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Catherine Goetz
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Date: 4/15/14 5:45 PM

I just purchased the Deco 340. It says it uses format known as .exp+. Will the just plain .exp format work as well? I have never heard of this format before. I just assumed I would be able to easily convert my existing .pes files. My software converts to .exp. I am having trouble finding any info about .exp+

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Date: 4/15/14 10:17 PM

I've never heard of .exp+ Is that what the owner's manual says? My Bernette Deco 340 reads plain old everyday .exp.

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Date: 4/16/14 2:26 AM

I know EXP embroidery format,it's included in many embroidery design downloads online.In the Bernina "Deco 330 / 340 Embroidery Design File Transfer Hints" here it says .EXP+, (.ART)*. Maybe it's an older format than EXP ?

In the document it also says......... When downloading files from the internet,you may choose to download as .EXP file,but this will not include the color information to the file.Alternatively you may choose to download as .ART file, open it with either Bernina Embroidery software or OESD’s Explorations and then save it as Deco 330 / 340 format. This second process will give you better quality embroidery data as well as it will transfer all color information to the Deco 330 / 340.

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Date: 4/16/14 10:31 AM

I have a Deco 340 and I just always download the .exp files; never .art. Select the right option and the additional text files with color choices come right in, I have never had a problem.

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Date: 4/16/14 8:28 PM

Whenever I have downloaded .exp, even for my Artista 703E when .art is not available, I always print the color chart from the web site.

The Bernette Deco 340 machine does not even put the right colors on the machine's screen, when telling us which color is being stitched. The owners manual says it will find something close in the machine's own color palette. Argh. So I always print out a color chart, line up my spools in order, sometimes stick Post-It notes on them for color #1, #2, etc. That is one of the annoyances of the Bernette Deco 340, but it does a bang-up gorgeous job of stitching and I use it more often than my 730E because it's always set up for embroidery.
-- Edited on 4/16/14 8:29 PM --

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Date: 4/17/14 2:34 AM

When I download embroidery designs from sites,there are usually DST,EXP,HUS,JEF,PES,SHV,VIP,VP3 and XXX formats/files included.The EXP colors always look weird,unlike HUS,VIP and VP3.

I like to pick my own colors most of the time.

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Date: 4/17/14 6:31 PM

"Bernina extended .EXP embroidery design
format based on .EXP with added color
information.
"In applications that use USB Stick or ATA
Personal Design Card (Windows based) you
will see a second file with the same file name,
but the extension .INF.
For artista 630/640 there is even a third file
with the extension .BMP.
Caution: To transfer the design completely to
the sewing computer both or all three files
must be copied to the design card / USB Stick.
On LinFlash PC cards the stitch coordinates
and color information are always stored
together and can only be accessed through the
use of special driver and the Reader/Writer"

I got that off a Bernina University .pdf file. So Bernina has even made up their own just special named .exp file version there, but you don't need it for anything at all. .exp is a really basic file format, and I don't think it can be changed or altered at all. Just stitch drops and a stop code or color change, and that's about it.

So when Bernina says .exp+, they just mean if you only use software of theirs to turn something into a .exp file, even that does not change the file format of more generic .exp embroidery designs at all, but just that some of their software, also creates an extra and additonal separate .inf file or even bitmap file sometimes to hold some other information that would not normally be in a .exp file at all. So I don't think you would need it for anything at all, and actually if you buy embroidery designs anyplace, you would never even have .exp+ as a file format choice to buy from all those people whom make embroidery designs in mulit-formats either.

So a .exp file is just a .exp file, and I think no one can ever change that, no matter whom makes it or converts something to one. The .exp+ name for it there, is even a kind of cryptic and confusing thing for it, as it just means several computer files for one real sew out stitch file instead. And no it would not effect your actual stitch out at all, just because a .inf file or a .bmp file can;t do anything like that actually.

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Date: 4/30/14 9:34 AM

Thank you for everyone's responses. I choose my own colours so I'm not so worried about the machine getting the colours right. I will go ahead and try the .exp format and see how it goes.

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