StitchBuddy HD

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

Bugfix release v2.9.1

Some moments ago I released StitchBuddy for Mac v2.9.1 as a minor bugfix release: Unfortunately I broke the template (real-size) printing when introducing the new scroll view with version v2.8, resulting in too small printouts. This issue and some minor internal ones are fixed, registered users can download the new release for free.

In parallel I submitted new versions of StitchBuddy HD / View for Apple's App Store, with native support of the new iPhone 6 / 6 Plus screen sizes, and a fix of Dropbox syncing in combination with case-sensitive file names. I expect them to be approved in about one week.

Update (2014/10/11): I just decided to withdraw both iOS versions and resubmitted v2.9.2 today: the "zoom-to-fit" (by two-finger double-tap) didn't honor device orientations, and I just fixed it. Now the design will always zoomed to the maximum size while remaining fully visible.

StitchBuddy v2.9

All StitchBuddy products were renewed this week: With StitchBuddy HD the stitch order of threads can be changed and color changes can be deleted. The Mac version shows a color indicator in the thread list, making it easier to identify colors of small design parts. The overall memory consumption was improved, and some bugs were fixed.

More details can be found in the version history on StitchBuddy's website.

StitchBuddy v2.9 is a free update for all registered users, and can be either downloaded from the corresponding Download page (OS X), or updated in Apple's App Store (iOS).

Please leave a comment at Facebook, and spread your opinion about StitchBuddy by word of mouth.

Minor bugfixes on iOS

An update of both iOS apps was released last night: The most important improvement of StitchBuddy HD / View v2.7.2 is a bugfix of the Dropbox synching: One user synching thousands of files with Dropbox reported incidentally deleted files. For whose who are interested in details, there are two situations when StitchBuddy is deleting files on the iPad / iPhone:
  1. When a file exists on Dropbox, but not on the iPad, and its modification date is before the previous synchronization: It can be assumed that this file has already existed at the last successful synchronization, was synchronized, and afterwards was available on both sides, Dropbox and StitchBuddy. So after the last sync it was deleted on the iPad and therefore needs to be deleted on Dropbox, too.
  2. When a file exists on the iPad, but not on Dropbox, and its modification date is before the previous synchronization: The same case vice versa ... the file has already existed at the last successful synchronization, so it was on both sides afterwards, and was delete on Dropbox in the meantime. Therefore it is now deleted on the iPad.
As you can see synchronization relies heavily on the modification dates of files in combination with the last successful (!) synch. There were (rare) situations when a synch was considered successful although it wasn't, especially after several retries of file transmissions. Now such synchs will be marked as unsuccessful.

In addition the sort order in the folder navigation view was corrected, which was confused by folder names beginning with numbers or special characters, and I fixed a minor issue, when the scroll position was slightly offset after leaving the app from the gallery.

Bug fix and 64 bit: v2.7.1 released

Directly after releasing v2.7 users have reported a problem with "barely visible" and unresponsive views on iOS. I had thoroughly tested the app with iOS 7.0 & 7.1 on several devices without even similar issues, and could not reproduce the error ... After a while reviewing recent changes based on some screenshots showing the error situation, I was able to identify the reason.

Yesterday I submitted v2.7.1 of both iOS apps, and requested an expedited review from Apple, hoping for a fast approval... The update v2.7.1 was released this night, and first users are reporting the bug being fixed! In addition I incorporated 64 bit support for new devices (like the iPad mini Retina). Wow, what a weekend...

Version 2.7 renews all products

Today I released version StitchBuddy v2.7, renewing all iOS and the Mac applications, including Quick Look and Spotlight plugins. Although you can find comprehensive descriptions of all changes in the version histories (Mac, iOS), here is a short overview:
  • Gallery with subfolder support (iOS)
  • Designs can be opened in other apps (iOS)
  • X-ray view shows underlays when selecting stitches
  • Madeira Rayon thread colors added
  • Support of JEF+ file format (read-only)
  • Support of Janome MC 9900 (new hoops)
Update your apps for free, either from StitchBuddy's download page (Mac) or in Apple's App Store (iOS).

Are you already using subfolders in StitchBuddy's application folder on Dropbox, e.g. as an archive of designs? Please move these subfolders out of StitchBuddy's Dropbox folder before updating the iOS versions.

Please share your opinion at Facebook, and support StitchBuddy by leaving a rating / review in the App Store.

Preview of subfolder support on iOS

Starting with version v2.7 StitchBuddy HD / View will support subfolders, including Dropbox synching; here is a short demo of this release, which is announced for March, 2014: Preview of subfolder support on iOS.

