Embroidermodder

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Embroidermodder
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Embroidermodder 2 Start Screen
Developer(s) Mark Pontius, Josh Varga and Jonathan Greig
Initial release 2004
Stable release 1.70 / January 6, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-01-06)
Written in C, C++ and Javascript
Operating system GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows
Type Vector graphics editor
License GNU General Public License v2 for Embroidermodder 1, Zlib License for Embroidermodder 2
Website embroidermodder.sourceforge.net

Embroidermodder is a free machine embroidery software tool that supports a variety of formats and allows the user to add custom modifications to their embroidery designs.

History[edit]

Embroidermodder 1 was started by Mark Pontius in 2004 while staying up all night with his son in his first couple months. When Mark returned to his day job, he lacked the time to continue the project. Mark made the decision to focus on his family and work, and in 2005, Mark gave full control of the project to Josh Varga so that Embroidermodder could continue its growth.[1]

Embroidermodder 2 was conceived in mid 2011 when Jonathan Greig and Josh Varga discussed the possibility of making a cross-platform version. It runs on GNU/Linux,[2] Mac OS X,[3] Microsoft Windows and Raspberry Pi.

The Embroidermodder website and downloads are hosted on SourceForge. On July 18, 2013, The Embroidermodder 2 Source was moved to GitHub.[4]

Embroidermodder 1 Features[edit]

  • Runs under Microsoft Windows.
  • Sourcecode (Visual C++) available.
  • Reads/Writes Tajima .DST file format, which is compatible with most every commercial and vendor's software available.
  • Also reads/writes Excel .CSV file format for hand editing using Excel or a text editor.
  • Allows scaling designs to any size (not just +/- 20% like some software).
  • Shows the design on-screen, with unlimited zoom to get up close and personal with any stitch. Zoom to actual size, fit to screen, selection, or just in/out. Scrollbars allow panning around the design.
  • Multiple documents can be open, and each document may have multiple view windows, each at different zooms to allow fine detail editing, while still getting the big picture.
  • Print design at actual size.
  • Displays statistics like max/min/average stitch length, number of colors, etc.
  • Select, move, insert, or delete either stitches, lines, or selection.
  • Double click in select mode to select a region (stitches between Jumps or color changes).
  • Cut/Copy/Paste selection.
  • Cursor left/right steps selection point though individual stitches.
  • Add text using any windows font.
  • Toggle display of Jump stitches (as black dash-dot lines).
  • Display updates are very fast using a combination of direct screen draw with efficient clipping and background rendering.
  • Optional Debug mode (compile time option) with additional display and break capability, such as monitoring the background render progress in the status bar.

Embroidermodder 2 Features[edit]

libembroidery[edit]

One of the byproducts of Embroidermodder 2 was the creation of libembroidery library. libembroidery is written in C. It supports reading and writing of a variety of embroidery formats, and several vector formats which are not commonly used in embroidery.

The formats are as such (last updated July 2013):

'Stable' = Yes, supported and is considered stable. 'Unstable' = Yes, supported but may be unstable. No = Not supported.

Format Read Write Description
.10o Unstable No Toyota Embroidery Format
.100 Unstable No Toyota Embroidery Format
.art No No Bernina Embroidery Format
.bmc No No Bitmap Cache Embroidery Format
.bro Unstable No Bits & Volts Embroidery Format
.cnd No No Melco Embroidery Format
.col Unstable Unstable Embroidery Thread Color Format
.csd Unstable No Singer Embroidery Format
.csv Unstable Unstable Comma Separated Values
.dat Unstable No Barudan Embroidery Format
.dem No No Melco Embroidery Format
.dsb Unstable No Barudan Embroidery Format
.dst Unstable Unstable Tajima Embroidery Format
.dsz Unstable No ZSK USA Embroidery Format
.dxf No No Drawing Exchange Format
.edr Unstable Unstable Embird Embroidery Format
.emd Unstable No Elna Embroidery Format
.exp Unstable Unstable Melco Embroidery Format
.exy Unstable No Eltac Embroidery Format
.eys No No Sierra Expanded Embroidery Format
.fxy Unstable No Fortron Embroidery Format
.gnc No No Great Notions Embroidery Format
.gt Unstable No Gold Thread Embroidery Format
.hus Unstable Unstable Husqvarna Viking Embroidery Format
.inb Unstable No Inbro Embroidery Format
.inf Unstable Unstable Embroidery Color Format
.jef Unstable Unstable Janome Embroidery Format
.ksm Unstable Unstable Pfaff Embroidery Format
.max Unstable Unstable Pfaff Embroidery Format
.mit Unstable No Mitsubishi Embroidery Format
.new Unstable No Ameco Embroidery Format
.ofm Unstable No Melco Embroidery Format
.pcd Unstable Unstable Pfaff Embroidery Format
.pcm Unstable No Pfaff Embroidery Format
.pcq Unstable Unstable Pfaff Embroidery Format
.pcs Unstable Unstable Pfaff Embroidery Format
.pec Unstable Unstable Brother Embroidery Format
.pel No No Brother Embroidery Format
.pem No No Brother Embroidery Format
.pes Unstable Unstable Brother Embroidery Format
.phb Unstable No Brother Embroidery Format
.phc Unstable No Brother Embroidery Format
.plt Unstable Unstable AutoCAD Plot Drawing
.rgb Unstable Unstable RGB Embroidery Format
.sew Unstable No Janome Embroidery Format
.shv Unstable No Husqvarna Viking Embroidery Format
.sst Unstable No Sunstar Embroidery Format
.stx Unstable No Data Stitch Embroidery Format
.svg Unstable Unstable Scalable Vector Graphics
.t09 Unstable No Pfaff Embroidery Format
.tap Unstable No Happy Embroidery Format
.thr Unstable Unstable ThredWorks Embroidery Format
.txt No Unstable Text File
.u00 Unstable No Barudan Embroidery Format
.u01 No No Barudan Embroidery Format
.vip Unstable No Pfaff Embroidery Format
.vp3 Unstable Unstable Pfaff Embroidery Format
.xxx Unstable Unstable Singer Embroidery Format
.zsk Unstable No ZSK USA Embroidery Format

References[edit]

  1. ^ New admin Josh Varga, Embroidermodder Discussion Forum, 2005-04-21
  2. ^ a b Linux Support, Embroidermodder Feature Requests Forum, 2012-07-21
  3. ^ a b Embroidermodder on Mac OS X, Twitter, 2013-06-24
  4. ^ Embroidermodder moves source to GitHub, GitHub, 2013-07-18
  5. ^ Embroidermation Test 2, Nina Paley Blog, 2013-07-19

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