Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have diagrams that I created in Inspiration and I want to use them on the iPad. How do I do that? 

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Q: I have an Inspiration Maps document - can I use it with my desktop version of Inspiration?  

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Q: I see the error message "The program can't start because MFPlay.DLL is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem." when I try to start Inspiration on Windows. What do I do?  

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Q: I see the error message "Could not run insp9.qtr" when I try to start Inspiration on Windows. What do I do?  

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Q: I see the error message "Error 2 running command" when I install Inspiration on my PC. What do I do?  

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Q: I see the error message "Online resources are currently unavailable..." when trying to install.  

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Q: Can I play my Inspiration 9 Presentation on a computer that does not have Inspiration 9 installed on it?  

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Q: When drawing a link to a symbol I see a green glow around the destination symbol, what is that?  

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Q: I saved an Inspiration 9 file as an Inspiration 8 file and my inserted graphics are not appearing.  

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Q: I'm trying to open a presentation file on a computer withour Inspiration 9 installed and getting an error of "Command line option syntax error. Type Command/? for help?" What's happening?

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Q: I have diagrams that I created in Inspiration and I want to use them on the iPad. How do I do that?  

If you would like to move Inspiration 9 or Inspiration 8 diagrams and outlines to the iPad to continue working on them, you can do this with Inspiration 9.2 by exporting your work as Inspiration Maps documents. Your document will look similar on your iPad but not identical.  

Note: Requires Inspiration 9.2 installed on your desktop/laptop and Inspiration Maps Version 1.2 installed on your iPad.  

Open the Inspiration 9 document you would like to transfer. Choose Export as iPad Inspiration Maps document on the File menu. This will create a file with the extension .inspmaps, which the Inspiration Maps app can read.  

Choose where you would like to save your Inspiration Maps document. To get your document to your iPad, you can:  

  • Email your .inspmaps document to yourself. In your email app on your iPad, open the email with the attachment, and double-click on the attachment to open it with Inspiration Maps.
  • Put .inspmaps document in a Dropbox folder that you can access from your iPad.


Note: Mind maps created in Inspiration 9 Map View, and presentations created in the Presentation Manager cannot be exported to your iPad. An alternative for mind maps is to turn the mind map into a diagram, then export the diagram as an Inspiration Maps document. To convert your mind map into a diagram, choose Make Diagram Document on the File menu. To export, follow the directions above.

Q: I have an Inspiration Maps document - can I use it with my desktop version of Inspiration?  

To use Inspiration Maps documents on your desktop, you need to be running Inspiration 9.2 on your desktop, and Inspiration Maps Version 1.2 on your iPad.  

On the iPad, save the document to Dropbox or email it to yourself.  

On your desktop, in Inspiration 9.2: from Diagram or Outline View, choose Import iPad Inspiration Maps document on the File menu.  

Select the document you would like to import.  

Note: Diagrams and outlines imported into Inspiration will be saved as Inspiration 9 documents. In order to open your document again on your iPad, you will have to export your document as an Inspiration Maps document when you are finished working on it on your computer.

Q: I see the error message "The program can't start because MFPlay.DLL is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem." when I try to start Inspiration on Windows. What do I do?  

This error message means that you are running a version of Windows N on your computer. Windows N does not come with a Windows Media Player, but a Windows Media Player is required to launch Inspiration 9.2.3. To fix the problem, download the Windows N Service Pack (which includes the Media Player) for your version of Windows.  

For Windows 10: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48231  

For Windows 7: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16546

Q: I see the error message "Could not run insp9.qtr" when I try to start Inspiration on Windows. What do I do? 

 Please try the following:  

  • Right-click the Inspiration program file or shortcut and click Properties.
  • Click the compatibility tab, then click the "Run this program in compatibility mode" and click XP Service Pack 3.
  • Check "Run this program as an administrator".
  • Launch Inspiration.

Q: I see the error message "Error 2 running command" when I install Inspiration on my PC. What do I do? 

The file you downloaded is a self-extracting installer. Rather than double-clicking it to start the install process, instead please extract the files manually using WinZip (or a similar utility), which you can get for free from winzip.com if you don't already have it. That extraction will create a folder called INSP92IE.ESD. Open that folder, then double-click "Inspiration 9 Installer.exe" to launch the installer directly. Note: the folder and installer names might differ slightly depending on which version of Inspiration you're installing. 

Q: I see the error message "Online resources are currently unavailable..." when trying to install.  

The file you downloaded is a self-extracting installer. Rather than double-clicking it to start the install process, instead please extract the files manually using WinZip (or a similar utility), which you can get for free from winzip.com if you don't already have it. That extraction will create a folder called INSP92IE.ESD. Open that folder, then double-click "Inspiration 9 Installer.exe" to launch the installer directly. Note: the folder and installer names might differ slightly depending on which version of Inspiration you're installing. 

Q: Can I play my Inspiration 9 Presentation on a computer that does not have Inspiration 9 installed on it?

Yes, the presentation can play on a computer withour Inspiration 9 by using the Inspiration Presenter. It can be found in the Help menu under "Copy to Inspiration Presenter". Alternatively, it can be downloaded from this link. Copy or transfer the Inspiration Presenter to the target computer and open it. Then use the Open dialog to select the presentation file.

Q: I saved an Inspiration 9 file as an Inspiration 8 file and my inserted graphics are not appearing.

In Inspiration 9, insert the image as TIF, PNG, or GIF and save it back as an Inspiration 8 file.

Q: I'm trying to open a presentation file on a computer withour Inspiration 9 installed and getting an error of "Command line option syntax error. Type Command/? for help?" What's happening?

To open the presentation file, first launch the Inspiration Presenter then use the Open dialog menu to open the .isf file