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Conquer the Glaze Dragon With INSIGHT Glaze Chemistry Software

Things have changed. Desktop Insight is now free!

Download it from the Files panel in your personal or group account. For the $15 that the account costs you will be able to download the free desktop Insight installer. But you will have 6 months access to, a much more powerful product. With that you may decide not to bother with desktop Insight! There is a video on how to download here.

•It installs as level 2, without need of a key.
•Replace your current keyed version of desktop Insight with this.
•No features have been removed.
•It will never expire.

Do you really need Desktop Insight now that Insight-live is here?

Insight-live has a much broader scope and is far superior, it is the future (it is much more about data and access-from-anywhere and it still does glaze chemistry). However we will continue to support desktop Insight for the few users who still prefer to work off-line.

More about Desktop Insight

Insight FAQ, Why Choose Insight?

There is a direct relationship between the way ceramic glazes fire and their chemistry. Insight is a calculation tool anyone can use to learn and harness the power of glaze chemistry.

  • Fix problems like crazing, blistering, pinholing, settling, gelling, clouding, leaching, crawling, marking, scratching, powdering.
  • Substitute frits or incorporate better, cheaper materials, replace no-longer-available ones (all while maintaining the same chemistry).
  • Adjust melting temperature, gloss, surface character, color.
  • Identify weaknesses in glazes to avoid problems.
  • Create and optimize base glazes to work with difficult colors or stains and for special effects dependent on opacification, crystallization or variegation.
  • Create glazes from scratch and use your own native materials in the highest possible percentage.

Without glaze chemistry you'll never really have control and you could be a slave to your suppliers or the trafficing in recipes that never work.

A desktop application for Windows, Linux, Macintosh that you download and install.

  • Insight is a classic glaze chemistry calculator
    It interactively converts recipes to formulas and back. The main Insight window shows side-by-side recipes and their formulas, you can make chemistry changes to one while comparing it with the other.
  • Insight is also a library and a teacher
    It puts at your fingertips a huge amount of information to help you learn the principles of glaze chemistry and it teaches you how to adjust, fix and formulate glazes.
  • It is a database
    You can store all your recipes, picture, material information where you can easily find it.
  • It is a problem solver
    Using our videos, instructional and reference materials and our personal help you can solve problems like crazing, leaching, crawling, pinholing, blistering, etc.

Insight was first released in 1979 and has been used world wide since. It is an excellent teaching tool for demonstrating the principles of formula/analysis/unity, limit formulas, LOI, and material-oxide relationships.

Learning INSIGHT

It is simple: Click Video Tutorials (above left) to learn to use INSIGHT and to formulate, fix and adjust glazes at the same time. The videos will play on any standard PC with Flash installed, but they will also play on iOS, Android or any device that can play a 640x480 mp4 file.

How to download Desktop Insight

Desktop Insight can be downloaded for free from the Files panel in your account. There is a short video about how to download at You can find it here.

Feature comparison and more information

Visit the Digitalfire Help Web App. It is a phone and tablet friendly complete help system for all our products.

What People Have Said

"I teach Pottery 1 and 2 at a high school. I have not used your program enough to understand all the intricasies but thus far it has shown to be very useful in computing glaze formula changes."

"The download and install went perfect which I enjoyed ;-) . I find it very expensive to keep buying all the various components of the recipes. It would be nice to actually understand what the ingredients do and learn how to substitute a smaller subset of ingredients for the desired results. Hence the interest in your product! There is a lot to learn and it looks like the software coupled with the Magic of Fire book would be a structured path to meet this goal."

"Some of the glazes I've tried (from other recipe books) have worked while others have not. Kind of feels like flying an airplane without knowing what the controls do. I understand how to weigh and mix and am just learning about the different materials. To gain more information, I started researching glazes and how they work on the internet and came across your site. I want to be in control of the 'flying plane' as it were. So far I've had a few successful 'flights' but it was mostly luck. If I'm going to have a unique voice in my surface treatment, I'm going to need to know what to adjust to get the desired results. "

"It's also become obvious that even with glaze software I need to have a lot of information in my head, which means education, and obviously you hold the edge there too with your excellent website."

"I have been using Insight for years and am very happy with it for the knowledge it gives me, it will still take me years to reap its full potential. Thanks for all you have done for ceramics. "

"It's great."

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