Computer Software for Quilters

Computer Software for Quilters

Post by David Lewi » Mon, 19 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.

Does anyone have any views on

        a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
        b.      Quilters design studio?

Thanks in advance.

--
Marie Lewis

 
 
 

Computer Software for Quilters

Post by SANDRA MILL » Tue, 20 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.

>Does anyone have any views on

>    a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
>    b.      Quilters design studio?

>Thanks in advance.

>--

I would avoid Quilters' Design Studio like the plague...it is an expensive
program that just does not stay functional....it has a *** tendency\
to crash...documentation is lousy, letters to the company go unanswered.
In case you think it is just me, I put out a message on interquilt and got
several responses back from people who had experienced the same problems.

Sandra

Quote:
>Marie Lewis


 
 
 

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Post by jjo.. » Tue, 20 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.

>Does anyone have any views on

>    a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
>    b.      Quilters design studio?

>Thanks in advance.

>--
>Marie Lewis

I've used the demo of QuiltPro, and as soon as I've saved up the money, that's
the one I'm going to buy.  I already have QDS (had, yanked that sucker off the
puter.) and the disks make very nice coasters, and nothing else.
Guess it's time to post the evaluation again.
Regarding software available by ftp, Quiltculator is the only one I know
of, and I don't know if it is only a demo or not.  I would really like
someone to evaluate that one for me, so it can be added to the evaluation.
A number of the other programs have demos available by ftp site, but not
the retail versions.

 
 
 

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Post by Pamela Beec » Wed, 21 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.

>Does anyone have any views on

>    a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
>    b.      Quilters design studio?

>Thanks in advance.

>--
>Marie Lewis

Does anyone know where to buy these programs? Are they strictly mail
order? I have never seen them in the major software stores.
Pam
 
 
 

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Post by sc.. » Wed, 21 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>>Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.
>>--
>I would avoid Quilters' Design Studio like the plague...it is an expensive
>program that just does not stay functional....it has a *** tendency\
>to crash...documentation is lousy, letters to the company go unanswered.
>In case you think it is just me, I put out a message on interquilt and got
>several responses back from people who had experienced the same problems.

>Sandra

>>Marie Lewis

Marie,

I've had exactly the same experience with Quilter's Design Studio as
Sandra.  I had lots of problems with no response from the company.
For me, it was a wasted $99 (I want to cry everytime I think about
how much fabric that would buy).

However, I do have the first version of the Electric Quilt program which
I liked very much.  I found it very easy to use.  I haven't had to call
them for service, but I did meet the designers at the Paducah AQS show.
They were very nice and patiently answered all my questions.  I do know
that there is a second version of the program available now.

Hope this helps,
Sherry

 
 
 

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Post by Mary Lou Fr » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

> >Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.

> >Does anyone have any views on

> >       a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
> >       b.      Quilters design studio?

I have both QDS 3.0 and Quilt-Pro.  I vastly prefer Quilt-Pro - I disliked
QDS enough that I was willing to spend the money for a different program after
trying the demo.  My mind and QDS just did not work in the same direction - and
I refuse to retrain myself unnecessarily.

Quote:
> Does anyone know where to buy these programs? Are they strictly mail
> order? I have never seen them in the major software stores.

One of out local fabric stores sells Quilt-Pro, but I have never seen it in
a software store.  I don't think their minds think that way - maybe nobody's
ever asked them for it.  Anybody want to buy Quilter's Design Studio 3.0 from
me for $50?  I never even registered it.
 
 
 

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Post by p.. » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00



: >
: >Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.
: >
: >Does anyone have any views on
: >
: >  a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
: >  b.      Quilters design studio?
: >
: >Thanks in advance.
: >
: >--
: >Marie Lewis

: Does anyone know where to buy these programs? Are they strictly mail
: order? I have never seen them in the major software stores.
: Pam

 
 
 

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Post by p.. » Thu, 22 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Repost: Apologies. Apparently some mail processor truncated my reply to
        Pan in my previous post to this thread.  Lets try again.

        pnh

Quote:

>  Does anyone know where to buy these programs? Are they strictly mail
>  order? I have never seen them in the major software stores.
>  Pam

Hello Pam,

You generally will not see quilt design software in retail software
outlets because those venues are almost explicitly keyed to high-volume,
fast-moving software. You may have noticed that most of the 'software' (as
opposed to super stores) outlets (Software Etc. ...) have essentially
become outlets for 'game' software and cartridges.

The other issue is that quilt design software is really a niche product
and the manufacturing volume is not high enough to make it worthwile to
approact the 'retail channel'.  Occasionally you will find quilt design
software in a few quilt shops ... but only those who are gradually
adapting to the advent of applied technology to the fabric arts, eg. the
Bernina 1630 computer controlled sewing machine, etc.

