We are beyond thrilled to announce the launch of Inspiration Maps Generator: the free tool that allows you to take Word and PowerPoint documents and easily convert them into Inspiration diagrams.
The new Inspiration Maps Generator is a simple 3-step offline tool (online version coming soon), that can be used by anyone. This means that not only Inspiration users can access it, but those supporting Inspiration users can create visual diagrams for them from existing material.
Here are a few examples of how the Maps Generator can be used:
What files are supported by the Inspiration Maps Generator app?
The app will convert Word .docx and PowerPoint .pptx files.
How do I prepare my documents ready to import into the app?
Inspiration Maps Generator reads the style heading used in the file to determine the key concepts and how it is structured in the document - title, headings, subheadings and paragraphs. These elements are used to construct the Inspiration diagram.
Converting Word Documents
Converting PowerPoint Documents
Note: Subtitles are ignored.
How do I check if my Word document is formatted correctly?
In Word, go to the View menu and enable Navigation Pane, a new pane will appear on the left showing the outline structure of your document. It should show Title at the top and then the corresponding Headings and Subheadings. Subheadings will be indented under its corresponding Heading.
Here is an example:
Adding style headings is good accessibility practice, too.
How do I use the Inspiration Maps Generator app?
There are 3 simple steps to using this app:
1) Upload your Word or PowerPoint document.
2) Select if you want your diagram to be with or without links.
3) Name your new Inspiration file and click generate.
How do I access the Inspiration Maps Generator?
Inspiration Maps Generator is available as an installable app for Windows devices. You can register and download the app for installation by going to www.inspiration-at.com/inspiration-maps-generator and completing the short form by clicking sign up. You will then be emailed a link to download. This app works completely offline.
For Inspiration RD users, Inspiration Maps Generator is available as an app to launch from the App launch screen.
An online version that you can access from a web browser will be made available in December.
Does Inspiration Maps Generator require internet connectivity?
For the installable app, no internet is required to use it. When it becomes available, the online version will require internet connectivity.
Do you store the data being processed by the Inspiration Maps Generator?
For the installable app, all the data processing is done locally on your device. This keeps your data totally secure. The App doesn’t store any information once the document has been processed.
For the upcoming online version, once the file has been processed and the Inspiration file created, all data will be automatically deleted. We will not hold the data for any other purpose than creating files in the Inspiration format.
Who can access the Inspiration Maps Generator app?
As this is a free tool, anyone can use it! Inspiration users can use it to convert documents into an Inspiration file format. Also, non-users of Inspiration can use the app, to convert their files into the Inspiration file format, to support those they work with who do use Inspiration.