SewIconz Embroidery and Image Iconizer Software
SewIconz is software for viewing the contents of embroidery files, quilting files, and certain common image files as icons from within Windows File Explorer©. With SewIconz, the stitch pattern contained in embroidery files and some cross-stitch files will appear as icons as you scroll through your Windows folders. Information about the number of stitches, colors and pattern size (in either mm. or in.) will appear as your cursor moves over the icons. SewIconz is fully UNICODE compatible, so that folder and file names for any set of keyboard characters are now displayed correctly.
The DOWNLOAD button above is for the DEMO and RETAIL version - they are the same - so you only need to install once!
FILE FORMATS SUPPORTED BY SEWICONZ
SewIconz can display icons for many home and commercial embroidery file formats. In addition, numerous quilting formats and common image formats can also be displayed. Below is a list (by category) of the file types supported by SewIconz:
Embroidery File Types
Image File Types
Setting Up and Using SewIconz
SewIconz is unlike our other software. After the initial installation and the setup are complete, it requires no further user interact to perform its tasks. It is a class of software known as an icon handler, which means it interacts with the Windows© Operating System rather than directly with the user.
After SewIconz is installed, you need to configure it by double-clicking its desktop icon to select the file types to iconize. This will open the setup dialog shown in the figure below. The setup dialog contains lists of embroidery and graphics file extensions (types) that you select to be handled (iconized) by SewIconz. Click on the types you want to iconize (hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple types). You may select the units (mm or in) for displaying file information. Also, for file types (like *.dst and *.exp) with no internal color palette, you can select the color palette by clicking on the Color Order button and following the steps on the palette dialog. You may also change the background, or fabric, color by pressing the Fabric Color button. This is useful, for example, when viewing white lace patterns which would otherwise be invisible on a white fabric background.
Finally, press the OK button to complete the setup process. This is the last time you need to interact with SewIconz– until you want to change the types of embroidery and graphics files to iconize or to uninstall the application. You will be given the option to reboot your system at this time. Most modern operating systems do not need to do this, but on some older (XP) systems, you may need to reboot to see icons for the selected files.
Once SewIconz has been installed and you have selected the various viewing options, you will now see “icons” (or thumbnails) displayed when you open a folder (using Windows File Explorer) that contains embroidery files (see the figure below). These images represent the stitch pattern contained in each file. The figure shows an Explorer folder containing embroidery files with large-sized thumbnails displayed in the middle pane. The file “Assortment.PES” has been “selected” by clicking on it, and its magnified textured thumbnail is displayed in the right Preview Pane (available in VISTA and later versions of Windows).
System, Download & Install Help:
System Requirements for S&S Computing Software Products
All S&S Computing software products are native Windows® applications. They will run on versions of the Windows OS (Operating System) including XP (SP3 must be installed), VISTA, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
For information describing installation of our software on a MAC computer (Intel-based, OS-X), click on this link.
Embroidery Machine Compatibility - This software installs on your computer and is compatible with most home, commercial and industrial machines. See our "Supported File Types" table to make sure that your format/machine type is listed.
Updates / Reinstall for S&S Computing Software Products:
All software products offered by S & S Computing come with a free update policy for the lifetime of the product. AutoUpdate features on the Help menu of our products will inform you when updates are available for download. You can then update from within the open product.
If you get a new computer or your computer crashes in the future, you can just come back to AKDesignsBoutique.com, download the software again from the Embroidery Software Download page - click here - and enter your user name & serial number - you will not need to purchase again. If you can't find your serial number, you can send us an e-mail [email@example.com] and we'll send it to you again.
Registration/Serial # will be e-mailed from S&S Computing after purchase – usually within minutes, but you’ll never wait more than 12 hours. Registrations are sent at least once daily after 4:00 pm EST. To allow uninterrupted usage of the product, it is advisable to order the product at least 1 day before the DEMO period expires.
If you do not receive your registration within 12 hours, then check that the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org is "whitelisted" so it will not be blocked by your e-mail client. This is accomplished by adding our e-mail address to a safe senders list so your registration e-mail is allowed to come safely into your Inbox. You can send us an e-mail [email@example.com] or call at anytime to check on your order - 678-390-2641.
Shipping for S&S Computing Software Products:
We offer shipping of CDs (within the US only) for an additional $15.00. Click on the "CD by Mail [add $15.00]" button in the Add-to-Cart area to order a CD for any of the S&S Computing products. Shipping is via USPS First Class delivery and usually requires 3-5 days for delivery [shipped by S&S Computing, not AKDesigns Boutique].
All S&S Computing product licenses allow you to use the software on up to - but no more than - two of your own computers.
Return Policy for S&S Computing Products:
All sales are final. S&S Computing software can be downloaded and trialed in Demo mode before purchasing a license by using the Download buttons on the product pages. We strongly encourage potential customers to first try the Demo before purchasing the software license. For that reason, refunds are not offered except in extenuating circumstances. When a refund is granted, a $10 deactivation fee will be deducted.
Q Does SewIconz work with VISTA and Windows 7/8? I installed SewIconz on my Windows 8 computer and the icons don't display - what did I do wrong?
