Husqvarna Viking have just released the 5D Version of their software. When the 4D version was released the fourth dimension represented yourself, the user. Now with 5D the new dimension is Imagination. It is not available in
Australia yet, but from the little I have seen I cannot wait to get my hands on it and I have pre-ordered my upgrade from my dealer already.
This version is available as an upgrade and does not have a new dongle. The 4D dongle will operate the 5D software so there will be no dongle issues this time. (Also no second hand sales of 4D software!) Very clever marketing. This means that if you upgrade you will be able to run both 4D and 5D side by side. With the advantages that 5D will bring it won’t be long till you find that you are seldom using 4D but for the changeover period you will have the comfort of being able to use 4D if you wish.
The really big changes are in Embroidery Extra and the Digitizing Modules and the ability to use vector graphics is HUGE. 5D Design Creator has a Draw as well as a Paint tab. Imagine being able to bring in an image with beautifully smooth edges. You will be able to alter any section of the image and reshape it at will. Thick and uneven black outlines can be altered to even them out. Many of the steps that 4D needed you to do in the editing
of the .can file will now be done to the initial image. I often needed to edit my images in external CAD software (because I could) but now it will be able to be done in 5D itself.
The Multi Gradient fill in 5D Design Creator is an absolute WOW and will make embroideries so much more interesting and more like traditional hand styles. Check it out at
http://hv.5dembroiderysystem.com/ In addition the
Freestanding Cross Hatch and Richelieu Bars tools will make lace and cutwork designs so much easier.
5D Monogram Wizard is now included in 5D Embroidery Extra as well as Background and Splitting Wizards as well as my favorite Express Design Wizard. Encore has changed! Imagine being able to work on a variety of designs not just a single design. Lots of new shapes provided in Encore as well. When you select a font name now you see the text in 3D so no need for little cameras. There are new grouping tools so you can align components in different ways. The machine stitches are now Motifs with their own tab and look like they will be much easier to work with.
It looks to me like many of the features that I loved in the old Autodigitizing have been included in the 5D. If you are in the USA I would be rushing to your dealer to have a look at the new features. I will be really excited to get mine. If you are still using an older version or have wondered about software then this is the perfect time to make the decision to buy. Perhaps the GEC has made VSP think about value for money. This version really represents a big step forward. Looks like they have delivered big time on this version. AT LAST Yeahhhhhhhhhhh..