S&S Computing Software Updates

SewWhat-Pro:
01-30-22
SewWhat-Pro was updated to v4.5.2, along with the associated manual. Here are the updates included in this newest version:
   1. Update density adjustment to be in percent
   2. Increase icon size in font list of EmbLetters

12/14
Split the Windows download button on the S&S site into 2 separate buttons:  one for 32 bit Windows and one for 64 bit Windows. Some users had reported problems running the previous installer which auto-detected the bit # for their computer. This will resolve that issue. Most users have newer computers which are 64 bit so this shouldn’t cause any problems.

10/22/21
v4.5.1 (102221)
   1. Fix border tool to work in Texture mode
   2. Fix bug in Tip dialog what could

9/24/21
v4.5.0 (092421)
   1. Improve (smooth) satin outline

9/21/21
v4.5.0 (092121)
   1. Improve (smooth) satin outline
   2. Add Endura thread chart (10/12/21)
   3. Add new Redline mini hoops

8/02/21
v4.4.8 (080221)
   1. Fix bug with auto-saving color text file
   2. Add "diamond" outline stitch to border tool


10/25/20

v4.4.2 (102520)
SewWhat-Pro has been updated to v4.4.2. We had a number of reports that some file saves were causing the software to crash. Hopefully this update will fix that problem.

6/24/20
v4.4.1 (062420)
We’ve updated SWP to v4.4.1. It is a major update and significantly improves the arching tool, which is now called the Text layout tool.
   1. Fix error (not) redrawing icons in Icon pane - (062120)
   2. Implement mouse wheel so it scrolls vertically, and zooms with Ctrl or Shift held down
   3. Replace "Arch Text" tool with new, more versatile "Text Layout" tool

 5/30/20
v4.4.0 (053020)
Announcing the deployment of SWP v4.4.0, which is the first ribbon-enable version. Thanks to all the people who helped by testing the program. Here is a short summary of the update. Please let people know that the ribbon is accessible on the old-UI “View” menu.

   1. Add new "Ribbon" user interface, accessible from "View"/Ribbon Bar menu
   2. Add new "Online Tutorial" help option (ribbon view only)
   3. Add new language files (Russian, Slovenian, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Swedish)

4/26/20
v4.3.8 (042620)
   1. Add "View" option to show/hide Document tabs
   2. Add "Clockwise/Counter-clockwise" option to rotation toolbar
   3. Add forward to end/beginning buttons on the Sew & Show toolbar
   4. Change some toolbar icons
   5. Implement "Alt+A" select all (colors) option
   6. Remove option to "always open (jef file) in smallest available hoop"
   7. Make (most) dialog colors consistent with the selected Application look (on View menu)

3/6/20
v4.3.7 (030620)

  1. Center added quilt (border) stitches in hoop - 030520
  2. Open vp3 file in one of Pfaff hoops (not HUS hoop) - 030520
  3. Fix Auto-border - 030620

3/3/20
v4.3.7 (030320)

  1. Use border thread color to draw stipple
  2. Set min distance of border to 2 (.2 mm) in border dialog
  3. Restore functioning of "save as single pattern" option - 030320

2/27
v4.3.7 (022720)
   1. Fix bug with 64-bit EMAIL from the File menu of SWP
   2. Add 8 X 9 PR Mighty Hoop (for Brother)
   3. Improve Quilt Border rendering for multiple (disconnected) objects
   4. Add several new stipple patterns (thanks to Debi Russo)
   5. Fix bug parsing and getting embedded colors for some vp3 files
   6. Fix bug (introduced by improved quilt border) for cutting patterns - 022520
   7. Fix bug (introduced with improved vp3 rendering) reading SHV files - 022720

2/9
We just updated v4.3.6 of the 64-bit version of SWP to fix a Microsoft bug with the email (on the File menu). The fix does not affect the 32-bit version which worked correctly. The date in the “About” box is 2-9-20.

