Frequently Asked Question
Should I Upgrade my Computer Quilting
Sharla R. Hicks, © January 1999
Electric Quilt, Quilt-Pro, QuiltSOFT, Creative and PCQuilt
have or are upgrading or will upgrade in the future, making the question, "I
don't know if I need the upgrade my quilt software, is it worth it?" important,
plus you are spending your hard earned dollars, so I am going to address the question
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- With the
recent upgrade for Quilt-Pro, Electric Quilt, PCQuilt and Creative Impulse this
spring, I have been asked the following quite frequently, "I don't know if
I need the upgrade, is it worth it?" Because this question is important and
you are spending your hard earned dollars, I am going to address the question
I give an emphatic YES. FYI: As a mail order company
I receive nothing for upgrades, they are ordered directly from the software companies
but I still say YES. Then, why? FIRST and MOST important, upgrades
are always greatly reduced in $$$'s, usually half price and in the case of some
quilting software, often up to two-thirds off. Electric quilt is offering a great
$30 upgrade price right now, far under the regular $110 price tag.
my personal experience, I have never been sorry that I have purchased an upgrade.
Each time I have, the program was easier to use, had more blocks, projects, fabrics
(when applicable), and enhanced features that seemed well worth the additional
price. Below are few of the reasons why this happens:
- Upgrades always
include the some of the dreams the programmers could not figure out or have time
to work on in the last release.
- Upgrades always include some of what
the current users have been begging for over the duration of the last release.
- Upgrades often, not always, fix clunky poorly designed features that
users complained about in the last release. (Note: It is worth your time
to complain constructively to the program developers!)
usually capitalize on new technology like new operating systems, both Quilt-Pro
and EQ are maximizing on Windows 95 technology this time around.
utilize the faster processing capabilities of newer computers. This allows for
more complicated enhancements done in less time.
What does that
mean to you the end user?
It means that more and more of your creative
work can be completed in your quilting program. Many of the enhancements that
are being added to the quilting programs are similar to the ones found the graphic
programs but with a quilter overlay. The quilter mind set of the programs is what
is making various quilting software the programs of choice for traditional and
STILL undecided because you really are not using
For those of you who have not gotten around to learning
the last version you purchased, the above may not be enough reason for you cough
up more $'s on unsed software. Before you make up your mind, here are a few things
to think about:
- When you purchased your quilt program you had every
intention of learning the program and moving forward. Bottom line, you simply
have not had time or the right motivator.
- When the right motivator comes
along and you take the time to learn the program, you will begin to search out
others doing the same thing and you will find very few fellow quilters using or
supporting the older versions with books, Internet mail lists and website information.
- Plus, the biggest reason to upgrade is price -- when you do become interested,
the upgrade option may be GONE. Many companies, not all, set time limits on the
upgrade window of opportunity or charge extra to upgrade 2-3 levels. If you upgrade
at the time of upgrade release offer you will be receiving the best price and
best window of opportunity.
to January 1999 Computer Quilting BYTES