PE Design Basic does not have a digitising function at all. It’s really just for minor editing – although I would think that you would be able to purchase lettering that has been digitised already and open and arrange them in PEDS Basic. But if you wished to use True Type Fonts and convert them into ready designs or lettering then you would either have to purchase the full PE Design Next or perhaps PEDS Lite. But to be honest Embird represents much better value for money. The full price of the program is less than PE Design Next or Lite to begin with and then any upgrades are only dollars as opposed to hundreds of dollars for Embird upgrades. I teach both programs – PE Design and Embird – so I have nothing to gain in recommending one over the other but the last upgrade to Embird was $20 whereas I generally pay approx $600 per upgrade for any upgrade to the Brother programs. I’ve had PE Design since Version 2 and have now stopped upgrading at Version 8. I have also had Embird since 1998 and their upgrades have cost me in total over 14 years no more than $80 total (for 14 years).
In Embird Editor you can use the Embird lettering (purchasable at approx $13.50 per lettering style) or you can purchase Font Engine as an add on to Embird at $132.00. Embird itself is $150 and with Font Engine as an add-on or perhaps some of the pre-digitised fonts (which are excellent BTW) you will still be paying far less than the Brother programs plus you’ll have a great amount more of editing capabilities than you’ll ever have with PE Design.
If you wish to make designs from scratch – digitising – then you’ll also need to purchase Embird Studio (Digitising Tools $135.00) This will enable you to create any number of designs, save them and then stitch them on your machine.
But if you’re just looking to create some lettering – such as your daughters name – then my advice would be to get Embird Basic ($132) and some of the Embird lettering at $13.50 each. The lettering is fabulous and resizeable perfectly. And the editing capabilities of Embird are just fantastic. This is really the best value for money program around. Embird will write to any format other than ART
Try the Embird program for 30 days free of charge and see what you think of it . And its a fully functioning version of the program and can be used on any computer you own – without a security device (no dongles).
I think you’re best to start with Embird Basic and a couple f alphabets and get used to them before you buy extra add-ons such as Font Engine or Digitising Tools (Embird Studio) But be assured that Embird will do as you wish to do…
I hope that helps but if you need more info then just email me again.
Step by step lessons for Embird and PE Design