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Frequently asked questions

Here´s all you need to know about let´s focus - the toolbox for visual knowledge communication:

  1. What is new about let´s focus?
  2. Who should use let´s focus?
  3. How can I order let´s focus?
  4. How much does let´s focus cost?
  5. On which kind of media does let's focus - drawing attention ship?
  6. Can I also use the let´s focus tools online for virtual workshops?
  7. What are the primary application areas for let´s focus?
  8. Which topics are covered by the let´s focus templates?
  9. What components make up let´s focus?
  10. Where has let´s focus been used successfully?
  11. Can I use the data resulting from let´s focus meeting in other programs?
  12. Do you provide technical support for the let´s focus software?
  13. I am not allowed to install software on my computer. Can I still use let's focus  - drawing attention? 
  14. Why should I legally purchase the let´s focus software?
  15. Are there competing products which offer the same functionality as let´s focus?
  16. Who or what stands behind let´s focus?
  17. What technological platform does let´s focus use?
  18. Can I buy a company license for let´s focus?
  19. In what languages is let´s focus offered?
  20. Can I produce and add my own let´s focus templates? 
  21. Can full-text searches be run on let´s focus results data?
  22. How can I use let´s focus on different technologies?
  23. My let's focus does not work together with Windows Vista. What can I do? 


icn_newspfeil.gif What is new about let´s focus?

let´s focus is the first effective software product for the visual development and depiction of knowledge processes. Thanks to an extensive library of intelligent, interactive diagram and metaphor templates, it can provide straightforward support to knowledge processes in the most diverse contexts.


 Who should use let´s focus?

let´s focus is a simple but powerful tool for supporting thought and communication for moderators, managers, consultants, project leaders, sales experts, teachers, trainers, and many others. Generally, let´s focus should be used by all those who want to solve problems in cooperation with others and must exchange and integrate knowledge in order to be able to do so.


 How can I order let´s focus?

let's focus - drawing attention can be ordered via our online order form.

 How much does let´s focus cost?

Version 3 of let's focus contains the tracker, positioner, ruler, timeliner and is priced very competitively. To get more information about the pricing have a look at our pricing information. For non-profit rates please contact us. In addition to the one time license fee there are no additional costs.


On which kind of media does let's focus - drawing attention ship?

let's focus - drawing attention is available on download well as on an USB stick. The USB version runs directly from the stick, no need to run any kind of installation procedures or programs.


 Can I also use the let´s focus tools online for virtual workshops?

Yes. All let´s focus features have also been tested in application sharing mode. The software functions seamlessly when accessed via the Internet by several users in different locations. let´s focus can be used in the application sharing mode of MS Messenger but also via tools such as WinVNC or Adobe Connect.


 What are the primary application areas for let´s focus?

  • workshop moderation
  • virtual meetings
  • interactive presentations
  • problem-solving situations
  • training seminars



 Which topics are covered by the let´s focus templates?

  • planning
  • sales
  • strategy
  • negotiations
  • conflict resolution
  • problem analysis
  • decision making
  • project management
  • training and e-Learning



 What components make up let´s focus?

Version 3 of let's focus is comprised of four components or tools:

  • the ruler, a tool for developing scenarios and evaluating options
  • the positioner, a flexible user interface for structuring complex topics
  • the timeliner, tool to be used for planning, debriefing, or monitoring
  • the tracker, a visual logging software



 Where has let's focus been used successfully?

The let's focus tools have been successfully deployed in various organizations, including a reinsurance group, two logistics providers, three banks, and three universities.


 Can I use the data resulting from let's focus meeting in other programs?

Yes. The let's focus tools include an export feature by means of which you can save results as picture files or MS Excel files. Thus, you can easily import let's focus data into MS Powerpoint, MS Word, MS Excel, OpenOffice, or MS Visio.


 Do you provide technical support for the let´s focus software?

Yes. In case of problems, please fill out the support request form.


I am not allowed to install software on my computer. Can I still use let's focus  - drawing attention?

Yes, you can. You can order let's focus - drawing attention as USB version. The USB stick version of the software will run on any windows computer (2000 or higher) without any installation or other preparations. This way you can use let's focus on conferences without having to bring your own laptop, for example.

 Why should I legally purchase the let's focus software?

If you legally purchase let's focus, you will be registered as a customer and can regularly download new templates from our portal. In addition, you have the option of receiving free technical support via our support request form. You also receive software updates as well as important user information regarding the visual and method templates. 


 Are there competing products which offer the same functionality as let's focus?

No. Until now, the let's focus suite is unique in its range of functions and scope. There are other software providers who have integrated some individual functions similar to those in the let's focus suite in their products. None of these, however, allows the free placement of elements such as annotation (commentaries) , animation (processes), recording (replay) or automatic cost-benefit analysis (cumulative values). The large number of interactive templates in four languages for the business context is also unique.


 Who or what stands behind let´s focus?

The software is based on methods developed by Prof. Martin J. Eppler. The foundation for the implemented methods has been provided by research analysis of knowledge communication problems in management, as well as insights from the research fields of knowledge visualization, metaphor theory, and gestalt theory. Action research over many years with numerous companies enabled the methods to be tested and developed further.


 What technological platform does let's focus use?

The let's focus suite arose from the inspired combination of Flash und Java technologies.


 Can I buy a company license for let's focus?

Yes. Organizations can purchase several licenses for a reduced fee. For more information please contact us.


 In what languages is let's focus offered?

At the moment, the let's focus suite is available in German and English. It is possible to switch languages while using the software. 


Can I produce and add my own let's focus templates?

Yes. Templates can easily be created in any one of the let's focus tools. For especially popular templates, we offer a professional design by one of our graphic artists. Visual let's focus templates can be created in any program that permits files to be saved as JPG or Flash files.

 Can full-text searches be run on let's focus results data?

Yes, by also saving a let's focus file as an Excel file, the full text of the file will become searchable by your search assistant program. 


 How can I use let's focus on different technologies?

You can use let's focus on any regular windows PC. It is particularly useful on Tablet PCs, and on interactive whiteboards and smartboards. It is most frequently used for virtual workshops in the application sharing modus (for example of Breeze or MS Messenger) or for real meetings via a laptop and beamer. let's focus can also be run on some PDA models.

My let's focus does not work together with Windows Vista. What can I do?

Users of a version 3.x please update to the current version 3.3. Versions previous to 3.3 are not 100% Vista compatible. Older versions (2.x and 1.x) do not work together with Vista. In this case please purchase a current version of let's focus.