Member since 5/2/09
In reply to lebaubles
Date: 7/3/14 1:35 AM
I thought I was almost the last person in the world still running that old PC-Designer program in a computer, but I guess not!
The last WINDOWS version of PC-Designer, I think was version 2.2 and made for- at time of windows 98. But, I can run it on PC/IBM clone windows operating systems: win98, Win XP, win ME, win Vista and just about any windows 32 bits. Not so much on windows 64 bit operating systems though.
I think the last APPLE/MAC Version of PC-Designer might have also been labeled version 2.2 and was made for and could run on Mac OS9, but also OS10.4, I think all that may have been more current, up to around year 2001 or so maybe. Not sure, as I'm not really a mac user. But, that might be something like I think a Mac G4 using OS 10.3 and running old Virtual PC7 in it, maybe, if you put the windows version of the old Pfaff PC-Designer program into that container in there. In that case that would come with win XP in the Virtual PC 7 maybe.
Also old Pfaff PC-Designer, (at least windows version) came on old floppy disks too. I don't use those that way, to install, I just load in PC-Designer more direct into a windows computer, via USB or another hard drive, but that's also since I was afraid my old floppy install of it, was really so old it might fail, so I had to make an archive copy. You might be getting into the same issue there too, Mac or Windows.
But, in lots of windows computers, you can really take a hard drive, and make as many logical partitions to it as you want, and run as many versions of windows, probably going as far back as you want on it, and all at the same time,or at least going up from plain old DOS 6 something often I think. . In that case, each separate operating system there, could have it's own separate boot up, (and FAT partitioning that you wished) and run unaware of all the rest of the windows operating systems. There probably is sort of the same way to do that (somehow) on lots of Macs too. But I don't know it.
But I think that is how you would run old windows PC-Designer program on a old Mac instead, inside a container in there, running a windows operating system. Don't know anyone that does that, but with the right person, I'm sure there probably is a way.
The age of old PC-Designer program 2.2 for windows, would also be about right, for running it it, last windows version of it, in an old apple computer, with old Bootcamp or Parallels in there as a container and windows place to just stick it into, and run it from probably also.
But you got other stuff going on too, as I'm guessing you want that PC-Designer to serial transfer stitches and designs to the old sewing machine, so everyone is on their own, as to how good they are with a serial connection even. I have no problems using serial for most anything, just since I can stick a real serial card into the motherboard of a windows computer, and then have a real RS32 serial connection, anytime I want. Lots of other people don't do that, and then try to do all sorts of funky USB to serial conversions, if they got no real serial ports and sometimes those work for old things and sometimes not.
I think all windows operating systems from at least win XP, have self extracting stuff in them, and can open a .zip file without having to even buy or use a free version of that old "win zip" program anymore, so I don't think most people use that anymore at all.
Computers are kind of a pain in the butt, as time marches on, but if you want to keep old programs and equipment running, most times there really is a way, if you work hard enough at it, but sometimes you even then need multiple computers for even multiple old programs too. Kind of like there is not a one perfect sewing machine ever, so you often need multiple and old and new ones of those also even Sometimes it is really more easy to to keep really old thing running in a old computer, with the old operating system that they were kind of made for too.
I think the quickest and most easy way to add an accent mark into an alphabet embroidery kind of design if one is not there, is to actually just thread up a hand sewing needle, and hand embroidery it in, with the very same machine embroidery thread, just by hand afterwards. Just sort of like if you wanted eyelashes on some animal embroidery design where there was none, Just since re-digitizing the design with something like that added into it by you, would take way more time and effort than just a few hand embroidery stitches sewn into it afterwards even.
I think the old PC-Designer program had some keyboard fonts in it, with the accents, but the built in fonts in that, were never all that great in there. There are a lot better and newer digitizing programs now, than that really old one actually, (with a lot better keyboard fonts in them) but that old one is still very good to make your own feed dog up stitches in, and maxi stitches for an old Pfaff, so that's why I keep mine running in a computer, and also just as a transfer method to get those into a older Pfaff machine too.
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