A screenshot of Decision Explorer®, showing toolbars, view tabs, concept borders, a memo card and a context menu.
Decision Explorer® has a variety of options which allow you to control the amount of information displayed. Maps are displayed in one of four ‘views’, each of which can be worked on separately. Views can be scaled to fit a whole map in the window, allowing you to work with maps easily.
Concepts (ideas) can be displayed and printed using user-defined styles in Decision Explorer®. This allows additional meaning to be conveyed using colour, font and other attributes.
A variety of model analysis commands, which have been developed over the past ten years, provide a means to explore concepts and a prompt for discussion. The mapping command, amongst others, can be configured easily, though the standard settings suit most users.
As well as the map mode, which allows you to explore the model and its links, Decision Explorer® allows you to obtain list-reports. The variety of lists available include: new concepts, concepts with particular words, sets in use and their contents (see below), links between concepts, and the results of analysis commands.
‘Sets’ for Analysis
Decision Explorer® is more than a display tool – it is designed for analysis. Sets are one of the unique facilities provided, and they can be used to mark and organize concepts. Sets can then be used for further analysis.
As well as a Reference Manual, a variety of guides are provided to help you learn to use Decision Explorer®. An on-line tutorial on creating maps, and a User Guide all provide an easy to understand introduction. Of course, full context-sensitive help is also available.