Art and Stitch version history

Version 3 - Build 2717 - August 15, 2014
Function “Print Catalog” enhanced
We added two options
* to Include Subfolders in the Print Catalog function,
* to turn Notes placed on the design on or off before printing.
Page Preview function to influence where designs are printed on the paper has been optimized:
When the Page Preview button is NOT in use, small designs that fit on one sheet of paper will now be centered on
the printout. Designs that don't fit on one sheet, will use minimum sheets of paper.
New AccuQuilt Go! Shapes added.
You can find the new shapes in the Library, folder Emb AccuQuilt Go Shapes. Included are shapes of the new JoAnn
Exclusive dies, as well as new die shapes designed by the talented Edyta Sitar of . See
examples of Edyta’s quilts using those shapes (scroll down):
Embroidery Module: fixed the option in Multiple Angle fill to choose different types of Stitch Ends (Properties panel,
tab Fill Direction).
Ÿ Fixed a bug where the Repeat dialog window could not be resized for some interlocking patterns.
Ÿ Fixed a bug where the program crashed if you mistakenly added a line point on top of an end point (in Reshape
Version 3 - Build 2684- April 1, 2014
Just one change in this build: the file name ArtStitch3.exe was renamed into ArtStitch.exe: the “3” in the file name
prevented Pro-Stitcher users to start the program from within the Pro-Stitcher interface.
The next pages show what’s new in Art and Stitch version 3
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Version 3 - Build 2682- March 29, 2014
We proudly present Version 3 of Art and Stitch. Again we have added functions that make digitizing easier, our
company motto since 1996. You will find lots of new functions in Art and Stitch BASE as well as in the optional
Embroidery Module of Art and Stitch PLUS.
New in Art and Stitch 3.0 - Base version
New Artwork features (described in Part 2 “The Artwork Chapters” of the User Guide)
Ÿ Reshape can be done in Hairlines view for more precision. Letter H on your keyboard toggles between Hairlines
view and “normal” view (Chapter 2.2).
Ÿ Selection marquee around multiple selected points allows to skew, resize, and rotate in Reshape mode.
Ÿ Line tool: Ctrl+click creates a smooth point when drawing with the line tool (Chapter 2.5.2).
Ÿ Curve tool: Crtl+click creates a line point when drawing with the Curve tool (Chapter 2.5.3).
Ÿ Add ¼ inch Seam Allowance by selecting a shape and clicking on the Seam Allowance button in the Artwork
toolbar. Great to create patchwork templates for piecing without doing any math (Chapter 2.5.6 and 2.5.7).
Add Seam Allowance:
Rounded Rectangle
Relative Value
Relative Value
Minus 50%
Ÿ Rounded rectangle in autoshapes (Chapter 2.5.9).
Ÿ Crop Backdrop, making it a breeze to resize to the actual size (Chapter 2.5.11).
Ÿ Simplify Smoothen function, comparable to the function in Adobe Illustrator. great in conjunction with autotrace
and magic wands (Chapter 2.5.15).
Ÿ Diagonal grid, a great help in On Point designs and in creating mitered corners (Chapters 2.14 and 4.22).
Diagonal grid - a big help in creating mitered corners
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New in Art and Stitch 3.0 - Base version - Cont’d
Ÿ Interlocking preview, very helpful in the designing stage to see where details are needed (Chapter 2.15).
Ÿ Group/Ungroup via intuitive buttons under selection on the Design Page (Chapter 2.17).
Multiple items selected, click to group.
A group of objects selected, click to ungroup.
Ÿ New Slice method for closed shapes: draw the slicing line, select shape and line together, right-click and
choose Slice. Makes it a breeze to create crazy patchwork (in combination with Add Seam Allowance). It’s great
fun to be creative with embroidery designs (Chapter 2.22).
Sliced with straight lines
Into crazy patchwork
Being creative with a
puzzle slice line
Straight lines to slice precisely into a Tangram
New Stitch features (described in Part 3 “The Stitch Chapters” of the User Guide)
Ÿ Appliqué - more settings, possibility to turn individual layers on or off
(Chapter 3.3.8 and Chapter 6.9).
Ÿ AutoStipple extra settings: from nice and precise to random - see
images (Chapter 3.3.9).
Ÿ Possibility to swap entry/exit points with the Reshape tool in stitch
objects (Chapter 3.6).
