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This is a list of most of the enhancements in EasyGrapher Stitch Wiz 4.0 compared to EasyGrapher Stitch Wiz 3.0.

To see a list of enhancements in version 3.0 compared to version 2.5, click here.

If you have any previous version of EasyGrapher Stitch Wiz, you may be entitled to upgrade at a reduced price. Please contact us for details.

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The changes are:

General changes

This section describes changes that affect multiple commands or cover general concepts, with the particulars described in other sections, and also changes that can be described briefly. Not all changes are described in this section.

1. Previously when drawing stitches, lines had to "snap to" one of nine positions (a 3 by 3 array) inside the grid square. There is now the option to have lines "snap to" 16 positions (a 4 by 4 array) or 25 positions (a 5 by 5 array). Lines can also be drawn free style, where end points do not snap to any position; they remain as drawn, including on top of grid lines.

This allows stitches to be more quickly and easily drawn in situations where many stitches enter the same hole and generally gives more flexibility to place stitches exactly where they need to be.

The number of snap-to points is set in the New Lines command. Other changes also affect stitch positioning. See the next item and changes to Edit Lines and New Lines.

2. Stitches can now be drawn on top of grid lines. Previously stitch end points were forced to be inside grid squares. This change is useful in situations where stitches are drawn in an area where grid lines have been removed.

3. The blackboard and lists of things, such as on the Edit Lines window, can now be scrolled using the mouse wheel, if your mouse has one.

4. The blackboard can now be scrolled by using keys on the keyboard:

  • Ctrl-PgUp scroll to the top edge of the diagram
  • Ctrl-PgDn scroll to the bottom edge
  • Ctrl-Home scroll to the left edge
  • Ctrl-End scroll to the right edge
  • arrow keys scroll one row or column
  • Ctrl-arrow keys scroll one window height or width

5. Previously to select a curved stitch, for example when using the Edit Lines command, you had to click on one of the line's end points. Now you can click anywhere on a curved stitch to select it.

6 The Select command now lets you select an area in half-grid increments.

7. With Stitch Wiz 3.0 in Edit Lines when you enter numbers on the Line tab to adjust the line end points, those adjustments were added into the original positions when the line was changed such that when you looked at the line later, the adjustments were zero. This has been changed back to the previous method where the adjustments are kept separate from the original positions. When reading files saved using previous versions of Stitch Wiz, the program will try its best to determine if there were end point adjustments and by how much.

New Commands

1. Simplify Diagram

Often in drawing a diagram, inherited properties can be specified for different stitches that are unnecessary. For example line 1 may specify "arrows on" and line 2 may also specify "arrows on."

This command added to the Edit menu will examine stitches in the diagram to eliminate redundancies. In this example, after executing the command, line 2 will have "arrows on" changed to "no change."

This makes it easier to make changes to inherited properties in a diagram and have them apply across similar lines in the diagram.

2. Show Line Order

This command under the View menu acts as a toggle switch. When it is turned on, the line order position of each line is drawn on the screen in the middle of the line. When it is on, arrows are not drawn. This line order position is the same order that you see on the Edit Lines window and is the order stitches are drawn in the diagram.

This makes it easier to know what line in Edit Lines to select in order to know you are changing the right line.

3. Advanced Curve Drawing

This new command under the Lines menu provides a more advanced way of drawing curved stitches.

When this toggle is turned on, this is the procedure to draw curved lines:

  • draw a line to indicate the end points of the line by dragging the mouse
  • release the mouse button
  • small red crosses are drawn at the line end points
  • drag these "handles" to position the curve
  • type the Enter key on the keyboard to finish drawing the line.

If in the process of dragging handles, you click somewhere not on a handle, the program ignores it.

This allows more complex curves to be drawn, but it requires more work to draw a curved line.

4. Break Line

This command under the Edit menu lets you break a line into two lines at the point where the mouse is clicked. It only works with straight stitches. It does not work with grid lines or needles.

This makes it much easier to draw stitches that weave.

Changed Commands

1. Edit Lines

The currently selected line is now highlighted on the diagram.

Snap To Points is a new line property that is added to the Line tab to allow the "snap to" positions of a line to be changed. This property is not inherited.

Adjust end points for grid is a new property that is added to the Line tab. This switch affects spacing of stitches inside a grid square. If checked, line end points are spaced such that they have to be inside the grid square not on grid lines. If unchecked, end points are spread out evenly across the entire grid square regardless of the width of grid (fabric) lines. In this case, lines may look like they lie on top of grid lines. This property is not inherited.

Prior versions of Stitch Wiz acted as if this was turned on for all lines.

This feature is mainly useful when drawing stitches in an area where grid lines have been removed or when connecting two lines so they look like one stitch.

Adjustments to line end point positions are no longer added into the end point positions and reset to zero. The original positions and the adjustments to apply to them are now kept separate.

2. New Lines

Snap To Points is a new line property to allow the "snap to" positions of new lines to be set.

Adjust end points for grid is a new option for drawing new lines. Its effects are described in Edit Lines above.

3. Edit Line

After selecting a line, the mouse moves to the position of the end point being picked up.

4. Print Diagram

  • Margins can now be entered to precisely position the printed diagram on the page.
  • A diagram can now be printed with a black outline drawn, with the outline width expressed as a percentage of grid width.
  • A diagram can now be printed without dangling threads.

5. Export As Graphic Image

  • A diagram can now be exported with a black outline drawn, with the outline width expressed as a percentage of grid width.
  • A diagram can now be exported without dangling threads.