Austhink Software is developing Rationale, a software package for
personal computers. Rationale supports argument mapping, the graphical
presentation of complex reasoning and argument. Rationale will be
the first such software based on graph layout algorithms developed
specifically for this unique domain. Rationale will have two versions:
A relatively simple, low-priced product intended for use in
educational contexts. The main function of Rationale School is to
help students, from upper-primary through to postgraduate levels, learn
the fundamentals of reasoning and argument, and to improve their skills.
An office productivity tool intended to be used alongside and with other
packages in the typical "office" suite such as Word and PowerPoint. Thus
Rationale Pro can be thought of as "argument processor" rather than a text
processor (Word) or a document processor (Publisher). Rationale Pro will
have powerful capacities for handling generic reasoning and argument structures,
and will also have plugins for the special needs and styles of distinct
professional domains such as business, law and intelligence.