FAQ: Toolbar buttons stay gray

I just had conversations with users, that were unable to modify designs with the corresponding toolbar buttons grayed-out. This is no limitation of the trial version, which is full-functional, but just a step they missed when modifying designs.

I assume that some more new users might struggle with the same problem, and decided to publish a new article in the FAQ section

Color picker for iOS

Colorwheel

For customizable background colors in StitchBuddy HD / View I had to create a tool to select a color: While on OS X default color pickers are available, iOS doesn't provide such a control out of the box.

I decided to go with a color wheel, which in my opinion is the right way to pick from multiple colors without loosing usability. There is still some work to do before StitchBuddy's next versions on iOS will allow you to select a background color and an option to print it as well, but this feature will definitely come.

StitchBuddy v2.9.3

Since yesterday StitchBuddy View v2.9.3 is available in Apple's App Store, and can be downloaded / updated for free on your iPhone or iPad.

This version incorporates a canvas size based on the opened design, and the corrected VP3 import. The approval of StitchBuddy HD is still pending, but I expect it the next days including the mentioned changes and a basting function using not locking but overlaying stitches. The Mac version has just been released, too, and can be updated for free by registered users.

Have fun with this update, and if you like StitchBuddy I'd appreciate a rating or even a review in the iOS App Store.

Update: It took Apple nearly a week to approve StitchBuddy HD, but finally it's available since January 13th, 2015.

VP3 import fixed

Few users have reported problems importing VP3 designs: Sometimes new threads were shown with wrong offsets, corrupting the whole design. This problem was very rare, only happening after designs were written by TruEmbroidery, and other programs are showing the same effect (e.g. Embrilliance Essentials and Wilcom TrueSizer).

I used this Christmas season to analyze the VP3 file structure more in detail, and finally I found the root cause and how to fix it. With the next release StitchBuddy will import these designs correctly:

VP3 Bug Corrected

After incorporating some further minor changes and testing everything thoroughly, you can expect this update somewhere in January.

App Store ratings / reviews

StitchBuddy HD was released 2 1/2 years ago, and warmly welcomed by the embroidery community, especially in the United States. Nevertheless only 34 US ratings (and much less reviews) are published in Apple's App Store:

STBHD Rating

Today people highly rely on ratings and reviews, so please don't be shy to share your opinion if you want to support StitchBuddy's development. Here's a direct link to the corresponding App Store page.

If you already left a rating I'd appreciate an updated reflecting the current version. And as I have no possibility to get in touch with a person based on a rating / review: Don't hesitate to contact me directly (e.g. by mail) with any question or problem.

Have a wonderful Christmas season, Matthias