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Inspiration 9 for Windows

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Introducing Inspiration 9 software for Windows, the most simple but powerful visual thinking tool for creating mind maps, concept maps, graphic organisers, outlines and presentations with ease! 

The Inspiration software makes it easy to capture ideas, structure thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. To take notes, organise information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form.

Finally, you can effortlessly transfer your diagrams and outlines to Word, PowerPoint, PDF or as a graphics file.

Inspiration is DSA approved in the UK and regularly recommended for Access to Work.


Helping users overcome barriers to learning and work

This solution is designed to be used by everyone but has particular benefits for users with the following needs:

  • Has difficulties with short term memory and processing information.  
  • Distracted when there is too much text to deal with. 
  • Has difficulties expressing ideas in writing.
  • Has difficulties with the structure and layout of essays. 
  • Often has to take extended recovery breaks from working to alleviate symptoms (for example mental health difficulties). 
  • Has difficulties with the organisation of ideas and remaining focused long enough to get ideas written down (for example Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Mental Health difficulties).
  • Has difficulties with the retention of information.
  • Has difficulties developing and delivering presentations.

Product Leaflet: summary of the key features and benefits.


Needs Justification Guide: this guide outlines how Inspiration addresses different student needs.

View Case Studies: read our case studies on how our educational customers are using Inspiration 9 on and off campus.

VISUALIZE & DEVELOP IDEAS. UNDERSTAND & RETAIN CONCEPTS. Create webs, idea maps, mind maps, concept maps, graphic organizers, process flows, and other diagrams for thinking, organizing and writing. Use these proven visual thinking and learning techniques to brainstorm or brainwrite ideas, explore and explain relationships, and integrate new knowledge with what you already know. Inspiration encourages deeper, more critical thinking and that improves creativity, comprehension and retention. 

  • Brainstorm or brainwrite, capturing ideas quickly with RapidFire® tool. 
  • Represent information and trigger memory with symbols and images. Choose from Inspiration®’s Symbol libraries with 3000+ images, searchable by keyword, or import your own.
  • Explain the relationship between ideas with linking phrases – choose from a list of common phrases or write in your own. 
  • Jumpstart the writing process by adding notes to symbols. 
  • Organize ideas effortlessly using the Arrange tool or to create various tree charts and webs
  • Highlight key concepts and group information with different text and link colours and font styles.  

Concept Map Example
Diagram View to Outline View

PLAN & ORGANIZE WRITTEN WORK Organize ideas and think through projects and assignments more effectively using Inspiration’s Outline View. Structure your work for planning and writing. Learn how to brainstorm and create essay outlines to support the writing process. Gather and keep track of research information and develop a logical flow for written and oral communication. 

With Outline View, you can quickly develop main and supporting ideas and add detail helping you write to a purpose. Outlining, paired with the integrated visual views, lets you move seamlessly between visual and written expressions of your thinking to expand and refine ideas and produce quality work.

  • Transform diagrams and mind maps to outlines with one click. 
  • Continue the writing process by adding topics, subtopics and notes text. Diagram View and Map View update automatically. 
  • Organize ideas and information with power outlining tools.
  • Keep visual connections intact. See associated symbols and linking phrases from Diagram View in Outline View. 
  • Meet word and page count requirements with Word Count.


Improve communication and share what you’ve learned with Inspiration’s Presentation Manager. Use the content you’ve developed in Diagram, Map and Outline Views and expand your work into more thoughtful and compelling presentations and final projects. Inspiration provides all the tools to create organized, polished, formal presentations that convey ideas clearly and demonstrate your understanding and knowledge. Use the FREE Inspiration Presenter to show your presentation easily on Windows computers, or export to PowerPoint or PDF.

Create Presentatons with Presentation Manager
Inspiration Maps Example Diagram

SHARE FILES WITH INSPIRATION MAPS for iOS Import & export documents between Inspiration 9 and Inspiration Maps.

Inspiration Maps is a visual thinking and learning app for iPads and iPhones. Build beautiful diagrams, graphic organizers and outlines with ease! Getting organized has never been this simple. 

Learn more about Inspiration Maps


  • Transfer your work to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to streamline and support project completion. 
  • Save documents as PDFs.
  • Print your work from Diagram, Map and Outline Views and from the Presentation Manager.  
  • Use the Site Skeleton® export to transform diagrams into HTML web sites. 
  • Export diagrams and mind maps as .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp or .wmf files to insert in other documents.


Popular built-in features to support the process of capturing ideas quickly and writing include adding notes to symbols, text-to-speech, spell checker, thesaurus, hyperlinking, embedding videos and recording audio notes.