Freeware and Shareware that Computer Quilters will find helpful to supplement their quilting software.






Review by Sharla Hicks ©1999

IrfanView is a very fast FREEWARE (for non-commercial use). It is a 32-Bit graphic viewer for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT that supports 37 different graphic file formats. What makes IrfanVIEW32 useful to Electric Quilt 4, Quilt-Pro 2 and 3, QuiltSOFT 4 and PCQuilt users?


For our International users, it comes in German too! Visit the IrfanView 32 Home Page listed below to download your German version.

Converts fabric image files that are downloaded off the Internet like jpegs, gifs and pngs to a useable 256 colors or less bitmap format for the our quilting software fabric libraries in one simple setup and conversion batch session.

Shows thumbnail views of a folder contents so that you can preview your downloads before converting them.

Act as your scanner destination program.

Lighten or darken your images.

Tweak, swap or change color settings to create new color versions of a fabric

Add special effects to create interesting variations to an image.

Can create a slideshow of your favorite images for show and tell.

IrfanView32 does much more than the above list, but for our quilting software purposes this is more than enough and remember, its FREE!

I felt that IrfanView was so beneficial to computer quilters that I wrote a very indepth tutorial on how to use the program for fabric file conversion in my November 1999 issue of Computer Quilting BYTES. I suggest that go you to the tutorial and see detail pictures of the screen and instructions showing how IrfanView32 is going to solve your coversion problems in a few easy steps.

You can visit IrfanView32 website by clicking here, to go to: http://stud4.tuwien.ac.at/~e9227474/english.htm and see what else it can do to make your life easier.

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 Graph Paper Printer


Review by Sharla Hicks ©1999

Dr. Philippe Marquis, Biologiste des hopitaux, Metz, France
E-mail : philimar@easynet.fr, has offered this grand little software free for awhile, now it is shareware with a nominal fee that allows you to try before you buy. You should visit occasionally to download revisions which Dr. Marquis seems to do frequently.

Graph Paper Printer has a simple interface that is easy to use and almost anyone will be up and running in just a minute or two. Just click on the the various drop down menus to view the choices. Select a few and you will see how the program thinks and instinctively know what to do next.



Grid Options:

Besides the regular square gird you see above, you will find the options shown below. There are also additional grids available for the more mathematical minded shown in the pictured dialogue box.


music grid


called weibull looks like a good start for Bargello Quilts

 dialogue box options for graph paper
This dialogue box shows all the grid options available. Each Grid has it own settings that appear when a grid type is selected.


Features Found in the program:

  • Printouts can have 3 different color variations and line widths for ease of use.



  • Zoom allows you to see what your print out will look like.
  • Select Printer Setup
  • Select size for printout
  • Customize each grid according to specified options
  • Inches and Centimeters options included when appropriate.

Graph Paper Printer Computer requirements:

  • Windows 95/98 or NT4.
  • The printer resolution must be at least 600 dpi for high quality documents.

To download this shareware software, go to: http://perso.easynet.fr/~philimar/graphpapeng.htm be sure to send a quick thank you to Dr.Philippe Marquis.

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Review by Sharla Hicks ©1998

Triangle Illusions is a small delightful speciality program whose price is just right, FREE. It is another gift on the web to anyone who is interested from the program developers Burcin Kermen and Cenk Gazen. It runs on a PC in Windows 3.1 & Windows 95.

If you enjoy Illusions, Attic Windows, Triangles, Perspective, or Isometrics then this little program is just right for you. You won't find yardage calculations and other such perks of a regular quilt program because this is a math program created by mathematicians with colors and shapes attached to the formula.

Its tools are simple, you can determine your own 3 color Palette and an overall background color. You can even adjust the degree and size of the Triangle Templates. Each template has different section(s) of the triangle.

To learn: Go to work developing your rotation-placement skills and eye-mind dexterity, soon you will uncover the delightful wonders of Triangle Illusions!

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