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New in Art and Stitch 3.0 - Base version - Cont’d
New Design functions (described in Part 4 “Special Design Tools” of the User Guide)
Ÿ Power Copy can snap to grid, length of base line shows in Satus bar, for ultimate precision (Chapter 4.7).
Ÿ Geometric Echo, new echo with a different look. This tool allows negative values to fill shapes (Chapter 4.11).
Ÿ Page Preview to influence where patterns are printed on the paper by moving the pattern in place (Chapter
4.20, step 10).
Ÿ Resequence tool. Right-click on an empty spot on the Design Page, choose Resequence, and simply select the
objects in the order you want them stitched (Chapter 5.1, step 7).
New Embroidery functions in Base version (described in Part 6 “Embroidery Digitizing” of the User Guide)
Ÿ Creating hoops: more options, even multi position hoops can be made (Chapter 6.3).
Ÿ Stem stitch motif (Chapter 6.14).
Ÿ Sashiko line motif with an unbelievable result (Chapter 6.14).
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New in Art and Stitch 3.0 - Base version - Cont’d
General additions in Base version 3
Ÿ Tab Style added to Preferences dialog window in menu Tools. Set your own preferred stitch length, pen width,
“drop run stitch” setting and traveling route as default.
Ÿ Dialog windows can be resized (means more precision for e.g. Magic Circle).
Ÿ Possibility to reset all toolbars (menu Tool Bars > Reset Toolbars), helpful if you undocked a toolbar or Properties
panel by mistake.
Ÿ Possibility to close multiple designs in one step (via menu File > Close all). Helpful when you are designing and
have lots of patterns open at the same time.
Ÿ Magic Rays output size corrected.
Ÿ Fix for CompuQuilter corners.
What’s new in version 3 of Art and Stitch PLUS: see next pages
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New in Art and Stitch PLUS / Embroidery Module version 3.0
Ÿ Auto-Stitch wizard, via Menu Edit in Embroidery Module - our 4th method to create designs without drawing.
Embroidery Manual Part A. Open a good quality bitmap and take it through the wizard by just clicking on Next.
Fun to be stitching your first design within 5 minutes after opening Art and Stitch PLUS, useful to turn the major
parts of logos into embroidery. Result of Auto-Stitch is vector-based, and therefore editable :)
7 (last)
Original bitmap image
Result Auto-Stitch
Resequence and done!
Ÿ Magic Hardanger and Hardanger Embellishment tool (with open corners, typical Hardanger style). Another
flagship function and a world’s first! Embroidery Manual Part H. Exercises and artwork for exercises included.
Artwork, set bridges
Fabric hooped with water soluble
stabilizer. Inner shape cut away
Result. Drawing different patterns is
so easy, it’s addictive
Ÿ Mesh Satin line sew type (for Richelieu and Hardanger bridges). Same tool to be used for:
Ÿ Battenberg lace to be sewn on water soluble stabilizer only. Description and exercises in Embroidery Manual
Part D Magic Lace.
Mesh Satin and Special
satin applied
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Stitched on water soluble
stabilizer only
Result: Battenberg Lace
New in Art and Stitch PLUS / Embroidery Module version 3.0 - Cont’d
Ÿ Cross Stitch line sew type, for small details. Also fun to take the Pencil tool and write your name, click on Cross
Stitch Line Sew. (Description in Embroidery Manual Part C Cross Stitch.)
Drawn with pencil tool
Cross Stitch Line sew type
Ÿ Appliqué Extra: possibility to use a small zigzag as tack down, and option to change inset values)
Ÿ Jagged edge settings for fills to create fur in Properties panel, Fill direction. (Description in Embroidery Manual
Part B Special Embroidery Fills)
Part of the artwork
Preview in Art and Stitch
Embroidered result
Ÿ Beautiful Monogram fonts added. 14 Monograms available now, some with various décor options for endless
variations. Description and overview of available fonts and monograms in Embroidery Manual Part G Text and
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New in Library of Art and Stitch version 3.0
Ÿ Library of Art and Stitch version 3 contains over 500 vector artwork designs.
Ÿ AccuQuilt Go Shapes are included in Library folder Emb AccuQuilt Go Shapes. As vectors in true size! If you
have the AccuQuilt Go cutter, simply take a shape from the library and turn it into Appliqué for your embroidery
machine. Use the die to cut the fabric.
Ÿ Various designs added, including Hardanger artwork for the exercises in the Embroidery Manual.