2/2
We fixed a problem with the “interior fill” for the quilted border. The date is 02-02-20.
v4.3.6 (102119)
   1. Display "Zoom" initially in the status bar zoom pane (rather than % zoomed)
   2. Fix Open file dialog to accept user typed File name
   3. Fix sep=1mm auto-border
   4. Add Janome hoop RE36b 200 by 360 mm  (1-21-20)
   5. Fix EmbLetters to allow entry of multiple mappings without closing mapping dialog (01-28-20)
   6. Add "Backup" to ProgramData folder
   7. Fix interior fill of Quilted Border resulting in "Unable to stitch auto-border" error (2-2-20)

1/29
We updated SWP (still v4.3.6) this morning to fix a bug with EmbLetters. The bug was (unintentionally) erasing alphabet mapping files entered when multiple saves of different alphabets were performed without closing the mapping editor between saves.

1/21
We added a Janome Hoop (RE38b, 200 X 360 mm) to SWP. The date in the About box is today’s.


12/15/19

I was looking at some Janome files and came across an issue. It is read correctly by SewWhat, but not by SWP (the colors are separated). Obviously something is wrong – will try to fix it this week.


The bug cited above (in SWP) has been fixed. It is available for download (with today’s date). [Version under Help/About SewWhat-Pro reads as "SewWhat-Pro Version 4.3.6 121519"]

11/22/19

SWP - border tool

We added a “Thread” (color) button to the Border tool, so users can choose a different border color now (previously, black was the default).

The date in the “About” box is 11/21/19.

 

10-28-19

I updated SA/SWP today so the Restore Defaults option (in Help) only removes the offending “Workspace” key – the remaining USER-DEFINED settings will no longer be affected.

10-21-19
We just updated SWP to v4.3.6. Here are the changes:

v4.3.6 (102119)

   1. Display "Zoom" initially in the status bar zoom pane (rather than % zoomed) – this was initially done in v4.3.5 and updated again

   2. Fix Open file dialog to accept user typed File name


9-28-19

We fixed a bug (v4.3.5, today’s date) in SWP that occurred for certain “exceptional” files that had color blocks with only 1 stitch in them.

 

SewArt:
3/7/22
v2.0.8 (030722)
1. Greatly improve responsiveness when opening/stitching/reopening stitch mode for large # of colors
2. Retain size of preview pane when image size is scaled up/down (magnified)
3. Add timer to auto-sew mode
4. Remove tool tip pop-ups from color stops in merge mode

2/17/22
v2.0.7
There was a problem with computing a seed point for border and centerline outlines. This could cause stray lines to be erroneously stitched. Also, the center and border outline buttons were reversed (and are now fixed).

2/2/22
v2.0.6
It extends the image rotation feature to include 90/180/270 or arbitrary (user-specified) angles.
In the past, clicking the rotation icon only rotated by 90-degrees each time. Now, it opens a pop-up menu with the 4 choices above.

9/24/21
v2.0.5 (092421)
1. Improve satin/bean outline stitches
2. Add lock stitches to outlines
3. Start outline stitches at clicked point

2/19
v1.9.9 (021820)
1. Improve V-Satin editor (enlarge markers, improve "Undo" function)
2. Shift display of fill patterns to the right of the drop-down to be fully visible
3. Fix generation of satin outline stitches for very thin images
4. Add Vsatin stitch type for outline and applique stitches
5. Add Lock stitch to outlines

1/30 - SA update (v1.9.8) (01-30-20)
We made a significant improvement (#9 below) to the V-Satin stitch editor in SewArt. Thanks to Debi Russo for being a diligent tester!
v1.9.8
1. Add "Variable Satin" (vsatin) stitch to the sewing dialog
2. restore "Thicken Tool" in the Pencil dialog
3. revamped "Shapes Tool" to render smoother shapes and added new shapes
4. Implemented "angle" rotation control in "Shapes Tool"  (11/27/19)
5. Fix bug with AutoSew Image (select all) - 12-17-19
6. Improve smoothness of Shapes (01-20-20)
7. Store last-used fill index as default
8. Fix "delete color" and "Clear Stitches" in Sewing mode, vsatin stitches
9. Improve V-Satin editor (enlarge markers, improve "Undo" function) - 1-30-20

1/21
I fixed a bug in SA with some of the Shapes (introduced in yesterday’s update). It is dated today.

1/20
We updated SA v1.9.8 (today’s date) with the following changes:

A.    Improve smoothness of Shapes (01-20-20)
B.    Store last-used fill index as default

The shapes entered from the “Shape” dialog now have smoother boundary contours at all sizes.
SewArt now “remembers” the last fill index and will use that as the default value the next time it is opened.

