Comparison of embroidery software

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Embroidery software is software that helps users create embroidery designs. While a large majority of embroidery software is specific to machine embroidery, there is also software available for use with hand embroidery, such as Cross-stitch.

Comparison of embroidery software[1][edit]

Software Title Runs on Windows? Runs natively on Mac OS X? Runs natively on Linux? License User interface languages Machine Embroidery Hand Embroidery Embroidery formats can open Embroidery formats can save Batch convert Photorealistic/3D Can use TrueType fonts? MSRP
(USD)
SewWhat-Pro Embroidery Editing Software, S & S Computing (sandscomputing.com) USA Yes No No Proprietary English, Danish Yes No 10o,art,cnd,csd,dsb,dst,dsz,emb,emd,exp,gnc,dem,hus,jef,ksm,pcd,pcm,pcs,pcq,pec,pes,phb,phc,sew,shv,sst,stx,tap,u??,vip,vp3,xxx,zsk 10o,csd,dsb,dst,dsz,emd,exp,hus,jef,ksm,pcs,pec,pes,phb,sew,shv,tap,u??,vip,vp3,xxx Yes Yes Yes $65.00
6D Embroidery Software Suite by KSIN Luxembourg,VSM Software Ltd. Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No pec, pes, xxx, vp3, vip, hus, shv, dhv, jef, sew, exp, pcs, dst, 10* pec, pes, hus, jef, xxx, sew, vp3, exp, vip, pcs, dst, 10* Yes Yes Yes $2399
AutoPunch by Singer Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No fhe, psw, che, xxx, pec, pes, hus, vip, shv, sew, jef, exp, pcs, vip, dst fhe, xxx, pec, pes, hus, vip, jef, sew, exp, pcs, vip, dst No Yes Yes $299
Bernina Embroidery Software Version 7 by Wilcom Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No art, arx, pes, pec, emd, gnc, hus, shv, vip, sew, exp, pcs, pcd, pcq, pcm, csd, xxx, dst, amt art, pes, pec, emd, hus, shv, vip, sew, exp, pcs, pcd, pcq, pcm, csd, xxx, dst, amt Yes Yes Yes $1999
Buzz-2-Stitches by Buzz Tools Inc Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No N/A csd, dst, emd, exp, pes, hus, sew, jef, pcs, xxx, pec, vip, vp3 No Yes No $299.95
BuzzEdit v2 by Buzz Tools Inc Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No art, cnd, csd, dst, emd, exp, gnc, hus, jef, jef+, oef, pcs, pec, pes, phc, sew, shv, vip, vp3, xxx csd, dst, emd, exp, hus, jef, pcs, pec, pes, sew, vip, vp3, xxx No Yes Yes $189.95
Creative 4D Design Creator by Pfaff Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No pec, pes, xxx, vp3, vip, hus, shv, dhv, jef, sew, exp, pcs, dst, 10* pec, pes, hus, jef, xxx, sew, vp3, exp, vip, pcs, dst, 10* Yes Yes Yes $2199
Creative DRAWings by DRAWSTITCH Ltd. Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No exp, ngs, dst, dsz, dsb, sst, ksm, pcs, pcm, tap, pec, pes, hus, vip, shv, jef, jef+, sew, m3, 10o, hd, fdr, draw exp, ngs, dst, dsz, dsb, sst, ksm, pcs, pcm, hus, tap, vip, pec, shv, pes, jef, jef+, sew, m3, 10o, hd, fdr, draw Yes Yes Yes $799
Digitize ‘N Stitch by Amazing Designs Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No art, blf, csd, dst, emd, exp, hus, shv, jef, pcs, pcm, vip, pes, sew, xxx blf, csd, dst, emd, pcs, exp, pcm, hus, vip, shv, pes jef, sew, xxx No Yes No $399
Digitizer MB by Janome Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No jef, jef+, sew, emd, pes, pec, hus, vip, vp3, exp, pcs, pcm, csd, xxx, dst jef, jef+, sew, emd, vp3, pes, exp, pec, pcs, hus, pcm, vip, csd, xxx, dst Yes Yes Yes $1999
Elna CustomizerEX by Elna, Inc. Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No jef, jef+, sew jef No Yes No $349
Elna DigitizerEX by Elna, Inc. Yes No No Proprietary en, fr, it, es Yes No jef, jef+, sew, emd, pes, pec, hus, vip, vp3, exp, pcs, pcm, csd, xxx, dst, u**, DSB, 100 jef, emd, pes, pec, pcs, hus, pcm, vip, vp3, csd, exp, xxx, dst Yes Yes Yes $1699
