For one week, from November 23rd to 30th, 2012, both StitchBuddy products are offered with a 70% discount: Get StitchBuddy for your Mac (USD 14.99), or for your iPad (USD 8.99), and enjoy your embroideries like never before.
Be sure to place your order in the mentioned timeframe to entitle to this rebate.
Unfortunately the support for JPX files is not as smooth as I wanted it to be: As a matter of fact the file extension ".jpx" is already reserved by another file type: JPEG 2000, a graphic file, so Janome made a bad decision using the same extension for their embroidery designs. Implications for StitchBuddy can be found on the related support pages (Mac, iOS).
Feel free to download the new version for your Mac here, or use the App Store update function on your iPad.
Today Apple has released the new major release of iOS, with new maps, Siri for the iPad, Facebook integration, Passbook, and much, much more. I'm happy to announce that the current version of StitchBuddy HD is 100% compatible with iOS 6, so there is no reason not to update if you want to view or work on embroidery designs on the go…
Update StitchBuddy for free on both, your Mac and your iPad... either in the App Store or from the download page.
In StitchBuddy for Mac this function is available for a long time, and it was missed by me and others on the iPad. Expect it to be incorporated into the next update of StitchBuddy HD...
I just uploaded a very, very, very minor release of the OS X app and its plugins: StitchBuddy v2.4.3 is now completely code-signed to comply with Gatekeeper of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion". In addition I tested all functions of StitchBuddy and the Quick Look / Spotlight plugins with the upcoming operating system, and everything is working flawless.
One customer complains that StitchBuddy HD is overpriced, and requests more features to be included for its price. This comment really makes me think about the pricing in the App Store, and people's attitude to it:
Users of iOS devices are used to $0.99 apps … me too … but many of these apps are either limited, or aiming at huge market shares with literally thousands of users. StitchBuddy HD offers functions on the iPad that are often priced three or four times more on PCs or Macs, and it targets a rather small user group. From an economical standpoint its development is just disastrous, but I don't mind: When I thought about publishing StitchBuddy HD, I decided for a price that is affordable and reasonable, but still reflects the hundreds of hours of work behind. Additionally, with Apple's share (there is no official way around the App Store) and taxes, a developer receives only about 50% of an app's price as earnings.
StitchBuddy HD's description in the App Store lists all features, and I provide a demo video showing its handling. Don't hesitate to send me a mail if you have any questions while thinking about making a purchase. And if you are using StitchBuddy HD, please leave a fair rating / review in the App Store.
Additionally I made some changes to improve the performance on the new iPad's Retina display. Here's a list of all changes:
- Leading / trailing jump stitches are not included into selections
- Performance improvements for Retina displays.
- Enhanced PES support (additional color codes).
- Fixed: Corrupted grid at some zoom levels on Retina displays.
- Fixed: Crashes caused by unknown thread colors.
A tablet is not a powerful computer, for sure, and modifying large designs might be beyond its capabilities. Personally I don't want to digitize or change single stitches on a tablet, but what about all these purchased designs you might want to tweak a little? Wouldn't it be great to look at them on the go or sitting on the couch? To change some colors, combine some designs, and share the result by email? I think it would be cool, and now you can: StitchBuddy HD is available on the App Store, and can be purchased for only USD 29.99. Learn more about its features in this video.
StitchBuddy HD uses the same core functions as the Mac app, which was updated, too: With the new version (v2.4) you can easier identify single stitches even if 3D effects are turned off.