To effectively sell quilt design software, an investment in both hardware
and time are required since shops generally have to demonstrate it to sell
it .. consequently, selling the product could be considered 'labor
intensive' as opposed to products that are simply bought off the shelf.

We have found that the most effective way to sell VQuilt is to do shows ..
you get exposure to a large number of interested customers and you can
effectively demonstrate.

Our most effective sales strategy has been to demonstrate VQuilt and then
send the customer over to look at our competitors products ;-)

At the Lancaster show in April over 20 people wandered by our booth and
said "I purchased your competitor's product for over $100 and its sitting
on the shelf because I can't figure out how to use it .. it intimidates
me". After watching our demo they would say "Hey, I can do that ..!"

Where we tripped ourselves up was pricing VQuilt below $40 .. folks look
at more expensive quilt design software and become skeptical .. they
frequently say, "If your program is so good why is it so inexpensive?" Our
standard reply is that:

(1) we feel that it is a fair price for a piece of software that is
    normally going to be used in a non-commericial environment

and

(2) we wanted to make the program accessible to children
   (nothing gets shot or dies in VQuilt ..  there is a dearth of good,
   non-***, creative software for children) in order to help introduce
   them to quilting .. $40 is below most parents threshold of pain. Besides
   VQuilt helps to teach them geometry, ratio, proportion .. general math
   concepts. Our last rejoiner is "Would you like to pay more?  We can
   certainly accomodate that! :-)

Short of doing the shows (doesn't everyone?) the best thing to do is ask
the vendor of a particular quilt design program for a functional demo copy
of their product (not a slide show presentation) .. you really have to
sit down and work with an interactive program to determine whether you
like it and can live with it.

Regards,

Phil

 
 
 

Computer Software for Quilters

Post by TERRY HUH » Fri, 23 Jun 1995 04:00:00


I have both Quilter's Design Studio and The Electric Quilt.  Both of
these software programs should be available at most quilting shops.  Or
of course by mail order.  I prefer EQ.  They have a newsletter with all
kinds of hints and fun stuff. They periodically  have additional disks
available with fabric packets from the major designers so that you may
design your quilts using some of the actual fabircs available in the
quilt shops.


Quote:



>>Can anyone recommend a *good* software program for quilting.

>>Does anyone have any views on

>>       a.      Quilt-Pro for Windows
>>       b.      Quilters design studio?

>>Thanks in advance.

>>--
>>Marie Lewis

>Does anyone know where to buy these programs? Are they strictly mail
>order? I have never seen them in the major software stores.
>Pam

 
 
 

Computer Software for Quilters

Post by Fred McFa » Fri, 23 Jun 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>Where we tripped ourselves up was pricing VQuilt below $40 .. folks look
>at more expensive quilt design software and become skeptical .. they
>frequently say, "If your program is so good why is it so inexpensive?"
Snip>
>Short of doing the shows (doesn't everyone?) the best thing to do is ask
>the vendor of a particular quilt design program for a functional demo
copy
>of their product (not a slide show presentation) .. you really have to
>sit down and work with an interactive program to determine whether you
>like it and can live with it.

>Regards,

>Phil

Hi Phil   I assume you must have something to do with selling this
product somehow?  How would I go about ordering this?

Edna McFall (on hubby's account)

 
 
 

Computer Software for Quilters

Post by p.. » Sat, 24 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> Phil, I recently obtained a demo of VQuilt, and fuond that I could
> not find a way to do "undo".  Is thre such a feature? Also, does s demo
> version have any kind of on-line help?  How do you access it if it does
> exist?  Thanks a lot!

Hello Julie,

        The current version of VQuilt does not have an integral 'undo'
feature ..  its on the boards for the next major version.  You can however
back yourself out while you are drawing shapes or applique by pressing the
right mouse button .. this essentially permits you to make corrections
'on the fly' .. really very useful, particularly when drawing free-hand.
You should note that you can draw free-hand either as 'with a pencil' by
holding the left mouse button down and moving the cursor, or
incrementally by repetitively clicking the left mouse button .. combining
the ability to back out and incrementally draw give you a great deal of
control when drawing applique.

        There is NO help facility build into VQuilt .. by intent. We have
always maintained that if a quilt design program needs online help then it
is <too difficult> to use. A quick pass through the VQuilt manual and a
little practice generally suffice for most folks.  The experiences of our
customer base have borne this out. This is one reason a lot of owners of
other quilt design programs <trade up> to VQuilt. What was drudgery under
other programs becomes easy and fun with VQuilt. You really have to
analyze your requirements when selecting a quilt design program. Do you
want to quickly do color and pattern visualization or do you want to be a
technical illustrator?  Many 'features' in other programs may be fun to
tinker with but are of little real tangible value. Before anyone spends
$100 for a piece of software, they should be very sure of what they want
it to do for them.  $100 buys a lot of fabric.