A Yes, SewIconz works on computers running VISTA and Windows 7/8. You must be sure to install the correct bit version - either 32- or 64-bit - corresponding to your computer's operating system. If you are not seeing icons after installing SewIconz, it is likely due to having installed the 32-bit version on a 64-bit system. Simply install the 64-bit version (download from the SewIconz64 link). If you still don't see icons, run the File Association cleaner file (as described above) and then reselect the file types.
Q Should the "Always show icons, never thumbnails" option be checked?
A Generally, this option should be left unchecked. If it is checked, you won't see folder icons displaying a preview of the files in your folders. Also, it may prevent certain built-in image types (jpg, etc) from displaying icons. You should check in Windows Explorer Tools/Folders Options/View to make sure that this option is unchecked there (SewIconz will try to set this option according to how you choose it).
Q How do I determine if my computer operating system (OS) is 32-bit or 64-bit?
A The easiest way on VISTA or Windows 7 systems is to press the Windows key (the one with the "wavy flag" logo) and the Pause key simultaneously. An information sheet will appear which displays System Information, including the bit-size of your OS. Alternatively, you can try to install the 64-bit version of SewIconz. If it installs, you have a 64-bit OS! If you have a 32-bit OS, the 64-bit version will fail to install, and you must use the 32-bit installer.
Q After installing SewIconz and selecting the file types to iconize (by double-clicking the SewIconz desktop icon), only the icons for small views display properly. The medium and large (Tiles, thumbnails) views show up as black boxes or with "weird" icons in them. What is wrong?
A This occurs because there are several settings in VISTA that can be used to block the display of large icons (thumbnails). To fix this, first open the SewIconz desktop application. Make sure the item "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is unchecked. Now click the OK button and check to see if your large icons display correctly.
If thumbnails are still not appearing, then one more setting has to be adjusted. Go to Start->Control Panel->System & Maintenance->System->Performance Information & Tools. (This assumes you are using Control Panel Home View. In Classic View, click Performance Information.) Now click the "Adjust Visual Effects" link. On the "Visual Effects" tab, make sure the check box "Show thumbnails instead of icons" is checked. One of the two option "Let Windows Choose What's Best for my Computer", or "Custom", needs to be selected to be able to make this change.
Q After setting a file association ("Open With") for an embroidery file type, the SewIconz icons no longer display for that file type and only the application icons show. How do I recover the SewIconz (pattern) icons?
A Follow this two-step procedure to recover the correct pattern icons and save the file association:
1. Double-click the SewIconz desktop icon to open the SewIconz dialog screen and click the "Disable SewIconz" button.
2. Click the "File Assoc" button and navigate to the folder (usually in Program Files) containing the application you want to associate with (to open) the embroidery files. Click on that application (executable file) to set the file association. (This should be done instead of setting the association through Explorer's "Open With" option, which can sometimes overwrite the registry settings needed by SewIconz to display icons.)
3. Reselect the embroidery file types to iconize. Press "OK". Usually here is no need to reboot.
Now your SewIconz (pattern) icons should be redisplayed correctly, and your file associations will be intact, too. If not, run the association cleaner file and redo steps 1-3.
Q After setting the icon size in the current folder using the Window Explorer View menu, I navigate to a different folder and the icons are a different size there. How do I keep the same icon size for all folders without having to reset it each time the folder changes?
A This can be done using the Tools menu option in Windows Explorer. If there is no menu bar in Explorer, then click on Organize/Layout and select the menu option there. Then follow these directions:
1) first be sure to set the desired icon size for the current folder, using the View menu
2) click the Tools menu, then Folder/View option.
3) click the "Apply to Folders" button to apply the current icon size setting to ALL folders subsequently opened.
Now when you open ANY folder (of the same type) containing embroidery files, the icons should display in the size you have chosen.
Q Some of my files display a red "X" instead of an image. What does that mean?
A If SewIconz can not read one of the file types it was assigned to display, it assumes the file is corrupt and displays the red "X". If the Preview Pane is open (in VISTA/W7) and you (single-left) click the file, it will display a "Corrupt File" image in the Preview Pane. Note this doesn't mean the file is actually corrupt but only that SewIconz can't read its contents.
Q Will SewIconz display icons in the VISTA/Win7-8 Details/Preview Panes?
A Yes. To open the Details (Preview) pane, click (in Windows Explorer) Organize->Layout->Details (Preview) Pane. You can use these viewing panes to see an enlarged view of any embroidery (or image) file that you click in the Windows Explorer file pane.
Q When do I need to open (double-click) the SewIconz desktop icon?
A You only need to do that when you wish to change the choice of file types that should appear as icons, or if you want to change some viewing properties (such as the units displayed for the pattern properties which display when you hover your cursor over the pattern file icon). The first time after SewIconz is installed on your system you need to run the SewIconz setup dialog. Otherwise, the desktop icon for SewIconz can be ignored and just serves as a reminder that it is installed on your computer and handling the display of embroidery (and some quilt and image file) icons.
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