Ÿ “Spiderweb” creative fill added in Library folder Embroidery Artwork. For use with Creative Fill function, to make
the bridges in larger open spaces of Richelieu cutwork.
Ÿ Examples of sliced designs can be found in Library folder Embroidery Artwork
Ÿ Patchwork examples for feature “Add seam allowance” in folder Patchwork.
History or previous versions of Art and Stitch (PLUS): see next pages
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Version 2 - Build 2572 - November 7, 2012
We proudly present Version 2 of Art and Stitch. The changes and additions make digitizing easier again. With the
optional Embroidery Module Art and Stitch becomes a full professional digitizing program for machine embroiderers
as well as longarm quilters.
Below you will find the list of new goodies. The new Embroidery Module has its own Manual that can be opened via
menu Help > Embroidery Manual.
Art and Stitch 2.0 - Base version
Free Distort
A wonderful Must-Have function that makes it easy to squeeze a pattern in a not-so-perfectly-pieced block. Select a
design, press letter D on your keyboard (not Ctrl D, just letter D) and move any of the corners in any direction. Press
Enter to apply.
Extra options in Reshape
In Reshape mode you can see the direction of a line: a green node shows the start of a line, red indicates the end.
You can show and hide this via menu View.
Right-click on a line in Reshape mode and immediately choose the desired type of point (Add Line point, Cusp or
Smooth). This saves a step of adding a poit and then changing its properties.
In Reshape mode right-click on a point: the type of the selected point is dimmed, so you can immediately see if you
need to change to another type.
New shortcut: After Reshaping press letter Q on your keyboard to stop reshaping and to select the object. Q stands
for “Quick Select”. This will be your favorite shortcut. (Pressing letter R gets you into Reshape mode).
Art and Stitch Library and Art and Stitch Backdrops folders are now installed in your “Documents” folder. Note: if
you saved patterns in the old location (inside “Program Files(x86)\Artistitch\Art and Stitch\Library\My Shape”s and
“Program Files(x86)\Artistitch\Art and Stitch\Backdrops\My ANS Backdrops” ), then navigate to that location and copy
your own files into the new location: My Documents > Art and Stitch Library and My Documents > Art and Stitch
More preferences can be stored in Menu Tools > Preferences
Tab Style: preferred stitch length, preferred traveling line in embroidery fills, default preferred pen width.
Tab Options: Turn Navigator on or off at startup by default (turning it on or off when you are working in Art and
Stitch is as simple as going to the View menu or pressing the letter N on your keyboard to toggle between Navigator
on or off).
Extra warning message has been added to the Magic Rays function. When you click on the Magic Rays you will be
asked if the shape you selected is a simple closed shape. If it’s not, you can cancel out - saves a lot of waiting time
when you clicked on the button by mistake :). This warning can be turned off and on in Tools > Preferences >Options.
Grid settings window: extra setting “Back to Default” has been added.
Extra fine tuning of running stitch lines: you can choose between Drop Run Stitch at Anchor or Chord Gap. Drop
at Anchor puts a needle point on all nodes made in the vector artwork. This gives you more control over the exact
stitching path.
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Read 4QB-file format
This is the format of older QBOT systems. So if you still have lots of files, you can now open them in Art and Stitch.
Full integration with the Pro-Stitcher II
Now Art and Stitch installed inside Pro-Stitcher II netbook can “talk” to each other: click on a button in Art and Stitch
to open the Pro-Stitcher interface and quilt the pattern. In the Pro-Stitcher interface you can click on a button to send
a pattern to Art and Stitch for tweaking etc. and send it back to quilt. Together with the new free distort function Art
and Stitch this is a real powerful combination! Updating the new Pro-Stitcher netbook must be done via the website - section downloads.
Initial jump for Side Saddle
You can set an Initial Jump for the .SSD format (plus .HQF and .TXT format as in previous versions)
Fixed a problem in Export Image, where small parts of lines were cut off on the right and bottom.
Fixed problem to open the User Guide via menu Help:
Adobe made changes in their later versions to the way a PDF is opened, they changed from Open into Read. We have
adjusted our command so that our User Guide PDF’s in menu Help will open in later versions of Adobe Reader too.
Fixed Group function. It now remembers multiple groups and choosing Ungroup only ungroups the selected group,
not all groups.
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Version 2.0 - Build 2572 - November 7, 2012 - Embroidery Module
The new optional embroidery module in an add on to Art and Stitch Base version and adds the following exciting new
functions, starting with the two World’s First functions Magic Cutwork and Magic Lace:
Richelieu Cutwork
Our flagship function in this new Embroidery Module!
