Things have changed. Desktop Insight is now free!
Download it from the Files panel in your Insight-live.com personal or group account.
For the $15 that the Insight-live.com account costs you will be able to download the free desktop Insight installer.
But you will have 6 months access to Insight-live.com, 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.
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 Insight-live.com account.
There is a short video about how to download at digitalfire.com/videos. 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
"Yes, thank you for that excellent advice. I have just finished assembling ingredients for mixing - but haven't yet had mixed anything but I'm living in this magical world in my head where I'll mix a test batch from a recipe from workshops that I've attended, fire it and it will be beautiful and I'll mix a larger batch and it will be beautiful...in the real world I'll most likely have different experiences from that - and I'm sure at some point I'll purchase insight!"
"Our Advanced Clay Class is studying the chemistry of clays and glazes this semester. Our professor, told us we really should buy Insight, he says it will be a tremendous help to us from here on out. He says Insight is a must-have for every potter. I took a brief look at it, and know it will be a great resource. It looks to pretty easy to follow, too."
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