All Embird programs are Windows applications and are available in FREE demo versions.
They switch into fully enabled versions after registration is purchased and entered to the programs.
Basic Embird program resizes, splits, edits, displays, prints and converts embroidery designs. There are several optional plug-in programs and alphabets available for Embird, expanding its capabilities with digitizing, lettering, cross stitch designs, conversion of TrueType fonts into embroidery, etc.
Use of demo version is limited to 30 days or 100 runs. After this period, you must register your copy to use it further. The unregistered demo version has limited functionality.
Basic Embird works in two modes: Embird Manager and Embird Editor.
Displays also images - digital photos (.JPG, .TIF, etc.) and allows to sort them.
Creates (displays, prints and saves into .BMP or .JPG file) various types of design documentation, including animated .GIFs and screen saver.
Provides photo-realistic 3D preview of designs in order to enable assigning of proper colors to needles and to check the design without actual embroidering.
Contains many threads catalogs and finds thread closest to chosen color.
Reads and writes designs stored on memory cards, floppy, USB or hard disks in various embroidery formats.
Allows user to organize designs by copying them to new folders.
Supports Amazon and Azure cloud storage.
Provides separate File Commander window for convenient file management.
Allows user to insert and delete colors in a design.
Joins and splits designs. Interactive free hand splitting and automatic splitting are supported.
Moves, resizes with density adjustment, centers, mirrors, rotates and skews designs or their parts.
Allows user to edit individual stitches or parts of design.
Allows user to change the stitch order of design parts.
Allows user to reduce the number of colors
Simulates sewing of design, even in 3D mode.
Sorts colors smartly.
Prints templates in 1.1 scale on multiple sheets.
Insert text in various predigitized fonts and layouts.
Inserts Font Engine text automatically converted from TrueType or Open Type fonts.
Join and split designs. Interactive free-hand splitting is supported.
Imports design from Embird Studio, Embird Cross Stitch and Sfumato Stitch programs to save them in appropriate file format.
What's New this Build of Embird
Several bugs fixed.
New format added: "Quilting: Shirley Stitcher, Quilt magician . QCC"
Embird can show stitches saved in (some) Quilting QBOT . 4QB files.
It cannot write (convert to) .4QB.
The following thread charts were added in new version:
The following embroidery hoops were added in new version:
Janome MC500e RE28b Hoop (200 x 280 mm) - Vertical
Janome MC500e RE28b Hoop (280 x 200 mm) - Horizontal
Janome MC500e RE20b Hoop (140 x 200 mm) - Vertical
Janome MC500e RE20b Hoop (200 x 140 mm) - Horizontal
Janome MC500e SQ20b Hoop (200 x 200 mm)
Janome MC500e SQ14b Hoop (140 x 140 mm)
Janome MC500e RE10b Hooop (100 x 40 mm) - Horizontal
Janome MC500e RE10b Hooop (40 x 100 mm) - Vertical
Fixes to column stitch layout.
Studio 2016 is a Digitizing Plug-in for Embird Software. While the basic Embird program works mostly with stitch files, Studio uses vector objects for ease of design creation.
The main concept of digitizing in Studio is to draw vector outlines of respective objects and fill them with various types of stitches in the same way you would fill objects with color in a graphics program.
Studio contains two parts, each of them is optional
Digitizing of logos and fancy designs, lettering, auto-tracing, freehand, conversion of vector files into embroidery.
Studio is an optional plug-in program for Embird. It must be downloaded as a separate file and installed into Embird. Embird 2016 is required before you can trial or purchase Studio. Upgrade from previous versions of Studio to version 2016 is free of charge.
Digitizing Tools 2016
Digitizing Tools is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows the user to digitize scalable embroidery designs up to 200x200 centimeters (78.8x78.8") large.
A design is digitized so that the user creates outline (vector) objects either on a blank background or on an image (template) in the work area. When finished, the design is compiled into stitches and put into Embird Editor for final adjustment and saved in the desired embroidery format.