Users will need to uninstall/reinstall to implement these changes.

I made one further enhancement to SA – the “Delete Color” and “Clear Stitches” functions in the Sewing mode did not work properly for V-Satin stitches. They do now.

Updates 12/12 - 12/16

* There was a bug in SewArt that could cause a crash when the color stops were cleared, either by clicking “Clear All” in the Sew mode, or closing the pattern.
* There was a “minor”, yet irritating, bug in SA that was fixed. The “auto-sew” feature has two options – to sew ALL colors or to pick a so-called transparency color in the pattern which is NOT sewn during the autostitch process.
* The “Sew-All” did not work correctly in the recent releases of SA, due in part to having added new stitch types like the X-stitch and the V(ariable)-Satin stitch. Anyhow, it seems to be working now and I would appreciate hearing from anyone if there is still any problem in that regard.

The latest upgrade has today’s date on it - 12/16/19 [Version under Help/About SewArt reads as "SewArt Version 1.9.8 121619"].

12/3/19

I fixed a bug in SA that could cause the V-Satin stitch to crash. It is dated 12/3/19.

11-15-19

(11-13-19) We’ve made some improvements to the “Shapes” dialog in SewArt. In addition to adding many new shapes that users can enter (by clicking them), we improved the rendering of the shapes to make them smoother which yields higher quality stitching in SA.

10-28-19

I updated SA/SWP today so the Restore Defaults option (in Help) only removes the offending “Workspace” key – the remaining USER-DEFINED settings will no longer be affected.


10-27-19

v1.9.8 (102419)

1. Add "Variable Satin" stitch to the sewing dialog

2. restore "Thicken Tool" in the Pencil dialog


10-24-19

Fixed the "Thicken Line" tool on the Pencil dialog of SewArt

10-17-19

We just released a major update for SewArt (v1.9.8). It includes a new variable-width satin fill stitch. The fill is “semi-automatic” and allows the user to enter the satin stitches through an easy-to-use (


10-2-19

We had a number of customers point out to us that some SVG files (rendered by Inkscape) were not opening properly in SewArt. After some code-sleuthing, we found the problem and fixed it in the current update that is on our website now. This also affected SewIconz and SewCat, so those were also updated.


9-25-19

I updated SewArt, v1.9.7, to include a few bug fixes:

  1. Implement Ctrl+Click selection in the Merge dialog, to select several colors at once to merge
  2. Implement Transparent paste so letters (for example) from Paint or Word can be pasted in OVER the existing image
  3. Fixed bug pasting from MS Word


SewWrite:

11/17/21
We added several new fonts to SewWrite. Since the program didn’t change, we did NOT update the version information. Therefore, users who wish to download the new fonts should UNINSTALL SewWrite and then REINSTALL from our website.

11-15-19

       1. v1.4.1

       2. fixed bug with some monogramming styles appearing after bezier/poly/diamond selection

       3. improve arc/poly/diamond shape dialog

       4. auto-erase selection state after monogram style applied


SewIconz:

10-25-19

We updated SewIconz to v1.8.9. The changes include:

  1. Fixed a bug in the preview pane when the Display Settings were set to something other than 100%.
  2. Added a new *.LCE (lace) file to the quilt file list
  3. Made some cosmetic improvements to the display in the preview pane (shadow at bottom fixed; pattern info doesn’t get cut off if the pane is enlarged)

10-2-19

We had a number of customers point out to us that some SVG files (rendered by Inkscape) were not opening properly in SewArt. After some code-sleuthing, we found the problem and fixed it in the current update that is on our website now. This also affected SewIconz and SewCat, so those were also updated.

 

SewCat:

10-2-19

We had a number of customers point out to us that some SVG files (rendered by Inkscape) were not opening properly in SewArt. After some code-sleuthing, we found the problem and fixed it in the current update that is on our website now. This also affected SewIconz and SewCat, so those were also updated.

 

SewClean:

10-26-20
v1.3.0
We updated SewClean today to v1.3.0. It now includes duplicate removal logic for Quilt files (in addition to Embroidery files). This was requested by a number of customers.

 

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