Quilt software reviews: for Creative Impulse, Repligator, Quilts, Quilt-Pro 3.
New additions to Virtual Computer Quilt Gallery and FAQs about quilt software
and computer quilting. News on Electric Quilt 4, Quilt-Pro 3, and VQuilt.Jan.
99: Quilt software reviews: for Creative Impulse, Repligator, Quilts, Quilt-Pro
3. New additions to Virtual Computer Quilt Gallery and FAQs about quilt software
and computer quilting. News on Electric Quilt 4, Quilt-Pro 3, and VQuilt.
From the Keyboard of Sharla Hicks
We all are looking at a banner year for computer quilting, we have grown to 21
quilt software or quilt related software titles and expect to be adding more soon.
New upgrades are the name of the game.
the surge in computer quilting popularity and thanks to you, we have outgrown
our free space on Earthlink! We are happy to announce that our website has recently
changed to a new, easier to remember domain name: softexpressions.com please
bookmark our new address or change any links you may have.
a thank you for all your help in getting us to this point, we are offering a Blow-Out
sale with great new releases, pre-release prices plus discounts on every product
and new clearance items. You can check out the new prices on our order
Table of Contents
- Stolen Quilt? Do not forget to photograph and
have your quilts appraised!
- Software Reviews
- Creative Impulse: Wow,
this program is experiencing a surge in popularity, about TIME! Included
here is an article by Birte Hilberg, the program developer, she tells
you how Creative Impulse works and why she developed the program.
- Repligator: A New and Innovative
approach to enhancing your quilting designs or website graphics!
- Quilt-Pro 3
just keeps getting better with age, like fine wine! Version
3 released on time and is receiving rave reviews. Check out my
review and our discount
pricing, find savings that can not be beat!!
- New additions to Frequently asked Questions
- Should I Upgrade my Computer
Quilting Program? by Sharla Hicks
- Clearing up the Mud surrounding
Copyright for Electric Quilt, BlockBase, SewPrecise and their Support
Books. by Penny McMorris
- New Additions to the Virtual Gallery since the last newsletter
Remember, I am always looking for more quilts and galleries to
add. For instructions on how to participate, go to the bottom of the
- Lani Nagy
and Judy White
have added their quilts created using Electric Quilt 3
- Kathleen Bisset
has added 2 quilts from her Coffee table, she used Photo Deluxe, Stitch
Painter, and a digital camera
- In the News
- Electric Quilt News: EQ announces Upgrade release in the
spring with free upgrade offer to anyone purchasing EQ 3 NOW. Check
out some of the new features for EQ 4 and our discount pricing (WOW) (click
back in your top menu bar to return to this newsletter)
- Quilt-Pro 3 News: Quilt-Pro 3 released December 15, 1998
as promised and its new enhancements have been well received, but
as often happens with the release of new software, it has a few bugs
and Jim Salamon (program developer) has been very busy fixing them.
You can download the updates at http://www.quiltpro.com and select UPDATE in the Navigation
Bar (click back in the browser's bar to return to this newsletter).
I would suggest that you visit this site occasionally and update just
for good measure.
- VQuilt News: VQuilt has recently opened up a new
Website. Check it out, it will be going through several transformations
as time goes by, Phil loves programming and will not be able to resist
the call of enhancing his website. (click back in your top
menu bar to return to this newsletter)
Stolen Quilt: No picture???
Editors note: The need for photography and quilt appraisals
is a necessity. Quilters today are shipping, exhibiting and lovingly
offering quilts for use, thus losing the ability to keep them 100% safe,
even in our homes and cars there is the threat of fire and burglary.
The last two quilts listed on my
Stolen Quilt Page Listing do not have photos or appraisals ,
this will make their recovery or monetary compensation (better than
nothing) much more difficult. I encourage you to photograph undocumented
quilts ASAP and, if you can afford it, get an Quilt appraisal done that
is the documentation you can use to add insurance riders for art in
Stolen Quilt, No picture. Stolen from Tampa Bay Sewing Center
located in Joann Fabrics in Brandon, Fl.
- Sampler pattern in shades of lilac and purples.
- Border: 3 " lavender print border, then approx 12" off
white muslin, then another darker border..Then finished off with a
saw tooth border of all the fabrics used in the quilt.
- Was signed on the back with the name --Marge Krumroy.
- Back was off-white muslin.
If you know anything about this quilt, please contact Marge at: MKrum56199@aol.com
I have been telling anyone who would listen
for over 3 years about the wonders of this innovative and wonderful
program, Creative Impulse. And recently, my mail order business experienced
an upsurge in orders buying the program, its about time! Creative Impulse
has much to offer.
I suggest that you
take the time peak into the program with the help of Birte Hilberg's
new website (she and her husband are the program developers) and it
fabulous Guided Tour (developed by her son, its a family affair), and
her article below, you can get a look for yourself at the delights that
Creative Impulse has to offer. To
download your demo good for 3 weeks click here, you will be
amazed! I also have a Creative
Impulse review page that you will want to explore also and I
carry the program at our new discount price of $85.95,
wonderful graphics you are seeing are created in Creative Impulse by
Birte herself. She has also written an
article to help us understand the user simplicity built into
the program that still creates these outstanding images.
Birte begins her article with the following
It wasn't boredom nor
an urge to make a design program, that set the ball rolling in 1982,
but the burning desire to find an answer to a very simple question.
I had just become hooked on patchwork and wanted to know "how many
designs could be made from a square containing a black and a white triangle?"
Simple mathematics told us that there would be thousands and we knew
that writing a small computer program would help us in our search for
the answer. A small DOS program, later called PC-PATCH, did produce
thousands of designs, some of them well known to patchworkers, but most
were new and original. We were delighted with the results.
As we all know, hobbies
have a tendency to take over ones lives and it didn't take long before
I thought of new more complex questions, that only could be answered
by expanding the computer program. Sixteen years later and we're still
spending much of our spare time exploring new and exciting ways of creating
unique designs with the aid of a computer.
In 1992 we started rewriting the program for Windows. This enabled
us to expand the program considerably and we decided to try combining
our simple vector graphics with a specialized bitmap editor, which makes
possible the application of a multitude of special effects to the designs.
This turned out to be extremely successful; traditional-looking designs
could quickly and easily be transformed far beyond anything we could
For the rest of her article, more graphics and information on how
to make Creative Impulse sing, click here.
To order Creative Impulse, click
New Shareware Available from Soft Expressions
This new, innovative software's greatest selling points is its ease
of use. The learning curve is almost non-existent. Bring in your imagination,
push F7, F8 or F9 and you have instant, new design ideas. What a Design
Aide! See below a innovative block that I have manipulated into 3 marvelous
color and design ideas and 3 versions of quilt that has been transformed.
- The possibilities are endless! Words just don't do the program justice,
try out the free demo version then come back and
order your own personalized version with expanded capabilities, more
image storage and "no" shipping charges because you receive
it via e-mail for only $29.00 for a disk add $5 and shipping costs.)
To order, click here.
For more information about Repligator, go
here. Want to have another opinion? Check out this fun
and quite humorously written review of Repligator on another site,
then come back and order from us because we have the best discount
UNTIL NEXT TIME
May all your time creating Computer Quilts be a Joy, filled
with right brain escape, and result in that much sought after finished
Fabric Quilt, if not at least a very nifty Virtual Quilt that you
send to me to display in the VIRTUAL QUILT GALLERY !!
Editor of Computer Quilting BYTES
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