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The Latest in Specialty Decoration Software Packages

Auto Laser Lettering (ALL)

Bito USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) 248-6872; www.bitousa.com

Cost: Contact vendor for pricing

What it is: ALL automates the process of designing number and letter appliqué designs that are sent to the laser for cutting and embroidering. With ALL, it can be profitable to create just a single piece because of the time and labor savings.

What’s new:

  • Updated and improved with new capabilities that allow users to design more sophisticated, decorative lettering using a galvanometric laser
  • Capability to do multiple sizes in different fonts at the same time
  • Once a combination of fonts and sizes are determined, a template can be created and saved for repetitive use.

Key features:

  • Works with TrueType fonts to create the most popular typeface styles
  • Offers a variety of finishing stitches such as zigzag, column, bean (triple) and a single running stitch. Characters may be created for single or multiple layers of fabric, providing for kiss-cut and multicolored appliqués
  • Full control of cutting and stitching line placements, enabling the user to create a variety of appliqués, including, but not limited to, reverse, multi-layer and fashion trim appliqués, where a running stitch is sewn in the middle of the fabric and then cut on both sides of the stitch to create a fat-looking column
  • Can be used for vector shapes and images other than letters and numbers, making it an automatic appliqué digitizing system as well
  • Same capabilities used for letters and numbers may be applied to any TrueType image, making ALL a program that automates and combines stitching and cutting simultaneously.

Forever TransferRIP

Coastal Business Supplies Inc., Maryland Heights, MO; (800) 562-7760; http://coastalbusiness.com

Cost: $599

What it is: This Windows-compatible optimization printing software is designed to set up and coordinate print jobs for OKI color-laser transfer white toner printers with preset printer profiles for Forever transfer media. It allows the operator to easily set up and coordinate print jobs for best results.

What’s new:

  • Ability to apply a screen-printing halftone pattern – fully customizable – to transfers, making them durable with a soft hand
  • Preview a high-definition image of the graphic to avoid costly issues and printing mistakes.

Key features:

  • Image and color adjustments are easily done within the software setup
  • Reduce printing costs by selectively reducing the amount of white toner being applied
  • Easy color-removal tool makes transfers seamlessly blend into the T-shirt fabric color without extra equipment or processes
  • Easily import EPS, PSD, PDF, TIFF, JPG and PNG images into the print queue to begin editing the print job and image
  • Easy adjustment of image color, contrast, saturation and more.

Buyer’s note: This software is a good choice for decorators that use an OKI Data color laser printer paper to make transfers.

R-Wear Studio Software

Graphic Solutions Group, Dallas; (214) 712-6200; www.gogsg.com

Cost: $499

What it is: R-Wear Studio Software allows users to create custom rhinestone transfers for decorating a wide range of apparel and accessories. The software package is included at no extra charge with Roland’s EGX series of desktop engravers, and it can be used to decorate T-shirts, hats, jeans and handbags.

Key features:

  • Create templates for hot-fix rhinestones, which can then be applied with a heat press
  • Accepts a variety of graphic formats, including BMP, JPG, GIF and PNG; Abobe Illustrator 7 and 8 also can be used for AI and EPS files
  • Generate stroke fonts for customized inscriptions such as initials, names or messages
  • Choose from a digital library of more than 500 styles of Swarovski rhinestones
  • Automatically calculates profits and control rhinestone inventories.

StoneCut Pro Version 1.5 Rhinestone Multi-Decoration Software

Digital Art Solutions (asi/14970), Tempe, AZ; (800) 959-7267; www.digitalartsolutions.com

Cost: $599

What it is: This is an application for converting scanned artwork or vector artwork into rhinestone patterns for the production of rhinestone apparel and rhinestone decals. It’s a key software component of the DAS Multi-Decoration System, and includes multi-decoration capabilities for producing apparel graphics that combine rhinestones, cuttable heat transfers, direct-to-garment prints and screen-printed graphics.

What’s new:

  • Compatibility with CorelDRAW X6 and X7 and Windows 8.1
  • Color separations feature for rhinestone templates
  • Use overcut function for optimized cutting of glitter vinyl, small text and rhinestone templates.

Key features:

  • Assists with workflow of creating multi-decoration graphics with automated functions for converting scanned graphics or vector graphics into complex rhinestone patterns
  • Output transfers directly to more than 600 supported vinyl cutters to produce a rhinestone heat-transfer stencil
  • Supports exclusive TrueType rhinestone fonts from Digital Art Solutions, which allow users to create rhinestone text
  • Name-dropping function can import text from a spreadsheet and create a list of names in rhinestone text
  • Can be used as a standalone program or integrated with Corel Corp.’s
  • CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator.

Buyer’s note: This software is designed for decorators who are starting or growing their rhinestone business.

Proel Millennium III

Bito USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) 248-6872; www.bitousa.com

Cost: Contact vendor for pricing.

What it is: Proel Millennium III is a comprehensive embroidery software digitizing program with laser-cutting capabilities that allows the customer to purchase the amount of capabilities and features needed with the option to add advanced tools later. Basic functions include lettering, editing, basic digitizing, advanced digitizing and automatic digitizing.

What’s new:

  • Automatically digitizes vectors and deposits stitches to vector-defined artwork. The user can create complex fills with void areas, a feature that has eluded almost all other systems
  • Ability to send an image to customers for approval of digitized embroidery designs without the customer needing an embroidery program to view it
  • Outputs machine data in multiple machine formats and produces detailed work sheets for a firm’s production department.

Key features:

  • Creates specialty stitch motifs such as hearts, flowers, diamonds, circles and more
  • Offers complex fills, with the sophisticated calculation for voided areas within complex fills
  • Works with Auto Laser Lettering (ALL) to integrate embroidery with laser cutting; includes programming necessary for an embroidery machine to sew out a digitized design and to automatically cut out an appliqué shape using a laser bridge machine or a single-head laser attached to an embroidery machine
  • Allows operator to do lines, curves and arcs in order to digitize any type of artwork
  • Allows operator to control entry and exit points, and control the types of stitches created.

Rhinestone Designer Rhinestone Multi-Decoration Software for CorelDRAW X7

Digital Art Solutions (asi/14970), Tempe, AZ; (800) 959-7267; www.digitalartsolutions.com

Cost: $499

What it is: This add-on multi-decoration software for CorelDRAW X7 converts artwork into rhinestone patterns for the production of rhinestone apparel and rhinestone decals. It’s a key software component of the DAS Multi-Decoration System, and includes multi-decoration capabilities for producing apparel graphics that combine rhinestones, cuttable heat transfers, direct-to-garment prints and screen-printed graphics.

What’s new:

  • Compatibility with CorelDRAW X7 and Windows 8.1
  • Rhinestone Drawing Tool allows users to draw rhinestone patterns on-screen
  • Vinyl Fill Effect for trimming vector objects through each other and creating a unique effect with or without an outline of rhinestones
  • Dynamic sizing of rhinestone patterns and rhinestone fonts, to switch easily between stone sizes and colors, and to rescale patterns without changing the size of the rhinestones
  • Glitter vinyl effect and sparkle effect for creating virtual samples.

Key features:

  • Assists with workflow of creating multi-decoration graphics with powerful automated functions for converting scanned graphics or vector graphics into complex rhinestone patterns
  • Supports exclusive TrueType rhinestone fonts from Digital Art Solutions, which allow users to create rhinestone text
  • Seamless integration with CorelDRAW X7 with or without Smart Designer Pro
  • Automatic export to popular file formats and cutting programs

Buyer’s note: This software is a good choice for decorators who are starting or growing their rhinestone multi-decoration business.

 

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