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  1. When you first install Tajima Pulse version 14 you will notice the environment has been changed quite drastically from previous versions in this Blog we will take a look at the new tools and help you turn on some features that will make your life easier. New Start screen This start screen is the new landing page for the software, this cannot be turned off or by passed in any way. We will show you some areas that you can access or use. Tool Bars You will notice that some of the tools bars have changed and that you may be wondering what some of the tools are. We will show you the difference between the tools, Not all levels have all the tools. Please contact your distributor for clarification on your level. These blogs will illustrate the Maestro tool level. File Open Toolbar All the levels should have this toolbar, some icons have been removed or change to suit Tajima DGML by Pulse Version 14 View Toolbar Text Toolbar , these tools work the same on all the levels that support lettering. Edit Toolbar Depending on your level the tools allows you to edit, manipulate parts of the design, depending on the embroidery design. Stitch Select Tool , Is an old tool for editing the individual stitch points within a embroidery design. Artwork Toolbar , for working with , importing artwork, tracing artwork and using Draw Fusion Artwork Tools , In previous version Tajima embroidery software you had to right click to access these tools they were in the digitizing software now they just have icons to make them easier to access then using the right click. Transformation Toolbar, This toolbar is new but you formerly could access the tools via the mouse right click. Machine Output This option for those of you that have your Tajima machine hooked up via LAN or Serial can output embroidery designs from your software to the machine without floppies or flash drives, Please contact your distributor for information. Digitizing Tool bars Please note only Creator, Illustrator Extreme and Maestro levels will have some of these digitizing and editing tools, Some tools are optional for some levels contact your distributor for information on what level you have and features. Work Space Toolbar This toolbar is standard in all the levels in Tajima embroidery digiotzing software, Author: Frank Prokaror
  2. Font Categories This is a brand option for Tajima DGML by Pulse version 14 users, This allow you to catalog your embroidery fonts, I would recommend that you set them up as they are in the help menu to make it easier to find them. You will need the latest version of Version 14 or newer. This will help you find the style of font for your job and manage your list. Putting your embroidery fonts into Categories 1. Start with a NEW page in your version 14 Go to " New File " Choose " Blank Design" Click " Ok " 2. Open the Font Categories Go to " Tools " Choose " Manage " Click on " Font Categories" 3. I recommend the following categories 4. In the Font Categories window Click on " New " 5. Name the font Go To " File Save as " Type in " Block Font " Click " Ok " 6. Add the Block Fonts Using the Help as a reference Select the Block fonts Click the top arrow 7. Repeat until all the block fonts are added TIP if you hold down the " control key " you can select multiple items at one time to make the process faster. Save the Font Go to " File " Click on " Save " 8. Repeat until you have all the categories added How to use the Font Categories 1. Start with a NEW page in your version 14 Go to " New File " Choose " Blank Design" Click " Ok " 2. Click on your line angle text tool . 3. Enter in the name " John " 4. To use the Font Categories Click the ... beside the font names It will show you a list like this 5. High light the category and select the font.. Author: Frank Prokator
  3. In the previous Introduction we covered some terminology, and some explanation of the different embroidery stitch types in this section we will look at the settings for those embroidery stitch types. Chenille General Tab Settings The General Tab for Lattice Chenille has a section called Before fill, Moss Fill and After fill. Section A Before the fill you can choose to have items a None, Chain, Moss depending on the embroidery design needs below shows the different items in the artwork, settings and how it should appear. Section B The moss fill can be set to None, Contour, or Lattice. Section C Here are the setting for after the fill Line Spacing Minimize Cross Runs for lattice option Sew Sequence This option allows you to choose which segment sews first Author Frank Prokator
  4. When working with embroidery designs you will come across some limitations on size of text, this is where some back ground information is very helpful. We will cover which Tajima Pulse Fonts have been digitized for larger sizes, how to make a standard letter larger and other options When working with text its important to know the limitation of the satin stitch. The maximum stitch length for satin stitches is .50-.54 depending on your embroidery machine, however I recommend no more than .40 inch as it will be come loopy. You will have to watch the sample sew outs on similar fabric to judge how large you can go with your lettering. To give you a hint your software has a section called "FONT HELP" In their they list all of "Pulse Fonts" and they have information on which fonts can be used and how large you can make them. Font Help 1. Open a new document 2. Go to help.. select fonts Find the font called 2 Col Athletic 75-150 font and view the properties. In the above image at the bottom right side