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INSIGHT



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Conquer the Glaze Dragon With INSIGHT Ceramic Chemistry Software

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 ceramic 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 ceramic 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 ceramic 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 ceramic 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.

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Feature Comparison

Click links below for more information. References to Insight-Live.com refer to online version, it is a separate product.
Desktop INSIGHT Version
(to buy click here)
OnLine Version
**Free
Trial
Level 1
$59
Level 2
$149
Site License
$695
Insight-Live
From 3¢/day
Multi-Platform: [Windows] [OSX] [OS9] [Linux] +SmartPhones/Tablets
Works on Cloud Drives Lives in the cloud!
Download privileges expire in 2 months 3 years 4 years 5 years Nothing to download
Continues to run after expiry Read-only
Ceramic chemistry calculation Interactive Interactive Interactive Interactive Passive
Integrates with Digitalfire Reference Library
Maintain materials database as Excel CSV It is a database
Free copy of 4Sight Ceramic Database Does what 4Sight did
Install on many computers for use by many people Has group accounts
Insight-Live account included for duration of key not applicable
Account to administer a group on Insight-Live.com not applicable
Support for units-of-measure, firing schedules, projects, recipe variations, inter-recipe linking, reference materials and recipes
Unlimited materials, recipes
Physical testing data management
Picture searching, management
Advanced searching, import/export
Side-by-side recipes 2 2 2 2 Unlimited
Side-by-side recipes and materials Unlimited
Features evolve automatically, automatic backup, secure, works on any device with a browser and internet

What People Are Saying

  • After looking at a number of glaze programs these last few days I must compliment you on Insight. Everything is very well done especially the Help on the main menu and your InsightManual.PDF.
  • Glad to see you are still around and going strong. When we (Judy and I) started using this program in the 80s it was just a few steps above DOS commands. Now it is smooth and polished.
  • My professor would be after me if I didn't have Insight.
  • I mostly work with crystalline glazes. All the European potters speak in terms of Seger formulas so I have to become proficient with the program if I am to communicate with them.
  • By the way! You guys have helped me a lot. I love Insight. I don't think I would ever have had the courage to jump into trying to understand glazes if it hadn't been for insight and the information you have posted on this site. GREAT JOB!!!
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