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5 stars

"The upgrade I have been waiting for"

March 07, 2006  |  By Martin Turner--2008

 |  Version: Inspiration 8.0


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In version 8, Inspiration introduces true Mind Mapping for the first time.
I've been using Inspiration for mind mapping since version 4 - but always with a degree of compromise from the true Mind Mapping format as defined by Tony Buzan.
I have suggested a proper implementation to Inspiration a number of times, but, until now, they have been moving steadily away from business implementation to education.
I was actually considering moving away from Inspiration to one of its two competitors. However, what held me back was that i) both were far slower and ii) neither produced true mind-maps, although there were much closer than Inspiration's.
However, all my aspirations are satisfied in this new edition: the mind-mapping is superb, and it is fast.
Added to that, font-smoothing has now been implemented, along with much better page controls.
This is by far the most significant upgrade to this product that I have experienced. And the price is kept mercifully low, especially for quick deciders. An added bonus is that I was able to download a fully functioning 30-day trial while my boxed copy arrives.

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3 stars

"A missed opportunity"

February 05, 2006  |  By markford3_dotmac

 |  Version: Inspiration 8.0


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It is a pleasure to return to a familiar set up - I last used Inspiration in v6 - but that's simply nostalgia!

I guess that sums up my feelings.

This application could be so much better and as this is a major update I guess the chance has been lost.

I was disappointed that features of MacOSX Tiger that I have grown used to were not included such as:
* Spotlight for searching
* integration with the iLife Apps [particularly iPhoto],
* 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,

The developers say that they will be producing a Universal version so thats something. I suppose.

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5 stars

"The very best outline program for Mac"

September 15, 2004  |  By Skooks

 |  Version: Inspiration 7.5


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I have been using Inspiration almost since it began. It has evolved into the very best outline and brainstorm program for the Mac that can be found... I've tried them all. It has all the flexibility that you could ever want in a program to lay out ideas and put them together. I outline lessons with Inspiration day in and day out. I set up templates for different styles and then choose one that suits the situation. You can control every aspect of the outline and make it look just like you want it. It is a very stable program, also... I've never had any problem since it was brought into Mac OS X.

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4 stars

"Love this program"

October 09, 2003  |  By macdmcg

 |  Version: Inspiration 7.5


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I have been using OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle for some time and then discovered this program that combines the two together. I am impressed and plan to purchase this product after using the trial for about three weeks now. Here are my comments on some issues that irritate finicky Mac users like me.

1. The close window command does not use the Mac standard as command H, but a different one for some reason.
2. The graphics are not up to par in quality with Omnigraffle. It looks too much like a Windows generated program...Yeck!
3. The font selections between the outline and the flow chart do not sync properly. For example, bold fonts end up as regular fonts when changed either in the outline or the flow chart.
4. Unlike OmniGraffle, the alignments are not visually helpful. Boxes use different sizes and are not easily standardized. Also, the flow chart visuals do not align automatically or intuitively as in Omnigraffle.

All in all, however, I do like the way the program transports automatically into Word and makes flowcharting very easy and semi attractive. I guess OmniGraffle's Cocoa based programming looks much more visually powerful for presentations in PowerPoint or Keynote and now expect other programs to follow the same standard.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Inspiration Software
Publisher web site
Release Date February 11, 2010
Date Added February 11, 2010
Version 9.0
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.1/10.2/10.3/10.3.9/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher
  • Download Information
    File Size 145.91MB
    File Name External File
    Total Downloads 3,551
    Downloads Last Week 2
    License Model Purchase
    Limitations Not available
    Price $69

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