Embird Yes No No Proprietary en Yes Yes 10o, 9mm, art, bro, csd, dat, dsb, dst, dsz, ecf, emb, eof, exp, exy, fxy, gt, hus, inb, jef, jef+, jpx, ksm, m1, m2, m3, max, mit, new, pcd, pcm, pcq, pcs, pec, pes, phb, phc, plt, psf, ptm, pum, sew, shv, spx, ssp, sss, sst, stx, tap, tbf, t01, t03, t04, t05, t09, uxy, u**, vip, vp3, xxx, zxy, z** 10o, 9mm, bro, csd, dat, dsb, dst, dsz, exp, exy, fxy, gt, hus, inb, jef, jef+, ksm, m1, m2, m3, max, mit, new, pcd, pcm, pcq, pcs, pec, pes, phb, phc, plt, ptm, sew, shv, spx, ssp, sss, sst, stx, tap, tbf, t01, t03, t04, t05, t09, uxy, u**, vip, vp3, xxx, zxy, z** Yes Yes Yes $644[2]
Embroidermodder Yes Yes Yes GNU GPL[3]
zLib[4]
en Yes No 10o, 100, bro, col, csd, dat, dsb, dst, dsz, edr, emd, exp, exy, fxy, gt, hus, inb, jef, ksm, max, pcd, pcm, pcs, pec, pes, phb, rgb, sew, shv, stx, t09, tap, thr, u**, vip, vp3, xxx, zsk col, dst, edr, exp, hus, jef, ksm, max, pcd, pcs, pec, pes, rgb, thr, xxx Yes Yes Yes
EmbroideryStudio by Wilcom Yes No No Proprietary en, fr, it, es, de, pt, jp, du, ru, ch, kr Yes No emb, 10o, amt60, art60, amt50, art50, art, amt, art42, arx, bro, cnd, csd, dsb, dsn, dst, dsz, emt, emx, esd, exp, jan, jef, jmt, gnc, hus, inb, inp, ksm, pcd, pch, pcq, pcs, pec, pes, pmu, pum, sew, shv, stc, stx, tap, tbf, u??, vip, vp3, xxx, z?? emb, 10o, bro, csd, dsb, dst, dsz, emt, exp, jef, hus, inb, ksm, pcd, pcq, pcs, pec, pes, pmu, pum, sew, shv, stx, tap, tbf, u??, vip, vp3, xxx, z?? Yes Yes Yes Not Available
Floriani Embroidery Suite by G7 Solutions & RNK LLC Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No art, dat, uxx, c2s, gnc, cnd, sew, jef, jef+, mgl, stl, exp, ksm, vp3, pcm, xxx, dst, dsb, dsz, 10o, pcs, csd, pes, vip, vp3, shv, hus dat, uxx, c2s, sew, jef, mgl, stl, exp, ksm, dsb, dsz, pcm, 10o, xxx, pcs, dst, vp3, csd, pes, vip, vp3, shv, hus Yes Yes Yes $2284
Generations Automatic Digitizing Software by Notcina Corporation Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No u**, pes, emd, vst, jef, sew, exp, pcm, pcs, xxx, dst, 10O, hus, shv, m3, pec, pcq, jef+, csd, vip, vp3, cnd u**, pes, emd, vst, jef, sew, exp, pcm, hus, pcs, shv, xxx, m3, dst, 10O, pec, pcq, csd, vip, vp3 Yes Yes Yes $1799
KXStitch Unknown Yes[5] Yes GNU GPL en No Yes  ?  ? Unknown Unknown Unknown
MasterWorks III by Designer’s Gallery Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No art, pes, sew, exp, hus, xxx, dst, jef, shv, vip, pcs blf, pes, dst, sew, jef, exp, shv, hus, vip, xxx, pcs No Yes Yes $2499.99
MasterWorks Lite by Designer’s Gallery Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No pes, sew, exp, hus, xxx, dst, jef, shv, vip, pcs blf, pes, sew, exp, hus, xxx, dst, jef, shv, vip, pcs No Yes No $899.99
Millennium III by Proel TSI Yes No No Proprietary en, es, pt, fr, it, tr Yes No 10o, cnd, dat, dsb, dst, dsz, e**, exp, f**, fdr, fmc, lam, lmu, m3, plt, pmu, pum, t01, t02, t03, t04, t05, t09, tap, tbf, .u** 10o, dst, dsz, exp, plt, tap, tbf, u** No Yes Yes $630[6]
PE-Design by Brother Yes No No Proprietary en Yes No pes, pec, phc, exp, dst, pcs, hus, vip, shv, jef, sew, csd, xxx pes No Yes Yes $1299.95
Punto Embroidery Digitiser Yes Yes No Proprietary en Yes No dst, pun, dsb dst, zsk, dsb No Yes Yes Not Available
Thred Yes No Yes GNU GPL[7]
Public Domain[8]
en Yes No dst, thr dst, thr No No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Digitizing Software, Designs in Machine Embroidery, Volume 51, July/August 2008
  2. ^ Includes Plugins in Price, to reflect chart & provide more accurate comparison against other embroidery software.
  3. ^ Applies to Embroidermodder 1.
  4. ^ Applies to Embroidermodder 2.
  5. ^ KXStitch running on OS X?, KXStitch Mailing List, 2012-07-06
  6. ^ Entry level price. Download free trial version
  7. ^ Applies to the source code ported to Linux with winelib.
  8. ^ Applies to the source code released by Thredworks.

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