of the screen it will show you the minimum and maximum size for this font. This font should work up to 5.9" in height without manipulation. Here are some examples of standard large embroidery fonts in your embroidery digitizing software, there are more. Two Color Block Min 0.98 inches/25 mm Max 2.56 inches/65 mm Two Color Greek Min 0.98 inches/25 mm Max 2.05 inches/52 mm Two Color Villanova Min 0.98 inches/25 mm Max 5.9 inches/150 mm Western 2 Min 1 inch/25 mm Max 4.92 inches/125 mm Well this is great but very limiting , what if you need a font such as Full Block which has a maximum height of 1.38 inches/35 mm , whether this is where knowing your digitizing software pays you back. Any font can be made to sew out large as long as you know what to do.. Put a letter L using the Full Block font on your screen make it about 5 inches high. You will see that alot of the stitches do not show up.. and if you measure the column with the ruler tool , the column width is .90 inch , (note sometimes the software will show it past the .50 inch ,you always need to know how wide the column is making sure its no large than .40 of inch, or it will have issues.) Now we can adjust the letter so it can be sewn at this size 1. Right Click and go to the properties. 2. Find the Satin Tab. 3. Change the Satin Pattern to Pattern 1 When working with large letters you will need to make sure your underlay, density and compensation is set for the type of embroidery design, fills tend to have a lot of PUSH or PULL on your fabric, you will need a fair bit of underlay like a contour stitch and possibly a zig zag stitch which will also help with the density. Make sure you use med/heavy cutaway for this type of machine embroidery design. For digitizers you can always digitize applique or make your own fonts. Author: Frank Prokator
  6. What is the "Paste" button at the button left hand corner of Segment Settings used for?
  7. Introductions When learning to use your embroidery digitizing software and or digitizing you will need to know how to work with files and file types when re-sizing etc. Embroidery Files In newer versions for Tajima DGML you can open various types of file format list below ; PXF, POF, PED, KWK, PSF, PCH, EMD, DST, TBF, TCF, EMB, ART, PEC , PES, DSB, DAT SEW, JEF, CND, EXP, PCM, PCS, CSD, PUM, ARC, PAT, T15, XXX, HUS , SHV, VIP , VP3, DSZ. Tajima Pulse embroidery formats There are only three formats that you should be working with as your primary formats, POF (Pulse Outline Format) PXF (Pulse Unified Format) DST ( stitch file ) The other embroidery formats are secondary formats, and while you can open them your limited on editing them as they are stitch files. Tajima Pulse PXF format Not all file types contain the same amount of information and when you make your own files you should be saving them to your hard drive as PXF. This format is exclusively a Tajima Pulse format. This format allows you to access both the Outline and Stitch files associated with a embroidery design, at the same time. This embroidery format gives you the most control and you don't loose any thing. Stitch Files When working with stitch files you should be aware of certain attributes and rules that apply to this format. When resizing it doesn't adjust the density, or stitch count of the design, which will make for a poor sew out if resizing more than 10%. Files that are considered stitch files include. DST, EMB, PCH, PES, PSF, SEW, When working with any stitch file your best to convert it to an outline and then re size it as an outline and then save it back to a stitch file to sew it out Outline Files When working with outline files you can edit and re size and the number of stitches in the design will adjust with the changes. Outline files are extremely flexible and allow the user to easily make changes including the stitch patterns and control settings like underlay. Outline formats include POF, PED, KWK and CND. NOTE: When converting a stitch file to an out line it will give you greater control however it will not be the same as an a true outline file, I personally recommend that you save all your designs as a PXF and only output it to DST for the machine file. Advantages of PXF Files There are many advantages to working with PXF files as seen below; 1. Full editing control, re sizing , or manipulating 2. Remembers color sequence, underlay settings, 3. Flexibility, remembers the fonts used and density 4. Saves time, 5. Eliminates guess work Differences Between Stitch Files and Outline Files Converting files to an outline In Tajima DGML version 11 or newer when you open the file you can open the file as a stitch segment , or you can convert the stitch file to an outline format which will allow you to edit it. Steps on converting the files go to file open Select a stitch file At the bottom of the open window see Fig A Choose convert stitches to outline. Then open the file. Viewing Stitch Files vs Outline files Here is some visual ques of the difference between a stitch file and the outline file. You will notice the stitch file doesn't show any angle lines, or start stop commands that are showing up in the outline file . This means the stitch file is all one group and the outline is individual segments. Re-sizing Stitch Files vs Outline Files When you re size a stitch file see the difference compared to an outline file , the original file size for the design was 1364 stitches. After re sizing both files by 50% the stitch file went down to 1330 stitches and the outline file went down to 962 stitches. The stitch should not look so dense on the outline file. Sequence view for both stitch files and outline files; Steps for converting a stitch file to outline file To convert a file when opening it follow steps below. 