I recently learned that Inspiration Software has published an international version of Inspiration 8 that includes a mind mapping view, in addition to the diagram and outline views in the U.S. version. Unlike the diagram view, which by default places topics within squares, ellipses and other common shapes, the mind map view of Inspiration 8 IE places topics and subtopics on the connector lines, following the more traditional model of mind mapping. In addition, the program places topics on colorful, shapely connector lines, adding visual interest to your maps.
A reseller called the MindServe Group adds more business functionality to this visual mapping program by selling a CD of sample maps and templates that it has compiled in its work with clients to optimize Inspiration for different business applications. In the process, they have figured out how to make Inspiration do things that I didn’t even know were possible, such as creating fishbone (cause and effect) diagrams.