This tutorial explains how to export convertible file and how to use it. Convertible file is an executable file which contains the design stitches and also routines for converting the design into many formats with various hoop settings possible.This might be very useful if you want to send the design to customer via Internet and allow to convert and print this design on the customer computer. The customer does not need to have any embroidery software - he/she will just run the executable file, choose the design format and print the template if required.
1 - Run Embird.
2 - Select the design(s) which you want to export in the "Files:" box at the right side of the screen (Picture No. 1). Click the file name to select it. In this example the SQUIRREL.DST file is selected.
1. Select file
3 - Select menu "Right Panel > Export > Export Convertible File" (Picture No. 2).
2. Select menu "Export Convertible File" menu
4 - Specify the folder (1) and file name (2) of the exported document (Picture No. 3). Then click "OK" button to continue (3).
5 - The executable file (squirrel.exe in this example) will be created in chosen folder. Now you can send this executable file via Internet to your customer, but first test it on your PC - see the steps below.
Tip: Tip: It is recommended to compress the executable file to .ZIP archive to minimize its size. This will also change the extension of file from .exe to .zip. Some e-mail programs do not allow to send .exe files, so it solves this problem as well. See also tutorial Creating ZIP Archive.
3. Save to .EXE file
6 - Try to run the exported document - it is executable file "squirrel.exe". On the first screen, it will show the design preview, its size, stitch count and color count (Picture No. 4).
7 - Click "Next" button to continue.
4. Run exported file to test it
8 - Choose formats into which the design will be converted (1 in Picture No. 5). You can also change some other settings - e.g. insert/remove trimming codes, or shrink the design to fit the available hoop size (2).
9 - Click "OK" button to continue.
5. Choose embroidery file format
10 - Choose hoop size for saving the design in selected format (2). The list contains many options, so it is possible to filter it first (1 in Picture No. 6).
11 - Click "OK" button to continue.
6. Choose hoop size
12 - In case of saving to "Babylock, Bernina, Brother .PES" format it is possible to choose the version of PES file (Picture No. 7).
7. Select version of PES file
13 - In case of saving to "Babylock, Bernina, Brother .PES" and "Pfaff .VP3" format it is possible to choose thread catalog (Picture No. 8).
8. Choose thread catalog
14 - It is possible to print the template after converting the design to target format (Picture No. 9).
9. Optionally, print design template
15 - Choose the printer (Picture No. 10) and then click "OK" button to continue with printing.
10. Choose printer
16 - It is possible to change the print layout: Depress the left mouse button down, move the mouse pointer to new location and then release it to specify the position of the hoop with design (arrow Picture No. 11).
17 - Double-click the layout area to add some text (arrow 2).
18 - Click "OK" button to start printing the template.
11. Change print layout
19 - In case of printing the "Babylock, Bernina, Brother .PES" file it is possible to print also the sensor sticker which shows the position of hoop center (Picture No. 12).
12. Print sensor sticker
20 - At the end, the result of conversion process will be shown (Picture No. 13). The new designs are created in the same folder as the executable file.
13. Conversion completed
21 - Use the printed template for sewing (Picture No. 14). It contains also list of colors used in design.
14. Printed template including color list