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SEU no longer an option by April I hear.
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Date: 2/7/13 10:53 PM

I have been using the SEU free software for about a year mostly for lettering, monograms and viewing downloaded designs. Have not digitilized my own as yet.
I have a Brother 780D and think the Embrilliance program may be most useful for my needs at a lower price. I have so many stored designs and am freaking that I may lose them. I save most to USB sticks. I guess lettering and mono styles most important for me along with resizing.

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Date: 2/8/13 6:26 AM

I haven't found Embrilliance to have an understandable manual- it's just hard to find the answer.
I had a learning curve to bring in my purchased fonts. Their built in fonts are super easy but limited and buying their extra font packages is pricey. Monograms are easy but word lettering was something I never figured out- took a lot of time to bring in and arrange each letter. And the export thing to save a file. Just too confusing. But then I sm still at beginner embroidery level.

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Date: 2/8/13 11:19 PM

SandiMac I found SEU ( Stitch Era Universal) to be very difficult for anyone who has not used graphic art type programs. The only manual is to scroll through their online computerized one which is like another language to me. .
So now would like something pretty basic. I did finally conquer lettering and curving words. Otherwise all I do is use it to open designs that I purchase online that need to change format to PES.

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Date: 2/8/13 11:27 PM

I received a message that they MAY no longer offer support for the free, limited version of SEU. I took this to mean the program can still be used.

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Date: 2/9/13 8:49 AM

You can download the Embrilliance Manual free. Also join their forum to learn more. I do like their video stitchout. It has a lot of stuff- way more than I need. I am a very occasional embriderer- a simple name, a word, a downloaded design. Sometimes I will edit- remove a few stitches or combine designs.
For the pricepoint Embrilliance should do the trick. I got mine because I am a Mac user. So I was a beta tester for them.
But near to my heart is StichBuddy- a dedicated Mac program and very intuitive.

PS- you should not lose the embroidery files if they are stored on your computer. You just wont be able to see them. You can buy the Thumbnailer program which will find and organize your embroidery files. Then if your SEU does stop working, you can still find and transfer them. Just not edit them until you buy Embrilliance or another editing/digitizer program.

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Date: 2/9/13 9:19 AM

I bought Embrilliance when someone had it on sale last Fall. It came with the Thumbnailer for $99. I am only an occasional embroiderer so I'm only now starting to learn its functions.
I do love the Thumbnailer, however, finally I can see my files.

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Date: 2/9/13 1:39 PM

Move your design files to a different (seperate) folder on your computer if you have them saved in a folder within your SEU program folder. I assume you're saving them in PES format, so you should be able to open them in any other software just fine.

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Date: 2/9/13 6:26 PM

Machine embroidery software does not store design files. They are stored on the computer's hard drive or removable drive - your choice.

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Date: 2/10/13 3:06 PM

hi:)
I can recommend that you guys keep tabs on I-Cliqq Embroidery Software.
Perhaps most have never even heard of it...so, I'll give u a lil scoop.

Shortly it releases the V2.0 Lettering in USA, which will perhaps be fun for those into keyboard lettering, monograms, runstitch lettering etc. The fun part is, there'll be a free component to create/stitch some fonntstyles so that absolutely anyone can see just what is possible with text.

If you are addicted to your smartphone or i-pad, you can just follow updates to the release. You can also have some fun in some of the games, and get some free designs etc if you're following on the mobile site.

You can also just find your way to the FB page and follow stuff there..It's always great to be an earlybird, and for sure there's always some cool stuff to be won when new stuff arrives.

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Date: 2/10/13 5:53 PM

I down loaded and used a few times that free Seirra software. I did read that notice. What I got out of it, was after a certain point, they would not allow any more free downloads or any support at all. But at the same time it did not really say the "non support of it" was actually going to be cutting you off from their server so it would no longer even run on your computer connected to them at all either. Though, I guess they have always at just anytime ever, had that option, as it does only work when connected to their server and it's free and theirs, not really yours at all, so of course they could do that at any old time. Mine still works though and connects.

Lots and lots of embroidery software has a directory in it, or several of them, that the embroidery files you make from it, actually can go into, either because you put them there on purpose, or maybe by default even. Sometimes it even has to work that way for somethings, particular if you want to make ip your own keyboard lettering in there, or your own segments of stitch files and then have them applied more on a path from some internal library in there or such. If that is the only place you have them, then yes if your program died and stopped working, then most times you would have no access, and would have to try to go fish them out somehow sideways by using your windows explorer function to go grab and save them, before even trying to re-install the program sometimes. Then some work sort of the opposite, as the program is so smart, if just instead reinstalled over it's self in computer and the non working program not deleted first, it might even be made to check the first install, and pick up some vital files you had made yourself and working in there, and even pop them into your new install. I think there is no one way it works on all of them, and just depends on what programs you use instead. That is why it's so important to just understand how anything you got and use works, because they are all so different, before you have spent just way too much time and hours in it though.

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