Inspiration
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Inspiration is a visual thinking tool that you and your employees can use to develop ideas, plans, and business processes. It features integrated diagramming and outlining environments to let you quickly generate ideas, create diagrams, organize information, outline proposals, and more. This is a demo version which will let you check out the features of the program, but not allow you to save your work.
What's New
Version 9.2.1:

Note: This update is for the US edition only. Users currently running Inspiration 9.0.x or 9.1 can update to version 9.2.1 for free, but you may need your serial number (CD version) or activation code (download version) to complete the installation.

  • Supports OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Import/export between the latest version of the iPad app, Inspiration Maps 1.4. You cannot import/ export with Inspiration Maps 1.4 without the Inspiration 9.2.1 upgrade.

Version 9.2.1:

Note: This update is for the US edition only. Users currently running Inspiration 9.0.x or 9.1 can update to version 9.2.1 for free, but you may need your serial number (CD version) or activation code (download version) to complete the installation.

  • Supports OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Import/export between the latest version of the iPad app, more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Inspiration User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Quorm reviewed on 01 Jan 2014
Inspiration 9 advertises its integration with Inspiration on iOS -- but the integration seems like an after-thought. Both the Mac and the iOS apps are good. However each platform uses a different file format and it is not possible to work within the same file synced between the two platforms. You need to create a file on one machine, export it to Dropbox, open it in the other, then export a new instance of the file, and so forth. Settings on one platform do not carry over to the other. Link links, shapes, colors created on an iPad are only approximated (not very accurately) when the file is opened on Inspiration 9 on Mavericks, and vice versa. Because of the amount of editing and fixed needed, it is not worth the effort to try to share Inspiration files between iOS and OS X.
[Version 9.0.3]


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Perhellstrom reviewed on 02 Feb 2012
I used Inspiration for maybe 10 years ago, but had to abandon it for some reason.
Now it was time to try it again, and I've been missing its unique feature to easy switch between outline view and mindmap.

It is really easy to use, and works well.

But it's shortcomings is the limited import and export, more crippled than limited.

I cannot find any way tom exchange information in an useful format. No import of mindmaps from other software. At least the ability to import/export to Freemind. As long as the import/export is so crippled Inspiration is of no use to me, and I would really love to use it again.
This feature alone gives the low rating.
[Version 9.0.3]


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Thresher-The-Shark commented on 14 Feb 2011
Attention MacUpdate admins, version 8.0b has been out for a long time that adds native Intel support.
[Version 8.0]


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John F. reviewed on 08 Feb 2006
Inspiration is unique software because it is intuitive. You start using it for brainstorming, diagrams, charts, planning, whatever and it simply flows. Oh, and this package offers outlining and diagramming in one package. That's right, it's just one click away and you can switch between them, unlike the OmniOutliner/OmniGraffle combo. This is very convenient. Okay, the packages don't really compare in features - I have them all - but for numerous outlining and diagramming stuff, Inspiration works beautifully. The functions are good, with excellent printing facilities, such as page breaks and user definable header and footer. This is one of few software packages that to me feels and breaths Mac. Yes it has its own interface, and has a bit of nostalgic Mac feeling to it, but it really works. You know, I love OmniGraffle for its graphics and some of its powerful feautures, but it is also cluttered by pallets and drawers and functions that lie more than a click away. Inspiration is simply there with a very clear setup that doesn't require numerous pallets. Just click and start typing for a new item to appear. Just drag a connection from one block to the other for a connection. No switching of tools required. Inspiration is meant for rapid entry and thought flow - check out features like rapidfire and such. So Inspiration might not present you with cutting-edge Mac OS X graphics, but it is a productive tool made for your brain.

I don't know if the new version is worth the upgrade. At least they've finally added live scrolling. The auto-arrange function seems to work great. As the previous reviewer stated, it's a bit of missed opportunity. Still, I'm happy that they've not totally altered the productive interface for a more regular Mac OS X interface. I highly recommend this tool, especially for students. If you need a good outliner and diagram package to help you visualize and structure ideas and stories at a reasonable price, this is it. Try it out extensively before you buy.
[Version 8.0]


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mffbusiness reviewed on 05 Feb 2006
A MISSED OPPOTUNITY

Version 8 is now available although only in a North American Version.
I had this message from their tec support on Feb 1st '06

"If you are outside the US and Canada and are downloading the International English version, it is still 7.6. We will be updating it to 8 in the coming months. On the final download page where you select HTTP or FTP, there are links to the US version 8 at the bottom if you'd like to check out the new features."

I downloaded 8 and:-

It is a pleasure to return to a familiar set up - but that's nostalgia!
There are many improvements since I last used Inspiration in v6. So there should be.

However these are my first thoughts:

I was disappointed that features of MacOSX Tiger that I have grown used to are not included such as:

* Spotlight for searching
* integration with the iLife Apps [particularly
iPhoto - it would be good to quickly place my
own pictures into maps],
* horizontal scrolling from the trackpad of laptops,
* few keyboard shortcuts, [particularly for such
basic activities as RapidFire]
* no option to export to Pages, Keynote or dotMac,
[Only MS Works & AppleWorks which has long
been obsolescent].

As this is a major update and the developer has undertaken to make it Universal I do not suppose these features will not be included in the near future.

It feels like a badly missed opportunity. A shame because I would like to return to using it.

Mark Ford
[Version 7.6]


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Wranglertx commented on 18 Jan 2005
It appears the updater is now on there site under Technical Support.
[Version 7.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Jan 2005
Maybe the link here is wrong bu I went to their website and clearly found version 7.6. Here are some notes:

This free update adds:

The Transfer button to the Inspiration toolbar. With one click, users can transfer Inspiration projects to Microsoft® Word® or AppleWorks®.
10 new templates to support writing across the curriculum
The capability to sync with Inspiration® for Palm OS®
The ability to draw and write directly on interactive whiteboards, Tablet PCs and Wacom® Tablets.
Windows and Macintosh OS X users currently running Inspiration 7, 7.0a, 7.5, 7.5a or 7.5b will be updated to Inspiration 7.6.
[Version 7.6]


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Type:Business : Applications
License:Updater
Date:17 Jan 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Inspiration is a visual thinking tool that you and your employees can use to develop ideas, plans, and business processes. It features integrated diagramming and outlining environments to let you quickly generate ideas, create diagrams, organize information, outline proposals, and more. This is a demo version which will let you check out the features of the program, but not allow you to save your work.


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