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Embrilliance Essentials
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Date: 3/2/13 6:55 PM

I'm sure many of you have used this program, but I'm just looking at. I see on the forms that they've mentioned a couple of years ago adding the lasso (removal of part of design), but I can't see that they have added this option to the program.

On their facebook it mentions some sort of announcement. Any clue as to what this is anyone??? Right now I use SWP (SewWhatPro) which is actually a great little program for what I need it for. Essentials is about the same cost as Embird, but much easier to use. Or at least I think it is. Embird is a great program too, but I think it just does too much for me right now.

Thoughts?????

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Date: 3/2/13 7:34 PM

If you are happy with what you are using, why purchase more software? The big announcement may be digitizing, no idea at this time.

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Date: 3/3/13 6:54 AM

Well, I do think it's a useful program for what it does. I just checked and was able to delete part of a design. Select the whole design, click edit, ungroup, select the part you want to delete, click delete.

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Date: 3/3/13 3:25 PM

Well, one thing I was interested in was the automatic removal for overlapping in designs. If it works like it says, then that would be very helpful. I can do this in SWP, but it's just a lot of extra steps in most cases. Don't get me wrong SWP is a good program, and the customer service is absolutely awesome.

I cannot find a Yahoo Forum for Essentials like SWP has. That is one concern. Those forums are where your quetions are answered most of the time. All I could find for a form for EE was more like a Q&A type forum, and most of the posts were old.

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Date: 3/3/13 9:30 PM

I am not sure where Embrilliance is headed. I was impressed with the beta and first release but then they moved us to a different forum. Initially the creator was quite responsive but after a few months replies slowed down. Input on making the Manual more user friendly was glossed over as were ideas for software improvement.
I liked it was just one license for Windows and Mac but it wasn't a real Mac program- it had a Windows feel which made it more challenging for Mac users to learn.
It also required piecemeal add-ons which weren't intuitive- an organizer and a convertor.
More font packages were added the second year and a digitizer has been in the making since then.
Truthfully, in year three, I pretty much stopped using it. I think the best feature is the stitch out video. I like Stitch Buddy much better.
I picked up a second hand laptop a few weeks ago and plan to install the Windows version and re-evaluate it. I was sorry to see the forum stagnate- havent logged in now for about 2 years.
It was and probably still is a good value.
I have never used Embrid so cant address that.

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Date: 3/4/13 12:47 PM

That's really interesting to hear about Embrilliance. I started looking at this program last year when I bought my embroidery machine. It was a toss up between Embrilliance and Designer's Gallery EmbroideryWorks Everyday since they were pretty much identical and created by the same developer. There are some features that are proprietary to Designer's Gallery that won't appear in Embrilliance. So after reading your post, I'm wondering if maybe the developer has his hands sort of "tied" when it comes to adding things to Embrilliance so as to not make it too equal to DG's Embroidery Works.

Regardless, either program is awesome to use and I recommend them both. I have Designer's Gallery EmbroideryWorks and recently purchased the advanced version. I love it and since I do not have any plans on digitizing my own designs, this program is perfect and should serve its purpose for quite awhile.

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Date: 3/5/13 5:32 AM

Could be. My BL Dealer had a seminar last year with Brian and I was excited to meet him. Turned out it was not about the new EE software it was about the new DG software so I didn't go.

Yesterday I went back to the EE site. The Manual still has problems so I searched You Tube and found quite a few dated but very helpful videos. EE has some powerful features- more than I ever realized. The videos dont cover everything about EE and haven't been updated for the current version. But they will get you off to a good start.

I am a visual learner and that was my ticket to success with EE. So I got back into the software- a few new icons have been added to the menu so merging is now easy. Plus I now understand the Object Tree. I think anyone with embroidery software experience will love this Mac program. I wish the price point was closer to $100 but when you look at other software I suppose it is reasonable.

If you are a complete novice to embroidery software and are a Mac user, I would say Stitch Buddy is the way to go- if your file type is supported. The website fully explains the program and there are You Tube videos on SB that walk you through everything. It's super simple to understand. For $50 you not only have a complete editing program but you can see your design files as images, it integrates into Finder to search by thread color, count, stitch number and size & opens them.

It saves your editing work into a choice of file types on a USB or box so your machine can stitch it out. The creator, Mattias, gives top notch support by personal email. SB is worth it just to get the the Finder file viewer. You won't need to launch SB to see your file images. After installing- if you just want to transfer a design you are happy with you just launch Finder and drag it over to a USB. I use that feature the most as I rarely edit and my machine can resize, merge and place it.

If you need one word or a a few edits in a design you will be very happy with SB. If you do lots of monograms and lettering and are satisfied with EE built in fonts you will love EE. If you are creative and into multiple merges and understand how objects, grouping, arranging are done you will appreciate EE.

Mac users will be happy with either or both. I have both and will continue to use both depending on what task I want. While they have overlapping features, some tasks are just easier on one or the other.

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Date: 3/5/13 5:48 AM

If you are talking about areas of color between thread jumps, either program will delete color sections. EE uses an Objects Tree for that. Each color of the design or merged design is an object and can be independently edited. I believe you can also edit a single stitch but I haven't figured that out those yet.

SB uses Modes- a single stitch or the thread color between jumps or a lasso type rectangle. You select a mode and then click on the design and you can copy, delete, paste or drag what you selected.

Are you asking about removing stitch underlays? They both do that, just differently. I am not sure what you mean by overlapping but will be glad to evaluate how it would work if you want to send me a test file.

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Date: 3/5/13 12:00 PM

It could be Brian does not have the financial means DD has, and upgrades and added features are not, and may not surface.

Many small businesses are in a pickle right now and the future iffy.

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Date: 3/5/13 12:47 PM

Hello everyone!

Someone commented "if you like your software why buy more?" and I agree 100%.

As far as Essentials being easy to use - I would also agree 100% after owning pretty much every program that is out there - needed to for my previous job in tech support. You also should understand that not everyone learns the same way - some like manuals, some videos, and you can have two people looking at the exact same program getting the exact same lesson and one just "gets it and takes off running" while the other thinks they are looking at a recipe for chocolate chip cookies written in Greek that was translated to Chinese! So please don't beat yourself up if you think something is difficult and all your friends tell you it is easy peasy!

To the person that doesn't like the manual -- is it because it explains how the tools function and you are looking for more of a tutorial to accomplish something particular? Or was something not explained clearly? These are two different things and I am sure that they would love to get your feedback if there are tools in the manual that are not explained properly. Please go to www.Embrilliance.com and click on the Contact Us link to fill out a support form that is logged into the system and will be responded to - if your spam filter eats the response, you can ALWAYS log into the website to see the response online -- even a few months later! I love that about the system because email tends to get lost in my inbox :-) By the time I was ready to get to the solution, I lost the response and just logged in, found my question in my little area and poof I was good to go!

Now personally I love the program and have set up my blog and youtube channel for videos which I am working on. I've gotten some good feedback on the first video I posted to youtube and will continue to move in a positive direction.

But please, if you have trouble with the program, please visit www.embrilliance.com! They have a forum on their website that you can log into and ask questions or just talk about the program. Yes, they are a small company and the easiest way for them to talk to their customers is via their website - via the contact us or the forum. I happened to log in here and saw the messages, which is great but its taking a chance that someone from the company will catch the messages and your concerns. And if you have met Brian, you know that he really does want to make easy to use software that gets you from the computer to the embroidery machine quickly and stress free :-)

I look forward to reading more on this message board! I just love the conversations and looking forward to being inspired!

May your bobbins always be full!!

Lisa SewBubbles
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