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Tom Sawyer Software Releases Upgraded ActiveX Layout Software

Tom Sawyer Layout, Version 7.0, ActiveX Edition, Introduces New Circular and Symmetric Layout

Oakland, CA, April 21, 2006—Tom Sawyer® Software, a leading provider of high-performance graph visualization, layout, and analysis solutions, today released Tom Sawyer Layout, Version 7.0, ActiveX Edition, the latest of its layout product line. This software is developed using Microsoft's COM and ActiveX technologies, providing Tom Sawyer's highly regarded graph layout technology to developers using many different development environments.

Tom Sawyer Layout enables you to add scalable graph layout capabilities into applications serving bioinformatics, data management, networking, and intelligence markets, among others.

Tom Sawyer Layout, ActiveX Edition, provides ActiveX controls and APIs that enable software developers to efficiently produce applications that graphically reveal hidden relationships and underlying structures through scalable automatic layout. These exceptionally clear diagrams enable users to identify relationships and address problems more rapidly. Tom Sawyer Layout, ActiveX Edition, is a portable and flexible software library that can be integrated with your own database and graphical user interface. Whether you are developing with Visual Basic, Visual Basic .NET, Visual C# .NET, or any other development environments that support ActiveX controls, you can benefit from the extensive capabilities of Tom Sawyer Layout.

This software offers both XML and API integration. The XML file format enables swift and easy data exchange and integration between Tom Sawyer products and your own applications. The XML file format supports incremental data loading which brings numerous benefits to applications that deal with large data sets.

New Features

Tom Sawyer Layout, Version 7.0, ActiveX Edition, offers a number of new and enhanced features:

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Added Benefits

The release of Tom Sawyer Layout, Version 7.0, ActiveX Edition provides a new patent-pending implementation of circular layout. This new implementation provides greatly improved clustering, circular-shaped clusters, node placement within clusters, and either circular or symmetric backbone placement. The implementation also includes a highly stable form of incremental layout.

Improved clustering reveals the underlying network structure much more effectively than before. The new node placement within clusters guarantees an appealing circular shape for each cluster. Further, nodes are automatically placed within each cluster under certain conditions based on their connectivity to other nodes on the interior and exterior of a cluster. The new interior node placement reduces the radius of many clusters and enables drawings of smaller overall area. As the area of a drawing is reduced, it becomes simpler to view the text within labels and to navigate the drawing.

The new release of Tom Sawyer Layout also provides a new implementation of symmetric layout. The new implementation produces results that are more visually appealing than past implementations, and provides enhanced drawing resolution. Dense areas of the drawing have reduced overlap, and cluster structures that should not be together are separated and placed more distinctly. Further, the new implementation has a highly stable incremental layout capability that enables users to keep their perspective as the drawings change over time.

Importantly as well, the new symmetric layout is approximately twice as fast as the previous implementation, helping our customers in intelligence, life sciences, and networking to obtain more scalable application implementations.

About Tom Sawyer Software

Tom Sawyer Software is the leading provider of software and services that enable organizations to build highly scalable and flexible graph and data visualization and analysis applications. These applications are used to discover hidden patterns, complex relationships, and key trends in large and diverse datasets. Tom Sawyer Software serves clients with needs in link analysis; network topology; architectures and models; schematics and maps; and dependencies, flows, and processes. We help clients federate and integrate their data from multiple sources and build the graph and data visualization applications that are critical to analyzing and gaining insight into their data.

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