Select a shape and click on the Richelieu Cutwork button in the Stitch Toolbar: place the Richelieu bars where you
want them and press Enter. Your Richelieu Cutwork design is ready. That easy! This function will automatically add
the necessary layers for cutwork: the running stitch cutting layer, the tack down layer, the multi-layered bridges and
the finishing satin stitch. In Properties you can change all of these settings afterwards too if you wish, but everything
has already been optimized for your embroidery machine!
You can create cutwork parts in one object, but you can also take two objects, merge the two and create the Richelieu
bridges between the two objects. Examples and descriptions can be found in the Embroidery Digitizing user Guide.
Please note that the cutting itself is done manually with a pair of curved scissors between layer 1 and 2. You will NOT
need a special set of cutting needles in 4 directions for this technique at all! We really made this easy.
Lace Wizard
A World’s First function only available in Art and Stitch!
Automatically create freestanding lace by selecting a closed shape and clicking on the Magic Lace button in the
General Toolbar. This function will automatically create the various layers needed for freestanding lace. You can add
an embellishment too. Afterwards all layers can be selected and changed if you wish, for even more effects and control.
Lettering and Monograms
Not an extra program to buy: full lettering is inside the Embroidery Module: 41 beautiful digitized fonts are at your
disposal to add professional text to your designs. We have included two fonts specially for the longarm quilters in a
continuous running stitch, so that you can type your text and quilt on the longarm machine. You can change the stitch
length for running stitch fonts. For each font recommended heights are given.
Machine embroiderers will specially love the extra small text fonts (for those many friends and customers who want
small text on their shirts). Moving and resizing individual letters in a text object is made easy by various intuitive
controls. Special effects can be achieved with Text on a path, text on a circle and several envelope shapes.
In Properties panel, tab Text Extra, you can choose the direction in which the text will be sewn. You can also choose
various underlay types for text.
Multiple Angle Fill
You can now let the stitch direction run along with the shape of an object. In the embroidery world this is often referred
to as “Column Fill”, “Column digitizing”. Set angles in an object, then press Enter to apply. With the Reshape tool you
can edit the angles. Special effects can be obtained by ticking the box “Contour” in Properties Panel, tab Fill Direction.
Color Blend Fill
Create a subtle shading effect using two colors in one shape. Various gradient settings can be used via Properties
panel, tab Gradient.
Beautiful effects when you use this function combined with the Multiple Angle fill!
Spiral Fill
A very special effect. Although inside the Embroidery Module, this effect fill is great for longarm quilting too.
Fancy Fill - Embossing
Fancy fills give an embossing effect. Lots of special fill effects have been added to the program and.. you can make
your own too.
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Magic Cross Stitch
Select a closed shape and fill with Cross stitches simply by clicking on the Magic Cross Stitch button. It cannot be
easier! Choose the number of repeats and the size of the cross stitches.
Cross Stitch Wizard
Open or scan an image and turn it into a cross stitch design for your embroidery machine. Choose number of repeats
and size of cross stitches. Fun, Fun, Fun!
Menu Tools > Split Wizard
This will split a pattern that is too big for your hoop into multiple hoopings. It will be active when you add a stitch file
to the design space. It will split the design using the currently selected hoop. Although only available in the
Embroidery Module, this function is also very useful in longarm quilting.
Quilt Labels
Ready-made Frames have been added to the Library. In combination with the new Text tool creating Quilt Labels is
a breeze.
Create Color Palette
With this function you can create your own custom thread chart. Gather the threads you have available in one chart
or use it to identify special layers, such as Cutwork.
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Version 1.1 - Build 2458 - January 8, 2012
I still remember that soon after we released the very first version of Art and Stitch in 2010, someone asked me “what
about updates and upgrades?” At that time I was so surprised by that question: I had spent two years of my life putting
everything I could think of inside the program. And I simply could not imagine anything else to be added for a very
long time. Well, 18 months later I know that my head just keeps spinning and that I just keep inventing more functions
that make digitizing easier and that add to the fun of creating your own designs. So, enjoy the list of new goodies:
Power Copy EE (Chapter 3.10.3).
With the existing Power Copy function (available when right-clicking on a selection) the
center of the selection forms the base line. With the extra Power Copy EE (EE stands
for Power Copy Entry / Exit point), the baseline is defined by the first and the last point
of the selection. Advantage of this Power Copy method is that aligning patterns is easier
- just click and drag the next power copy where the previous one ended - that makes
the entire path continuous, ready to be connected.
