I have just been reading the complaints in the blog about issues with the Husqvarna Viking software.
Back in the 70’s we programmed computers using paper cards and a paperclip. Computers took up whole floors and the WEB was a university intranet communication system. Gosh it was good when we got keyboards and everyone thought that DOS was a fabulous advance.
In the early 80’s we all stood around and watched two rectangular “bats” bounce a ball between them. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was on TV and computer text & graphics were considered so advanced. In the late 80’s-early 90’s we had the first DOS version of home embroidery software and someone called Bill Gates talked about his new platform called Windows and IBM for the masses. But very few thought it would take on. Mac’s were THE computer in those days.
I can vividly remember in 1991 trying to convince my supervisor that we should get a new computer with more than 4Mg of memory. It seems ridiculous now when memory is discussed in terabytes. (Money men talk about Trillions with great calm)
Digitizing in DOS was not easy but we managed to make some good designs. Probably better than some of the “Instant” designs you can make now. Windows 3.5 saw the introduction of the Husqvarna Viking 5 software, and the dreaded Dongel was with us to stay.
In an ideal world we would not need dongles but once computers came with CD burners a Pandora’s box was created. Dongels were designed to keep the cost of the software down. Imagine the price if they had to factor in the cost of illegal copies. Remember also we are not talking about a mass market here. Very few people even realize that home embroidery software exists.
I am surprised when I see people critizing VSP for releasing new software. Upgrading is not compulsory. The upgrades are quite well priced compared to upgrades of my other graphics software that are usually around 50% of the original price. We now live in a consumer world where everything has a “Use by Date”. I know of lots of people who are still using the VIP or 3D software. Just disconnect your computer from the web, run Windows 95/96/ME/2000/XP/Vista and you will have no problems ever again.
Unless you want a new machine that uses a different interface. But I am sorry to say……welcome to the real world. You want the new goodies you are going to have to pay for them.
I will agree that the Smart Card system was devious and I do feel sorry for those who thought they were saving money by going with those machines. I warned people that they would be locked in if they bought one. USB connectivity is the best way to interact with an embroidery machine. I recommend that anyone considering an embroidery machine purchase regard this as an essential. This was always Brothers BIG advantage.
Every software box has the Minimum Specifications on it. 4D is for XP or Vista on a 1GHz processor and 2GB of drive space. 5D is for XP/Vista or Windows 7, same processor and drive space but an additional 2GB of RAM. At least now just about every computer has an independent graphics card. If your computer is not set up correctly or is not adequate then you will have problems. The numerous times that I have had people complain that their software is corrupt it has been their computer that is behind the problem. Downloading Free Anti Virus software and other “Free” software is often the cause of many problems.
5D is fantastic. The digitizing power is awesome and so many of the features we asked for are in it. I can find $1000 for my quarter electricity bill and a rate installment so paying for an upgrade is much more fun. I would rather have this than the old “bat and ball“ in the 80’s . We now live in a world where Avatar set a new standard for screen graphics and most households have at least three computers in addition to four TV’s and let’s not start counting mobile phones.
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