Member since 2/8/09
Date: 6/13/13 8:03 AM
I have an 11" MBA. Although I do use software on it to do simple edits, watch a virtual stitch out or transfer to USB there are times I feel the screen is too small. My files are all stored on a wireless external storage drive which my Macs can access.
Some software icons and menus eat up a lot of the window area. So screen size is a consideration.
A 13" may be fine for your needs. I also have a 20" iMac. It has a more powerful processor and doesn't overheat like my MBA. I am waiting for the new line of 13" MBP to come out this fall and will get one.
As far as Software, I cant help you with Designer Gallery.
I use Stitch Buddy and Embrilliance Essentials. SB is an inexpensive Mac OS program that has been perfected over many years. Customer support is swift and right on target for the program. It installs coding into Finder so that your designs are displayed as images within Finder. Finder is the Mac version on Windows Explore. Once installed, you don't have to open SB to view your designs- you see them in Finder just like any other image. Its super easy to learn and fast for simple design checks and edits and virtual stitch outs. It safely transfers the saved file to a USB and removes Mac OS coding so your emb machine is not at risk.
EE is great for fonts, monograms and complex file merges. You will need to understand the term objects in order to use it. You will need another program to view your design files and they can only be seen in that program (not in Finder). The learning curve is higher than SB. It can overwhelm a novice embroiderer. But it has the functionality of other Windows programs. If you used Windows embroidery software before you will most likely be very comfortable with EE. You will not outgrow it. They have been saying since launch time in 2010 that a digitizer add on is coming out. But I think there were some revenue issues that delayed research and then problems with Apple approval queues.
Good luck on your choices. Personally, I think Macs reached their prime in 2008 and have gone downhill since 2010. But Windows isn't any better. Its just a matter of picking your poison and adapting to it.
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Member since 5/2/09
Date: 6/14/13 7:42 PM
If you actually want to use some digitizing software to create something, not counting or does not even matter Apple v.s. IBM clone computers at all, it's always best to use the largest monitor possible. As not only will you be zooming in real close, but it's good to see as much of it as possible. having to pan around some dinky screen, so the smaller screen, and the smaller you get on that, is not a real good thing there.
13 inches is getting back to really small and I think you would find it restrictive and tiny. Especially if you worked on computers a lot, for many hours a day, in lets say your job, and then wanted to go home and play with some art and embroidery in your free time. In that case the bigger your monitor is, the better it is. Not that you could not use some smallish tablet or rather dinky lap top screen on occasion, but even if so, I think you would be sooner or later just wanting to set that kind of thing, as your device, in front of a much larger monitor and then just hooking into and using the larger monitor instead. Maybe something to think about.