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1. I have a PC and a laptop: can I use Art and Stitch on both?
"Art and Stitch Base" can be activated on 2 computers, provided both are of the same person.
"Art and Stitch Plus" can be activated on 3 computers of the same person.
2a. How do I register and activate Art and Stitch?
Register your software to receive an Activation Serial Number:
Send us an email with the Registration number printed on the CD-rom plus your full name, City and State. In reply to your Registration email you will receive an Activation Serial Number to be entered into the form that opens when you start the program. Fill in the rest of the information and click on the button Activate Now. See instructions on the Registration page - click on the Register link in the navigation bar at the top of this page.
2b. Help! I cannot activate - the button Activate Now doesn't work..
If the button Activate Now stays gray, then you made a typo or entered a wrong number in the field Activation Serial Number. Check the number in our reply to your Registration email, select the right product and enter the correct Activation Serial Number.
3. My Pro-Stitcher netbook cannot be connected to the internet. How would I activate Art and Stitch then?
First Register Art and Stitch to receive an Activation Number. Then follow the instructions for "offline activation" in Paragraph 4 of the Registration page - click on Register link in the navigation bar at the top of this page.
4. I purchased a new computer: can I move my Art and Stitch from the old to the new computer?
Yes, you can move the program, by "deactivating" Art and Stitch from the old computer and using this activation on the new computer. Both computers must be of the same person, as you cannot transfer a Personal License to someone else.
Please note that deactivate is not the same as uninstall! See question/answer 6 below how to deactivate.
5. Is deactivating the same as uninstalling?
No, it's definitely not the same. Uninstalling the program does not remove the activation of Art and Stitch from the computer and you would lose that activation.
To save your activation and be able to use it on another computer, you MUST deactivate, NOT uninstall.
6a. How do I deactivate Art and Stitch?
First be sure that your computer is connected to the Internet (See FAQ 6b if the computer cannot be connected). Start Art and Stitch and choose menu Help > License Activator. If you have the optional Art and Stitch PLUS Level, then deactivate that first:
Select the product "Art and Stitch PLUS" and click on the button "Deactivate". Click on OK.
Then - still in the License Activator window - select the product "Art and Stitch BASE" and click on the button "Deactivate". Click on OK.
Details can be found in menu Help > How to Activate / Deactivate.
6b. How do I deactivate when the computer cannot be connected to the Internet?
7. I don't see a line "License Activator" in the Art and Stitch Help menu.
You are using an older version of Art and Stitch. Download and install the latest version via our Download page (click on button Download in the Navigation bar at the top of this web page).
After installation go to menu Help > License activator and follow the instructions described above.
8. Why / When should I deactivate?
The deactivation process removes the activation from the computer and makes it available for use on another computer of the same user.
Deactivating should be done in the following cases:
* before you are going to replace your computer
* before you are going to (let someone) repair or reformat your computer
* before changing the Windows Operating system
* before your computer is at the end of its life. When your computer shows all signs of trouble and you start considering to replace it, deactivate before the computer is dying on you!
9. My computer crashed. It did not give me a chance to deactivate.
Email us (see button "Contact us" upper right corner on this web page) and describe the problem. Include the Registration number printed on the Art and Stitch CD-rom plus your full name. We will take it from there.
10. How can I tell if I have the latest version of Art and Stitch?
Look in Menu Help > About Art and Stitch. The latest version is Version 5, build 3498. If your Help menu shows a lower build number... update. See question/answer 12a below.
11. How can I tell if I have Art and Stitch BASE or Art and Stitch PLUS?
Art and Stitch PLUS includes the optional PLUS Level. If you are not sure if you purchased this PLUS Level then look in menu Tools: if there is not a line "PLUS Level Toolbar" then you did not buy Art and Stitch PLUS or the PLUS Level (yet) and you have Art and Stitch BASE.
12a. How can I update Art and Stitch?
Download the latest version (click on the button Download in the navigation bar at the top of this page for instructions how to request the download). Download/save on your computer. Then double-click on the downloaded file to start the installation process. It will replace your current version and automatically find your activation.
12b. How can I update Art and Stitch on a computer that is not connected to the internet (Pro-Stitcher tablet)?
Download the latest version on a computer that is connected to the internet. Copy the downloaded setup file to a USB thumb drive. Insert into the not-connected netbook. On the netbook navigate to the thumb drive. Double-click on the setup file to start the installation process.
12c. Should I choose Repair or Remove during the installation?
If you are prompted during the installation to choose between Repair or Remove, then choose Repair! This happens if you are installing the same version that is already installed. Therefore always check your installed version first, via menu Help > About, before downloading and installing a "new" version.
12d. Help, after installing the new version the program runs in Demo mode - how do I get my activation back?
Installing the latest version of Art and Stitch on a computer that was already activated before, will automatically find that activation. If the program tells you that it is running in Demo mode, you can return to the normal activated state by choosing menu Help > Run in Normal Mode. Then restart the program.
13. Can Art and Stitch be used on a Mac?
Only if Windows is installed on your MAC, using e.g. Parallels Desktop, Bootcamp or Virtual Machine, then you can use Art and Stitch on the Windows side of the Mac.
Although we have several users who successfully work with Art and Stitch on a Mac, we cannot offer support with the installation of Art and Stitch on a Mac.
When you decide to use Art and Stitch on a Mac, then be sure that you have a stable Windows partition on it. If you ever make changes to that partition, be sure to deactivate Art and Stitch first.
Otherwise you would lose an activation! See Question/Answer 6 above.
14. Can Art and Stitch be used on an iPad or a Tablet (Windows RT, Android)?
Art and Stitch is windows based software. iPads and also tablets that use the special Windows8 "RT" tablet operating system or Android CANNOT install Windows based software, only apps. As Art and Stitch is not an app, it cannot run on the mentioned tablets.
