Mac users have been left out of embroidery for a long time - dating back to the early nineties when Pfaff had a Mac version. Why?
Much of the core technology for embroidery formats is Microsoft Windows(tm) based. In order to create this product, we had to create those technologies on Mac first. That isn't easy! It has taken over two years to make Convert it! Mac.
There are only a handful of people in the entire world who have the knowledge and skill to write software for these machines (We have two of them), so you can see why it hasn't been common. In fact, some of the biggest players in the world use our technologies in their PC software!
At events with embroiderers we routinely ask who are our Mac users. The results are typically 2-3%. And half of those have already 'broken-down' and put Windows on their Mac. Naturally the bigger companies feel fine with this. But we thought you'd prefer to have it native on the operating system you feel at home with; OS X 10.4 and 10.5 (Tiger and Leopard) And you can run on your PowerPC Macs too - this is a universal binary.
Why is Convert It, Mac so essential? I want to digitize and edit.
The first thing you need to develop when writing software for embroidery machines is the formats which are read by the machines. That is a huge process. Every embroiderer needs this because in order to use a design, you might need to see it, unzip it, convert it, find out what size it is, what are the colors, etc.
One of the most useful tools has always been conversion and cataloging software. Not everybody needs to edit, but they will need to see their designs so they can select the right one for their machines.
Convert It, Mac is all about enabling embroiderers. This product makes it possible to use your embroidery designs with your Mac and not have to fire up Windows!
Designer 1 utility now included: There is even a complete utility for Viking Designer 1 and Designer USB users! Those users have been forced to use a PC with other expensive software. Not anymore!