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Visual Thesaurus

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Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95, Mac
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Interactive dictionary and thesaurus with helpful word maps
  • Rotate word maps in 3 dimensions to reveal complex relationships
  • Over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings
  • Intuitive interface; explore 39,000 proper nouns; check spelling
  • Hear both American and British pronunciations

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000KMAA8A
  • Item model number: VT3BOXNC
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,793 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus that creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.

Say you have a meaning in mind, like "happy." The VT helps you find related words, from "cheerful" to "euphoric." The best part is the VT works like your brain, not a paper-bound book. You'll want to explore just to see what might happen. You'll discover--and learn--naturally and intuitively. You'll find the right word, write more descriptively, free associate--and gain a more precise understanding of the English language.

With the Visual Thesaurus, you can:

  • Find the right word. The VT has over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings. Find the word you need and discover related meanings.
  • Develop a better vocabulary. See how words are used in different parts of speech.
  • Use words precisely. The intuitive interface helps you find words through their semantic relationship with other words and meanings.
  • Master word usage. Roll over a meaning to see its definition and example sentences that express that meaning.
  • Improve your grammar. Meanings are color-coded to indicate parts of speech.
  • Explore 39,000 proper nouns. Historical figures, phrases, and trademarks are included. Look up Mozart, Manda, or simply, "M."
  • Check your spelling. The VT suggests a word if you spell it wrong.
  • Hear words pronounced correctly. The VT offers both American and British pronunciations (Internet connection necessary)
  • Personalize your experience. Use the Settings Panel to control font size, filter content, display up to 17 semantic relationships, and more.
  • Browse language in 2D or 3D. Rotate word maps in three dimensions to reveal complex relationships.
  • Connect to the Internet. Right-click on any word to launch an Internet search for images or information.

Product Description

Thinkmap's Visual Thesaurus is a new type of interactive dictionary and thesaurus. It's sure to help anyone, from a young student to an experienced professional, improve their vocabulary while having a good time. You'll write more descriptively and find the right word while gaining a more precise understanding of the English language. Ace the SATs, spice up your PowerPoint, name your company, and more. With over 145,000 words and 115,000 meanings, the Visual Thesaurus helps you find words through their semantic relationships. Hear correct word pronunciations, both British and American

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Resource July 26, 2008
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This is one of those tools that I never knew I needed until I had it. I write constantly and often search (wander, cast, roam) about for a word that says exactly what I mean. I have no less than 5 other powerful software dictionaries and/or thesauri--none comes close to VT. This tool allows me to quickly and painlessly brachiate across my dendriform lexicon and infallibly coming to rest on the very word I need!

I consider this an indespensible aid for upwardly mobile authors, marketting professionals, public speakers, teachers and students.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Little more than a poorly implemented gimmick February 17, 2009
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I ordered this with an open mind and a genuine desire to use this product. Regrettably however, I must say that this application is, at best, a poor implementation of an interesting concept. If it were less expensive it might be an amusing novelty but I cannot, in good conscience, recommend it to you at the price that they are asking for it. Here is why:

The interface is clunky and a distraction from the real work at hand. The nonstandard interface is not the least bit intuitive and the amount and quality of the information provided is not relative in value to the time wasted to achieve it.

I found a product named Ultralingua that is fast, easy to understand and lets me find what I am looking for quickly and get back to the business at hand: writing. Take a look at it. You might find it to be useful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for word geeks! September 4, 2008
By Picky
If you love words, sit at a computer most of time and would rather read a screen than a book, you'll love this software. Truly, this is for the visually motivated word geeks. It's compatible with Windows and Mac. I use both and I've loaded Visual Thesaurus on all computers that I use. Settings are customizable. You can print exactly what you see on the screen. I like using the thesaurus in place of a dictionary in order to expand my vocabulary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has the Visual Thesaurus been all my life? April 27, 2010
Eureka!

Finally, a vocabulary and language tool for those of us who are visual-spatial learners. Seeing a word laid out with synonyms and antonyms has been immensely helpful to me. Sometimes I just can't quite portray the right idea and need to fish around in the word map until I see just what I'm looking for. I don't think I'll ever need to refer to my paper thesaurus again.

It's great fun to learn about alternative meanings of a given word too, and other words in the family. Who knew that clicking around a word map would be so interesting? The word-of-the-day emails are a good way to get the brain going in the morning. Apparently this is the perfect resource for writers, students, lyricists, bloggers, and just general folks who are interested in language like me.

It's genius that the software has a plug-in for Microsoft Word, making it extra easy to look up a word without having to open up the software. That feature alone is the reason why I use the Visual Thesaurus every day.

I recommend you try the online version at the Visual Thesaurus website if you want to see how it works before you buy the CD-ROM. It's a good way to get a feel of the program since the software can't be returned after it has been opened.

If Amazon reviews were like grade school, this software would get an A+ from me. I suppose five stars will have to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Thesaurus September 14, 2011
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Visual Thesaurus is the perfect gift to yourself or to someone you know who would like to expand their vocabulary. I find myself at times when I'm writing lost for words not just any words but the right words to describe what I think is essential to what I'm trying to convey, this product clears up the fog and gives you a variety of words that fit perfect in every scenario. I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting product July 8, 2009
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Visual Thesaurus (VT) is an interesting product to me. It falls in the middle of the review pack, neither a scam nor software heaven. On the plus side it seems to only have the right words in its dictionary, no dumb words, and adequate definitions. Note that the database of words is a bit small. On the minus side, if you're a Vista user, it will take you out of Aero mode into basic mode when it loads. But overall, it is a product I use.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This product sucks!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I don't claim to be a computer wiz, but installing software is pretty easy. I bought this piece of junk and am greeted immediately by a message that tells me I cannot install... Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Dragongunner3011
2.0 out of 5 stars Audio
May 9 2010, I have just purchased the Visual Thesaurus and found it to be very visually playful, however it needs plenty of work done to make it stronger. Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by Young Dragon
4.0 out of 5 stars good productive
I purchased this product because it seemed interesting. Originally I thought I would use it for my creative writing. But it has become a daily tool for many things. Read more
Published on August 29, 2008 by K. Dauth
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent learning tool with a unique approach
Based on the concept of "thinking maps", a visual organization method utilizing the right brain's spatial approach (similar to Edward De Bono's technic and the "Inspiration"... Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Jack Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste
This product provides precarious definitions about a word with a 'pretty' map around a word pointing arrows of a scarce amount of obviously similar words. Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative software product and a comprehensive thesaurus
Visual Thesaurus is an innovative software product with a friendly graphical interface. It redefines the process and improves the effectiveness of using a comprehensive thesaurus... Read more
Published on August 10, 2007 by zhuchok
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