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Developer(s) OpenRoad Communications Ltd.
Stable release 7.1 / November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)[1]
Written in ASP.NET
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Intranet, knowledge management, blog, wiki
License Proprietary

ThoughtFarmer is a commercial social intranet software[2] product developed by OpenRoad Communications Ltd. in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

ThoughtFarmer is collaborative enterprise 2.0 software built on ASP.NET, with both on-premise and single-tenanted hosted versions available.[3][4][5]

ThoughtFarmer was originally created in 2005 as intranet software for Intrawest Placemaking, a division of Intrawest.[6] The goal of the project was to replace the existing static intranet with a site that would "turn every user into a contributor", inspired by Wikipedia.[7] Since then, ThoughtFarmer progressed through several iterations and was developed into product.[8][9]

Early versions of ThoughtFarmer included features such as profiles, commenting, tagging, search, recent activity tracker, news feed on the home page, document management, wiki-style content editing and revision control, Microsoft integration, organizational chart, rich-text editor, and an employee directory.[10] More recent releases include a single-tenanted hosted version, a mobile-optimized interface, and highly visual page types such as photo galleries and forums.

Version history[edit]

ThoughtFarmer version 3.0 saw the addition of blogs, discussion forums, calendars, and RSS feeds. Multilingual support with a localized interface and automatic translation features were also added.[11][12] As of June 3, 2012, the latest supported languages for ThoughtFarmer 3.5 are English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Dutch.[3][13]

ThoughtFarmer 3.5 added a Microsoft Exchange integration[9] feature that supported archiving of e-mail distribution lists on the intranet, as well as an improved employee directory with filters, and tree-view navigation.[14][15]

ThoughtFarmer 3.6 was released on January 13, 2010. Version 3.6 saw the introduction of three new enhancements: Personalized Home Pages, Search Filters and customizable Groups.[16]

ThoughtFarmer 3.7 was released on June 1, 2010. Version 3.7 introduced forms based authentication, multi-file uploading, and improved pasting from Microsoft Word.[17]

ThoughtFarmer 4.0 was released on Dec 8, 2010. Version 4.0 offered improved attachment editing, intranet analytics, a new API, and a feature to convert Microsoft Word documents into HTML pages. Version 4.0 also introduced integration between ThoughtFarmer and Microsoft SharePoint 2010.[18]

ThoughtFarmer 4.5 was released on Jun 15, 2011. Version 4.5 introduced ThoughtFarmer's Cloud Edition - a single-tenanted, hosted option. It also featured a new expertise locator, ability to create "regular" (non-AD) users, an export to Microsoft Word feature, improved calendars, enhanced tagging and "forgot password" feature.[19]

ThoughtFarmer 5.0 was released Oct 12, 2011. Version 5.0 introduced ThoughtFarmer Mobile a mobile-optimized version of the software. It also introduced the ThoughtFarmer Integration Kit which extends the REST API's functionality, as well as other improvements to feeds, translation, sharing, and drag and drop image uploading.[20]

ThoughtFarmer 5.5 was released Jun 5, 2012 and is the latest stable release. It features improved photo galleries, forums, and a new application toolbar providing quick access to recently viewed pages, favorites and users' profile pages. Version 5.5 also includes Active Directory sync with ThoughtFarmer Cloud and increased accessibility for visually impaired users.[21][22]

ThoughtFarmer 6.0 was released Dec 5, 2012. Version 6.0 completely redesigned the Add/Edit page interface and added new document libraries and document preview functionality. Version 6.0 also included new archiving and page duplication (cloning) abilities.[23]

ThoughtFarmer 6.5 was released Jun 7, 2013. Version 6.5 included enhancements to existing functionality as well as new capabilities with comment editing and attachment folders.[24]

ThoughtFarmer 6.7 was released Nov 13, 2013. Version 6.7 included performance improvements, making ThoughtFarmer up to 35 times faster than its predecessors. It also included support for installations over 20,000 users and integration with SharePoint 2013.[25]

ThoughtFarmer 7.0 was released Jun 16, 2014. Version 7.0 included new in-app notifications as well as daily and weekly email digests. 7.0 also featured changes to the homepage with new carousel and card layouts and new "shared" calendar rollups. ThoughtFarmer also released an optional Microsoft Lync Connector with this version.[26]

ThoughtFarmer 7.1 was released Nov 18, 2014. Version 7.1 improved calendars and added image cropping and also includes a new Employee Directory Connector with SAML enabling single sign on and full syncing over the Cloud.[27]

System requirements[edit]

According to the ThoughtFarmer home page, basic server requirements[28] are as follows:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 7.1: Spice Up Your Intranet". 
  2. ^ " - Social Intranet Software to Get Your Company Collaborating (June 1, 2009)". 
  3. ^ a b "WikiMatrix - ThoughtFarmer Record". August 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gartner - Magic Quadrant for Social Software". October 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Forrester - Seven Steps to Selecting a High Value Enterprise Wiki". December 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Vancouver Sun - It's veni, vidi, wiki at Intrawest". October 31, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Socialtext Cases 2.0 - Intrawest Wiki Intranet Case Study". August 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ "ThoughtFarmer powers Mountain Equipment Co-op intranet". 
  9. ^ a b "ReadWrite Enterprise - ThoughtFarmer, Cultivating Social Intranet Software". June 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ " - Collaboration Through Wikis at Hicks Morley". January 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ "the app gap - ThoughtFarmer -- Intranet 2.0". July 1, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Workplace Magazine - ThoughtFarmer Intranet 3.0 Multilingual now available". August 17, 2009. 
  13. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 3.0 Multilingual". 
  14. ^ "Intranet Journal - Harvest Good Ideas with ThoughtFarmer". August 3, 2009. 
  15. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 3.5: Introducing Social Intranet Software". 
  16. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 3.6: Relevant Home Pages, Easier Searching and Customizable Groups". 
  17. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 3.7: New features just for IT managers". 
  18. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 4.0: Social Intranet, meet document management". 
  19. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 4.5: In the Cloud". 
  20. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 5.0: An Intranet in Your Pants". 
  21. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 5.5: Gorgeous, Effortless, Engaging". 
  22. ^ "Active directory basic settings for Cloud or DMZ secure installations". 
  23. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 6.0: The World's Easiest Intranet". 
  24. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 6.5: Rich Social Features for a Healthy, Active Intranet". 
  25. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 6.7: Blazingly Fast Intranet". 
  26. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 7.0: Focus on What's Most Important in Your Organization". 
  27. ^ "ThoughtFarmer 7.1: Spice Up Your Intranet". 
  28. ^ "Will ThoughtFarmer work for you?". June 7, 2012. 

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