Power Copy EE
Magic Rays (Chapter 3.4)
New button in the General Toolbar, section “Fun tools”: Select a simple closed shape, and click on
the Magic Rays button to let the program automatically add ray. Choose the number of rays, width,
length and decide if you want to have a circular or a square/rectangular pattern. Click on OK and
a continuous rays pattern is the result.
Distortion and Design on Path
New are the Distortion function (Chapter 3.18) and Design on Path (Chapter 3.19). Both functions are accessible in
the right-click menu when selecting a design. Distortion is for stitch-based patterns only.
Distortion: Zigzag
Distortion > Spherize
Design on Path
Extra option Repeat function (Chapter 3.1)
An extra setting “Offset every other row” has been added - great for interlocking patterns.
Place printable Notes on the design page (Chapter 2.5.3).
New button in the General Toolbar - most right button. Take the tool, click on the desired place and type your note.
Great for class handouts, instructions for printed pantos, create your own paper piecing patterns. In the section Show
and Hide there’s a button to show and hide the notes on the Design Page. Notes will be saved in the ANS file only,
not in any of the quilt or embroidery formats. They will print when visible. When the notes are hidden they won’t print.
(The Notes section in the Properties Panel has been renamed into Copyright Notes > those will be included in the quilt
formats that support copyright notes)
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Manually tie artwork objects together (Chapter 3.11.1)
Take the Reshape tool, click on the last point of an artwork object, hold down letter T, then move and drop that last
point onto the first point of the next object. Both objects become one and the joined points become one shared Cusp
point, just perfect!
Adding points in Reshape mode (Chapter 1.4)
Double-click on a line to add a “Smooth” point. Hold down Shift and double-click on a line to add a “Cusp” point. With
a “Cusp” each of the two anchors can have its own direction.
Reshape tool has been improved
Selecting the right point is easier now.
Deselect points in Reshape mode
When selecting multiple points in reshape mode, you can de-select one or more of those selected points by clicking
again on the selected point(s), holding down Ctrl.
Navigator (Chapter 1.2)
To make detailed editing easier we have added a Navigator with a slider bar to zoom in or out. Moving the red frame
in Navigator will move the design page. In Navigator you can see exactly in which part of the design you are when
working on details.
Extra rotate options (Chapter 1.3)
The Rotate buttons in the General Toolbar now have a flyout to rotate in 45 degree angles. Great for doodles and
the Magic Square.
Extra Alignment tools in General Toolbar (Chapter 1.6 and chapter 4.1.1)
The new “Center in Grid box” function is perfect when setting up a full quilt layout: set the grid spacing to the size of
a block and let the blocks automatically snap to the center of the grid boxes. Also the options “Distribute evenly across“
and “Distribute evenly down” come in handy when setting up a full quilt.
“Save Selected” (Chapter 4.1.1)
You can now setup the full quilt on the Design Page, assign stitches to all patterns and just select the parts that go in
one pass. Then choose File > Save as: tick the box “Save Selected”. Only the selected part will be included inside the
quilt format.
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Export as Image (Chapter 2.9)
You can now quickly create an image (.bmp, jpg or .png format) of the design on the Design Page. You can influence
the line width in the image by changing the pen width of the drawing in Properties Panel. When the view is set to show
3D effect for stitch based patterns, the image will show stitches too. Useful to email an image of your pattern, or use
it on a website, or turn a casually made doodle into a template: export the doodle as image and open the image as a
backdrop - then trace it “for real”.
Exported image, 3D view on while exporting
Import SVG-files as editable artwork (Chapter 3.14.1)
This is a great way to doodle on an iPad, then email the result to yourself and finish the design in Art and Stitch by
importing the emailed .SVG drawing via menu File > Import Artwork.
Move an activation to another computer (menu Help > Quick Start Guide)
You can move an activation from one computer to the other of the same user via menu Help > License Activator. For
de-activation instructions see menu Help > Quick Start Guide.
When you buy a new computer or get repair work done on your computer’s hard drive, de-activate the program from
the old computer first and activate it on the new or repaired computer (old and new computer must be of the same
user - a license cannot be transferred to another person).
Help > Special Techniques
We have taken the Addendums by our Certified Teachers out of the User Guide and turned those into a separate
book, open via menu Help > Special Techniques.
