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Embird 2008

By Embird Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Though this application's numerous features may take some getting used to, you'll find a host of tools for creating your own embroidery designs. Embird offers two modes, Manager and Editor, and each is chockfull of buttons and file menu options. Fortunately, they're organized by functionality, which makes the software easier to use, though the available tutorial provides much-needed guidance for getting started. The Manager is used to import designs from a host of file types and comes with its own file browser and filter, while the Editor is used to manipulate and finalize images. Embird offers some preloaded designs, though it's easy to import your own. Five optional plug-ins are available to help digitize new designs, convert text to stitches, and work with photos, but each one requires separate registration. There's a 100-use or 30-day trial limitation. Embird's wealth of features can help any user create her own embroidery designs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version build 8.4


Release March 12, 2009
Date Added March 12, 2009
Version build 8.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 41,066
Downloads Last Week 6
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Developer's Description

Embird is embroidery software. It consists of Manager and Editor. Optionally, plug-ins are available. MANAGER allows to read and write designs in various formats. It can convert designs, view in 1:1 scale, and print documentation. 3D preview allows to assign colors to needles and check design before actually embroidering. It can find threads in built-in catalogs. EDITOR allows to edit existing designs: resize, adjust the density, mirror it, center, skew, rotate, and sort colors. You can split and join designs, or erase a part of it. Sew Simulator is available. ALPHABET plug-ins allow to create lettering using pre-digitized characters. FONT ENGINE plug-in creates lettering from OpenType and TrueType fonts. DIGITIZING STUDIO plug-in allows to digitize new designs, using outlines and auto-fill. SFUMATO STITCH plug-in creates multi-color designs from photos. ICONIZER plug-in displays embroidery files instead of common Windows icons in Windows Explorer.

The latest release adds Danish and Russian languages, adds support for new format: Pfaff .SPX, and new thread charts "Brildor AC", "Brildor CO", "Brildor MF", "Brildor NY" and "Hemingworth".