About Inspiration® Software, Inc.
Leader in Visual Thinking and Learning for Education and Business
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration® Software, Inc.'s award-winning tools are based on proven visual thinking and outlining methodologies that help business professionals, educators, and students think creatively and strategically, improve productivity, and write and communicate more effectively. WebspirationPRO™, delivered through WebspirationPRO.com, is our latest cloud-computing service. It joins our family of products and services which includes: Inspiration®, Kidspiration®, InspireData® and Webspiration Classroom™. The company’s products and services are used by more than 25 million people worldwide and are revolutionizing thinking and learning in business and education.
Inspiration Software strives to support improvements in education and business and to make a positive difference by providing tools and services that help people of all ages use visual thinking and outlining strategies to achieve academic, professional and personal goals.
For more than a quarter century, Inspiration Software's focus has been developing innovative technology to support visual thinking and learning. Founded in 1982 by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company developed its first product for the CP/M operating system to help systems analysts build products to meet business needs. Next, Inspiration Software created a line of products for the Tandy Model 100, the original notebook computer, used primarily by outside sales staff, writers and editors.
In 1988, with the release of Inspiration® for the Apple® Macintosh®, the company's focus turned to brainstorming, thinking and organizing tools for business and personal productivity. Subsequent releases included a Windows version, major upgrades and a native Japanese version. By the early 1990s, Inspiration made its way into the classroom as teachers started using it to help their students plan, organize and write. 1996 brought an exciting change – a new focus on developing visual learning software to meet the needs of educators and students. Inspiration 5.0 Education Edition was released in 1997. In early 2010, the company unveiled Inspiration 9, the ultimate thinking and learning tool to help students grade 6 to adult to comprehend, create, communicate and achieve more. Inspiration 9 brought a mind map environment adding to the extensive visual thinking tools already available in Inspiration, as well as a presentation manager for creating, organizing and presenting presentations.
To extend the power of visual learning to younger students, Kidspiration was launched in January 2001. Early 2008 marked the debut of the most recent version of Kidspiration, which uses the proven principles of visual learning to help K-5 learners strengthen reading and writing skills, build conceptual understanding in math, and develop thinking skills across the curriculum.
In July 2006, Inspiration Software's released InspireData, the visual way to explore and understand data. Students in grades 4-12 use InspireData to build data literacy skills in science, mathematics and social studies. In September 2007, InspireData 1.5 was released with new and enhanced features to increase data literacy, including more than 100 content-rich databases, the e-Survey tool and database templates to jumpstart data collection.
In September of 2008, Inspiration Software launched the Webspiration® Public Beta, a web-based visual thinking and outlining tool to gather public feedback and functionality suggestions for our cloud-computing products. From that public beta project, we launched Webspiration Classroom™ in January 2011 for the K-12 education market and launched WebspirationPRO™ in April 2011 for the business professional and college markets.
As the company writes the next exciting chapter in its history, Inspiration Software continues to develop innovative thinking, learning and productivity tools that help professionals and students build the thinking, analytical, organizational, and writing skills necessary to achieve at the highest, be successful, and achieve their goals.
To learn more, go to www.inspiration.com.