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Date: 2/17/10 8:35 PM

The March/April issue of Creative Machine Embroidery had a feature for Stitch Era Universal software (pg. 10). It's a free software that, among other things, digitizes designs. Went to the web site, found a place to download, everything seems like it's on the up and up... but I thought I'd better see if anyone else has downloaded it and used it. Is it possible that there is a free digitizing software out there? The web site listed in the magazine feature is Stitch Era Universal

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Date: 2/17/10 9:10 PM

SEU has been discussed here before, but that was a while ago and there might be newer info to be had.

So, whilst you wait for new info, you can read these older threads, if you like!

Stitch Era Universal Thread 1

Stitch Era Universal Thread 2

I can tell you that I have this software, have Deborah Jones' tutorial CD ($25 at her website ~ she's the regular contributor for either CME or DIME ... can't remember which ... but I'm leaning towards DIME), and I belong to the Yahoo Group. The Yahoo Group is excellent, though I don't hang out there like I used to. Life keeps getting in the way. :/

It's good software but there's a couple of limitations: 1) You have to be online at ALL times. If your internet connection is wonky, the app'll be wonky, too. And 2) There's no "tech support" except for the Yahoo Group.

But like I said, the Yahoo Group IS great. If you ask a question, a rep from SEU will answer your question QUICKLY.

HTH! And hope others chime in, too!!

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Date: 2/22/10 2:48 PM

There's a third limitation. If you own a Mac and are using virtual machine software to run a copy of Windows, you are out of luck on Stitch Era Universal. After I bought the download key ($7.92 from one company was the cheapest price, but well worth it for a decent embroidery package) and installed the software, I got an error the first time it ran that it wouldn't run in a virtual machine. Then the software shut down.

I guess that they are paying for the software by monitoring your internet transactions and marketing to you. A virtual machine might not have access to your web browser tracks.

I'm saddened, but I'm trying to get a very old Windows XP laptop to work so that I can use it solely to run the software.

I love my Mac. Foo on softwares that don't run on either the Mac or on a virtual machine. Maybe the company will rectify that lack.

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Date: 3/3/10 10:02 PM

Hi! I may have mentioned this on a different thread, but I can run SEU on my Mac using Parallels 5 and Vista 32-bit without any problems. I actually own SE Liberty but run it in Universal mode when I don't have the dongle around. It's a pretty intriguing piece of software! There is an excellent group of people on the stitcherauniveral Yahoo group that are very helpful. I love my Mac, too, and am sad to hear that it didn't run on your Mac. Perhaps you could switch to Parallels? Best of luck! Lynne

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Date: 1/15/11 0:24 AM

I know this is an old post but I was wondering of you or anyone else is able to still run SEU on Parallels? Some of the download sites say that it "won't work in any partitioned Mac.

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Date: 2/13/11 9:52 PM

Someone else may be able to better answer this but if you join the Yahoo Stitch Era Universal group, they can answer this. There is a lengthy thread on this which I can post if you don't want to join Yahoo.

Seems you can either do something under Preferences or Virtual Machine (for Parallels 6 and Stitch Era Liberty but hopefully it would apply to SEU).

(I'm a PC user)

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Date: 4/22/12 11:22 PM

Quote: Interlacements
There's a third limitation. If you own a Mac and are using virtual machine software to run a copy of Windows, you are out of luck on Stitch Era Universal. After I bought the download key ($7.92 from one company was the cheapest price, but well worth it for a decent embroidery package) and installed the software, I got an error the first time it ran that it wouldn't run in a virtual machine. Then the software shut down.



I guess that they are paying for the software by monitoring your internet transactions and marketing to you. A virtual machine might not have access to your web browser tracks.



I'm saddened, but I'm trying to get a very old Windows XP laptop to work so that I can use it solely to run the software.



I love my Mac. Foo on softwares that don't run on either the Mac or on a virtual machine. Maybe the company will rectify that lack.

Actually, I've been using SEU on my MacBook Pro under VirtualBox (excellent free virtualization software). So far it's been working great. I can create designs on SEU, then save them as Singer format (XXX) and open them in the software provided with my Futura XL-400. The ratio seems to get a little skewed on-screen, but it embroiders just fine.

If you haven't tried VirtualBox yet, give it a try.

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