly into the map itself or the content.   No.  
    Includes Web Crawling Capabilities  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
16


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      Yes. Maximum to 20 levels.   Yes. Users enter their own maximum depth to crawl and maximum number of nodes to collect, either one of the numbers has reached, Site Lens will stop crawling.   Yes. PersonalBrain can spider web sites with unlimited depth.   No.   Yes, crawling depth up to 5 levels.  
    Language Options  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
4


 
      When a document collection with documents in different languages is mapped, each language is given its own part of the map. This happens as a natural result of the different kinds of words used in the different languages. The more similar the vocabularies of different languages, the closer the documents are likely to be on the map. This is true for all languages.   No.   No.   No.   Yes, it supports cross-language search.  
    Input Source  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
32


  Weighted Score:
24


  Weighted Score:
24


 
      Local files (word processing documents or standard text files), web pages (HTML), FTP sites, email, intranet sources, and Internet sources.   Comma or tab-delimited text files, document repository, spreadsheet, and websites. For websites, it only supports MINE type, so if the page is not MINE, then it will not crawl.   Document, web page, email message, local files or the Internet. Each Brain can hold over 65,000 thoughts. Any thought can have 32 parent thoughts and 128 child thoughts. The Brain also can import folders, Netscape Bookmarks, and Microsoft favorites.   Source can be a web page, a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet. However, Mindmanager simply collects and displays the source but does not categorize nor index the source - in another words, does not manipulate the source at all.   ReadWare will collect local files, URL and other sources such as Open Text's flat files in a Collection.  
    Import/Export to maps  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
4


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
0


 
      Maps can be exchanged among ThemeServers using the database utility.   Only import but not export maps. Users can only view maps not export maps.   User can import one brain to another brain to merge them but not pieces of a brain. An Existing folders, Internet Explorer's favorites, and Netscape navigator's Bookmarks can all be imported and automatically created thought. Web graphic from Netscape can also be imported.   Graphics, symbols, and images can be imported. Supported formats are: BMP, GIF, PLX, JPEG, PNG, WMF(Windows metafiles: 16-bit) and EMF (Enhanced Metafiles: 32-bit). Recommended max size is 20-30 Kbytes. User can export their map in HTML format, and directly export them to the intranet or Internet. When importing text, it has to be plain ASCII text in which the topics and subtopics are indented.   No.  
    Integrated Internet Solution  
    Weight: 2   Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


  Weighted Score:
6


 
      Yes. It can automatically categorize one or more websites very quickly and provide the end result map with mountains and valleys. Also users can add a hyperlink link to the content map.   Yes. Site Lens Studio let users crawl more than one websites (only HTTP server) by specifying more than one domain. In Designer mode, users can only have the opportunity to update the node and not be able to access any link. When published, it will go to the URL or link to a specific file node.   Yes. PersonalBrain has an instant activation box that lets users type in a URL to access websites. When a web page is attach to a Thought, and the user clicks on the Thought, it will go to that web page directly. Users can do standalone keyword search the Internet through other search engines directly.   Yes. Users can define a hyperlink to a node, then double click on the link from the map, or select the Jump To Hyperlink to go to the website directly.   Yes. Users can create or add a URL to a collection. Users can define the starting URL and select crawling depth. From the query result, user can click on the links and directly access the resource page.  
    Internal Viewing Capability  
    Weight: 3   Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
0


