After a week spent in the San Diego area after NECC, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. My family had such a great time out in California…it’s hard to focus on the tasks at hand.
One such task is to take a closer look at a new piece of software from Inspiration called InspireData. InspireData is a tool which allows users to analyze data in in various, visually appealing ways. The brief demonstration I saw is kind of hard to describe.
Start with a data table, almost a spreadsheet (you can import Excel spreadsheets) that changes to several types of visual displays such as bar or line charts with the click of a button (much like the diagram to outline button of Inspiration). Well, that’s nice, but not amazing. What is, however, is the ability to analyze the data by highlighting and comparing values and characteristics. I wish they had a little movie so you could see it. It was very cool. Perhaps I’ll put something together using Camtasia Studio just to highlight some of the animations and analyzing tools.