        Apologies, I'm afraid you got the long answer tonight :-) Hope
that you are having fun with the demo.

Best Regards,

Phil

 
 
 

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Post by SANDYAN.. » Sat, 24 Jun 1995 04:00:00


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   > Does anyone know where to buy these programs? Are they strictly mail
   > order? I have never seen them in the major software stores.
   > Pam
   > .

All three of the major design programs, Electric Quilt, Quilt Pro & Quilt
Design Software are mostly sold through mail order or through
representatives.  You can occasionally find them in quilt shops.

Angel
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Morrison, CO

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Post by p.. » Sat, 24 Jun 1995 04:00:00



: >
: >Where we tripped ourselves up was pricing VQuilt below $40 .. folks look
: >at more expensive quilt design software and become skeptical .. they
: >frequently say, "If your program is so good why is it so inexpensive?"
: Snip>
: >Short of doing the shows (doesn't everyone?) the best thing to do is ask
: >the vendor of a particular quilt design program for a functional demo
: copy
: >of their product (not a slide show presentation) .. you really have to
: >sit down and work with an interactive program to determine whether you
: >like it and can live with it.
: >
: >Regards,
: >
: >Phil
: >
: >
: Hi Phil   I assume you must have something to do with selling this
: product somehow?  How would I go about ordering this?

: Edna McFall (on hubby's account)

Not wanting to spam this newgroup with blatant advertising, I replied to
Edna via private email. Anyone wishing further information regarding

VQuilt demo at ftp.clark.net in the /pub/csa  directory.

Regards

Phil

 
 
 

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Post by u6.. » Sat, 24 Jun 1995 04:00:00



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> I've used the demo of QuiltPro, and as soon as I've saved up the money,
that's
> the one I'm going to buy.

I own Quilt-Pro, and I recommend it over Quiltculator.  Q-culator is just too
persnickety in its hardware and software requirements.  The documentation
says that it only supports SVGA right now.  Well, I have a multimedia pc that
supports SVGA and an SVGA monitor.  No dice, won't work.  All I get is this
message on a black screen that says, "Mode not supported on this card," and
I have to reboot my computer to get out of it.  Bleah.  Any program that says
it only runs on SVGA and then WON'T isn't worth the paper it's printed on!

So what if Q-culator allegedly has a bigger block library than Quilt-Pro.  I
can't get it to work, so it's useless.  Besides, with Quilt-Pro it's
*extremely* easy to design a block, so if there's one you want and it's not
in there, you can add it in yourself.

Quote:
> Regarding software available by ftp, Quiltculator is the only one I know
> of, and I don't know if it is only a demo or not.  I would really like
> someone to evaluate that one for me, so it can be added to the evaluation.
> A number of the other programs have demos available by ftp site, but not
> the retail versions.

Well, I downloaded it and was going to evaluate it for you, but I couldn't
get it to work, so I don't have any evaluation for you.  I think you should
stick with Quilt-Pro.  If you'd like to play around with it, I have the
Quilt-Pro DEMO program zipped and uu-encoded, so I can mail it to you if you
like.  I don't need it anymore, since I own the registered version, but I
keep it around because I occasionally get requests for it.

As far as I can tell, from what I know of the other programs, the only
serious competition for Quilt-Pro is EQ2.  I get the impression that they
are equally good programs, but that EQ2 is somewhat more expensive.

Stick with saving your money for Quilt-Pro.

:)
bonni

 
 
 

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   >software program for quilting. >>--
   > >I would avoid Quilters' Design Studio like the plague...it is an
   >expensive >program that just does not stay functional....it has a
   >*** tendency\ >to crash...documentation is lousy, letters to the
   >company go unanswered. >In case you think it is just me, I put out a
   >message on interquilt and got >several responses back from people who
   >had experienced the same problems. >
   > >Sandra
   > >
   > >>Marie Lewis
   > Marie,
   > I've had exactly the same experience with Quilter's Design Studio as
   > Sandra.  I had lots of problems with no response from the company.
   > For me, it was a wasted $99 (I want to cry everytime I think about
   > how much fabric that would buy).
   > However, I do have the first version of the Electric Quilt program
   >which I liked very much.  I found it very easy to use.  I haven't had
   >to call them for service, but I did meet the designers at the Paducah
   >AQS show. They were very nice and patiently answered all my questions.
   >I do know that there is a second version of the program available now.
   > Hope this helps,
   > Sherry
   > .

If you like EQ1, you'd LOVE EQ2!

Angel
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Sandy Wheeler
Morrison, Co

Rainbow V 1.17.5 for Delphi - Registered