Help > Quick Start Guide
An updated Quick Start booklet can be opened via menu Help > Quick Start Guide.
New shortcuts: Ctrl+Alt+S for File > Save As and Ctrl+W: for File > Close
Combine has been renamed into “Merge”. The functions Combine and Connect are totally different from each
other, but the names were too confusing.
Custom Shapes Library has been renamed into “Library”. Menu Tools > Save Custom Shape has been renamed
into Tools > Save into Library.
New designs have been added to the Library, including a folder with designs donated by famous designers and
award winning quilt artists. There are now over 300 beautiful and very useful patterns in the Library.
Two blanket stitch motifs have been added to the stash of Motif patterns: an alternative way to make Appliqué
File Open dialog window is now resizable.
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Version 1.0 - Build 2319, December 11, 2010
This is a small update with one extra function in the software and 3 new wonderful Addendums for the User Guide:
* Initial Jump (already available for PC-Quilter) can now also be set for HQ Pro-Stitcher. A special icon is added to the
Stitch toolbar. After finishing your pattern, click on the flyout of the new "Initial Jump for .HQF and .TXT" button and
choose one of the available positions, or choose "Custom" and click in the design page at the position where you want
the initial jump. See Chapter 1.13 in the new user Guide, open via menu Help. The Initial Jump for PC-Quilter can be
set via this same button in the Stitch toolbar now (so it has been removed from the Tools > Preferences > Machine
dialog). Note: Initial Jump is for HQ Pro-Stitcher and PC-Quilter only! Other systems don't need an initial jump.
* A new Addendum added to the User Guide: "Creating Very Detailed Patterns", by Jack Stewart. A description of
Jack's special Continuous Line Method.
* Another Addendum added: "Stained Glass Windows and the Magic Square in Art and Stitch", by Michele Hawley. A
chapter showing how to turn details of stained glass windows into quilt patterns.
* And the description of our November/December 2010 Webinar added as Addendum 4: "Combine or Connect in Art
and Stitch". Lots of examples when and how to use Connect Objects.
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Version 1.0 - Build 2265 August, 2010
This is an exciting and wonderful update of the program with lots of new functions and patterns:
* A new Addendum added to the User Guide. It is a complete tutorial written by Judy Allen, pattern designer, teacher, author
of "The Art of Feather Quilting": Feather Designing in Art and Stitch. The addendum includes examples of wholecloth
layouts, and the good thing is that the pattern elements used in the Addendum are included in a new folder "Judy Allen
Feathers" inside the Custom Shapes Library. Here’s one of the wholecloth examples:
* New Creative Fill patterns included in the Custom Shapes Library. After the free online class for Art and Stitch users about
how to make your own Creative Fills, we received many beautiful patterns to be included in the Custom Shapes Library.
Thank you so much! On the ThankYou page of the User Guide you will find the names and website links of the contributors.
* Alphabet and Text category added in the Custom Shapes library. A single line alphabet digitized by me, for continuous
quilt text, and a closed letters alphabet made by Jack Stewart.
* The User Guide has been updated, showing the new functions. We have changed the page numbering so that, when
functions are added, you only have to print that chapter, not the entire user guide.
* Added function Snap to Guidelines: this is useful for repeatable pattens, to put the first and last point on the same level.
Snap to Guidelines can be turned on/off via the right-click menu in the rulers.
* Added function Snap to Anchor points: very useful in backtracking. Can be turned on/off via the right-click menu in the
rulers, or by pressing letter “S” on your keyboard. Works while drawing as well as while reshaping.
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* New editing function: Add a point to a line by double-clicking on it with the Reshape tool.
* Letter “Z” on your keyboard will now activate the magnifying glass. This is great when working on details in Reshape mode.
Press “Z” and drag a selection marquee around the detail you want to work on. Press “Esc” to activate the last used tool
(Reshape) to resume working on the zoomed part of your design. Together with the pan-function to move the design page,
(activated by pressing “M” / press “ESC” to return to last used tool) this is an express way of detailed editing.
* Button for a much used function “Connect objects” has been added to the Artwork Toolbar under Close Shapes button.
It will connect the last point of one object with the first point of the next object(s)".
* We added an exciting new function: Magic Square. This will in one step copy the original, mirror it and place it on the right,
then copy the two objects together, flip vertical and place it under the original. So one click to get 4 elements. The magic
square button is located next to the Magic Circle button in the General Toolbar.
