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Embird Cross Stitch - Menu Bar

Menu Bar is located at the top of the screen (Picture No. 1).

1. Main Menu Bar

Main Menu Bar

File

Use commands in File menu to open, save, print and compile Cross Stitch designs:

Compile and Put into Embird Editor ... Compile Cross Stitch file into stitches and put the result into Embird Editor.

New ... Create a new document. Use this command to clear the work area.

Open ... Open an existing Cross Stitch project file.

Open Recent ... Lists last nine documents you closed.

Merge ... Merge design into an open Cross Stitch project.

Save ... Save Cross Stitch project file with its existing name.

Save As ... Save Cross Stitch project file with a new name.

Save As Fill Pattern ... Save Cross Stitch project file with a new name as a fill pattern. Find more details here.

Print Template ... Prints active document.

Print Template without Texts ... Print active document without texts to save the space on the vellum sheet.

Print Preview ... Displays active file on the screen as it would appear printed.

Print Setup ... Selects a printer and printer connection.

Design Notes ... Give a name to your cross stitch design (or some comment, e.g. the magazine and the issue number which was used for creating the design).

File Summary Info ... Edit summary information of file, i.e. Title, Subject, Author, Category, Keywords, Revision Number and Comments. This feature is only available on volumes formatted with NTFS.

Send in Attachment of E-mail ... Send the active document through electronic mail.

Load Color Palette ... Load color palette from .CPF file.

Save Color Palette ... Save color palette to .CPF file.

Exit ... Exit Embird Cross Stitch and return to Embird Editor.

 

Image

Use commands in Image menu to import and manage the background image.

Import ... Import background image. The .BMP and .JPG images are supported.

Import Recent ... Lists last nine images you imported.

Acquire (Scan) ... Scan background image using TWAIN scanner.

Delete Image ... Delete background image.

Rotate or Mirror ... Rotate or mirror background image.

Set Size ... Set size of background image.

Dim Image ... Dim background image to make it less vivid.

Autodigitize Crosses from Image ... Autodigitize crosses from the background image. This command will show a dialog box on the screen allowing you to specify the size of cross stitch design and to reduce the number of colors. The point in bottom left corner of the image defines the background (transparent) color. Find more details here.

 

Chart

Use commands in Chart menu to import the chart as the background image.

Import ... Import chart into the background. The .BMP and .JPG images are supported. Choose the image file containing the chart. The dialog box will appear on the screen, allowing to align the ten square grid with chart grid lines. There are three red marks in the top left corner of the chart. Position mark no. 1 to upper left corner of the ten square grid, position mark no. 2 to upper right corner of the ten square grid and position mark no. 3 to bottom right corner of the ten square grid. Then click Align Grid button and check the results of alignment. In case the red grid follows the chart grid, click OK button to insert the chart into the work area. Otherwise click Undo Alignment button to revise the position of red marks. Find more details here.

Import Recent ... Lists last nine charts you imported.

Acquire (Scan) ... Scan chart using TWAIN scanner.

Delete Chart ... Delete chart in the background.

Dim Chart ... Dim chart in the background to make it less vivid.

Print ... Print chart in the background.

Print Preview ... Display print preview of chart in the background.

Print Setup ... Selects printer and printer connection.

Auto-digitize Crosses from Chart ... Use this command to create cross stitch design automatically from the aligned chart in the background.

 

Edit

The Edit menu provides commands to undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, delete, and select areas of crosses.

Undo ... Undo the most recent action.

Redo ... Reverse the effect of the most recent Undo command.

Cut ... Put the selected area of crosses on the Clipboard.

Copy ... Copy the selected area of crosses to the Clipboard.

Paste ... Insert the crosses from Clipboard to the work area.

Select All ... Select the entire work area.

Deselect ... Cancel the selection.

Inverse ... Inverse selection.

Delete ... Delete the selected area of crosses.

Duplicate ... Duplicate the selected area of crosses.

Auto Repeat ... Repeat selection.

Corner ... Place selected objects in each of the 3 other hoop corners.

Mirror ... Mirror the selected area of crosses either vertically or horizontally.

Center ... Center selection on both axes or only on horizontal/vertical axis.

Rotate ... Rotate the selected area of crosses.

Smooth ... Smooth edges in selected area by adding 3/4 stitches.

Clear Isolated Points ... Clear isolated points in selected area.

Clear Thin Lines ... Clear thin lines in selected area.

Clear Hidden Back Stitch Lines ... Clear back stitch lines lying under other back stitch lines in selected area.

Set Size ... Set size of selected area of crosses.