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
12


  Weighted Score:
8


 
      ThemeScape creates a content map that users can easily use to identify major thematic topics, which are represented as peaks; tall peaks contain many documents, and small peaks fewer. The similarities among topics are represented by the distance between the various peaks on the content map. Most interesting is that it is interactive; it displays the summary pages as the users move their mouse. Users can create new maps based on query results.   No. The map will not include any document. Only each node represents an HTML page or data.   72 child thoughts can displayed in the plex, the rest can be accessed by scrolling.   Yes. However, the Internet browser has to be activated to access a web page, and a specific application, such as Microsoft Word, has to be installed to open a Word document.   HTML and text files are displayed in the web browser with highlighted hits. Application formats with MIME types are opened according to their MIME type. (Hits are not referenced but should be more obvious than the usual search engine.)  
    Mapping Displays  
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      Documents are presented as a topographical map. Users can edit labels, create Time Slices, Groups, Feature frames, and navigational features for other ThemePublisher users.   There is only one display type - interactive map.   PersonalBrain screen has many display features. Users can choose to display full screen, auto hide, dock right, dock left, dock top, or dock button as well as floating the screen like a regular window is also available.   Main topic, Branches, Movable Text, and Text notes are the core component to present knowledge in MindManager. Users can take advantage of MindManager's rich ways of using colors, fonts, and symbols to make visualization of knowledge more effective.   No map generated, only a textual list of query results usually is linked to sources that are generated from a user-defined Collection.  
    Managing content maps  
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      It is very easy to create, copy, update, and remove the content maps.   Only allows total of 5 levels in a map. Users can apply changes to all levels or partial levels of the selected branch. Users can copy, cut, and paste to maps.   All thoughts are directly or indirectly related through links. Users can 'Wiggle' a thought to wherever they want. The Brain will rearrange the whole map. Users can merge Brains by importing the whole Brain.   Users can set up font, color of branch, priority, checkmark of a map. There are unlimited units and sizes of the mindmap.   Collections can be easily created and removed. Users can update the source for Collections.  
    Spell-checker  
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      No.   No.   No.   Yes. All the spell check dictionaries come with the product. Spelling for the list of dictionaries: U.S. English, British English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Portuguese.Users can add words to their own custom dictionary. It provides a Suggestion Box and Change To box.   No.  
    Content exploring  
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      Hot topics will be immediately apparent (by the peaks). Content is further explored by clicking on the contours in the map or by clicking on document locations in the map to retrieve summaries or the full text of specific articles. Most relevant documents are displayed in the Top 10 list feature frame. A good feature is the ability to display a short summary of each document so that users can browse the summary first before getting the full document.   No. Users are not able to explore the content in a node.   When clicking on a thought, if it is active will automatically open the web page is has attached or open the necessary application and load the file.   User can double click on a hyperlink to access the web page or document or on text notes to open the content of the source.   It allows complex surveys of a pool of information to be condensed in a query and it returns highly relevant results. It reads thousands of documents per second but goes further than search engines in sorting them out. It classifies information for one-click access. It simplifies access to collaborative information.  
    Notes  
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16


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12


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      Yes. Users can add text to content maps. Features Frames is reserved for customized content.   No. A major drawback of this product is that users are not able to add any notes or have an attachment of a document to the node other than having attached GIF or JPEG images to any or all of the nodes as a graphical labels.   Each thought can attach detail notes. The Notes itself is a word processor (and it supports all word processing applications). Users can drag text, objects (picture, sounds, spreadsheets), files (in ASCII or RTF format), and web pages into the Notes.   Yes, users can add text notes, add Word document links and web page links to a node. Users can define a hyperlink in their mindmaps to a document, Excel sheet, a mindmap, and web pages.   Yes. Users can add sources to a collection by adding local files as notes or attachments. However, they will not be labeled or recognized as a note or attachment for an information item.  
    Edit the maps  
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      Label can be edited. Size and font for text can be specified. When adding new documents to a content map, there are choices of incremental, or full update. If using automatic update, ThemeScape will decide the best method depending on how many documents have been added and how much the topics have changed.   Users can update a node or a branch. It is very similar to the familiar expanding collapsing vertical trees used in Windows Explorer. Also cut and paste or by importing the branch of the desired map. Users can conveniently change the node attributes with multiple nodes at the same time.   Editing the Thoughts is very easy. Users can create, link, forget (remove), remember (reactivate) links. A unique function is wiggle a Thought. User can drag a Thought and moving it around before finally deciding where to put it. From right clicking the mouse on a Thought, users can create parent/child, copy/forget a Thought, and attach web pages.   Support undo-redo. Users can copy/paste nodes, reorder by drag-and-drop components, change font and color of nodes, add symbol to nodes (such as a smiling face), and change subject of the nodes.   Java, VBScript or other scripting languages are supported. Perl, Java, VBScript or other scripting or programming languages can be used to create independent sophisticated interfaces to the intelligent text processing functions automated by the Readware servers. Users can use Java, VBScript or other scripting languages to implement independent clients.  
    The final picture  
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      A big picture or summary that is presented by a visual landscape of information - a topographical map - to show what's inside the collection and how related they are.   A project is the overall collection of maps, images, templates, and so on. Site Lens Studio opens a new project to include maps, plus customized icons, thumbnails, crawl results, and templates, and then publishes it to the Internet or to the local intranet.   A map that organizes all personal information with web content and easy to navigate to explore.   A spiderlike chart that represents ideas on the mind. MindManager uses symbols, colors, font sizes , thicker linking lines, etc. to make the visual map even more visible.   Readware creates user-defined collections ready for query that contains source, document, web pages, websites, messages or database stored in some type of document storage mechanism. When users define their query, the resulting links can be displayed by title, subject, date, rank, etc. in descending/ascending order.  
    Spider  
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      Yes. ThemeServer harvester will spider File System directories, FTP Directories, and web server links within the constraints specified by the user and retrieve content for mapping.   No.   Spider web page can go down 1-10 level deep. Performance is very good. Spider graph is very structured and clear. It allows users to automatically create a brain of any website, with the number of levels of drill-down and links completely configurable by the user. (However, spidering did not work well on sites that use frames.)   No.   No. This product does not generate spider graphs.  
    Online Indexing  
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      Topics are indexed and sorted alphabetically or by frequency. It will display how many documents contain each topic. The documents then can be accessed by clicking on a topic.   Yes. This product is doing a good job indexing the source information. It presents the information through indexing the web pages (if the source is a website) or directories (if the source is a file).   Yes. If users give keyword to Thoughts in TheBrain to make searching so much easier.   No.   The full text of documents is indexed by literal term, by phonetic name, by concept group, and by types of knowledge referenced in the text.  
 