* When resizing a selection using the Properties Panel > Tab Transform, the last state of the tick box “Maintain Aspect
Ratio” is now remembered by the program. So if you uncheck it, it stays unchecked until you change it.
* The Undo and Redo functions show descriptions. You can undo more than one change at a time by moving your
cursor down.
* Default copyright note can now be entered via Tools > Preferences > Options, so you don’t have to type the same
message for every design.
* When saving in QBOT .PLT format the (copyright) notes are included. Notes for QBOT are restricted to 16 characters.
* We added an extra file format: freemotion work recorded with the HandiQuilter system (.TAP files) can now be opened in
Art and Stitch for tweaking and reusing. Please know that recorded files have many, many points. Instead of actually
editing/reshaping those points it will be more time effective to quickly retrace the pattern, fine tuning it at the same time.
* EMF files exported from ElectricQuilt will open correctly now, via File > Import Artwork. Please know that patterns
exported from ElectricQuilt contain many, many points and the patterns are not continuous. So only use the imported
patterns to retrace or as templates.
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* Menu Tools > Preferences > tab Machine: dialog window has been
changed to make it more intuitive. See image below. This arcs setting is
used in the quilt formats that can read arcs: ABM Innova's .PAT,
AutoCAD .DXF and Statler's .QLI For best quality set the slider bar to
the left. For other quilt formats you don’t have to do anything: those
systems work with Polylines and will ignore the setting.
* QLI format improved: we tried to “solve” Statler’s Creative Studio issue that it doesn’t like stitches running over
pauses, by adding stitches a little outside the pause area. It appeared that those offset stitches were more annoying
than the original issue, so we took them away. Tips how to work around the CS issue will be posted to the Statler
Sisters Yahoogroup.
* When printing on one sheet of paper, the scale percentage will show a more detailed value. You can use this scale
percentage to measure blocks or rows:
Take the measurements on the print-out. Look at the top of the paper at what scale it was printed. Take a calculator,
divide the measured part by the scale percentage shown at the top of the page, and multiply by 100. Formula is
<Measurement : % x 100>.
* Position of traced drawing on backdrop is now fixed. When reopening a drawing and its original backdrop, you don’t
have to realign the drawing anymore. The backdrop will show behind the grid now.
* Embroidery Digitizing: we can now influence the travelling path for the embroidery fill to go along the edge of a shape
when travelling from one section to another section in the same fill.
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Version 1.0 - Build 2251 Release date June 18, 2010
* Added the possibility to set an initial jump for PC-Quilter TXT patterns (via menu Tools > Preferences > Machine or
Ctrl+T). See image below.
* Improved stitch quality of the following formats: Statler QLI, ABM Innova PAT, AUTOCAD DXF: When a pattern is
saved in these formats as stitch file via File > Save as the program will write arcs, when arcs are used in the design.
You can set the arc accuracy in menu Tools > Preferences > Machine (Ctrl+T). See image below.
* Added function to import DXF as vector artwork. Alternatively you can open a DXF via menu File > Open. Which
method to use depends on the original DXF. Try both methods and choose the best result.
* Added function to Export DXF as vector artwork: to be used in Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw only. IMPORTANT:
for AutoSketch please keep using File > Save as DXF. With the new Arcs setting in menu Tools > Preferences >
Machine (see the above image), the resulting DXF stitch file will recognize arcs if used in the design. For quilt systems
use File > Save As and choose the format of your quilt system.
* Added another quiltformat: now you can open and save QBot HPGL Plotter (PLT) files in Art and Stitch. So a warm
welcome to all QBot users :)
* Added two Creative Fill patterns to the Custom Shapes Library: designs made by JoAnn Hoffman, quilt pattern
designer, embroidery digitizer and award winning longarm quilt artist. The designs can be used as Creative Fills for
endless effects.
* Fixed a problem where IntelliQuilter IQP-files were tiny when opened and saved in Art and Stitch.
* Fixed a problem where sharp corners in quilt patterns made in other software were "rounded" when opened in Art
and Stitch.
* Fixed a problem where repeatable QLI files caused a pause after each repeat.
* Fixed a problem where Statler's Creative Studio didn't like Appliqué files if the stitch settings were changed. Should
you still encounter problems with Appliqué files, please use Gammill's workaround: stitch them using PrecisionStitch.
Version 1.0 - Build 2231 April 24, 2010
* First version of Art and Stitch released.
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