Designs are created in a vector form using lines and curves. Vector format allows resizing of designs without loss of quality. A raster picture can be imported as a template into the background of the working area. To store designs, Studio uses its own file format with all objects, parameters, stitches and background images stored in a single file (*.eof).
Objects such as Fill, Sfumato, Carving, Column, Column with pattern, Outline, Connection, Appliqué and Manual Stitches are available. Fill and Sfumato objects can have openings. Carving objects can be used to add unique texture to fills and columns. Objects can be moved, rotated, skewed and scaled.
Each object has adjustable creative and technical parameters such as stitch density, random broadening, fill pattern, color, type of underlay, etc., to allow the user to create special effects and adjust thte design for sewing on a particular fabric.
Advanced features are included in the Studio work space. Some features are useable for Digitizing Tools, some for Sfumato Stitch and some for both of them.
Trace Tool allows the user to convert a bitmap image (raster image) to a vector design without redrawing the image manualy.
Trace tool works in a several steps:
1. Selection of consistently coloured area (pixels of raster image) with magic wand.
2. Turnig of selected raster areas into vector objects
3. Filling vector objects with stitches.
It is possible to create outline, column, fill, sfumato and carving objects. Selection options allow the user to change the way the Trace tool behaves with each selection. It is possible to define whether to make a new selection and discard any existing selection or add objects of a different color to the existing selection or select non-continuous areas of the same color at once.
Import and conversion of vector graphic into embroidery. Studio allows the user to import EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphic from Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Zoner Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Pre-Design and other graphic programs and convert it into embroidery design without redrawing it. This function is available only to owners of the Font Engine plug-in.
Studio also allows the user to export embroidery designs into .SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphic) for use in Corel Draw and other graphic programs.
Automatic vectorization (digitizing) of raster image.
Interactive lettering allows the user to insert and edit text directly in the work area of Studio. Text can be created with Font Engine(True Type and Open Type fonts) or with pre-digitized Alphabets. Lettering supports multiline text and adjustable text baselines. Predefined baselines include circle, lines and spirals. All baselines can be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated and slanted) and/or as edited node-by-node. Whole text or individual characters can be moved, scaled, rotated and slanted as well. Additional controls allow the user to adjust spacing of characters, words and lines and overall size of the text.
Studio is able to generate various lettering styles from the common font files: auto-column (satin stitch), plain and motif fill, center outline and outline. All these styles can be used with nearest-point connections to avoid thread trimming.
Automatic Outliner creates a double-layered thin outline for a single object or multiple objects. Such outlines are often used for logos, lettering and cartoon-like characters. Objects may overlap or intersect one another and the program creates outlines only for the visible parts.
Envelope Tool allows the user to deform selected object(s) in the work area of Studio with the use of an adjustable boundary.
Options like predefined shapes, the type of horizontal and vertical edges and symmetry options are available from the panel at the right side of the screen.
Fills with multiple motifs. Studio allows the user to use several motifs within a single fill. Setting of desired number of rows and columns defines a grid of motifs that will be used to fill the object.
Multiple motifs can be combined with all options available for single motif like scale, shift, fill angle, wave and gradient.
Integrated Sew Simulator in Studio allows the user to simulate sewing of a whole design or just a selection in a normal, 3D or flat view mode. The color bar at top of the screen helps to 'rewind' simulation forward and backward. It is possible to set a negative speed for simulation, which means that stitches gradually disapear.
Freehand tool allows the user to create realistic fur or shading effects as well as sketch drawings with a mouse or digitizing tablet within a few minutes. It works like a painting tool. The result, however, is an embroidery design that can include various embroidery styles like fills, columns, sfumato objects, carvings and outlines as well as some new stitch styles like pressure-sensitive columns.
Corner function duplicates and rotates selected objects in the corner of the hoop to create symmetrical ornaments in the other three corners of the hoop.
Auto-Repeat tool allows the user to duplicate a sample along the chosen baseline (line, circle, rectangle, etc.). It is possible to mirror each copy of the sample and to set the distance (gap) between the samples.
