Welcome to Inspiration Maps™, the most intuitive and powerful visual learning app on the iPad. Build beautiful diagrams, graphic organisers and outlines with ease! Getting organised has never been this simple.

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What’s the difference between ‘INSPIRATION MAPS’ and ‘INSPIRATION MAPS VPP’?

‘Inspiration Maps’ allows you to create up to five documents to test the functionality of the app for free before using in-app purchase to upgrade to full, unlimited function. ‘Inspiration Maps VPP’ gives you all the features available in the Inspiration Maps upgrade without having to use in-app purchase to access them. ‘Inspiration Maps VPP’ exists to simplify the process for educators purchasing through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) for Education.
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With Inspiration Maps, you can...

Create concept maps, cause and effect diagrams, process flows, family trees and more! Getting started couldn’t be easier: Simply double tap a blank space on your canvas to create a new idea symbol. Start from scratch or from one of the many built-in templates in language arts, history, science or thinking & planning!

Harness your own creativity - there’s nothing like using Inspiration Maps’ quick-brainstorming tool RapidFire(R) to capture your ideas as fast as they come to you. Never lose track of a great idea again!

Simply drag and drop to organise and categorise concepts and ideas. Establish connections with links and connecting phrases. Structure is automatically generated for you when you use Arrange or when you view your diagram as an outline.

Use proven visual thinking and learning techniques to brainstorm ideas, explore and explain relationships, and integrate new knowledge with what you already know. Inspiration Maps encourages deeper, more critical thinking and that improves creativity, comprehension and retention.

Use visual diagrams or written outlines to take notes and add details. Inspiration Maps turns static outlines into dynamic, rich writing structures. Expand on your work in Diagram View or Outline View, then export to a writing app to complete your projects.

Your diagrams and outlines are entirely customisable - change background colours, line colours, link styles, fonts, and more! Add graphics from the built-in symbol library, the internet, or your own camera roll.

- 1500+ searchable graphic library
- Create unlimited diagrams & outlines*
- Record & attach audio
- Diagrams transform to outlines and visa versa
- Personalise with images, colour, shape, arrow style, and backgrounds
- Refine layout with align, nudge, spacing controls or auto-arrange
- Use images from the web or the iPad camera
- Attach notes to any item
- Add hyperlinks
- Diagrams save instantly
- Built-in templates supporting subjects across the curriculum
- Create your own templates*
- Add written or audio instructions to any document
- Import & export documents between Inspiration Maps & Inspiration 9.2 for PC/Mac*
- Share files with other apps on your iPad*
- Share files with other iPads via Dropbox, AirDrop, iCloud or iTunes*
- Additional templates available in French, Spanish & UK English
- Localised in French, Spanish & UK English

*Feature available upon purchase of Inspiration Maps VPP. In Inspiration Maps, features is available after using in-app purchase to upgrade to full function.
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To receive the discount available to buyers purchasing 20 apps or more through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme for Education, purchase ‘Inspiration Maps VPP’ (NOT ‘Inspiration Maps’).
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“Easy and fun to use. Highly recommended for students and teachers.” - Toni Krasnic, edShelf

** 2013 CODiE Finalist ** **2012 Tech&Learning Award of Excellence Winner**

What’s New

Version 3.1

-Templates in English, Spanish, French and UK English are now available inside the app.
-Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

AALaAron ,

Great, so close to 5/5!

This is a brilliant app, and if you could give half stars, I would.

Three minor features bump this up to 5:

- A colour pallet so there is a wider colour option for fills, etc.

- Automatic colouring to adding branches. By this I mean that if you add a new branch, the default colour it uses is from that of the note you just added from.

-The ability to 'relate', as you can in the desktop versions. (i.e. the ability to add an arrow between two or more thought-bubbles/branches.)

These are three minor thoughts, but I feel would make the app stronger. It is also a shame that they are attempting to force people to upgrade desktop versions. I would like to see backwards compatibility to Inspiration 8 too.

Great on the ipad, and if you get along with the desktop version, so will you this version.

Highly recommended.

Besques ,

My favourite Mind Mapping tool on Ipad

I have tried a few mind mapping apps and this is the one I like the best

Caarl101 ,

Excellent - a visual outliner word processing tool / Underestimated

I have to write a lot these days, and here there are many thumbs up subtle extras: touching collapsed topics and temporarily seeing subtopics; powerful outlining of your ideas; transparent notes integrating into the map (you can toggle to opaque easily). And you can switch from a word like document to a map and back. Wonderful. Not even the greats eg Microsoft office does this. I have all the other popular mapping app, and none of them provide this level of crystal outlining so well delivered. I found the Mac version by chance and then saw the iPad version (which I never noticed before). I can see the developer does not advertise their app strongly !!! They prefer users to discover, and I have !!! From the above, the way it works is close to perfect. Small effort. High clarity. Quick results. It’s obviously a tool evolved over a decade or more. You start by tapping out a few ideas as a skeleton. You tap one and the quick entry produces ‘flesh’. A tap takes you to the outline. Wow - so few steps. Little fluff. I’ve used pretty much all other writing, mapping tools out there, and they’re bloated. Not integrated. Whereas the feature set is carefully chosen. Also the wide selection of images means there’s a relevant pic for the oddest ideas. This seems like a single developer to me with a vision, as such cohesion would be rare for a team. It’s amazing this app has gone unnnoticed. I feel this is a grave injustice, so I had to write a quick review !!! The only feature I miss is an iCloud sync that allows Mac or iPad to work on the same file. Unfortunately you have to export and import so Mac and iPad don’t have the same formats. But I forgive this because the rest is sublime. So if you write factual material and tend to think visually you’ll immediately feel at home with this rare feature set. I hope more will check it out, as the ratings some 6 years ago are well out of date, and don’t represent today’s product in my view. THANK YOU developer for not adding a subscription. Please take my glowing review as representative of a very very happy customer.


Inspiration Software
283.8 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, French, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2019 Inspiration Software, Inc.


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