    Reporting  
    Environment for retrieving and manipulating stored reports.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
24 out of 40
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
8 out of 40
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
16 out of 40
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
24 out of 40
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
8 out of 40
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    General Reporting Capabilities  
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      When printing a content map, ThemePublisher prints the content as it appears in the map windows. The Summary page and Top Ten list are not printable, other than a screen print. Search result maps are printable.   Users can hit shift + print screen then paste clipboard to any Word program and print the screenshot.   User can print out an image of the plex window.   Users can print mind map as a graphic, to-do-list, branch note and in word processor 'outline' format. User can set how they want to print the mindmap, such as a single or double color line border. User can set page margin to scale while printing.   Users can print the query result (in descending rank or other sequence). Administrators are able to print server-related logs, etc. All Microsoft Exchange/Outlook formats will be supported in the next release.  
 

    Administration  
    The features and functionality that facilitate the management of the product.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
34 out of 50
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
8 out of 50
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
0 out of 50
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
4 out of 50
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
16 out of 50
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    Access Controls  
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      There are only two types of users in ThemeScape: Administrator and User. Only Administrator can create and manage content maps, to administer user names and passwords, and to assign permissions to content maps on a server-by-server basis. Map publisher can also set authorized users in map-by-map setting with password control.   No. There is no access control to use Site Lens Studio to create or update the map, but after the map is published, then it is dependant on the web server and HTTP settings.   No.   No.   Security access rights are defined by the Operating system. Currently a Collection can require authorization defined through the Analyst Console Server and encrypted within the Collection.  
    Backup Capabilities  
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      Map file backup utility is provided. ThemeServer provides backup/restore procedure to back up the ObjectStore server. ThemeServer stores history data to ensure that it does not include multiple copies of the same document in a map.   No.   No.   If user selects the Create Backup Files option, then it will create a backup file when a user saves his map document. An auto-save function is provided, too.   The system features built-in redundancy. Corrupt indexes can be rebuilt with internal functions. On last resort, original sources can be recompiled using stored collection specification files.  
    Ease of Administration  
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16


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8


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      Log files are generated that document all harvesting and map generation processes. Administrators can create, edit, and remove a user.   Yes. It provides some server log files that is an extremely valuable aid to Site Lens studio users such as error log, status, etc. However, there is no user management.   No.   No. And no user management either. Only has license control on per PC.   The system logs all actions and errors that assist in diagnosing performance problems. Administrative tasks include checking on and deleting daily and task logs that are written in plain text; checking on the server, and; It performs self-diagnostic checks maintaining collections and compacting them after many changes. However, Readware does not control users.  
 

    Ease of Use  
    The product's straightforwardness in terms of intuitiveness, logic, and user interface.  
    Factor: Standard  
    Product Name Themescape Suite
2.0
Site Lens Studio
1.0
PersonalBrain
1.73
MindManager
3.5
Readware IpServer
3.0
 
    Manufacturer Cartia, Inc. Inxight Software, Inc. TheBrain Technologies Corp. MindJET, LLC Management Information Technologies, Inc.  
      Group Score:
100 out of 170
Total Score:
677 out of 1210
  Group Score:
94 out of 170
Total Score:
598 out of 1210
  Group Score:
84 out of 170
Total Score:
554 out of 1210
  Group Score:
92 out of 170
Total Score:
549 out of 1210
  Group Score:
52 out of 170
Total Score:
467 out of 1210
 
