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Welcome to Platform Update 1.161 beta

Hi, Folks!

It has been a long journey getting to this update, which we’re beta testing now.

Mac Mojave came out, and out, and out again, as they addressed bugs there. Some of this left us chasing to keep up with a moving target. It seems to be stable now.

Aside from chasing Apple, what’s new and noteworthy, you ask? Well, quite a lot, actually.

The most significant upgrades in this version are in StitchArtist.

StitchArtist 3

The biggest addition is that StitchArtist 3 users can now publish their own native fonts. Yes, that’s right. If you are a fontmaker with SA3 you now can do it in Embrilliance with no extra cash out of your pocket.

Yes, yes, you all have questions….

“Are these real native fonts?” Yes.

“Do they branch?” Yes, and unlike other products in the world, they keep the layering.

“Like, Nearest Point – to – Point?” Yes.

“Make a .BX installer file so I can share it? Sell it?” All that. And more.

  • StitchArtist 3 users may also select lettering designs (have to be in Create Mode, so you’ll select using the Object View), right click in the Main View on the selected lettering, and choose ‘Convert To Objects’. Now they can adjust the native lettering. This is useful when you want to make a logo out of a font, but need to adjust the outlines.

“Can I take one font, modify it to make my own version, and re-publish it?” If they let you. This is the first embroidery font system in the world with Digital Rights Management. You publish with your copyright, and you decide if the end user may convert to objects, and/or even republish with changes. And even if they do, your original copyright goes along for the ride.

“What do I do if someone makes a crappy native font? Like those auto-digitized ones or simply sloppy ones from digitizers who Shall Not be Named (but should know better)?”

First, unless they are full inputs, meaning no auto-satins, they won’t publish. So at least someone has to pay attention. Beyond that, it depends on who you get it from. Like anything else, a mass-producer won’t be bothering with quality when all they want is quantity. (You know who you are.) Caveat Emptor. Make sure they have a return policy.

“Can I get a sample file to see how things are published?” Yes, we are making some of our own files available to the world, and allowing you to make your own fonts, built upon ours, if you like.

“So I could start with SVG or a TrueType font and digitize it?” You could always do that with StitchArtist. Now you can publish and use those designs as an actual native font.

“I thought BX meant that the font was all just stitches?”

Our .BX is an installer. While there are 75,000 fonts available, from all over the world, that install in .BX form, they are not all just stitches, and going forward, more digitizers will be publishing native StitchArtist fonts.

Don’t forget, our stitch-based fonts that come in from those .BX installers will SCALE (with Essentials or AlphaTricks) without breaking them up into ugly bits of noise. That’s the problem with other products on the market – they don’t know how to respect the stitches, so they can only really run their native fonts, which is why they tout them so heavily. But then their nearest-point options do not respect the layering that the digitizers use, so it’s really a moot point.

Next, you’re wondering how you tell the difference. Well, if you have to ask, it doesn’t really matter, and it doesn’t because it just works. But if you must know, there’s a needle icon added to the font image (the popup that let’s you pick the font) of the fonts that are imported as stitch files.

Now, as most of you won’t be making fonts (though many will) we’ve added some other fun elements.

  • Ctrl-Shift-G will generate in SA3. This complements Delayed Generation.
  • The menu item Create > Publish > Create Font Page… will make a new page with a set of characters from a TT font.

StitchArtist 2, 3

  • The automatic foam underlay has now been connected with push compensation, so you can adjust the cap ends.
  • Inclines will now snap to the nearest outline point, even in overlapped areas, allowing better control.

StitchArtist 1,2,3

  • A new 3-point Circular Arc drawing tool has been added.

  • A new Shapes tool has been added to make rectangles, with or without rounded corners, stars, ovals, even spirals.

  • Ctrl-d begins a new design.
  • Node type ‘Symmetric’ has been added to the list, Curve, Line, Cusp. Symmetric means the handles work like Curve, but also are the same length on either side.
  • Alt drag now does constrain on more items. Line nodes, for instance, will align vertically and/or horizontally to a previous or next point.
  • Alt also lets you draw inclines perfectly vertical or horizontal. Shift allows you to reposition an incline.

Platform Products like Essentials, Enthusiast, etc.

  • A new Notes tab is now connected to each design on the page, providing you with a way to annotate whatever is on your mind, and save it in the working (.BE) file.
  • From the Utility menu you can now directly open the folder which contains your libraries, imported fonts, etc. This was usually a pain, especially on Mac, as the path is reeeaallly long. But now it’s just a click away. This gives access to your fonts and motifs for the purpose of cleaning things out, or even copying from your old computer to a new one.
  • Commercial users now have some additional Program Preferences, such as the DST ‘Return to origin’ command.

  • We’ve also added better control of transits (handling of jumps between objects, letters.) You now can decide what jumps are for hand trimming and which are to nest as runs, with control over the lengths.

  • The new default lettering option is single-line mode. It’s used most often.
  • Lettering styles have been added, including Scaled Center and Sheared Up/Down.
  • Lettering orders have been adjusted to represent what more people do, including a couple options for hats.
  • When a lettering design is at 100% size, and the font is changed to a stitch-based font, the design will use that font at its as-digitized size.
  • The Thread Editor now has the ability to import .CSV files.
  • Ctrl-e will collapse the Object tree view, whereas Ctrl-Shift-E will Expand all items on it.
  • The t key toggles the 3D view on/off.
  • Alt when sizing will scale objects keeping the center for each as they scale.

What about those using Express?

You can install and use the new native fonts. And they resize, with full stitch calculation.

How do I find out more about all this?

Glad you asked. RTM (Read The Manual), or Online Help, or built-in help. Check out the Downloads page for some options.

Any fixes?

If it was broke, we fixed it. Unless we didn’t know about it, of course. Things like adjusting the rates of speed on the Sewing Simulator on Mac. Improving the Cut function on a Breakline.

What does all this cost?

If you own the product, you get the new features and updates. Free. Gratis. No se requiere dinero.

(Unlike some who should be ashamed of themselves and just go away.)

When does this come out?

We are going to allow a beta period for anyone who wants to give it a try. Then we’ll go for full release with DG also.

Where do I get access to this Beta?

Windows is here

Mac is here

Australian (Oz) editions

Windows Oz Edition is here

Mac Oz edition is here

Latest manuals

Windows manual

Mac manual

As these are not official yet, they may change early and often or not at all. Please don’t post this link all over the web at this time.

Please try not to overwhelm us with questions. This is a big update and we don’t even have the videos out yet. If we’re all day answering questions, we won’t be able to make the videos. If you want to report something that’s happening, you can use the contact us form on the website, and create a new ticket for this, please don’t use an old one. We may not answer, but it will be read.

Thanks for your understanding.

I need Videos!

Yes, we know and that’ll come soon. We aren’t some giant multi-national GigaCorp, you, know!

That’s all for now, thanks for tuning in!

-Brian

Posted 1 month ago at 3:24 pm.

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