Introducing the Tom Sawyer Software
Academic Program

Are you a student or professor who works with networks, systems models, life sciences models, or other relationship data? Now you can use Tom Sawyer Perspectives to uncover hidden connections in your data, at no cost for non-commercial usage. Perspectives is a complete graph visualization software development kit with a graphics-based design and preview environment. Use it to visualize and analyze:

  • Network topologies
  • IT operations
  • Architectures and models
  • Schematics
  • Dependencies
  • Flows
  • Social networks
  • Processes
  • And more …

Here are some examples of what you can do with Perspectives. All of these visualizations are data-driven and created automatically!


Model Your IT Network

Visualization of IT Network




See the Geospatial Location of Your Connected Data

Geospatial View of Connected Data



Visualize SysML Models

Block Definition Diagram

Internal Block Diagram


Explore and Analyze Your Graph Database

Explore Graph Databases


Global 2000 companies use Perspectives for data visualization and analysis, and now students and faculty can bring that power to the classroom and research labs. Knowing the importance of research and education, Tom Sawyer Software is proud to support research projects, teachers in the classroom, ongoing coursework, Master’s theses, Ph.D. dissertations, and post-doctoral research. We appreciate your attribution of Tom Sawyer Software in technical papers, journal papers, Master’s theses, and Ph.D. dissertations.

Students and faculty can request an academic license, free for non-commercial usage with no customer support. You’ll receive our software, complete product documentation, and a suite of example projects.

Try it for yourself! Post your new graph layout and analysis results to social media with #TSPerspectives and #graphviz. We can’t wait to see the results you discover in your Perspectives applications.


Untangle the Hairball with Bundle Layout

Untangle the hairball with Bundle Layout

It’s a tale as old as time: you organize a massive database of facts and figures only to discover that the opening visualization is…a giant hairball! Sure, you can zoom in to 800% and slowly start to see connections, but the time that would take is too exhausting to consider.

Fear not! Our new Bundle Layout, now available in Tom Sawyer Perspectives 9.1.0, makes it possible to untangle, demystify, and succinctly visualize complex datasets.

The hairball visualization (left) is neatly untangled with Bundle Layout (right).
The hairball visualization (left) is neatly untangled with Bundle Layout (right).

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Beta Release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives, Version 8.0, Java Edition is Now Available

We are excited to announce that you can now download the Beta release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives, Version 8.0, Java Edition.

This version represents a strategic upgrade to our core graph and data visualization architecture and adds new enterprise solutions for systems engineers and architects, and business process analysts and users. With an underlying Spring architecture, this version lays the foundation for further innovation and enterprise-wide deployment.

The Beta release is your chance for early access to powerful new capabilities and solutions, and to influence the future direction of Tom Sawyer Perspectives.

MBSE BPM Tom Sawyer Perspectives 8.0 Beta
Version 8.0 Delivers Web-based, Automated Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Model-based Engineering (MBE) Solutions Built on Tom Sawyer Perspectives

Our team members across three continents have invested more than 50,000 hours designing, developing, and testing to bring this new version to you.

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