1. Go to File ... 2. Choose Open 3. Select the DST file 4. At the bottom of the open screen see Fig 1 5. Select Convert segments to Outline 6. Then open the file. Outline File Editing When editing an outline file make sure its a true outline file and not a stitch file converted to an outline. Editing a true outline file will make your life as a digitizer so much easier. It addition it take 85% off of labor to edit a PXF vs a DST file when changing the design. POF files and PXF file also save all the color information no more guess work. NOTE: Do yourself a favor an save all your work as a PXF file it will make your life much easier when editing a design. NOTE: If you do not do digitizing in house , when asking for files in PXF some digitizers will try to pull the wool over your eyes when sending you a PXF file it will be a stitch file saved as a PXF file, I see this all the time. I have a video on how to recognize the difference between a stitch file, a stitch file converted to an outline and a true outline like a POF or PXF Managing your files. I don't know about how many designs you have, but I know I have embroidery designs from several different digitizes, some stock embroidery designs from various vendors, and logos for my customers. It can be a daunting task to keep a handle on them. In years gone by we would store the design on floppies, I still keep the sew files on a floppy in a file folder with the sheet but I also keep the master copy on my computer, save in the PXF format. So if I need to edit I can very easily. I also have the ability to look up what font I used and what underlay is on the design. On my digitizing computer I use Librarian. I would recommend that every one take notes on how to use Librarian, as it will once you learn it save you time hunting for that design. This is one of the most lost functions of the software not used. Librarian Librarian is a database, much like a database that you store your contacts in or accounting information in. Databases allow you to access more information in a faster pace, allows you to catalog the designs and search by various strings. I think its the most neglected tools.If you are a larger shop you may want to invest in librarian server which allows you to store the designs on a server and access them on any system with DGML with the appropriate licenses. This option also allows you to pull designs down from librarian server to the embroidery machine when using the bar code option. NOTE The built in version of librarian when set up for the first time comes with 1000 stock designs for use in your embroidery designs. These design can be access by searches or by the categories. Librarian Menu You have the ability to browse by picture, name or list of the designs, or you can get very specific and search for the embroidery design you want. You can organize your customer into groups, save favorites or even have different databases. You have the ability to import or I call it Mass load embroidery designs , and depending on your level you can export the designs too. It can be a very powerful tool is its given the chance. File Open In the file Open window you have the ability to type in the name or data type and view the files in that type, for customer that have embroidery and chenille its a great way to organize your designs. If you just want to browse all you have to do it just click open and it will open all your designs in alphabetic order Librarian Librarian allows you in basic to view, search and store lots of information about the embroidery design. You can store color information of all outline files in addition it records the size and options.This single version is free in all the levels of the software. In addition their is no limit to the size of the database, the only limitation is that is a single version. Searching Searching tool this is where this program excels, you can search by name or part of a name, by customer, by description, production or stock design, or special fields like chenille. You can also use wild cards while searching designs. On the properties tab , you can search by size, creation date or last used, several different. When you go to the properties of any design that you have saved there it will have a lot of useful information available at your fingertips Information like , Designer ID, Customer, Size , Stitch count, number of colors, number of trims, number of stops, Type of file, description, creation date, edit the groups that the design is assigned to. The import function allows you to do a mass load of files from a CD or from a directory. There are pro's and con's to this method. Pro's - ability to import files in sequence. Con's - you cannot edit the information until after you have added them to librarian. - depending on the speed of your computer it is a slow process Librarian (Mass Load) In this screen you will need to select type of file and any rules for and then click add... High light the directory names and click on Create Link Then you can select your category or you can make a new category. Then click OK and click finish then it will load all the files in the directory. In the videos we will also show you how to setup and use librarian and how to access and search your designs. And how to use this tool as well as the rest of the software. If you take the time to learn librarian it will allow you to search and or browse all your designs easily. In addition it stores quite a bit of information about the design you would not normally have access too.
