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Inspiration for Palm OS

Inspiration for Palm OS

Fall 2004 Software
Ages: 9 - 18 yrs.
Price: $29.95
Platform: Palm OS 3.5.3 or higher
This publisher, Inspiration Software Inc., at last has been inspired to take its handy brainstorming software to a handheld audience, which is good news for the studious technologically clued-in crowd from sixth grade through high school. This program provides the power to develop ideas and organize thinking related to school projects--or not--in a visual context. Here's truly hands-on software for seeing the big picture of a project--diagramming the dimensions of thinking, dissecting an idea, mapping a concept, organizing thoughts, outlining what is to become a book report or research paper. It's a cross-curriculum tool for students developed largely from the idea-mapping process that taps the natural connections a mind makes to starting-point ideas.

On this handheld version, thinkers can connect the dots using the stylus on the screen, which the program automatically recognizes and cleans-up into perfect shapes and lines that are easy to read. Lots of easy-to-use features make the idea-developing process a cinch: RapidFire, for instance, pulls up to 15 pages of notes per on-screen symbol. Any click in an outline or diagram can open up wealth of relevant behind-the-screen information. And it transfers directly to your desktop and printer once the project’s done. A no-fuss, intuitive interface enables users to click on a toolbar to access all of the creativity-enhancing features. These are good thinking exercises for the thinking student.

You can get a free 30-day trial of this program online at

Don Oldenburg   ©2004 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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