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littlehen
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Date: 11/29/11 4:47 PM

I have the Brother PE770 and I am trying to embroider a phrase with multiple words and numbers. I downloaded a free trial of Sew What Pro and mapped out what I wanted but then I read that the fonts in the program (like the True Type Fonts) do not stitch out very nicely and that you are better to buy a font and use that. So, I bought a font from 8 Paws/Claws and for the life of me I cannot figure out how to access the font in the Sew What Pro program other than to open each character. I downloaded the font, unzipped it and saved it into the program (although I had no idea where to save it so I saved it generally in the program).

I can open an individual character (like the letter "A") - as if the character was the design itself. Does that mean I cannot actually add this purchased font to the fonts in the program? I am just confused and the manual wasn't much help. I know there are programs out there that people like better but they are all way, way, way out of our budget right now. I guess I can try to work on the design a character at a time but it seems so tedious to do it this way. If anyone has any input I would really love it!!!

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Date: 11/29/11 5:22 PM

Can't help specifically with this software, but I'm wondering if the free trial might have some features disabled (like importing purchased fonts from elsewhere). This is pretty common, alas! Good luck!

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Date: 11/29/11 8:47 PM

HiThere is a difference between a font and an alphabet. A font is a typeface (not digitized as a design) you can use in any program on your computer, and for Windows the extension will be .ttf, however an alphabet is letters digitized already in pes, hus, or whatever format you use for your machine and is an embroidery design. With alpabets, the normal way it works in embroidery programs is that you will have to bring in, or "merge" one letter at a time, just as you would any design. With fonts, those can be typed in, but the software will need to generate the stitches from the ttf and some are better than others with that. Plus, not all fonts are good candidates for automatic generation. I think the least expensive software for that is Embird Editor with the Font Engine plugin. Unless you find a used version of digitizing software. You bought an alphabet at 8 Paws, and *any* software program will have to bring those into your workspace one at a time, or you can copy/paste ones that you'll need more than once. :)

Hope that helps!
Gina

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Date: 11/29/11 8:53 PM

Quote: Ginakra
HiThere is a difference between a font and an alphabet. A font is a typeface (not digitized as a design) you can use in any program on your computer, and for Windows the extension will be .ttf, however an alphabet is letters digitized already in pes, hus, or whatever format you use for your machine and is an embroidery design. With alpabets, the normal way it works in embroidery programs is that you will have to bring in, or "merge" one letter at a time, just as you would any design. With fonts, those can be typed in, but the software will need to generate the stitches from the ttf and some are better than others with that. Plus, not all fonts are good candidates for automatic generation. I think the least expensive software for that is Embird Editor with the Font Engine plugin. Unless you find a used version of digitizing software. You bought an alphabet at 8 Paws, and *any* software program will have to bring those into your workspace one at a time, or you can copy/paste ones that you'll need more than once. :)



Hope that helps!

Gina

Aha - that makes total sense! Thank you so much for explaining the differences to me!
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Date: 11/29/11 8:54 PM

Quote: stirwatersblue
Can't help specifically with this software, but I'm wondering if the free trial might have some features disabled (like importing purchased fonts from elsewhere). This is pretty common, alas! Good luck!

Thanks for this reminder - I forgot that most trials have this limitation!
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