New release v2.6

Starting with v2.6 StitchBuddy requires iOS 7

Both iOS apps, StitchBuddy View and StitchBuddy HD, have been redesigned to meet the flat user interface of iOS 7. These changes come with some minor improvements e.g. a better display performance and support of single-stitch selection on the iPad (details can be found in the change history). But more important is the fact, that starting with v2.6 both apps require iOS 7. It just became to much effort to support older iOS versions in parallel as Apple has changed a lot under the hood. In addition I lack the required testing devices to ensure proper quality checks with older iOS versions.

Update your apps for free or download StitchBuddy View / StitchBuddy HD from the Apple App Store. Please share your opinion at Facebook, and support StitchBuddy by leaving a rating / review in the App Store.

Happy Thanksgiving!

StitchBuddy HD is permanently reduced to USD 9.99!

I know that a lot of you would like not only to view, but to edit embroidery designs on your iPad, upgrading from the free version to StitchBuddy HD. And I also know that this purchase is not an easy decision with a tight budget (like most of us have). So finally I decided to drop the price of StitchBuddy HD significantly:

Starting today with a new iOS 7 version StitchBuddy HD is sold for only USD 9.99 (65% off!), with free updates. And this is not a one-time offer, but a permanent price reduction, so please enjoy and share this info with others!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

How many designs on iOS?

In 2011 when I designed StitchBuddy HD I thought users would hold only a few dozens of embroidery files on their iPad, just to work on favorite designs. I clearly underestimated what people would do with a highly mobile embroidery editor, especially after introducing Dropbox synching...

In the meantime I have learned about users holding thousands of designs in StitchBuddy HD / View, unfortunately pushing these apps over their limits: The flat gallery can't keep track of all the preview images, literally running in cycles, the synching can't complete in time, and the apps might stall or even crash. These issues are high on my priority list, and after releasing the iOS 7 versions my next goal is to improve StitchBuddy with a more robust and powerful gallery and synching process, so you can save and manage more designs on your iOS device.

But how to handle the current situation? I recommend to put subfolders into StitchBuddy's folder on Dropbox and put the majority of files into these folders: StitchBuddy won't synch them, keeping its number of files at a manageable level, and you can use the Dropbox app on your iPad / iPhone to move working files to and from the application folder. For sure only a bypass, but at least a possibility to have all your designs at reach when being mobile, and still keeping StitchBuddy responsive.

New versions ahead

During my vacation a user reported that some few PES files were not shown correctly by StitchBuddy. With the given example file I could easily reproduce the error, and today I was able to identify and fix the problem. Interesting enough: Some other embroidery programs have the same issue.

The bug fix still needs some thorough testing, but I expect minor updates of all (!) StitchBuddy products in the next weeks. The new version will also include a fix to support OS X 10.9 "Maverick", and Facebook / Twitter support for iOS ... and the mentioned limitation to iOS 6.0 (and above).

Dropping iOS 5.x support?

It seems I have to drop iOS 5.x support: Zooming into designs requires memory the 1st generation iPad lacks, causing the app to crash. Unfortunately without a notification beforehand, there is nothing I can do to avoid this situation, and the loss of work is possible. After restarting the iPad things work for a while, and on all newer iPads (with more memory) the problem does not exist at all.

StitchBuddy HDI already received a negative rating for this reason, and restricting it (and StitchBuddy View) to iOS 6.x is the only way to exclude the first iPad model. I know this will leave 1st generation iPad owners without further updates, and I am really sorry for this forced decision. Just be assured that the next additional feature would be iOS 6.x only anyway: Facebook and Twitter integration…

Please share your opinion at Facebook, and support StitchBuddy by leaving a rating / review in the App Store.

Update: Another option is to continue iOS 5.x support, and add a warning to the App Store's description that 1st generation iPads might face this issue … I'm still indecisive.

Surfing the first wave

On Monday Apple has introduced the next versions of OS X and iOS at its Word Wide Developer Conference. While OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" (a surfing location in California) is expected to come with only little changes for the end user, iOS 7 features a complete redesign of the user interface.

The WWDC keynote made me curious enough to download and install very first versions of both operating systems, previews only available to registered developers: Although I was able to identify minor issues with StitchBuddy's Quick Look plugin and the stitch simulator on OS X 10.9, these might be caused by the very early state of Apple's preview. I will check again at a later more stable state, and I am confident to resolve any possible problem. iOS 7 is currently only available for the iPhone, so I checked StitchBuddy View, and found it working, yet with an unfamiliar appearance.

