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Date: 5/20/11 11:18 AM

I have the 5D embroidery software and have been plugging along teaching myself how to use it (for 5 months). So far I have been able to create my embroidery in the create module and stitched it out (satin outlines only but it looks pretty good I might add). However, there are so many things about digitizing I don't know. Like how to get it to throw a fill inbetween objects. I can get fill in certain places and not others and I'm not sure why or how to make it do what I want. Or why use one window in the create module for what I want and not the other. I don't use half of the icons because I'm not sure how to or why I would need to. Or why do I have to save it in .can for? I do but I don't know why. I have read through the books included but I don't feel they give the "If it's this case do this" enough. The tutorials online are the same exact steps in the books. So, I have been debating wheather or not to buy some tutorials what do you all think? Have you tried them? Do they go way into details? (what I need). They cost anywhere from $40 - $60. I thought that one tutorial would go through the whole software package. I'm wrong. Just the 5D design creator is $60. There are other modules I need help with and I'm just not sure I can put out another $200 -$300 in tutorials for something I have already spent more than I should have on. Also the closest classes are an hour away and she charges $20 for one class. that doesn't sound really that great either. I can see myself forgetting something and I'll be out that $20 and nothing to show for it besides. I need something I can physically look at and read. Are there any good books about the 5D program out there?

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Date: 5/20/11 11:28 AM

Have you already looked at Tim Frostís website, mrpatience.com. He has on-line classes, plus a free newsletter and some free videos about 5d and 4d. I have not taken the classes, donít know the cost, but did watch some of the free videos and found them to be pretty good.

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Date: 5/23/11 9:31 AM

Thank you. I just checked out Tim's website. The free videos do seem good. I'm still looking around. Does anyone else have any opinions as to the other tutorials that you have used that are out there? Need some with in-depth details.
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Date: 5/23/11 6:48 PM

I would second Tim Frost I have two of his 4D books and they are very good in a step by step way. I would have gone in with his webinar's but the time difference was never right.

When I first got 4D i did the practice examples in the manuals or workbook that came with it. tedious in a way because when your self teaching its hard to just go step by step if you don't think the information is relevant to what you are trying to do - but it does help and in the process you find alot of the not obvious tools. Once I did that I started to complie a sort of custom short list so I could find where I was looking for.

The .can file is the construction or design format, it been a while but I think you then export or save as an embroidery format. similar to saving a photoshop design in PSD it's proprietary format or saving the finished image in a jpeg or png.

I found the classes i took ok, but because the level of computer skills of a group can vary enormously it can be very uneven or learning if you have very specific goals. I'd give one of Tim Frost webinar's a go if you like his style then look at his books

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Date: 5/25/11 4:07 PM

Thank you for your reply. He does seem to have good info in the short videos I have watched. I hope someone can tell me about the other videos and books out there from others. I have done some of the practice examples in the manuals but just seems as if I'm missing something. So, I thought a really in depth book with step by step process to show me how to do something or why I would want something done in one way and not the other would be a lot of help to me.

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Date: 5/25/11 4:26 PM

I just ran across a website with some of John Deer's digitizing videos/books wow are they ever expensive. Anyone try his?

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Date: 5/25/11 6:33 PM

I bought his first one I thought it had good general knowledge about digitising and some good things to keep in mind but when your trying to comes to terms with the specifics of one program a general book only goes so far. Can't comment about any of the others.

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Date: 5/26/11 11:11 AM

Good to know thank you. I have been searching many places for books/dvds on the whole embroidery thing from my specific program (Pfaff 5d) to general information about digitizing. I thought my library would have some sort of a book or dvd on the general information about machine embroidery. I was soooooo wrong. The books are dated back in the 60's and 70's. I need to give them a call and request them to purchase some (in this time) information!!!Very disappointing when you do a search at the library about the Author John Deer regarding digitizing and it tells you it doesn't have information about that farm machinery company

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Date: 5/27/11 9:29 PM

Where in MN are you? Hennepin County Library has a copy of Digitizing Made Easy by John Deer along with several other machine embroidery books. You could always request through interlibrary loan :)

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Date: 6/6/11 8:39 AM

Sorry I haven't replied we have been gone on vacation. I live in northern MN so I'm not close to the cities. Now that the kids are out of school and we are back from vacation my plan is to get to the local library and request them to purchase some material that is current to this time and not in the 60's and 70's. The library does have swap from other local towns that are in their network and none of them have any current information. I can't believe I'm the only one in all of northern mn who embroiders. Just think of the money I could make if that was really true.

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