Hi all,

I just received this Wilcom embroidery software review from a long time Wilcom distributor, trainer and all round embroidery guru Barabara from TexDesign:

The new arranged interface of e3 will make life easy for newcomers to Embroidery Studio. Larger and much more self-explaining on-screen buttons, and logically arranged menus besides the given ability to customize the working area will speed up learning to get the most out of the new tool in very short time. Even a newcomer to embroidery is well assisted by the enhanced fabric assistant.  The included Corel Draw X6 is widely spread in decoration business and a newcomer to e3 being used to work with Corel Draw X6 will have no problems just to start creating embroidery and multi-decoration designs. Graphic preparation in embroidery area is enhanced and works now similar to how Corel Draw does.

The experienced Embroidery Studio users will  appreciate the shortened start-up time of e3, the new slanted zigzag underlay as well as the new options for Input-C objects. Calligraphic lines are created with only a very few clicks now! There is a wider  variety of embroidery fonts, including line type and also Bling.  Tool-tip-information in many areas allow the eyes to stay in the working area giving instant feedback to the digitizer.

The new modular system allows to start just with a base product and upgrade when needed with a wide range of options for embroidery as well as for print and Rhinestone placement.

My favorites as embroidery digitizer are the enhancements in terms of slanted zigzag underlay and Input-C options.


Corel & Wilcom team

Today is a big day for us here at Wilcom. The Wilcom America team and a few of us lucky ones from the Sydney head office are here in Long Beach California, just getting ready for the start of the ISS show.  In partnership with Corel Corp, we are officially launching the latest version of our product suite: Wilcom Elements 3.

Last night we had the pleasure of meeting a great bunch of customers and industry leaders to share a sneak peek of the products. Here’s a pic of some of the Wilcom and Corel team:

And, here’s the press release – hot off the press!

Wilcom Elements 3

Wilcom and Corel Introduce New Elements 3 Product Suite for Apparel Decoration Design

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 18, 2013) –

Editors Note: Three images are associated with this press release.

Wilcom International and Corel® Corporation today announced the latest versions of Wilcom DecoStudio e3 and EmbroideryStudio e3 integrated with CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6 as part of the Elements 3 product range. The new modular product range provides a flexible and affordable way for businesses to choose the tools they need and add as they grow. A revamped user interface provides easier and faster ways to work for newcomers and experienced users alike. This release brings even smoother workflows between graphic and embroidery files as well as a host of creative and productivity features. With a focus on all types of apparel decoration, Wilcom Elements 3 also features new Virtual Decorations, simulating embroidery through digital printing.

New Wilcom and Corel products provide businesses with faster workflows, competitive advantage and new multi-decoration possibilities

The integration of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite into Wilcom DecoStudio and EmbroideryStudio has changed the way that embroidery is designed and has become the ideal smart tools for embroiderers and garment decorators. Now Wilcom and Corel have gone a step further with significant enhancements to how graphic and stitch files interact including the ability to convert not only vector designs but also bitmaps to embroidery. In addition, new algorithms provide even greater stitch quality for more efficient production and beautiful results.

“Wilcom and Corel have been working together now for over five years to develop significant enhancements to how graphic design and embroidery digitizing can interact,” says Bill Wilson, CTO and co-founder of Wilcom International. “Wilcom’s unique all-in-one .EMB design file format is the basis of a powerful ecosystem for everything needed in embroidery and multi-decoration design and production. With the latest e3 release, there are over 200 new features or enhancements based on excellent feedback from the Wilcom community of designers and digitizers.”

New Feature Highlights

Easier, faster user interface – starts up to 50% faster, re-organized toolbars, bigger brighter buttons, easier configuration of toolbars and dockers.

Virtual Embroidery – new decoration option for printing high resolution TrueView™ embroidery simulation. Provides new creative opportunities and an economical alternative to embroidery.

Stitch quality improvements – new “Sheen” algorithms provide exceptional stitch results in Graphics to Stitch conversion and Auto Fabrics with built in intelligence provided by industry experts. Matching fill patterns in complex Fusion Fill shapes and new underlay types for more loft with less stitches.

Integration with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 – Included with DecoStudio and Embroidery Studio e3, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is the most creative and powerful version to date, making it even easier to connect with digital assets, work with leading edge tools, and output design projects with confidence.

Convenient ways to work with .EMB multi-decoration file format – Extra large TrueView™ and multi-decoration thumbnails in Windows Explorer and Corel Connect. Wilcom’s free popular embroidery viewer program, TrueSizer is now also a web app for viewing and sizing designs on the go.

More assistance for both new and existing customers – “New from Template” for quick design setup with fabric, machine, hoop and garment settings, extended tooltips, and feature training videos make it easier to learn and use the system.

New Digitizing tools – Extended Automatic Offsets and Outlines for sports logos and badges, calligraphy stitch effects, Step Repeat duplicating, Backstitch and StemStitch stipple fill, major new extensions to freehand digitizing with stylus.

Bling Lettering – Choose from one of the bling alphabets provided or convert from any True Type fonts

Embroidery lettering improvements – Multi-Level Break Apart lettering, 15 new embroidery alphabets, lettering usability improvements

Multi-user Network dongle – An easy and secure way to set up multiple users for classrooms and work places.

