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System Requirements

Inspiration 6.0b Updater – US Edition

Inspiration 6.0b Updater – International English Edition

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Frequently Asked Questions


System Requirements

Windows®
486 processor or higher
Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT 4.0, ME or XP
8 MB RAM
640x480 display, 256-color display
Windows compatible graphics card
5 MB available hard drive minimum,
20 MB available for all symbols and Help
CD-ROM drive (for installation only)
Optional:

  • Windows compatible printer
  • Internet browser

Macintosh®
Macintosh or Power Macintosh
System 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 or higher, including the Classic environment in OS X
2 MB available RAM
640x480 display, 16 colors or better
5 MB available hard drive minimum,
30 MB available for all symbols and Help
CD-ROM drive (for installation only)
Optional:

  • Macintosh compatible printer
  • Internet browser


Inspiration 6.0b Updater – US Edition

Download the Inspiration® 6.0b updater

Note: This updater is for the US edition only.

Windows (download using FTP protocol 1.4 MB)
Windows (download using HTTP protocol 1.4 MB)
Macintosh for Macintosh (1.7 MB)


This maintenance release includes the addition of GIF exports, improved importing of graphics, enhanced printing, and a number of general operational refinements.
 

How to download and run the updater
Windows
Click the appropriate edition link above. Once the download is complete, double click on the file "Inspiration 6.0b Updater."


Macintosh
Click the appropriate edition link above. Once the download is complete, you may need to use Stuffit Expander to decompress the file. (Stuffit Expander trial downloads are available from the Smith Micro Software web site.) Then double click on the file "Inspiration 6.0b Updater."


Inspiration 6.0b Updater – International English Edition

Download the Inspiration® 6.0b updater

Note: This updater is for the International English edition only.

Windows (download using FTP protocol 1.4 MB)
Windows (dowload using HTTP protocol 1.4 MB)
Macintosh for Macintosh (1.7 MB) 

This maintenance release includes the addition of GIF exports, improved importing of graphics, enhanced printing, and a number of general operational refinements.
 

How to download and run the updater
Windows
Click the appropriate edition link above. Once the download is complete, double click on the file "Inspiration 6.0b Updater."


Macintosh
Click the appropriate edition link above. Once the download is complete, you may need to use Stuffit Expander to decompress the file. (Stuffit Expander trial downloads are available from the Smith Micro Software web site.) Then double click on the file "Inspiration 6.0b Updater."


Inspired tips

Listed below are brief technical discussions and step-by-step instructions we thought you might find useful. These writeups cover not only how-to, but also why-should-I issues. If you have ideas for other topics, please let us know--just click on Contact Tech Support in the left menu.

 

Network Installation/Setup
In a computer lab setting with a network server available, it's often much easier to install Inspiration on the network server instead of on each individual computer. Installing on the server saves time and ensures that all students are accessing the same resources.

 

To install Inspiration on your server, begin by logging in as network administrator from a workstation. Admin-level access is required for the install to work properly.

 

Next, run the installer program on the Inspiration CD-ROM. When the installer gets to the section where it asks you to "Choose Destination Location," click on the "Browse" button. Browse to your network server and choose it as the installation destination. It's strongly recommended that you install Inspiration to its own folder so that setting permissions will be easier. Finish the installation process, at which point Inspiration will start. Enter your name, organization and serial number in the dialog that displays to complete the install.

 

Once you've finished installing, you will need to change the security permissions for the Inspiration folder and all items inside it to make it possible for more than one person to use Inspiration at the same time. Using your network software's standard procedure, change the permissions on the Inspiration folder for both users and groups to either Read & Execute, Read & Filescan or Read Only (depending on the server software you use.) Make sure they don't have write access to the Inspiration folder.

 

After setting these permissions, create a shortcut or alias for the Inspiration application and place this shortcut/alias on each workstation. To test, log in to one workstation as a member of one of the groups to which you gave Read, Read & Execute, or Read & Filescan permissions. On another workstation, log in as a different member of one of those groups. Start Inspiration on each workstation. If all is set up correctly, Inspiration should start on both.

 

For a platform-specific, more technically-worded version of these instructions, please click here.

 

Edit or Create Libraries and Templates in a Lab
The big difference between editing or creating a library in a lab setting versus on a standalone computer is permissions. Typically, if you're working on a standalone system, you have complete access to everything on your computer. In a networked or lab environment, however, your ability to access a particular folder is often limited. So, before you try to edit or create an Inspiration library, please make sure you have what's known as "write" or "change" access to the Inspiration libraries folder, which is where that file is or, in the case of a new library, will be stored. This usually means logging in to the computer or network as the administrator, or someone with equivalent access. Once you have write access to the folder, just follow the directions in Inspiration's online help to make a new library or change an existing one.

 

If your lab is set up with Inspiration installed on multiple workstations, then just copy the new or edited library to the libraries folder on all those workstations. If you're running from a copy of Inspiration installed on a server, then any change you make to a library on that server is visible to all other users automatically--no additional copying is required.

 

Everything written above regarding libraries applies to templates as well. The only difference is that templates are stored in the templates folder, while libraries are stored in the libraries folder.

 

Create a Timeline
There are two types of timelines that can be created with Inspiration: a basic timeline and a traditional timeline.

 

To create a basic timeline, which is well-suited for project planning, begin in a new document with the Main Idea selected. Using the Create tool, which is on the Diagram toolbar, create as many symbols as you need to cover each specific point in the timeline. Each will be linked to the one before it, showing a logical sequence of events. Simply enter text describing the events or tasks into the symbols, and you have a basic timeline. Customize as desired. If this is to be used as a project timeline, you may find checkboxes useful in marking when tasks have been completed. To display a checkbox on each symbol, choose Show Checklist from the Utility menu.

 

To create a traditional timeline, the type most often used to analyze historical events, begin with a new document. There are some cosmetic changes you may wish to make at this point to make the timeline look exactly as you wish. To do so, choose Diagram Properties from the File menu. To change your symbols so that they are borderless text boxes, on the Symbol tab click on the symbol that looks like a rectangle with a dashed outline and an 'A' inside it. To change your links so that they use 90 degree angles, click on the Link tab, then choose "Auto-90" from the dropdown list in the Type field. To display links without arrows, choose "None" from the dropdown list in the Arrow Head Ending Point field. Once you've made these changes, which will apply to all your new symbols and links, be sure to change the pre-existing Main Idea symbol as well.

 

Once your cosmetic changes are set, begin by changing the text "Main Idea" to the topic of your timeline. Next, link from the Main Idea to your first date/event in the timeline. Next, use the Create tool on the Diagram toolbar to create your end date/event. Space the two symbols a suitable distance apart. Now, click on the point above or below the line and begin typing your next date/event. This will create a symbol for this date/event. Link from the first date/event to this one. Repeat this process for subsequent dates/events, in each case linking to the first date/event. By linking repeatedly to the first date/event, the lines that connect to the timeline will display nicely.


 

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