Art and Stitch does work on tablet PCs that allow the installation of windows based software.
15. Help, the Art and Stitch Library is empty!
There is only one way to open the Library designs in Art and Stitch: click on the star-shaped Library button in the Artwork toolbar. When you don't see the folders with over 500 vector artwork designs, then you are using an older version of Art and Stitch. Click on the Download link at the top of this page to request the latest version of Art and Stitch.
16. I am not really computer savvy. How steep is the learning curve of Art and Stitch?
Making digitizing easier has been our company motto for 20 years, so we made Art and Stitch very user friendly!
* Help is inside the program, written as a tutorial: read the User Guide in menu Help in the given order and you know all you need to start digitizing the most creative quilting patterns. The Embroidery Manual in menu Help is your first choice to learn how to create embroidery designs with Art and Stitch PLUS.
* Visit our Academy website (link to the site can be found in menu Help > Online Academy, and the button Art and Stitch Academy is also at the top of this page) with free tutorial videos, information about our optional Stay at Home classes, and downloadable Certified Teachers addendums.
* We are very proud of our Helpdesk: a very helpful Yahoogroup where you can ask anything and get fast replies. Link to join the Art and Stitch Yahoogroup is on our homepage.
17. Is Art and Stitch an upgrade of Pre-Design Studio?
No, not an upgrade: Art and Stitch and Pre-Design Studio are both invented by us, but developed by two different teams of software engineers.
Pre-Design Studio is an easy to use vector drawing program that can export to many longarm quilt formats, print pantos and has some wonderful stitch functions (Applique, jumpfree redwork, quilt patterns for embroidery machines), but it is not a full digitizing program.
Art and Stitch PLUS is an easy to use vector drawing program AND a full digitizing program at the same time, with an extensive library of ready made designs, motifs, creative fillers.
So, two different programs, not an "upgrade".
18. I have a Gammill / Statler quilt system. How do I add "First" and "Last" Macros?
You don't have to add any macros. Art and Stitch does that automatically for you when you save your design in the Statler .QLI format.
19. How can I create a dashed jump line between separate patterns?
Art and Stitch will automatically do that for you. When you have two separate patterns, just assign stitches and you will see the dashed jump appear between the patterns.
20. I am a digitizer and sell longarm patterns. Do I need other software to convert into the various quilt formats?
No, you don’t need conversion software. In Art and Stitch you can simply save in the major longarm quilt formats and in the major home embroidery formats.
21. Can I use Art and Stitch to create a full quilt layout?
Yes, that is actually very easy! You can bring all blocks of the entire quilt on the Design Page, align, move, resize and play until you like the result. Then just send the part that can be stitched in one pass to your quilt system ("Save Selected" in the format of your quilt system).
22. How does Art and Stitch compare to AutoSketch?
Before Art and Stitch was invented, many longarm quilters have been using the old AutoSketch program to create their own designs.
The big difference between AutoSketch and Art and Stitch is that all the bells and whistles of the old (meanwhile outdated) AutoSketch were made for engineers, architects and rocket scientists (you can design the wiring of a Boeing747 with AutoSketch).
The Art and Stitch bells and whistles and powerful vector drawing tools are specially made for longarm quilters and embroidery digitizers. The Library contains over 500 vector based quilting and embroidery designs. Art and Stitch is invented by a quilter/embroiderer/designer/author of embroidery digitizing tutorials for quilters and machine embroiderers.
23. I don't have a longarm system, but an embroidery machine. Is Art and Stitch the right choice for me?
Oh, you will absolutely love our top level Art and Stitch PLUS! Art and Stitch Plus is a full blown digitizing software with everything you expect from a professional -vector based- digitizing software AND MORE! Yes, more, because there are four dream functions inside that are not available in any other embroidery software program on this planet (Richelieu cutwork, freestanding lace, Battenberg lace, Hardanger). More information can be found on the Overview pages. See blue tab OVERVIEW AnS PLUS in the navigation bar of this page.
24. I have a longarm system, but don't have a computer guided system. Can I use Art and Stitch?
Yes in theory you can. In a non-computerized system you are using stencils, or paper pantos to transfer the design to your quilt. That can easily be done by printing the design from Art and Stitch and turning that into a stencil, but ... quilting detailed Motifs, (Cross) Hatching and Creative fills with a non-computerized system on the basis of stencils is not really doable. That means that you would not be using many of the bells and whistles of Art and Stitch. Therefore our other vector drawing program, Pre-Design Studio, would be a better choice in your case.
For more information visit our pre-designstudio.com website. Click here to open the Pre-Design Studio homepage in a new tab.
25. I learn best when I see the program in action. Are there any classes?
There's a variety of classes and help for you:
* Click on the button "AnS Academy / Tutorials" at the top of this page to visit our Academy website with free tutorial videos and our Certified Teachers page. On the Certified Teachers page you can download addendums with Special Techniques written by our Certified Teachers. You will also find links to the teachers' websites with information about their classes.
* Watch the tutorial videos on the Academy website: the videos follow the chapters in the User Guide and the Embroidery Manual.
* The two books (User Guide and Embroidery Manual) are inside Art and Stitch and can be opened via menu Help.
* Click on the purple banner "Yahoogroup" at the top right of this page: it's a link to join the very helpful Art and Stitch Yahoogroup.
* Consider joining our optional Stay @ Home Classes - it's like having a Retreat at home. Click here for more information The page will open in a new window
Important - to prevent delays:
When contacting us for support, always include the registration number
printed on the Art and Stitch CD-rom !