You will find many similarities in features and "look & feel" since both programs are authored by Bian Baile (http://britonleap.com/). Some of the individual features are grouped differently between modules. If you already have Master Works you can feel good about continuing with that platform.
Hi, Barrie. Yes, you can print actual size versions of designs from this software and use them as templates, for such uses as design placement.
Hi, Karen. It looks like you found the Embrilliance Thumbnailer software. Is that what you were looking for? If not, please clarify. Thanks,
I can help you install Embrilliance on your computer. My number is (800) 428-7606, ext 105.
Great question! Embrilliance Essentials does not include the Thumbnailer. You would need to purchase Thumbnailer in order to use it. If you also would like to edit designs, you would need to purchase Essentials separately.
Hi Judy, If your fonts are in an embroidery or bx format, yes! You can incorporate the lettering with a design using Embrilliance Essentials. If you use Essentials, you can open each letter file individually and merge each one with your design.
If you have AlphaTricks along with Essentials, you can map your embroidery fonts so that they are simpler to use. This video demonstrates the difference between using lettering with Essentials and using it with AlphaTricks:
Hi, Judy. For such lettering projects, I would recommend Embrilliance's software Alpha Tricks:
Hi, Tena. Yes, you would need to digitize the design. You could either digitize it yourself or pay someone to digitize it for you. If you are interested in dititizing it yourself, the digitizing software we carry is called Stitch Artist:
P.S. Universal Digitizing is a company we have used for paid custom digitizing and we recommend their services:
Yes! Embrilliance will merge designs in JEF, JEF + or SEW formats.
Thanks for the question, Elizabeth. Yes, it looks like you can do the merge function with Janome files.
I have to do that today because my computer did the same thing. Basically, I go to the My Designs Page, and search "embrilliance" to quickly find my program. I download it, install it, and paste the serial number(s) I've ordered into the serial number box in Embrilliance's Help menu.
If you purchased your Embrilliance from Embroidery.com, you can always find your serial numbers in your “My Designs” area.
Just search your MyDesigns for Embrilliance, or your particular Embrilliance Program.
Click on the Embrilliance program to show its details at the right. There, you will find your serial number. Copy it down or use your mouse to highlight and copy it digitally.
Open your Embrilliance software.
Click “Serial numbers”
In the serial number entry box, enter your serial number by typing it in or by pasting the digitally copied version (just check whether there are accidental spaces to remove from the pasted text).
Click the “set” button
Your serial number will be shown in the larger text box below.
Repeat these steps for any other Embrilliance programs you have. Restart your Embrilliance program. For each serial number you have entered, the Embrilliance program buttons will be added to your software.
Here is a video showing the steps for entering your serial number into the software:
Carolyn, this product is downloadable (assuming you will be purchasing it through us). If you need to re-install later, you can return to the My Designs page at Embroidery.com to do so at any time.
Hi Pat, thanks for your question.
Yes -- Embrilliance Essentials will write your floppy with the .shv and file structure you need. In fact, it was the first non-Husqvarna software I was aware of that could do so 10+ years ago, and it continues to have that capability today. Here's a users video showing how to do it:
It is true that if you download Embrilliance and use the "free" version, you cannot add designs and save them. That's called running Embrilliance in Express mode. It lets you work with .bx fonts, but not with designs. It's a great option for creating lettering designs, but if you want to add lettering to other designs, you'd want to pay and add the serial number for your program. Then you can do those things.
If you pay for Embrilliance Essentials, you can then add designs and save them with the program, and it lets you merge, delete parts of designs, rotate, mirror, add lettering (comes with 12 pre-loaded fonts) change colors, color sort, and various other "essential" editing functions.
Thanks for the follow-up question.
I personally have not used the Brother Innovis 1500 at all. I have seen in various forums that people are using the Brother Innovis 1500 with Embrilliance. I've now checked into how that works some more.
Basically when you attach a USB cable from the machine to the computer, the machine becomes a "drive" on your computer, and you drag the design to that drive, or you can save the design from Embrilliance to that drive.
Here is a video of someone using it
I hope that helps.
I share your surprise that the machine screen was not in color. Apparently color is not standard yet. It would really be helpful on some designs if it were!
I know that many Sofia 2 users with Mac use Embrilliance.
Embrilliance Mac software also has a 90 day money-back guarantee.
Yes, it should work just fine with a Sofia 2, Marie. Thanks for the question.
Good for you learning the program by working with it! I think Embrilliance is very intuitive, and I agree with you that videos for all the tools of the program are a great resource.
I'm working on a series of videos at the Embroidery Central Youtube channel Embrilliance also has a number of instructional videos on their channel. I hope you are signed up to receive my weekly tip emails, which highlight a different video each week. To subscribe, go to your Embroidery.com account - notification preferences - and click to follow "Embrilliance."
Another resource is our Machine Embroidery FAQ, http://embroidery.com/MachineEmbroideryFAQ.ec where you use the search tool to locate information on the program functions you want to learn more about.
I haven't used Embird myself. From their list of features, here are some things that stood out to me:
Embird has a number of different programs: Basic Embird, Embird Studio, Embird Cross Stitch and Sfumato Stitch. With Embrilliance, there are several modules, but when you use them, they are all in one program window; no switching back and forth. In this answer I'm listing features of Basic Embird. Most of the features are in Embrilliance Essentials when I say "Embrilliance". . If the feature is in a different module, I name it separately.
- Embird and Embrilliance both convert among embroidery formats. Embrilliance does not convert to quilting formats.
- Both Embird and Embrilliance support many hoop types and sizes
- Both Embrid and Embrilliance provides photo-realistic 3D preview of designs
- Both Embird and Embrilliance contain many threads catalogs and finds thread closest to chosen color.
- Both Embird and Embrilliance read and write designs stored on memory cards, floppy or hard disks in various embroidery formats. Embrilliance can even write SHV Designer 1 and to USB sticks
- Embrilliance allows you to load the software on as many computers as you own, in native Mac or Windows. I don't know if Embird has that option, or if it requires a dongle.
- Both Embird and Embrilliance let you insert and delete colors in designs.
- Embird Joins and splits designs.
- Embrilliance splits designs.
- Both Embird and Embrilliance Moves, resizes with density adjustment, centers, mirrors, rotates and skews designs or their parts.
- Embird and Embrilliance Enthusiast allows you to edit individual stitches or parts of design.
- Embird and Embrilliance allows to change the stitch order of design parts.
- Embird and Embrilliance Simulate sewing of design, even in 3D mode.
- Embrid and Embrilliance Allow you to reduce the number of colors.
- Embrid and Embrilliance both Sorts colors smartly.
- Embird and Embrilliance prints template in 1:1 scale on multiple sheets.
- Embird and Embrilliance allow you to add text in a variety of layouts.
- Embird inserts Font Engine text automatically converted from TrueType or OpenType fonts. Embrilliance does not.