To make digitized objects and stitches more visible on the background, the user can adjust brightness, contrast, gamma correction, color balance and saturation of the background image. There are also tools for rotation, cropping and resizing of the background image.
Object Inspector window is available for fast and easy management of objects. The user can change the color of an object or its order by simple drag-and-drop operation. Objects can be grouped to make manipulations easier. Icons in Object Inspector indicate color changes, trims, object type and visibility.
Thread catalog with thousands of thread colors from leading manufacturers. A thread list can be sorted according to the thread name, number or similarity with a chosen color. For easier work with the catalog it is possible to select a particular thread manufacturer and mark threads that you actually have. Then the search can be limited to the marked threads only.
Predefined Styles Table allows the user to set many object parameters (like density, pull compensation, underlay, minimum and mazimum stitch) at once, for sewing on specific materials like jeans, towels or fleece. Each of them requires a special combination of the above parameters for optimum embroidering.
Digitizing Tools creates not only cover stitches for each object, but also various types of underlay: center walk, edge walk, and zig-zag underlay to stabilize embroidered objects.
Digitizing Tools performs many editing operations automatically. Connection paths are rearranged when the user moves objects, sharp corners of columns are automatically split or folded when converted to stitches, fill overlays are adjusted according to size of object.
Studio includes many predefined fill patterns, envelopes, borders, fill motifs and outline samples. A built in editor allows the user to create your own fill patterns, outline samples, border samples and fill motifs.
3D Preview Tabs with 3D preview of embroidery designs are included in all Embird modules - basic Embird, Studio, Cross Stitch and Sew Simulator. Studio also provides X-ray and Density Map view modes to analyze the stitche density layout. These view modes help to identify areas of critical density and to increase the quality of the design.
Sfumato Stitch 2016
Sfumato Stitch is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows easy and fast creation of multicolored portraits and other designs from photos.
Sfumato objects can be combined with other objects like lettering, satin outlines, etc., but their digitizing requires registration of respective plug-ins like Font Engine or Digitizing Tools.
User imports a photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo. Just like other objects in the Studio, Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. A photo-realistic effect is achieved with variable density of the thread flow.
Objects are filled with stitches so that the thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through the stitches. In general, the loose meanders are used on low density areas.
The face on the boy's portrait is a single Sfumato object with 5 shades of skin color and a hole.
Special controls and paramaters are available to tune density and colors of the Sfumato object. Additional features like openings, carvings and color mask can be applied to achieve required stitch layout and texture.
Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its basic color or user-defined shades. Chosing the proper number of separate objects and the proper number of shades within each object allowsthe user to achieve various coloring effects.
Single Sfumato object with just 1 shade
Single Sfumato object with 5 shades of sepia color
Single Sfumato object with 5 user-defined shades
Multicolored Sfumato design
The boy's portrait on the above example contains multiple Sfumato objects: the cap, face, mouth, shoulder and breast. Each of these objects has its own color scale.
Embird Cross Stitch is an optional plug-in for Embird. It provides a number of tools and stitch styles to create a perfect cross stitch pattern.
Manual drawing of crosses, automatic conversion from artwork, editing, outlining and lettering are all included in this software tool.
Computerized cross stitch allows you to focus on the creative aspect of embroidery. Program arranges the sewing order of crosses to optimize the actual embroidery process.
Embird Cross Stitch software allows the user to digitize cross stitch patterns with up to 400 x 400 crosses. Number of colors is limited to 254.
Manual and Automatic Mode
There are two ways of creating cross stitch patterns:
Crossstitch pattern is created manually by drawing dots (crosses) either on a blank background or on an image (template, scanned chart).
Crossstitch pattern is created automatically from imported background image (picture to cross stitch).
In both cases, the program automatically generates cross stitches and arranges them to optimize the sewing process. It is possible to import the scanned chart (hand graph) and calibrate it properly to fit the background of the work area, then manually draw the dots (crosses) using the chart in the background and finally compile the pattern into stitches.
