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Has anybody used Stitch Era Universal advertised as free digitizing software?
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Shikisew
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Shikisew
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Date: 7/30/09 7:29 PM

Today I received an e-mail advertising Stitch Era Universal by Free Sierra Software. It says it is a full featured digitizing program. I have some interest in simple digitizing but since my machine only embroiders 4x4 it doesn't seem worth it to buy expensive software.

Has anybody used this? Is it the real deal?

The website says it is free but you need to get it from a dealer. The nearest dealer to me (Minnesota) is in Ohio and she charges $14.99 for shipping. hmmmm

Here is the software website Stitch Era Universal.

There are also some YouTube videos you can look up. They look interesting but I can't find any reviews or feedback.

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Date: 7/31/09 4:12 AM

I'm interested in some experiances, too. There was a similar thread in a German forum some days ago and therefore I looked at the vendor's website and wondered about a couple of things:

The local dealer has to "invest" in Stitch Era. Does it mean he has to pay for it, but give it away for free? This will make the EMs more expensive.

Stitch Era requires a permanent Internet connection. Does it "only" load ads or what information is transfered?

The "real" Stitch Era products cost > 1000$, what features will Universal lack to encourage the purchase of these?

As a dealer I would be reluctant to offer a product which I am not allowed to charge for, but have to invest in. Any other opinions?

I wonder if there's someone getting the product from her / his dealer ... In Germany it is not available (yet) ...

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Date: 7/31/09 9:18 AM

for shikisew: i purchased the cd for $9 from lorileedesigns, which is the only authorized distributor in the US. i've read the manual & played around with the software and can say that yes, it is the real deal & is fully functional.

for stitchbuddy: there are a few ads on the opening screen, but once you pass that, it's ad-free. there are only a few minor differences between the free universal software & the fully functional liberty version. there's a yahoo group for stitch era in which some of your questions are answered. several members of that group live outside the US & paid $27 to have it shipped to them. here's the link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/StitchEraUniversal/

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Date: 7/31/09 9:30 AM

Quote: chris 45
there are only a few minor differences between the free universal software & the fully functional liberty version. there's a yahoo group for stitch era in which some of your questions are answered. several members of that group live outside the US & paid $27 to have it shipped to them.

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!

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Shikisew
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Date: 7/31/09 11:43 AM

Thanks Chris. Apparently lorileedesigns has now upped the price to $14.99. I'm glad someone has tried it and knows it is fully functional. I'll be ordering it then. Thanks for the info on the yahoo group too.

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Date: 8/5/09 12:22 PM

Chris 45, were you able to activate this product?

I got my CD yesterday and finally had a chance today to install it. Everything went fine until I went to open it ~ it just pops up an error (Class not registered; Class ID: {FF .... blah, blah, blah}).

Did this happen to you, too??? I Googled for an answer or guidance, and came up with nada.

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Date: 10/15/09 1:42 PM

I'm going to bump this.

Has anyone else had good luck with this software? I'm looking for a product that has corel draw and vector compatability. It says that it does, i'm curious as to if its true and is good as it boasts.

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2011-?? sewn 53m
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SewVeryCreative

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Date: 10/15/09 2:04 PM

Reverie, I have this app ~ haven't played with it much, though.

For digitizing it seems to be a great app, but it's missing some (IMO) basics: It won't let you do a stitch simulation (which I think is pretty important) and it won't let you split designs for smaller hoops.

Also, you *have* to be online in order to use it. No internet connection, no usability. Plus, right now, for tech support (and unless you already know *how* to digitize, you're gonna need it) all there is is a Yahoo group. However, the guru of the group, one of the software's employees, Daniel, is almost always "in."

Other than those issues, I'd say it's a good one. Nice interface, easy to navigate, robust features (except for the ones I already mentioned), etc.

Also, Deborah Jones (of the CME magazine fame ~ IIRC ... I get CME and Designs in Machine Embroidery mixed up all the time) offers a CD of lessons on her website. If you buy the lessons ($30, including shipping & handling), you get SEU free.

Hope this helps!!

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Reverie

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Date: 10/15/09 2:30 PM

The biggest thing for me is if it works with vectors like it says it does. I have several vectors from over the years i've done that i would like to turn into embroidery designs. If this does the "automatic digitizing from vectors" it would save me a million and a half hours trying to re-make the design from jpg to design in embird. If embird does that sort of thing i cannot for the life of me figure it out.

Im going to check out that yahoo group. :)

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2005- 38.10m
2006- 278.80m
2007- 478.35m
2008 - 665.09m
2009 - 751.91m
2010- 1500m+ sewn 51m
2011-?? sewn 53m
2012- 35.1m
I own three kilometres. Well on the way to a fourth.
http://reveriesmusings.blogspot.com/

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Date: 11/14/09 10:06 AM

This may be a dumb question, but I can't find anywhere the list of machine types supported by this software. Can someone confirm that it can produce .jef files?

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