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Tom Sawyer Software Releases Upgraded Pure .NET Layout Software

Tom Sawyer Layout, Version 7.0, .NET Edition, Introduces New Patent Pending Circular Layout and Dramatic Symmetric Layout Performance Improvements

Oakland, CA, June 23, 2005—Tom Sawyer® Software, a leading provider of high-performance graph visualization, layout, and analysis solutions, today released Tom Sawyer Layout, Version 7.0, .NET Edition.

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

Tom Sawyer Layout can be easily installed and configured for use in a web service, on a server, or in a client application, providing seamless integration with your preferred software architecture.

Tom Sawyer Layout, .NET Edition, is a versatile .NET class library that lets you organize and lay out relational data, producing exceptionally clear drawings that reveal hidden relationships and underlying structures. Tom Sawyer Layout, .NET Edition, lets you integrate your own database, display, and graphics systems with a flexible, pure .NET software library. Whether you are developing Visual C#, Visual J#, or Visual Basic .NET applications, you can benefit from its superb layout functionalities.

New Features

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

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Added Benefits

The latest release of Tom Sawyer Layout 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 brings dramatic performance improvements in symmetric layout, two and a half times faster than the previous version. This is especially beneficial to applications with large graphs such as those found in networking, life sciences, and intelligence.

Additionally, this release includes significant enhancements in our labeling technology. Now labels are considered during the layout process when edges are routed orthogonally. This integrated approach optimizes the overall placement of nodes, labels, and edge routes, providing clear and comprehensive drawings. Connector labeling has also been enhanced in this release.

Further, this release introduces a new approach to nested layout. During the layout process, the entire nested diagram structure is considered all at once. This enables better overall node placement and shorter edge routes. The new process also improves the layout quality with mixed routing styles.

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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