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Freeware Insignia renamed and back online

Published: 13th Jan 2007, 20:38:48 | Permalink | Printable

All's well that ends well

Graphics app Insignia is back online as a free download from riscos.de albeit with a new name. Putting the X in text effects, the application is now known as TextEffX.

The software, originally developed by John Whitington and published by Cerilica, was uploaded as freeware by German dealer a4com, but taken down within hours of our earlier news story about it going live.

It later emerged that John said he did not give his blessing for his program to be re-released entirely for free, but decided to allow it anyway once it had gone online. The 32bit-compatible software was quickly torn down from the Internet as a4com raced to rename the program and redesign a new logo because John did not 'own' the Insignia brand name and icon - that was provided by Cerilica.

John said: "I didn't mean for Insignia to be released for free. I told the a4com bloke he could send a copy free to one of his customers who asked to buy it, and he stuck it on the web. I asked him to take it down and change the name - I don't own the Insignia name - before putting it back up."

A4com's Detlef Thielsch said: "It is back under the new name of TextEffX now. A manual might follow in due course."

The software allows users to produce graphics out of text: fonts can be selected and warped appropriately, drop shadows and textures added, lens flares placed, and many other effects can be applied - although the trick is not to over do it. Version 1.50 includes support for manipulating drawfiles as well as text, new 'after effects', GIF export, and a German translation by a4com.


Download TextEffX here
Example Insignia images The article's image and the previous article's image were created with Insignia/TextEffX. Click on it for a larger version.

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Thanks Detlef - glad you got the things sorted out quickly.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/1/07 5:34PM
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Excellent, now I have it at last! It does produce some very classy effects.

I have two problems here: The Iyonix/RO5 font change bug and a 'Sprite not found' followed by crash when I try to use the Starburst after effect. Just me?

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 14/1/07 7:01PM
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Its a known problem & the workaround is included

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis on 14/1/07 7:52PM
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In reply to epistaxsis: Thanks for the reply but I can only see the workround for font problem.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 15/1/07 9:37PM
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Marvellous. Delighted to have one of my favourite apps working on my Iyonix at last.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 16/1/07 12:14PM
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Try the new version 1.51 which has the font issue fixed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/1/07 2:19PM
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In reply to hzn: Thanks for the tip. Both the font problem and the Starburst problem now fixed on the Iyonix here.

Lovely little application, very sophisticated results very easily; this is a nice gadget to show off RO with.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 18/1/07 6:54PM
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Works great on the Iyonix, I particularly like the lens flare. Couldn't find the picture of the girlie anywhere in the release though, but never mind, I'm sure I can find one to download from somewhere. :)

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 22/1/07 8:59AM
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Just to let you know (if anyone is intersted) that I've changed the design of the windows for TextEffx so that it looks more professional, and you should any of you want a copy, simply sent me an email to nx @ nytrex . com.

I would like to point out that it is not exactly Risc OS style compliant - but that is not necessarily a bad thing, given that it was last updated way back in the 90's.


 is a RISC OS Usernx on 29/1/07 4:54PM
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