That’s why it’s crazy to have a project creation and management app that gets no respect. Affordable. Usable. Hardly any Mac office I know has heard of it.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T For Inspiration
Inspiration is something of an anomaly among Mac productivity apps. It does a little of everything very well. It’s an outliner, but is useful for writing projects and making presentations.
You can take notes with Inspiration but it’s an app that diagrams and creates mind maps (great for brainstorming).
Start with a brainstorm and toss ideas and objectives and thoughts onto the screen.
Then, organize all the pieces into a graphic oriented plan. Add the details. Put it all into an outline. Then show it off in the presentation module.
This is the Rodney Dangerfield of Mac apps. It’s been around. It does plenty for business and classroom use.
Step-by-Step Thinking Processes
Inspiration begins with ideas; maps of concepts, laid out in a graphics way. Every process flow chart begins with a first step and moves forward in a proven step-by-step method. That’s Inspiration.
Because ideas and processes are visual, they can be updated quickly and easily, and criticized for content. Once the overall layout is accepted, Inspiration becomes the organizer and gathers written details and plans.
The presentation manager brings all the components together– Diagrams and Maps, Outlines and Details– into a coherent and polished presentation (think Apple’s iWork Keynote with supporting material built-in).
Inspiration appears aimed almost completely at schools, but the methodology and tools will be welcome and useful for small businesses who need the same type of processes for projects and plans.
What you’ll find on the Inspiration site is a plethora of tools and options; training and video instruction, all of which make using Inspiration easy for small businesses. The app isn’t expensive and isn’t complex. There’s a trial for the standard version and one for Kidspiration, for school age children.
Remarkably, there’s an online version for collaboration called Webspiration. I’ve been working on Macs and Mac apps for 15 years and my first look at Inspiration came at a local school here in Brooklyn that wanted to trial the app. I was blown away; totally worthy of a try.