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Hi, All,

Just in case you missed the announcement, we’ve launched Embrilliance.com This site will support Thumbnailer, Essentials, etc. We’ve also launched Embrilliance Font Collection 1 for Essentials.

If you have questions about Thumbnailer or anything Embrilliance, please visit us over there. There is a Forum and FAQs too.

If you are wondering about Convert It, Mac, please visit MacEmb.com



Posted 9 years, 5 months ago at 8:33 pm.

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Embrilliant Things I Ponder

Hello Everyone,

Big News is coming soon! I think about this a lot and it is distracting. My family wonders where my mind is sometimes. I can be ‘at work’ while at breakfast. My wife is used to it, and I try to be present as much as possible, but right now it is difficult.

We are moving forward in many ways here at BriTon Leap: Last week we moved into a new office. I can’t believe 3 years passed at the last one. While it was a great location, it was a bit of a cave, so now we’re in some better digs. Lots of light and several windows that actually open!

And we’re about to release the main Embrilliance product. This will be for both Mac and Windows. I have some decisions to make with regard to it; Name, Price and Features.

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Posted 9 years, 6 months ago at 9:36 pm.


Embrilliance Thumbnailer FAQs

Hi, we’ve been getting lots of interest in the Embrilliance Thumbnailer product. Thank You! But there are a couple questions that have come up more than once, so I’ll some of them here:

Q: Can I use it on more than one computer.
A: YES! No problem. Even a Mac in one room and a PC in another. There is no limit. Continue Reading…

Posted 9 years, 6 months ago at 3:23 am.


Embrilliance Support

Hi, Having gotten a few emails, we should let everyone know that there are a couple ways to get support for the Embrilliance Thumbnailer:

1.) We have a contact form on this page at www.Embrilliance.com.

2.) We have started a forum for Embrilliance. This will be the home for support and discussion.

Either way, problems and questions are answered most days of the week.

Happpy Stitches!

Posted 9 years, 7 months ago at 3:44 am.

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New Look for the Website

Eventually the eyes get tired of seeing the same thing, so we’ve updated the look of this website to be more compatible with www.MacEmb.com and it makes a more consistent look and feel throughout. We hope you like it!

Posted 9 years, 7 months ago at 2:11 am.

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Convert It, Mac – StitchBunny Compatibility Update

Here’s a bit of fun hacking we went through this week: Back in the early 1990’s Pfaff offered a  Mac version of their software, PC Designer. As they haven’t supported it for many years, and it won’t run on Intel Macs or any recent OSX versions, you would assume the program wasn’t used anymore.

Not true! There is still an active MacPfaffie community. Continue Reading…

Posted 9 years, 7 months ago at 6:08 pm.


Embrilliance Thumbnailer

Hi, everyone;

We’ve been busy lately, so my posting is a bit slow. But I wanted to let you know about a new product called “Embrilliance Thumbnailer” which let’s you view designs in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. If you’ve ever wanted to simply ‘see’ your embroidery on your computer the same way you see jpegs and bitmaps, this is the solution. I know you want the details! Ok!

MSRP $44.95 How’s that for reasonable!

And, one serial number can be used for both Mac and Windows PCs.

Which versions? Win XP (32), Win Vista (32 and 64), Win 7 (32 and 64), Mac OSX 10.5 and later. (OSX 10.5 gives you CoverFlow so you want to upgrade!)

How do you buy it? Well, you could go over to www.Embrilliance.com (we have more info on the product there) and click on the Store link at the top of the page. Or, ask your sewing machine dealer. Or, look in Nancy’s Notions catalog. If you buy from our www.Embrilliance.com site then you can get the download versions immediately.

Happy Embroidering!


Posted 9 years, 7 months ago at 8:14 pm.


Bits from Brian – October 2010

Some years ago, hand quilters would have disdain for machine quilters. I guess maybe some still do, but you have to like the idea of machine quilting; Machine quilting gets it “Off the floor and out the door” a lot faster. Unless it’s the wedding quilt or some similar heirloom, machine quilting can be a useful way to bring your project to completion. Continue Reading…

Posted 9 years, 7 months ago at 8:36 pm.

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Bits from Brian – Sept 2010

By now you’ve heard that we have a new embroidery machine to drool over! The Baby Lock Enterprise – a 10 needle embroidering powerhouse! And it has a huge new hoop: 14” square, sewn in two parts.

This new hoop reminds me of a time “long ago” and a story that’s as relevant today as it was then… Continue Reading…

Posted 9 years, 8 months ago at 9:34 pm.


Bits from Brian, August 2010

    Last month, we started to look at some Studio III features which are often overlooked. This month, we’ll continue along that line of thought and see a few more.

    If you’re new to all this, Studio III is The Must-Have embroidery program. Yes, that sounds like a pitch from Mr. Popeil’s late-night infomercials, but it’s also true. In fact I wrote the program because these were the things my embroidering friends and I found we needed all the time. To do embroidery you need some basic computer functions, and nothing makes it as easy as Studio. Continue Reading…

Posted 9 years, 9 months ago at 9:30 am.

