How to Compare Embroidery Digitizing Software

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    by Jessica Jones

    About the Author

    Based in the Washington metro area, Jessica Jones has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in business topics. Her fiction has also been featured in publications such as "The Jamaican Observer Sunday Literary Supplement" and at websites including HackWriters. Jones earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Lesley University.

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    When you compare embroidery digitizing software, price is only one feature to consider. Use the Internet to learn more about specific software on the market. Read customer reviews and purchase software that includes the design options and functions you need to create your embroidery. You can find software programs that help create simple, clean designs as well as more sophisticated programs for creating detailed images.

    Things You'll Need

    • Embroidery software product list

    Compare only embroidery software that can be used with your computer's operating system. While many software programs work on both PC and Mac, some are designed specifically for one operating system. Save time by comparing only those programs compatible with your current computer system.

    Determine your needs. Some digitizing programs allow you to download images from computer files or from the Internet. Others only allow you to upload images using a scanner.

    Compare artistic options. Some embroidery software can produce only basic logos, drawings and images. More advanced software allows you to create intricate designs, select thread density, stitch types and directions, and offers a wide variety of font options.

    Compare customer service and support. Some software companies offer 24/7 customer support to answer your questions. Other companies provide online forums, instructional manuals and advice from professionals to help you get the most from the software.

    Compare software warranty and upgrade options. Even if you don't plan to use the software for more than basic embroidery design, purchase software that allows you to upgrade over time. Carefully read the warranty to determine if it offers enough coverage over a reasonable amount of time.

    • Read user reviews from other embroidery hobbyists or professionals to learn more about how the software will benefit you.
    • Compare licensed embroidery software only. Unlicensed software is often nonrefundable and may not offer advanced digitizing options. Licensing information should appear in the product listing information on the product's website.