Published on Thursday, February 15, 2018
I have used the Wilcom software for over 25 years and still marvel at and continue to appreciate, with each software update, just how expertly designed it is; always with ease of use in mind and output quality a priority.
EmbroideryStudio e4 has been developed to significantly enhance, what I believe to be, the very best embroidery software available to professional and novice embroiderers alike. By significantly enhance I mean that ES e4 has made major progress in reducing repetitive tasks, developing more flexible ways of creating and editing shapes, and by providing tools that make the digitizing process quicker without compromising on output quality.
It’s always a challenge for existing users when new features or ways of doing things are introduced into a software release. Wilcom is exceptionally good at maintaining the familiar and established ways of doing things, but at the same time introducing new and exciting tools that open up further options that can be explored and incorporated whilst ‘on the job’. This means you can update your Wilcom software and maintain your current levels of productivity whilst learning the new features that will enhance it further.
One of the new features within EmbroideryStudio e4 software is the Graphics Digitizing Tools set. These tools offer a range of new ways of defining and treating shapes (or if you prefer, objects) that are more intuitive for the novice and perhaps more familiar to experienced graphic design software users. The Graphics Digitizing Tools identify ‘open shapes’, typically outlines, and ‘closed shapes’, typically filled areas. When creating a new shape it can be an open shape i.e. the ends are not joined, or a closed shape i.e. the shape is a closed loop. It is now very easy to apply a different outline and fill stitch type to a shape, in fact with the new Stitch Toolbar it is possible to do this with a ‘single click’. As a result, very common operations are significantly faster and repetitive inputs are reduced.
Closed shapes are not just associated with fill stitches; outline stiches can also be applied to a closed shape. This is really very useful when an outline and a fill are both required on a closed shape. Simply create one closed shape, duplicate it, and then apply a fill stitch type to the first shape and an outline stitch to the second, really it couldn’t be simpler!
I have always found switching between stitch and vector objects really useful. With ES e4 there are much quicker ways to achieve this. Simply convert closed and open shapes to vector objects to create shapes without stitch information.
Working with complex shapes also just got easier with EmbroideryStudio e4. It is now simple to add and remove holes and stitch angles to and from a closed shapes using the Graphic Digitizing Tools set. It was previously possible to do this using other digitizing and editing tools, but the number of clicks required made the process slow and at times cumbersome, now it is straightforward and easy to achieve. When filling holes automatically the user is able to control the required overlap between the layers of stitches, a perfect example of Wilcom automation that does not comprise on control and quality.
There is one particular addition to the Graphic Digitizing Tool bar that I really do find very useful; the ability, whilst digitizing, to select from a pallet of predefined shapes. Alongside the commonly required rectangles, circles and ovals are shields, stars and a range of symbols that can be used to create clean closed shapes that dramatically reduce the amount of manual digitizing required and subsequent editing due to manual input inaccuracy.
Most businesses today look for new ways to be more efficient and, in so doing, reduce their costs. EmbroideryStudio e4 certainly delivers this, as a software revision that gives real time saving digitizing tools that can be enjoyed by both professionals and newcomers to the software.
EmbroideryStudio e4 makes the world's favourite digitizing software even better. It is the embroidery software choice for professional digitizers, custom embroidery shops, industry trainers and educators and apparel decorators, who are serious about commercial embroidery.
Contact your local Wilcom distributor now and have a chat about how EmbroideryStudio e4 can make your business more efficient and productive!
Author: Bernadett Csaszar
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