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Inspiration 8.0b Updater - International English Edition

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Quick Start Tutorial

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Current version is 8.0b IE (released April 2007)
 

System Requirements

Windows®

Pentium 75 MHz or higher

Windows 95*, 98, 2000, NT** 4.0, ME, XP (including Tablet PC Edition) or Vista

8 MB RAM

18 MB available hard drive

60 MB for full install

Recommended:

  • Internet connection*
  • QuickTime®

Optional:

  • Interactive electronic whiteboard
  • Microphone
  • Printer


Macintosh®

OS X (10.1.5 or higher)

70 MB for full install

QuickTime

Recommended:

  • Internet connection
  • 800 x 600 display

Optional:

  • Interactive electronic whiteboard
  • Microphone 
  • Printer

* Windows 95 requires Internet Explorer 4 and Windows Socket 2 Update.
** NT 4.0 requires Internet Explorer 4.


Upgrade Information

Learn what's new in Inspiration!

If you are an Inspiration user, you will still be able to read your files and use your previously created templates and symbol libraries with Inspiration 8. One of the many great features of Inspriation 8 is that you can save your Inspiration 8 files as Inspiration 7 files, for exchanging with others who haven't yet upgraded.

 

Single licence upgrade
Click here to locate a dealer to upgrade.

 

Volume license upgrades
For multiple license upgrades, email international@inspiration.com or contact a local dealer


Inspiration 8.0b Updater

Download the Inspiration 8.0b updater


Note: This updater is for the International English edition only.
Windows
Macintosh OS X

 

This free update adds:

  • A Universal update: The ability to run natively on Intel-based Macintosh computers.
  • Operational enhancements optimizing performance on Windows and Mac OS X.
  • Increased Vista support.


Users currently running Inspiration 8.0 IE or 8.0a IE will be updated to version 8.0b IE. Double-click the downloaded file to run the updater.


Quick Tour

See first hand how Inspiration helps pupils ages 10 to adult develop strong thinking skills!

 
View the Inspiration Quick Tour, a comprehensive tutorial illustrating the key features of Inspiration 8. You'll see how easy it is for students to brainstorm, plan, organise, outline, diagram, mind map and write. Plus learn how Inspiration's integrated environments work together to help students comprehend concepts and information across the curriculum.

In addition to the system requirements listed below, you will need a QuickTime® player to view the Quick Tours. To get QuickTime, click here.

 
Quick Tour System Requirements
Macintosh Classic
Power Macintosh G3
Mac OS 9.2 or later
300 MHz or faster
64 MB installed RAM
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1
 

Macintosh OS X
Power Macintosh G3
Mac OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.6, 10.3, 10.4
300 MHz or faster
128 MB installed RAM
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 or later
Netscape 7.1
Safari
 

Windows

Win98
Pentium II
300 MHz or faster
64 MB installed RAM

Win 2K
Pentium III
300 MHz or faster
128 MB installed RAM

Win XP
Pentium III
300 MHz or faster
128 MB installed RAM

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6sp1, 5.5sp2, 5.01sp2
Netscape 7.1 


Quick Start Tutorial

Download the Inspiration Quick Start tutorial

To view this file you may need to install Adobe® Reader®.

 

This tutorial is a great starting point for learning how to use Inspiration®. You'll learn how Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining environments work together to help students comprehend concepts and information. You will also learn how to create a mind map using the techniques developed by Tony Buzan and others.

Educators can use Inspiration to customise instruction, achieve standards, assess student progress and energise the learning experience for all students.

The tutorial walks you through creating a common brainstorming and planning task. The small, manageable mini-lessons make it easy to learn the basics quickly. Before you know it, you'll be using Inspiration to develop your own great ideas!

Use this tutorial when you download your trial version and when you begin using your own copy of Inspiration.


Frequently Asked Questions

Startup

Q. How do I install Inspiration 8 on my Windows Vista computer?
A.
Open Properties on the Install.exe on the CD. Here select XP Compatibility Mode and select Run this program as an administrator.

 

Q. I disabled Quicktime® and now Inspiration won't launch on my Mac. Why?
A.
QuickTime® must be installed and enabled for Inspiration to run on a Mac. Please check QuickTime status and enable it if required.

 

Whiteboards

Q. How do I enter text into the symbol palette search field from the ACTIVboard?
A.
Turn on handwriting in the ACTIVboard floating palette. Right-click on the symbol palette search field to position the cursor, then begin entering text.

 

Q. How do I enter text into the Edit Symbol Libraries search and label fields from the ACTIVboard? 
A.
In the empty workspace, enter or select the text you want, then copy it. Open the Edit Symbol Libraries dialog, select the search or label field, right click and choose paste from the menu that displays.

 

Drag-and-Drop

Q. How do I add an image to the symbol palette if drag and drop doesn't seem to work? 
A.
Drag-and-drop the image into a blank area of your diagram. Right-click that image and choose Add Symbol to Library.

 

Q. How do I drag a Hyperlink from Internet Explorer into Inspiration so that the link is preserved?
A.
Click and drag the link into Inspiration as opposed to highlighting it first, then dragging it.

 

Q. How do I copy text from Inspiration to another application?
A.
For technical reasons, Inspiration doesn't support drag-and-drop of text from Inspiration to another Inspiration document or separate application. Use copy-and-paste instead.

 

Q. Drag-and-drop has a few restrictions in the Classic Mac environment.
A.
An object cannot be dragged and dropped outside its source document. A graphic in a note cannot be dragged and dropped outside the note.

 

Audio/Video

Q. After I insert a sound, then change the symbol to a video symbol, the audio QuickControl is not visible in the outline view.
A. Reattach the sound file.

 

Q. The graphic for my video displays all-white in my diagram.
A. This can result from how the video was encoded, i.e., the codec used. To choose a different poster image, as it's called, play the video in question, then pause it when the frame you'd like to use as the symbol graphic is displayed. Then click the Use This Frame for Graphic menu item on the Tools menu.

 

Q. Inspiration's training videos don't play on my computer.
A.
In the QuickTime player, a separate application, check the preference settings and make sure streaming transport is set to HTTP.

 

Q. I have Windows 9x and cannot select the Use This Frame for Graphic menu item from the Tools menu.
A.
Due to limitations with Windows 9x operating systems, this menu item is disabled.


Q. The Insert Video and Insert Sound File menu items are disabled.
A. If the QuickTime version on your computer does not meet the minimum requirement for use with Inspiration, these items will be unavailable. The minimum QuickTime requirements are:
5.0.2 for Win95
6.5.2 for all other versions of Windows
6.3.1 for OS 10.1.5
6.5.2 for OS 10.2-10.3.8
7 for OS 10.3.9 or later

 

Miscellaneous

Q. How can I get the Inspiration starter screen to show as an available window in Expose on the Mac?
A.
Open a new or existing Inspiration document before activating Expose.

 

Q. How do I paste text into the search field of the symbol palette?
A.
Use the keyboard shortcuts instead of the menu items. In Windows, Control + V is the shortcut for paste; on the Mac, it's Command + V.

 

 


Inspired Tips

Create a Timeline
Edit or Create Libraries in a Lab