This was only a very first glance, both OS are still subjects to change in the next months, but it was fun surfing the first wave and finding my apps working well…

Update (2013/07/12): Apple has fixed the mentioned Quick Look issue with Mavericks 3rd Developer Preview (I filed a bug report), and I figured out how to fix the Stitch Simulator. I'll incorporate this minor change in the next update, and everything will be fine for the next OS X version.

Updates approved in record time

Both iOS apps, StitchBuddy HD and StitchBuddy View, were approved in less than 12h and are now "ready for sale" … Thank you, Apple!

With this "Expedited Review" I was able to provide updated versions in the App Store only two days after the bug with corrupted gallery entries was reported, something I'm proud of…

Feel free to update to StitchBuddy HD / View v2.5.2, and please leave a rating or review in the App Store if you like the apps!

Problems opening designs?

If you are facing errors opening designs after the last update of StitchBuddy HD, enter its settings and turn "Empty Cache" on to rebuild the gallery without data loss. This procedure is also mentioned in the FAQs of its integrated help to correct wrong entries in the gallery.

Because of this issue I have just removed StitchBuddy View from Apple's approval queue and I will provide a bugfix ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Update (2013/03/08): I have just submitted StitchBuddy HD / View v2.5.2 for Apple's approval, correcting the mentioned issue, and even filed an "Expedited Review" for StitchBuddy HD, to make it available as fast as possible.

Dropbox support

In addition to the release of StitchBuddy View I've updated StitchBuddy HD to support the same Dropbox synchronization, searchable gallery, and extended working area.

Update your iPad app to version 2.5, and enjoy!

Black Friday Sale: 70% off

At Christmas StitchBuddy and its predecessors will celebrate their 5th birthday! I have started developing the first Quick Look for Janome JEF files in the Christmas season of 2007. Since then a remarkable track record of enhancements was built, mostly based on your feedback! To show my gratitude for your input, all updates were offered free of charge, but now I want to give even new users a hearty welcome:

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.

JPX / WonderFil support added

As I announced on Facebook yesterday, StitchBuddy v2.4.5 is just released for both, Mac and iPad as a free update. In addition to some minor enhancements the new version is able to read Janome JPX design files, and adds WonderFil Splendor to the supported thread charts. Customers asked for both features, and I'm happy I could provide them.

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.

How to use Janome JPX Files

I'm currently looking into Janome's JPX embroidery format: extracting stitches / threads seems quite easy, but I'm unsure about the image background which is used to layer JPX designs with graphics. Unfortunately I don't have any Janome software and therefore no experiences with this feature on my own. @Horizon users: How are you using the new file format? Feel free to comment on StitchBuddy's Facebook page.

iOS 6 - StitchBuddy HD is ready


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…

More Thread Charts

Apple has just approved a new version of StitchBuddy HD, and I have updated the Mac version, too: Version 2.4.4 is now available for both platforms and supports Coats Rayon and Trilobal thread charts. In addition the iPad app has a feature to highlight a selected thread, which makes it easier to identify where a specific color was used in a design:



Update StitchBuddy for free on both, your Mac and your iPad... either in the App Store or from the download page.

Measurement units?

What do you think about supporting different measurement units in StitchBuddy HD (mm vs. inch) and how to select them: With a separate option in the app's settings to switch between both measurement units? Or is the iPad's locale setting sufficient to identify the appropriate unit? Are you using inches with decimals or with fractions for embroideries? Please comment with your opinion on StitchBuddy's Facebook page...

Color Highlighting

Today I've added a new feature to StitchBuddy HD, although it still needs some testing: In the color list a thread can be selected to be highlighted, leaving the other threads gray-scaled. This way it is much easier to identify where a specific thread is used, e. g. before changing its color.

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...

App Store Pricing

I should have known better then to look into StitchBuddy HD's App Store reviews, as this system has two major shortcomings: First of all it does not allow developers to respond to comments, neither in the store nor directly by mail. Additionally people are more willing to leave reviews if they are not satisfied with a product, often leading to a mismatch between published reviews and the perception of all users. But StitchBuddy is barely two months released, so I'm still monitoring the reviews closely. But that's another story and not the main reason for this blog entry.

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.

Minor bugfixes

Tonight, after one week "Waiting for review" a minor bugfix of StitchBuddy HD was approved by Apple. It addresses some issues that were identified by a customer using specific PES files. So far unknown color codes were included in these files, and selecting these caused the app to crash. Thanks for your help, Di!

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.
The Mac application StitchBuddy benefits from some of these changes as well, so a minor update to version v2.4.1 was released today.

StitchBuddy HD for iPad released

The last months it was pretty quiet, wasn't it? Actually I was really busy working on a new version of StitchBuddy. This time I didn't add some feature, but … a new device: StitchBuddy runs on iPad!



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.