Tools and Controls
Many editing tools are available for the creation and adjustment of patterns: marquee, lasso, magic wand, zoom lens, eye dropper, smooth, pencil, brush, air-brush, text, line, simple curve, rectangle, round rectangle, ellipse, star, regular polygon, fill area, clear area, etc. The pre-defined fill patterns are available, and the user can even create his/her own fill patterns. There are also some special functions like 'clear isolated points' or ' thin lines' and 'smooth' parts by adding quarter crosses to corners, which allows the user to clear and optimize the cross stitch pattern. The order in which the colors are sewn can be prescribed.
Lettering in Cross Stitch
Add text to your cross stitch designs with the use of any TrueType or OpenType font installed on your PC. Choose font, color and size and create lettering in a few seconds. Crosses are automatically generated inside of characters. By choosing another command from the menu it is possible to add the outlines around all characters easily.
All popular cross types are supported:
elongated horizontal crosses
elongated vertical crosses
manual and automatic outlines
Use full, 3/4, half or quarter crosses to create your pattern. Also, a thin running-stitch outline can be added around the pattern manually or automatically. Controls like 'number of thread layers', 'size' of crosses and 'number of tie-up stitches' are available to give you full control over the stitches.
Embird Font Engine is a Lettering, Monogram and Clipart plug-in for Embird. It combines an embroidery lettering tool and graphics in vector file format. It creates embroidery lettering from common Windows fonts in TrueType and OpenType format. It is also possible to use it with 3rd party ready-made embroidery alphabets. Because of its vector handling capabilities, Font Engine is able to convert vector clipart or logos created with graphic programs into embroidery designs.
Font Engine has three main usage modes:
Embroidery lettering from TrueType and OpenType fonts
Lettering tool for ready-made embroidery alphabets
Conversion of vector graphics into embroidery designs
Please note: Font Engine does not include any font or clipart. It is a conversion program.
1. Embroidery Lettering from TrueType and OpenType Fonts
Main panel allows the user to select TrueType or OpenType font and type the text you want to convert into embroidery. Next panel (Properties tab) serves to adjust size and other parameters of lettering.
Font Engine can produce plain fill, auto column (satin stitch) and motif fills and sample, satin and appliqué outlines for text.
Fill Exterior option allows the user to invert filled areas of text.
Pattern, Wave, Gradient and other effects like contour or circular fill can be applied to plain fill of text.
Font Engine allows the user to place text on line, ellipse and other baselines and also to deform it with use of an envelope..
Lettering may have single stitch, sample, satin stitch or appliqué outline.
Auto Column (satin stitches) fill of text produces lettering looking almost as if it was digitized by a human digitizer. Font Engine uses a large base of digitizing knowledge and an artificial intelligence to convert fonts into satin stitches.
Satin stitch lettering of a large size should be used with the Pattern option on, to avoid too long stitches and to add texture to a large stitched areas.
Each character in a text can be moved, rotated, skewed and scaled separately to create unique lettering effects. Use the Symmetry options for easier adjustment of lettering envelope. Many predefined envelopes are included.
2. Lettering Tool for Ready-Made Alphabets
One of the most popular ways to create embroidery lettering is to buy ready-made embroidery font (alphabet) and compose your lettering from characters in the font. This may be a tedious job if you want to align lettering on a circle or create a longer text. Ready-made fonts are delivered in stitch files, usually one letter per file. The user has to import the stitch files one-by-one and put them together to create the text label.
Ready-Made Alphabets mode of Font Engine allows the use of a convenient lettering tool with 3rd party or custom letters. It is no longer necessary to assemble such lettering manually. Simply import all letter files at once, index letters and use them in the same way as common Windows fonts. Work with text and especially the lettering layout process becomes much easier.
Custom letters are not limited to a single color or style. You can use any number of colors, cross-stitch patterns or anything that stitch file supports and Embird can import.
Some features like nearest-point connections or outlines are not applicable to the ready-made alphabets. Resizing is available, but not recommended as stitch file quality may decrease when the size changes.
