Recently, version 5 of PC-ORD, one of the major commercial software packages for multivariate ecological community data analyses, was released. The new version offers a whole range of techniques and methods for analyses of ecological data. It includes modules for different types of ordination and classification, as well as other exploratory techniques such as species-area curve analysis and indicator species analysis. Data are stored in spreadsheets and can be easily manipulated in various ways. In essence, version 5 of PC-ORD offers the user a full toolbox for exploration and analysis of ecological data, packed in a user-friendly environment.