  8. Hi Guys just wanting to know if there is a setting or function you can use in Tajima Pulse to make quick & Easy Fade /Gradient fill stitched blocks for backgrounds. can you set the fill stitch density at 0 (at the start of the block) and then at say 25. (at the end of the block) so it gets thicker as its stitching. i want to digitize a single color block, then have a different color overlay the top e.g. white block with black on top, so it seems the embroidery is fading form white to black. hope this makes sense, i know its possible just have no clue what to do :/
  9. I thought the draw fusion option was suppose to make life easier. I have been trying to use this option unsuccessfully. I open the draw fusion and Corel screen comes up, I import the file and click the switch. The software does its thing in a new window but I cant see the stitched design on the screen. I tried zooming put 1:1, fit to current window and nothing. I seen this function work once successfully and that was when a Pulse embroidery software tech was on the phone with me and since than Tajima Pulse has not given an straight answer. Help anyone. Thanks in advance
  10. Tajima Pulse users, can you tell me what the status is on a fix for the longer than normal stitches in a complex fill where sections of the fill meet? I can attach a screenshot if you want. I have tried moving the start/stop beads to no avail. Thank you.
  11. After upgrading to Tajima Maestro in V.12 and doing the latest updates I am still having trouble with the way some thread colors are represented. We us the RA palette and the darker colors like Mahogany continue to be displayed in existing designs and new stitching as the default color, a light pink called Pink Cascade. We have tried to edit the thread chart and reinstall the database. No go. Still pink. We have custom colored the miscreant colors and tried to immediately use the new coloration. We saved the thread chart and rebooted. Nothing works. So what gives Pulse? What is the answer? I show my designs to my customers on the screen and they can't imagine that the pink will go away and the design will look fine. I need some help.
  12. I don't understand what the different types of hoops are (OFAM, SIPF, SPF, TFA). Could someone explain this to me? Is there a way to rename them to make more sense, I like to see 5" and only the ones I have. Can I edit the file to rename them?
  13. Since working with Tajima Pulse, some designs do not carry all the .PXF stitch information from the program to the machine when output to the spoiler. If I have worked with a design that I have done a stitch to outline transformation on, or taken a stock design and added text that I have modified via the Properties options, or specifically, done both, I find that the stitch count drops by a significant amount. I would say by 1k on a 14k design for instance, with 14k showing in the program and only 13k transferred to the machine. This particularly happens if I beef up the text for a better result. I have to save the design as a .DST and enter it from a floppy drive to get the full stitch count. My question is: Is there any way to correct for this, some option I'm not checking, or is this a program quirk and I just have to live with it. I have some customer designs that simply refuse to load from the serial cable option, which means that if my drive quits working I'd be SOL with that design. What's the fix?
  14. I digitizer with 3 years experience. My customer ask me CND format. (Melco). I send after finishing. Today in the morning i received message "flea not read'. Who have same problem? Please help
  15. I am trying to figure out how to skew or distort segments or groups of segments in version 14 (maestro). I am updating from v9.1 (designer), and am use to just placing my cursor along the edge I want to skew until it turned into an arrow and then left clicking and sliding it until I get the shape I want. This could be done on any of the 4 sides of the segment box. Now, I cannot find how to do this. A simple example would be if I did a horizontal line...just a rectangle, but then I want to slide the right end up while keeping the left side anchored in place. I understand under this scenario that I could move the individual points, but this is a simple item. What if I am doing something like this to a group of segments that might have dozens or hundreds of points. I found the Power Edit option (ctrl + O), but that skew only does left to right skews, not vertical. Also, it skews around the center point of the segment. It does not appear to allow me to leave one side anchored and then slide the opposite side. I frequently need the vertical skew option when digitizing custom lettering that then needs to be placed along an odd curve. I find digitizing the lettering on a straight line allows me to establish good base lines for sizing and adjusting for pull compensation. Then I can slide the letters one at a time into the right position. I have also downloaded V13 since it looks more like the V9.1 I am use to, but it has the same situation on the skewing. The skewing and distorting of segments is something I need to use nearly every day. This leaves me stuck on V9.1 until this can be done. On another point....Is there a way to send suggestions for other features directly to Pulse outside of the Forum posts? I have over 20 years of full time digitizing experience that might help in developing the software.
  16. After downloading the updates for Tajima software I am curious are the downloadable fonts actual embroidery files or are the simple True Type fonts (TTF) for word processing programs. Also as was asked last month where should these files be downloaded to if they are in fact embroidery files?
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