It's very popular, mostly because it's less expensive than other offerings and you can buy only what you need, one module at a time. It's not at all on the same level as MBX, but for many people it's all they need. That said, I don't use it, so I'm not really one to ask.
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--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Melanie <mel2sew@...> wrote:
Jim, I have heard a lot about Embird software--what about it?
From: Jim_Stutsman <jim@...>
To: janome12000 <email@example.com>
Sent: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 6:06 pm
Subject: [janome12000] Re: Artistic Suite software question
When the Artistic Suite first came out, prior to the 12000, we looked at it. I was not impressed, because this particular software had been offered by many others over the years under various names. The documentation made reference to floppy disks and dot matrix printers, which is a testament to how long it's been sitting on the shelf. It is not particularly easy to use, and I find it puzzling that Janome keeps flogging it instead of the far superior Digitizer MBX product. Try to get the same deal with MBX, but failing that take the discount.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mel2sew" <mel2sew@> wrote:
I am in process of buying my 12000 and my dealer has offered to throw in the high-priced Artistic Suite software with my machine when I pick it up or he will knock the value off the cost of machine. I am not experienced or knowledgable in embroidery software, so I am not sure if I need the Artistic Suite or if there is more affordable software out there that does the everything it can do.
I want to be able to customize & digitize original redwork designs, logos, monograms, and brands for home decor items.
Do you use Artistic Suite? What can you tell me about it? DOes it have advantages over other software pkgs? What capabilities does it have that are worth the extra $$$? If you use other programs, other than money, why did you choose it? What would you recommend?
I have had people tell me that you have to spend lots of money to get really good and user-friendly digitizing software, but before I invest in any program(s), I want lots of information.
Thanks so much,