3. Vector Graphics
Font Engine functionality goes beyond the fonts. It can convert EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphics to an embroidery file. This function allows the user to import designs from drawing programs like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It is typically used for logos and clipart designs.
The embroidery process imposes additional requirements on the design, especially proper object order, connections, overlays and layers. Therefore, some editing of vector designs in Embird Studio is usually needed to produce good embroidery from these files.
Alphabets are an optional lettering plug-ins for the Embird software. They are manually pre-digitized embroidery fonts in re-sizeable format.
Alphabets contain multiple versions of each character optimized for various size range and for a nearest-point connection between the letters. They are especially suitable for the creation of small lettering. Embird allows easy manipulation of Alphabets, including arching and shaping of the text.
Embird Alphabets are re-sizeable and have adjustable parameters like density, texture and underlay type. Program computes new stitches for each text label. This approach allows Embird to optimize stitches for each individual lettering layout and settings.
Embird Editor and Manager work with Alphabets through a text tool window. The text tool allows the user to adjust the layout of lettering and apply envelope, skewing and other shaping operations. When finished, lettering is compiled into stitches and put into Embird Editor for final adjustment and saved in the desired embroidery format.
Alphabets are accessible also from Studio's interactive lettering. When used from Studio, Alphabets produce text in a vector (outline) form that can be further edited in Studio.
Characters scalable in large scale (approximately 4,5 mm - 8 cm for "a")
Various underlays (center walk, edge walk, zig-zag)
Automatic and manual kerning of characters
Various types of letters connections (nearest point, floating stitch)
Automatic tie-ups before and after floating stitches
Automatic simplification of serif for small letters
Automatic parameters and underlays for various size of letters
Possibility of global change of text parameters or individual change of single letters parameters
Arching of text. Text can be placed on any of 7 predefined paths (circle, line, wave, etc.) with variable parameters, or user can define her/his own path.
Editing of spaces between letters, size of path and text, type of underlay.
Arching of text
Automatic simplification of serifs on small characters
Various types of underlay
Auto shortening of stitches in curves
Nearest point connections
Envelope can be used to create monograms as well as to add special effects like diamond shape or bridge to the lettering.
Use envelope controls to select any of the predefined envelopes or to create your own envelope. Define type of edges and optional symmetry of nodes. Move nodes in the work area to adjust the shape of the envelope.
Individual adjustment of characters
Position, width, height, angle, slanting and distance from the baseline of each character can be adjusted individually by moving respective node control.
Parameters of lettering
Type of underlay
Cover stitches: density, start/end dilatation gap, broadening, random broadening, pattern (7 patterns), auto shortening of stitches in curves.
Center walk underlay: maximum and minimum stitch
Edge walk underlay: edge offset, maximum and minimum stitch
Zig-zag underlay: edge offset, start/end dilatation gap, density, maximum and minimum stitch of zig-zag areas connection
Various types of cover stitches patterns
Iconizer is an optional plug-in for Embird. It displays content of embroidery files as icons or thumbnails. This capability is not limited to files displayed in Embird. Once Iconizer is installed and registered, it can work in the background of Windows Explorer or File Explorer and all programs that use standard dialog windows.
Whenever Windows needs to draw the icon of an embroidery file in any program or panel, Iconizer supplies the image of the design stored in this file. This allows you to see icons of actual designs, not just the generic icons you see without Iconizer. Iconizer is a useful tool to manage your embroidery designs in Explorer or other programs.
Iconizer works together with Windows Explorer or File Explorer, as it is called in Windows 8. The principle of Iconizer is simple - normally, when you run Explorer and you are not using the Iconizer plug-in, each design file is represented by a generic type icon. Registered Iconizer shows a small picture of the embroidery design instead. This allows you to browse and sort your designs easily, because you can see the content of embroidery files while using all features of the Explorer and other Windows programs that use Explorer's standard dialog windows.
"Generic" icon of embroidery file
Embroidery file displayed icon
Iconizer uses Embird's library to read embroidery files. Therefore, it supports the same embroidery formats as Embird.