    Ease of Installation  
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      Easy, in 10 minutes with all 3 components, but requires 200 KB free space minimum and Java Runtime Environment 1.2 (provided). No configuration required.   Installation went very smoothly. There is no configuration tasks needed to set up before using the product. Users start a new project by using one of the following four ways: opening a blank project, crawling a website, importing a data file, copying an existing map file, and copying an existing project.   Yes. Very smooth and fast. No configuration needed to use the product. However, users change default settings such as how to dock the TheBrain window, etc.   Very easy, installed in 3 minutes. There is no required configuration to use the product.   The product requires some set up through DOS commands and HTML programming after download. The Readware Analyst Server has to start through a simple DOS command. Also Java JDK 1.1.8 has to be installed. The default installation forms implementation sets up the Readware Servers as a search engine for files or data that can come from various sources and in various formats.  
    Ease of Use  
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12


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      It is easy to use. There are only a few main screens that are involved, which are all very clear in the labeling of all the options and function. The undo/redo command is useful.   Yes, it is fairly easy to use. Maps (Site Lens) are easy to create; customizing and updating the maps are easily handled through the robust Site Lens Designer tool. Publishing is easy, too.   It is easy to quickly generate a visual map with links to web pages and files.   Very easy to use. Functions included in Tool bar and menu bar, and the right mouse click is easy to comprehend. Users can zoom in to work on one particular area of the mindmap. Auto save function will save workspace automatically make user's data very safe. Movable Task is supported for a window.   Yes. It is easy to use. The screen is self explanatory. The product accepts plain language inquires and lists results. Some experimentation is sufficient training for the Query server and The Guide for the Analyst server.  
    Online Help  
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      Extensive help files are in HTML format and are available for both interfaces. But they are not content sensitive and are not keyword searchable. Online FAQ is also available from the vendor's website.   Context sensitive and searchable on-line help (which is the User Guide) is available for Site Lens Studio.   Online help file is printable but not content sensitive or keyword searchable.   Online help only provide very short and basic information. They are not content sensitive nor searchable. There are a few typo in the text.   None. There is no online help, only a reference file that can be read online,  
    Technical Support  
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      Phone support: M-F 9:00AM - 5:00 PM PST. Email support is very efficient.   Standard hours aren't necessarily set. Response time is within 24 hours. The support team is very responsive and professional.   Online FAQ, and online reference areas are available. Telephone support 9:00AM to 6:00PM PST.   Support is available via email and the website. Online help also provides InfoCenter which is the FAQ of MindManager.   Phone support is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Support is professional and helpful.  
    Templates/Wizards  
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      ThemeScape uses map setup wizard to lead the user through the map creation options. ThemeScape also comes with a template that'll extract fields such as title, author, and date from source documents. Users can create customized templates.   No pre-defined template comes with the product. Users can save their map settings as templates. Wizard is used in accepting users' parameters in the Crawling process.   Users can create basic templates of file format to work with. PersonalBrain will name the file name for templates so users won't accidentally overwrite the templates.   Yes, users can save a favorite map layout as a template. Users can set a symbol with words, so when a word is inserted, the associated symbol is automatically attached. No wizard.   HTML forms for creating and updating collections and for querying those collections are included.  
    Tutorials and Training  
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      Quick Tour tutorial is available for Map Viewer and help files are available for ThemePublisher.   Tutorial is provided, available both online and as a printable PDF version.   Online tutorial is available to view using Macromedia Flash player 4 or Real Player.   Tutorial and Guided Tour are included in the online Learning Center. It provides short and basic information and a few sample maps. There are a few typos in the text.   No. There are no real Tutorials and a guided tour in the product; however, on vendor's website, user can test drive to create a Collection.  
    User Interface  
    Weight: 4   Weighted Score:
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16


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24


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      Toolbar and menu bar come with clear text label; therefore, there is no guesswork. Navigation is very straightforward, and the user interface is friendly.   SLY provides easy to identify short cuts for entry mode, such as Icon entry mode and Label entry mode. Users can show/hide toolbar, display vertical/horizontal, or make it undock to users' preference. Tools for changing multiple node labels or color are there, too. Users can also change the node display option.   Easy to navigate. Users can add wallpaper, change color of font size of nodes and links.   Tool and menu bar with adequate function. Follow Windows 95/Office 97 look and feel.   Very limited; however, still easy due to this product being sold as a component. It is expected that the Administrator will integrate the servers and the forms according to corporate or enterprise-style standards using Internet browsers as the means of interface. There is no online help, nor is user able to browse for file functions when selecting a local file. Local Word documents or spreadsheets are opened in their respective application.  
 

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