“Together, Wilcom and Corel continue to push the creative boundary for the decorated apparel industry with the launch of the e3 family of products,” said Gérard Métrailler, Sr. Director, Product Management, Graphics at Corel. “Wilcom DecoStudio and Embroidery Studio’s integration with our flagship graphics offering, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6, might well be one of the most powerful combinations of leading edge tools and usability that further expands the creative possibilities. Through our partnership, the multi-decoration and embroidery community can take advantage of the simplicity and precision to design and output projects they can be proud of.”

Availability and Pricing

The Wilcom Elements 3 product suite will be launched at the ISS Long Beach tradeshow, booth 576 on January 18th 2013 and will be available for purchase in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese in February.

Congratulations to everyone on the Stitches Power 75 list for 2012. We are very honored to have Wilcom listed as no 8 with our very own Bill Wilson, CTO and co-founder and Greg Ross of Wilcom America. Great to also see Gerard Mettrailler of Corel listed as no. 5

This year’s Stitches Magazine Power 75 is made up of the heads of the top machine, software, thread and apparel suppliers and other industry vendors; decorators and digitizers; industry educators and heads of trade associations; others outside the industry who Stitches felt were important; and, of course, newcomers and Power List veterans.

Stitches Power 75: The most influential People in the industry

Ranked at number 8, Wilcom retains a top spot on the Power 75 list for its innovative software for all decoration types, including embroidery, direct-to-garment printing, screen printing, laser cutting, rhinestones and more. Customer training remains a priority for both Wilson and Ross, with the company offering all variety of education to its more than 250,000 license holders worldwide, in the form of print material, pre-recorded classes, live online courses, and in-person workshops at Wilcom America’s Atlanta offices.

It’s good to see how many people appreciate the tips we’ve published from Dean Roscoe’s Wilcom embroidery lettering tips. If you missed them, see Tip 1: Update Kerning Values and Tip 2: User-Refined Letters

Here’s Tip 3: Team Names

Adding name drops is an everyday task for an embroiderer, but preparing all the individual files takes time. With the Wilcom Team Names function you can quickly produce batches of names by typing or importing them from a text document (Figure 6). Once in the system they are stored as editable groups for future use.

Wilcom EmbroideryStudio Team Names

Figure 6

When it’s time to sew simply pick the names you require and drop them as a single stack onto the screen (Figure 7). The file can be exported in multiple ways to suit the machine configuration in your shop. Here are two of the most popular.

Multihead Output the file to stitch the main logo on all heads followed by the individual names one-by-one.
Single head Output one single file consisting of the design and names stacked on top of each other separated by stops.

Wilcom EmbroideryStudio Team Names

Figure 7

These are just some of the many powerful features that you’ll find in Wilcom EmbroideryStudio. If you’re not making full use of them already, doing so has the potential to cut your lettering set-up time in half.

Wilcom embroidery software Microsoft Windows 8 compatibleNow that Windows 8 has been in the market for a while, some of you are asking about running Wilcom software on this new operating system.

The short answer is yes you can run Wilcom DecoStudio e2 and EmbroideryStudio e2 on Windows 8!

If you’ve just recently bought Wilcom e2 software, just install as usual.

If you bought Wilcom e2 software more than a few months ago, you may need to download a Windows 8 compatible dongle driver from the Wilcom Support website. Instructions are provided on the Wilcom Support website.

If you have bought a new computer or need to buy one, and you have older Wilcom software (Wilcom e1.5, Wilcom ES 2006 and older), you’ll need to update to the latest version – Wilcom e2 for it to run with Windows 8. Luckily we have some very good update prices available so talk to your local Wilcom distributor or enquire about updating your Wilcom software here.

Note: All DecoStudio Lite e2 customers will need to install the Windows 8 dongle driver.

Let’s bling it up!

Sometimes your client demands something a little bit special. This video shows an example where the customer is a pop rock band called ‘Vintage Love’. They want to create t-shirts that their fans will love and cherish so you have to offer them something that really creates impact.

Did you know that Wilcom DecoStudio and EmbroideryStudio e2 have also become rhinestone design software?

Now you can turn your vector designs into print, engraving, laser cuts, embroidery and bling! Watch the video to see just how easy it is.

It’s good to see how many people appreciate the first tip we published from Dean Roscoe’s Wilcom embroidery lettering tips. If you missed it, see Tip 1: Update Kerning Values.

Here’s Tip 2: User-Refined Letters

Stock embroidery fonts have a recommended minimum and maximum height. Once you step outside of these guidelines the stitch quality will start to suffer. The example below (Figure 3.) shows a tight curl at the base of the letter ‘R’, which will puncture a hole in the fabric if the word is stitched too small.
The solution is to trim off the end of the curl (Figure 4.). However, this would be a chore if the process had to be repeated every time the same letter was typed.

Script font

Figure 4

Wilcom has another great feature called ‘User-Refined Letter’, which saves your modified version (Figure 5). Furthermore, it allows you to specify a letter height beyond which the original letter will be substituted for the modified version automatically.

User-Refined letter - Wilcom EmbroideryStudio

Figure 5

stay tuned for Tip 3!