Using Iconizer in Explorer
Windows Explorer was renamed to File Explorer in Windows 8. It serves to access and manipulate the files stored on your computer. In the case of embroidery files, Iconizer draws pictures of their content and sends them to Explorer to display either as icons or as thumbnails. Iconizer also provides information like stitch count, design size, color number, etc., to display in Explorer's pop-up menu.
The first step is to choose the desired size of icons in Iconizer settings. The second step is to choose the icon enlargement in Explorer. The medium size in Explorer is equal to the basic icon size in Iconizer settings. Select a larger icon size in Explorer's View menu for a more detailed preview of designs, if needed.
Icons in the above example are too small. Select a larger size for better detail.
Iconizer does more than just display a picture of the design. It provides textual information about the design like dimensions, stitch count and so on. Also, it provides links to services like printing, editing or conversion of design in Embird software. These links and the textual information are accessible via a pop-up menu that appears when you right mouse button click on the design icon in Explorer.
Right click on embroidery file icon to invoke the pop-up menu with Embird commands and information about design.
3D Thumbnails and Color List
Besides normal, flat stitch rendering, Iconizer is also able to draw 3D thumbnails of embroidery designs. This option can be turned ON or OFF in the Embird Manager main menu > Options > Iconizer Settings. It is also possible to show or hide the color list of the design. 3D drawing and color list options have no effect on small icons.
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None, only plug-ins
Digitizing Tools part of Studio 2016
Sfumato Stitch part of Studio 2016 + Sfumato Stitch
Your name:* (the name the program is to be registered in)
Your e-mail address: (this is where your password will be sent, make sure the address is typed correctly or you will not receive your password)
*If you are a registered user of Embird, please enter your name, EXACTLY as it appears in Embird Manager's Title Bar (i.e. in the blue bar at the top of Embird Manager window - see also example). If you are new user, please enter your name as it appears on your Credit Card.
Yes, I have tested Embird and its plug-ins and I found that it meets my needs. I am aware that there is no refund on registered software and/or plug-ins.
This file contains Digitizing Tools & Sfumato Stitch. Digitizing plug-in for Embird 2016 Build 10.17: Unregistered demo has a stitch limit.
To install Studio plug-in:
1. Embird must first be installed.
2. Click on the download link above, then choose "Run".
3. Click on "Unzip"..
4. Check Studio has installed successfully by opening Embird and going to Help/Installed Plug-ins.
Cross Stitch 2016
No separate download. The installation file of Cross Stitch is included in the Embird installation file. If you have Embird installed already, Cross Stitch is installed, too. However, Embird registration does not cover the registration of Cross Stitch. Registration must be purchased separately. Unregistered Demo has a stitch limit.
To use Cross Stitch:
1. Download and install Embird.
2. Run Embird and click on "Editor > Insert > Cross Stitch Design".
No separate download. The installation file of Iconizer is included in the Embird installation file. If you have Embird installed already, Iconizer is installed, too. However, Embird registration does not cover the registration of Iconizer. Registration must be purchased separately.
Unregistered Demo doesn't show all icons.
To use Iconizer:
1. Download and install Embird.
2. Run Embird and go to "Options > Iconizer Settings".
3. Click on each of the Select All buttons. Click OK to confirm the settings.
Font Engine 2016
No separate download. The installation file of Font Engine is included in the Embird installation file. If you have Embird installed already, Font Engine is installed too. However, Embird registration does not cover the registration of Font Engine.
Unregistered demo supports only characters "abcABC".
To use Font Engine:
1. Download and install Embird.
2. Run Embird and go to "Editor > Insert > Font Engine Text".
Click on each alphabet to see all the characters included. Unregistered demo supports only characters "abcABC". Download Alphabets 1-42 all-in-one installation file.
To use Alphabets:
1. Download and install Embird.
2. Click on the Alphabet download link, then click "Run".
3. Click on "Unzip".
4. Check the Alphabet has installed successfully by opening Embird and going to Help/Installed Plug-ins.
5. Run Embird and go to "Editor > Insert > Text".