10th Anniversary

10th

Happy Birthday, StitchBuddy!

At January 4th, 2008, I released the first version of StitchBuddy's predecessor: JEFview was a QuickLook plugin, originally written to preview designs of my wife's brand-new Janome MC350e on the Apple iBook she was using. JEFview was a free download, and because of many user requests it was followed by PESviewQL for Brother embroidery machines. I combined both plugins and created StitchBuddy, supporting more file formats and offering editing functions.

Over the years StitchBuddy has become a mature solution to work with embroidery files on Apple computers, iPhones, and iPads, and viewing designs is still provided for free. I spent hundreds of hours, designing, analyzing, and writing many thousands lines of code, and it still is a fascinating hobby to me.

But StitchBuddy would not be the same without you, giving me great feedback, encouragement, and a lot of community support … Thank you!

If you are interested in some more background info about StitchBuddy's history, I recommend to browse through its news archive and version histories (macOS, iOS). And if you like StitchBuddy I'd appreciate your rating or review in Apple's App Stores.

Website reloaded!

Website

StitchBuddy is starting the new year with a fresh website design: Actually I became a little tired of its former look, which was very pure, but somehow old fashioned… I'm still maintaining the site using RapidWeaver from Realmac, separating web content from its design without running a full-fledged content management system. For my purpose it's the perfect solution and I was able to migrate all former content to the new Ruby design from Elixir with only a little tweaking.

Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope you enjoy the fresh look of StitchBuddy's website.

StitchBuddy v2.14 ... Action!

Today a new version of StitchBuddy for Mac was released! The main enhancements of StitchBuddy v2.14 are Automator actions to convert designs, change thread palettes and print into PDF files. With these actions you can create workflows to handle multiple files completely automatically.

Only few people know about the possibilities of Automator, so I have created two dedicated video tutorials for this topic:

More information about additional changes can be found in the version history.

StitchBuddy for Mac will automatically update to version v2.14.0 depending on the App Store settings in your Mac's system preferences. This update preserves In-App purchases you might have made to unlock the trial's limitation.

Please leave a rating / review in Apple's Mac App Store or update your existing one if you want to support StitchBuddy's development.

Do you know "Automator"?

Automator

Sometimes users ask me for a batch conversion feature in StitchBuddy: They want to convert multiple embroidery files into other formats or graphics without the need to repeat the same operation manually for every single file. I'm currently working on a solution based on Apple's Automator: With this application every user will be able to easily define workflows with embroidery designs, e.g. exporting PDF files, combining them into a single document, or importing these files into Photos, or converting PES files into DST, or … The options are countless!

Automator workflows can be used as single applications or as "Services" e.g. to the context menu of files / folders. They can even be linked to folders and perform their actions automatically whenever a file is copied into these folders.

In my opinion Automator is a very powerful utility and definitely worthwhile to look into. But it seems only few macOS users know about it, so I will provide some video tutorials with examples with StitchBuddy actions once these are available.

How about you, do you know Automator? Feel free to comment on StitchBuddy's Facebook page

macOS 10.13. "High Sierra"


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Yesterday Apple released the next version of macOS: I just installed macOS 10.13 "High Sierra" on my Mac (actually in a virtual machine) and StitchBuddy seems to work flawlessly after a short test.