Inspiration

Visualize, think, organize and learn

Inspiration is a visual mapping and diagramming program that will help you escalate your ideas to solid action plans. View full description

PROS

  • Easy to use
  • Many templates included
  • Built-in presesntation feature
  • Export to .isf, .ppt or .pdf

CONS

  • Working with several documents at the same time is difficult
  • Not very stylish, feels old-fashioned

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Inspiration is a visual mapping and diagramming program that will help you escalate your ideas to solid action plans.

What is Inspiration?

Graphic diagram editors are often quite complicated to use, mainly because they include so many tools and customizing options that you can't help feeling lost. Luckily enough, Inspiration goes beyond these first difficult steps and offers users an easy-to-use, yet very complete diagram tool.

Inspiration is an app that can be used by a wide variety of people. We can see it being of use to students, who might make diagrams as a study aid, professionals, who might use it to plan out new structures or business plans, and even everyday people who simply want to transfer an idea to a solid plan in a more ordered, practical way.

How does it work?

Using Inspiration is very easy. Start with your main concept and drill down from there. The great thing about this app is that you can add images, music, text and more to really make the diagrams complete, and, of course, they are completely modifiable, in case you find that your plans change, or work better in a different order.

The Inspiration interface is very easy to use, and a few moments playing around with it should let you get the gist very quickly. Even so, Inspiration offers a huge variety of templates, help documents and even videos designed to let you get the most out of it, while the floating Symbols bar makes the job even faster.

The only downsides to Inspiration is that, despite support for simultaneous documents, there's no handy way to move between them. Maybe a tab bar would fix this. Secondly, it's not the slickest application on the block - even on Windows 7, Inspiration looks like something from the last decade. While that has little impact on functionality, it will put some users off.

Inspiration is a highly usable and handy idea-mapping application that everyone can use. It's just a pity it's not a little more modern.

Inspiration is the essential tool students rely on to plan, research and complete projects successfully. With the integrated Diagram and Outline Views, they create graphic organizers and expand topics into writing. This powerful combination encourages learning in multiple modes. As a result, students gain and retain a better understanding of concepts and demonstrate knowledge, improving their performance across the curriculum.

Educators use Inspiration to customize instruction, achieve standards, assess student projects and energize learning. An expanded selection of 120+ cross-curricular templates in language arts, social studies, science, planning and thinking makes starting assignments quick and easy.

— User reviews — about Inspiration

  • Jeannot d\'Arenc

    by Jeannot d\'Arenc

    "The best software to organize quickly ideas and projects."

    It is the best sofware to organise ideas, to describe a project and processes to implement it, to generate diagrams and ... More.

    reviewed on August 11, 2015

  • timlarson

    by timlarson

    "Great program for my needs. "

    I use regularly to write sermons and papers. It works well for people who think spatially -- although I often use the o... More.

    reviewed on June 19, 2015