(Nativity Designs here.)
It is not too early to make your Christmas list and I’ll tell you about a must-have program you will love for under $45.
In her Shopping for Software blog, Bonnie discussed the difference between editing software and digitizing software. For a basic embroidery design editing software, Bonnie likes Embrilliance, and that is my choice as well. (Neither of us have any affiliation with BriTon Leap, the maker of Embrilliance.)
Another of their programs, Embrilliance Thumbnailer, is a fantastic tool you may want to add to your Christmas list.
The biggest benefit of Embrilliance Thumbnailer, and other programs like it, is that it allows you to see what the file looks like without opening it in editing software or loading it on your embroidery machine.
The standard Details view on your computer, thumb drive, or portable hard drive just shows the file names. Unless you are very familiar with the design, it's name probably won't tell you much.
Viewing Thumbnail Icons
With Thumbnailer installed, a tiny icon of the image design shows even in Details mode.
(Bunny Buddies designs here.)
If the view mode is changed to Large Icons, the design image icons are large enough that you can actually see which design is which.
Seeing the design images also helps tremendously when filing and organizing your files. More on that later.
Embrilliance Thumbnailer is running a $5 off sale right now. Maybe Santa can come early?