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Bits from Brian, July 2010

    This month, I want to take a peek at some Studio III features which are often overlooked.

  Continue Reading…

Posted 9 years, 11 months ago at 7:24 am.

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Bits from Brian – June 2010

When you’re writing a column, sometimes you wonder if it’s too long or too short. Will your reader be interested? Will it capture their attention? Will it have enough coverage of the material. It’s always a balancing act.


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Posted 9 years, 11 months ago at 9:19 am.

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Bits from Brian – May 2010

The editors of the e-news were looking to do a light, easy edition this month – trying to give your brain a rest and inspire you toward creative freedom. When confronted with this idea, I responded, “Oh you want a Puff Piece.” Perfect. We never talk about Puffy Foam™ anymore! For that matter, there are a few ideas that come to mind, being inspired by “Light and Easy”.

So what’s Puffy Foam™? Some of you are new to this, and some are veteran enough to go, “Yeah, whatever happened to that stuff?” Continue Reading…

Posted 10 years ago at 2:32 pm.

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Gallery Guides – April 2010

As most of you know, the last several months I’ve been working on MonogramWorks. And you’ve clearly been paying attention, as it’s been very popular. So we would like to say, “Thank You!” to all of our Designer’s Gallery enthusiasts.

                One of the things I promised with MonogramWorks is some additional fonts. And I’ve been busy digitizing. Although I cannot tell you any details yet, I think a picture might be in order (just for you!): Continue Reading…

Posted 10 years, 1 month ago at 10:10 am.

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Gallery Connection March 2010

Last month I gave you a preview about Designer’s Gallery MonogramWorks, an exciting new program which has occupied my full attention around-the-clock for the last several months. If I were a composer, this would be an opus.

This program was conceived as a lower cost alternative, and as an important monogramming supplement, to the other lettering products on the market. Naturally, as we went along, features and ideas got added to the program design. The folks over in DG Marketing asked you to identify your wish-list, added them to our own, and came up with a list of things that we knew you’d love in this program. Then we figured out a price you’d love, which is half of what you expect. Finally, it was my job to bring it to reality. Continue Reading…

Posted 10 years, 2 months ago at 8:06 pm.

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Gallery Connection February 2010

Writing MonogramWorks

As I write this, I am stealing precious moments from the final development of MonogramWorks. You’ll see it soon. It has been a large project for me and everyone here at Designer’s Gallery, and I thought the process might be of interest to you. Continue Reading…

Posted 10 years, 4 months ago at 9:07 pm.

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Gallery Connection January 2010

10 Tips for Digtizing

It’s January and “Thank heavens all those holiday projects are mostly memories.” Yes, only mostly. Have you ever given something to someone before it was fully completed? I’ve heard this more than a few times over the years, but this year I heard it a lot. It’s the New Year, after all, so you might as well get them back and finish them up!

This year Designer’s Gallery will be 10 years old. It’s gone by in such a flash. And the worst part is that each year goes by successively faster. I’ve always held a 5 year plan for products I’d like to make, and that used to seem like a long time in advance, but now it doesn’t. Is there an appropriate response to the feeling that you’re getting older, and that time is winning out? Yes there is – salute Father Time with the middle digit! Then celebrate every opportunity to participate – make something special for every occasion.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of digitizing. So I thought maybe I could put up a few pointers on that topic. Now, I don’t claim ownership of these – I’ve learned a few things on my own over the years, but some friends of mine have said things more clearly than I managed to do, so I use their wisdom here as well, with their permission. Continue Reading…

Posted 10 years, 4 months ago at 8:41 pm.

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Adorable You! Videos posted

We got some videos for our Adorable You! program posted on YouTube! John Deer’s Adorable Ideas put these together and they did a great job!

Whether or not you have Adorable You!, or even an embroidery machine, the project ideas with these techniques are easy to accomplish and people love the result!



Posted 10 years, 5 months ago at 5:19 pm.

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I’m now also blogging on Ann The Gran.com


So give them a visit if you haven’t been there in a while!



Posted 10 years, 6 months ago at 9:12 pm.

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Gallery Connection December 2009

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes words are all you’ve got.  This month let’s talk about the letters used in embroidery. Specifically, there are two basic types of lettering used in embroidery: Pre-digitized letters and True-Type auto-digitized letters.
 Let’s start with True Type letters. True Type letters, originally developed by Apple Computers are the mainstay fonts used in computing. There are also OpenType fonts, a later Microsoft and Adobe technology, which are similar.  The fonts describe the letters by drawing the outline of the letter. This outline can be used to create an embroidered letter. The sample below was created using the Letter tool in MasterWorks with the TTF option on an Arial Bold font:
 TT as Satin FIll Continue Reading…

Posted 10 years, 6 months ago at 1:46 pm.

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