Thought Tickler is a thought processing (or idea processing) program that's
built upon Dynamic Draw. Dynamic Draw is the "engine" that provides
the drawing functions for Thought Tickler.
Because Dynamic Draw is the foundation for Thought Tickler, when you install Thought Tickler, you also install the fully-functional Dynamic Draw. Therefore, this version of Dynamic Draw may be used by itself. However, Dynamic Draw and Thought Tickler present different interfaces to the user; it is best to regard them as separate applications.
Another application that's built on Dynamic Draw is Thought Retriever. We recommend that you think of Thought Tickler as a suite of two related applications. In general, we will refer to the suite as "Thought Tickler." Thought Retriever is described below.
Two ways that Thought Tickler can be used are for the processes of developing
ideas and for creative planning.
All people do not think in the same ways; it is unfair to expect everyone to do their best in ways that are not appropriate for them. Thought Tickler is especially useful for people whose thinking processes naturally work with spacial elements, with images, and with loosely-connected random ideas whose structures and relationships emerge in their consciousness while the development process takes place.
Thought Tickler is an aid for non-traditional idea work: thinking styles that aren't usually taught by instructors in their classrooms nor supported by textbooks. Thought Tickler lends itself to the creative free-form working development of concepts and the inter-relationships between tasks and their sequences. This is the way that many of our famous inventors and innovators have devised their concepts and their strategies. However, while the user builds diagrams and relationships within them, links between the parts can be "hard wired."
Thought Tickler can be used in conjunction with conventional business planning tools such as PERT and GANTT charts. In this scenario, Thought Tickler would aid the development of concepts and the relationships between their component concerns. Later, for example, a PERT chart could be used to graph out an actual plan, and a GANTT chart could specify a timetable of the whole as well as subsidiary timetables for the component tasks.
One important capability offered by Thought Tickler is that the process
of developing the ideas can be re-viewed at any point in time. Thought
Retriever is the tool that provides this function. With Thought Retriever,
the user may revisit the parts of the diagram as they existed in the past,
including label content before the text was changed.
These are only a few hints about how you may use this program suite. Thought Tickler has been, itself, creatively developed. We suggest that you use your own creativity with Thought Tickler, and we'd appreciate your reporting how you used this software for yourself so that we may share your experiences with other users. We also welcome your suggestions for improvements and usability. We warmly encourage you to discover ways to employ this software that go far beyond the imaginations of the programmer and this writer.
Movie : Using Thought Tickler
Movie : Using Thought Retriever
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