Inspiration

The premier tool to develop ideas and organize thinking

Powered by the proven techniques of visual learning, Inspiration® supports improved achievement for students grade 6 to adult. Inspiration strengthens critical thinking, comprehension, and writing across the curriculum, in language arts, science, social studies and anytime your students need to structure research or other thought processes.

Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining environments work together to help students comprehend concepts and information. Educators use Inspiration to customize instruction, achieve standards, assess student progress, and energize learning.

Use Inspiration across the curriculum for:

Inspire Students to Develop Ideas and Organize Thinking

Inspiration®'s integrated diagramming and outlining views work together to help students comprehend concepts and information. Below you'll see a general product overview and specific Version 7 features.

Inspiration Integrated Diagram & Outline Views

Diagram to outline with one click

Switch to Diagram Toolbar Button

In the Diagram View, students easily create and use concept maps, webs, and other graphic organizers. With the integrated Outline View, students instantly transform their thoughts into the foundation of written projects. The result is clearer thinking, more creative projects, better organized writing, and improved student performance.

In the Diagram View you can

Transform a diagram into an outline instantly!

Swith to Outline View Toolbar Button

With the simple click of your mouse, you can transform an Inspiration diagram into a traditional hierarchical outline. In the powerful Outline View, students can quickly prioritize and rearrange ideas, helping them create clear, concise essays, reports and more.

Use the Outline View to

Toolbars make using Inspiration intuitive!

Diagram Toolbar

Diagram Toolbar

Outline Toolbar

Outline Toolbar

Formatting Toolbar Formatting Toolbar

Major Inspiration functions are at your fingertips with our smart toolbars. No need to memorize keyboard shortcuts or search through menu items to find features — just click on the toolbar and keep working! If you do have a question or problem, our fully indexed and searchable help system provides answers to all your Inspiration questions.

One click to word processing

Screenshot of Transfer Button

Inspiration's NEW one-click transfer instantly moves students' work to their favorite word processor. After working in Inspiration to brainstorm, organize, and outline, students then use Microsoft® Word® or AppleWorks® to finish the writing process and prepare their paper for publication.

Simplified template integration

Inspiration sparks teacher creativity with inspiring new ways to design and use templates . . . the fastest way to introduce visual learning and Inspiration to students in all subjects, including language arts, science, and social studies.

Symbols at your fingertips

Sample Symbols

Inspiration contains over 1,300 colorful, high-resolution symbols, including several hundred photographic quality images and animated symbols. Students just scroll through the floating symbol palette to find exactly the right shape to express their thoughts. And, if you want to customize your work, you can apply new colors to an existing symbol or import images from other applications and the Internet.

Inspiration Software has the Inspiration symbol guide in Adobe's PDF format. You'll need the Acrobat Reader to read it.

Audio supports multiple learning styles

Students can hear work read aloud or record their own words, adding a new dimension to their projects. A talking interface increases accessibility for all learners.

Direct connection to the Internet

You can set up live hyperlinks in Inspiration and tie the immense resources of the Internet into your diagrams and outlines. Just type in a web address and Inspiration automatically creates a hyperlink. You can also create web pages with URL hyperlinks through the HTML export function, and drag & drop JPEG and GIF images into Inspiration diagrams straight from the web!

Gather and present information from multiple sources, including documents created in Inspiration or any other application, by hyperlinking to any file.

Web site planning made easy

Build the bones of a new web site with the Site Skeleton® export. Each symbol becomes a separate web page, complete with appropriate hyperlinks. Inspiration even creates a site map for you.

What's new in Inspiration 7

Inspiration® 7 takes visual learning to a higher level, supporting critical thinking, comprehension, and writing in all curriculum areas. Retaining the core Inspiration functions, Inspiration 7 introduces significant new capabilities to improve the visual learning experience for students and teachers.

Inspiration's NEW one-click transfer instantly moves students' work to their favorite word processor. After working in Inspiration to brainstorm, organize, and outline, students then use Microsoft® Word® or AppleWorks® to finish the writing process and prepare their paper for publication.

Inspiration 7 energizes the visual learning experience in many key areas:

Inspiring new thinking tools

Inspiration 7 gives students and educators broader and deeper ways to explore, organize, and develop ideas.

Visually integrated notes
Writing power comes to diagrams! Now students can start their writing process within the visual environment. By adding notes right in their diagrams, students can document research, describe content, and add detailed information to projects.
Enhanced hyperlinking
Information from multiple sources is now easier to gather, manage, and present. Students can tie research and other resources into projects with hyperlinks to all types of files.
Audio capabilities
Tap into multiple learning styles! Students can hear work read aloud or record their own words, adding a new dimension to their projects. A talking interface increases accessibility for all learners.
Multiple main ideas
Brainstorm with no limitations. Students can freely explore multiple ideas simultaneously as they brainstorm, analyze, and organize their thoughts.
New Spring update!
Inspiration's one-click transfer instantly moves students' work to their favorite word processor. After working in Inspiration to brainstorm, organize, and outline, students then use Microsoft® Word® or AppleWorks® to finish their paper for publication.

Inviting, intuitive interface

Inspiration 7 introduces a new interface that is friendly, inviting, and open.

Quick Controls
Manage information efficiently. Students control project notes, subtopics, and recordings with a click of the mouse.
Formatting toolbar
Instantly change colors, fonts, and styling. Handy, accessible formatting options invite students to quickly and conveniently express ideas and organize projects. It's a more natural, more inspired way to work.
Multiple level undo
Explore new ideas confidently. Students freely change information and add ideas, secure in the knowledge that undo and redo options are readily available.
Improved Outline View
Jump into easy, efficient outlining! Students effortlessly organize, prioritize, and manipulate information in Inspiration's enhanced Outline View.

Simplified template integration

Inspiration 7 sparks teacher creativity with inspiring new ways to design and use templates . . . the fastest way to introduce visual learning and Inspiration to students in all subjects, including language arts, science, and social studies.

Template Wizard
Create customized visual learning activities! The Template Wizard gives teachers step-by-step help for designing templates to support any curriculum area.
Flexible template access
Use and share templates with ease! Templates can be stored and launched from any location, making them readily available for students and teachers.
60+ templates
Quickly integrate visual learning into your classroom! A wealth of ideas from across the curriculum inspires students and teachers to plan, organize, and create.

Rapid web site creation

Inspiration bridges the gap between students' early ideas and successful web projects.

Site Skeleton® export
Build the bones of a new web site. Students develop and organize their site concepts, then use the Site Skeleton export to instantly transform their work into HTML.
HTML export options
Share your diagrams and outlines. Quickly convert Inspiration projects into web content with newly redesigned HTML export options.

Improved operational support

Inspiration 7 integrates seamlessly into the education computing environment.

Inspiration 6 and Kidspiration® compatibility
Support for multiple versions! Students can access and share any Inspiration Software document, whether created in Inspiration 6 or Inspiration 7 … or even Kidspiration.
Mac® OS X compatible
Update your Inspiration! Inspiration 7 supports OS X, the latest operating system for the Macintosh®.
Multi-user support
Adapt and customize to match your needs! Students and teachers can easily create their own personal Inspiration preferences without altering network administrator settings.

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