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Inspiration is a powerful electronic writing and organizing tool for brainstorming ideas, gathering and organizing information, and creating outlines, flowcharts, and webs. Awarded the 1994 Windows Watcher International Innovation Award, one of its strongest attribute is its ability to transfer information and ideas from one organizational environment to another. MacUser writes that purchasing Inspiration® is like purchasing two programs in one.

Students are able to organize ideas and information in two separate environments; a graphic mode and an outline mode. In the program's graphic mode, symbols are used to illustrate relationships between information and ideas; all changes that are made in this mode are automatically reflected in the outline mode. A key component for students who have difficulties in being able to organize ideas is the ability to view information in more than one environment.

Features of the graphic mode:

Features of the outline mode:

Additional features of Inspiration:

With your order of Inspiration, you will also receive an idea book and a demo tutorial book. Inspiration supports both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Inspiration offers free technical support. Network licenses available.


Inspiration Software Inc., 7412 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Suite 102, Portland, OR 97225-2167, (503) 297-3004


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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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