Inspiration 7/7.5

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Creating a template

Adding linked symbols

There are many other useful features in Inspiration 7/7.5. Here are a few to explore:

7. Symbols:

You can change your basic symbols to graphics.

a) Just click on your symbol to highlight it, then choose the symbol you want from your symbols palette. Use the to go to previous or next symbol categories, or use the to scroll through the various categories. [Note: If your symbol palette is not visible, go to , and choose .] Example:


b) You can also change the colours of certain symbols/graphics! Highlight one of the symbols/graphics. If  you notice a colour bar in the bottom tool bar, you can change them. The existing colours of the symbol appear in the order of most frequently occurring to least frequently occurring. To change colours, click on one of the little bars, and choose a new one. For example, if you used the symbol for, the colour bar would like like this:. In a manner of seconds, the graphic can become.

c) You may also wish to insert your own graphics from your files. [Hint: It is easier if you have already reduced the size of your graphic to about 2.5 cm or 1 inch before inserting them.]Select the symbol you want to replace. Then go to ,and . Choose your image from your files and click . Your image will replace the existing symbol in your diagram.

8. Arrange:

You may find that you would like to change the look of your diagram. Choose the tool from your menu bar. Experiment with the various options for layouts. If your diagram is very large, you can use the view scale tools in the bottom left to preview the whole diagram. [HINT: The following options are useful to check off when you are changing your diagram arrangement:


Example of going from a cluster to a top down diagram:

9. Outline/Diagram Views:

In this program, you have the option of brainstorming in the diagram or outline view. Whatever changes you make in one format are automatically updated in the other.

a) To switch back and forth, choose the tool in the menu bar when you are in the view, and vice versa.

b) In the outline view, type in your thoughts. As you type, you can also designate something as , or . Basically, using keeps the next idea at the same level as the current one, while indents it one level. You can easily change the indentation using the and tools. Any changes in indentation are reflected in the level in the diagram view as well.

c) To move an idea in the outline view, click to the left of the idea, then click/hold/drag the idea to its new location.

d) In both the outline and diagram views, you can hide the subtopics by clicking on . In the outline view, this is in the left column, while in the diagram view, you will need to select a topic in order to see the arrow.

10. Notes:

You can create a note for each symbol in your diagram, whether to expand your ideas, begin the writing progress or simply as reminders.

a) In either the diagram or the outline view, choose the tool in your menu bar. Type in your note.

b) In the view, you can tell the notes by the in the left column, while in the view, when you click on a symbol, indicates the presence of a note. Click on it to open it.

c) Once the note is open in the diagram view, you can click on the top bar and move it anywhere on your diagram. Thus subsequent openings of that note will show up wherever you have placed it, although the note remains attached to the original symbol.

11. Spellcheck:

If desired, you can also check the spelling of your outline/diagram, using the tool in the menu bar.

12. Hyperlinks:

You can link a symbol to other documents, or to websites on the Internet.

a) Select the symbol you want linked by clicking once on it.

b) Next, choose the tool in the menu bar, or else go through the tool option in the menu bar .

c) Choose the type of link you want, provide the location of the file or the URL of the webpage and click  on Okay.

d) Your symbol is now linked. Just click on the underlined text to follow the link.

11. Transfer

In version 7.5, you can transfer your Inspiration document to an AppleWorks document.

a) All you do is have the document open, and choose the tool from your menu bar.

b) Initially you will be prompted to choose a word processor. Choose AppleWorks. AppleWorks should automatically open with your Inspiration document -diagram on top, outline below. Example:

c) You may wish to change the page orientation to accommodate your diagram[File/Page setup/Landscape]. [NOTE: You can adjust the size of the graphic as a whole, but individual symbols must be adjusted in Inspiration prior to transfer.]


d) Save your new AppleWorks document by giving it a name, and choosing the type.

[NOTE: default is for RTF file - may wish to change to AppleWorks file.]

e) Now you can continue to work with your document text.

12. For additional exploration, check out:

Lesson Plans and Examples from the Inspiration Site
Visual Learning Techniques