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From: KCMT
Date: 03-06-2007, 06:52 PM (1 of 2)
Is it just for all types of media (flash and other cards) to convert to your machine media type or does it actually convert say an ART to a JEF format?
User: KCMT
Member since: 02-24-2007
Total posts: 3
From: paroper
Date: 03-06-2007, 08:54 PM (2 of 2)
I'm not sure I can totally answer your question BUT....basically a box is for conversion of one type of card to another type of card. The slots in the box are card/brand specific...for instance, you always put the PES card in the PES slot, the SEW card in the SEW slot, etc, whether you are converting to or from a particular format. The number of cards the box will hold is limited. They are totally a useless piece of equipment IF you don't have cards to convert OR your machine does not need a card to create a design.

They are also expensive compared to software that will convert files. For instance, Wilcom Truesizer will convert some formats and is FREE...and there are others. If you need a good editing software, Embird and even Buzz tools are pretty reasonable. Embird by far leads the pack and is popular because it allows you to "build your software empire" as you buy the basic, then add a font engine, digitizer, etc...where often in other pkgs you have to buy it all at once. It is a nice way to get your software as you need it. However, it does not convert ALL formats. So, when you are looking at software, you'll need to make sure that the software will convert TO the software you are needing and FROM any design format that you may already have. ART is one that is only found in Bernina's software (Artista, now knows as Bernina or Explorations)...that is, you can't WRITE to ART easily BUT several software pkgs will convert from ART and Truesizer might be one of those. For a brief time, Wilcom released a version that would write to ART but it was removed from the market. Only a handful of people managed to get their hands on it. They make the Artista software for Bernina. Because ART format needs special software, not all that many sites offer ART format designs, and some are lower grade, meaning that they have chain changed the formats and ART was one of the last in the steps. A few sites use Artista/Bernina software for digitizing and those designs are high grade.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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