Change Color ... Change the color of selected area of crosses.

Convert Back Stitch Lines to French Knots ... Convert back stitch lines in selection for French knots.

Set Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for regular crosses in selection.

Set Mini Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for mini crosses in selection.

Set Horizontal Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for horizontal crosses in selection.

Set Vertical Cross Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for vertical crosses in selection.

Set Back Stitch Layers ... Set number of strands of thread to use for back stitch lines in selection.

Set French Knot Diameter ... Set diameter of French knots in selection.

Set French Knot Thickness ... Set thickness of French knots in selection.

 

Text

The commands on the Text menu choose how the text in your image is displayed.

Left Align ... Aligns text to the left, cursor moves right as you type.

Center Align ... Aligns text to the center, cursor stays stationary as you type.

Right Align ... Aligns text to the right, cursor moves left as you type.

Install Font Temporarily ... Temporarily install selected TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) font.

Font ... Chooses the font from the list of TrueType™ and OpenType™ fonts installed on your PC.

 

View

Use the View menu to zoom in/out the work area, to hide the background image or crosses, and to check the design in Sew Simulator.

Zoom In ... Increase the zoom factor.

Zoom Out ... Decrease the zoom factor.

Actual Size ... Return the view to its natural size.

Crosses as Squares ... Draw crosses as squares.

Crosses as Crosses ... Draw crosses as crosses.

Grid ... Show/hide the ten square grid.

Image or Chart ... Show/hide the background image.

Crosses ... Show/hide the crosses.

Back Stitch Lines and French Knots ... Show/hide the back stitch lines and French knots.

Rulers ... Show/hide the rulers.

Main Toolbar ... Show/hide the main toolbar.

Design Toolbar ... Show/hide the design toolbar.

Status Bar ... Show/hide the status bar.

Color Palette Bar ... Show/hide the color palette bar.

Sew Simulator ... Simulate sewing of design at chosen speed (max. 1000 stitches per second).

Sew Simulator - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to simulate sewing of selection.

3D Preview Show ... 3D photo-realistic preview of design.

3D Preview - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to display the 3D photo-realistic preview of selection.

 

Insert

Use commands in Insert menu to insert outlines for cross stitch design into Cross Stitch editor.

Insert Outline ... Insert outline around design boundary.

Insert Outline - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to insert outlines around the boundary of selection.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (1 Color) ... Insert outline around each color in the design using Outline color.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (1 Color) - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to insert outlines around each color in selection using Outline color.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (Multi-Color) ... Insert outline around each color in the design using the color of area.

Insert Outline Around Each Color (Multi-Color) - Selected Only ... Use this command if you only want to insert outlines around each color in selection using color of area.

Insert French Knot Outline (1 Color) ... Insert French knot outline around each color in the design using Outline color.

Insert French Knot Outline (1 Color) - Selected Only ... Insert French knot outline around each color in selection using Outline color.

Insert French Knot Outline (Multi-Color) ... Insert French knot outline around each color in the design using the color of area.

Insert French Knot Outline (Multi-Color) - Selected Only ... Insert French knot outline around each color in selection using the color of area.

Simple Outline Text ... Create simple lettering consisting of back stitch lines (outlines) only.

Font Engine Text ... Create lettering using TrueType and OpenType fonts installed in Windows.

Calendar ... Insert calendar, using either TrueType/OpenType fonts or Simple Outline Text.

Clock ... Insert clock, using either TrueType/OpenType fonts or Simple Outline Text.

 

Options

Use commands in the Options menu to specify the unit measurements.

Measure in millimeters ... If ON, the distances are measured in millimeters.

Measure in inches ... If ON, the distances are measured in inches.

Erase with Right Mouse Button ... If ON, the right mouse button click erases crosses instead of drawing with color no. 2.

Design Properties ... Change cross stitch design properties - cross width and height, number of thread layers, add outlines, add trimming codes, add tie on/off stitches.

Preferences ... Change preferences, e.g. size of work area.

 

Tools

Use commands in Tools menu to choose the editing tool. All tools are explained in Design Toolbar tutorial.

 

Help

Use commands in Help menu to find out how to use Embird, answers to Frequently Asked Questions and how to register Embird Software.

Contents ... Show Help contents.

What's New? ... What's new in this version of Embird?

Tip of the Day ... Display the Tip of the Day.

How to Use Help ... Describe how to use the Help system.

Frequently Asked Questions ... Show answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Tasks - How do I... ? ... Show how to perform the most common tasks.

Tutorial ... Guides you to Embird Tutorial.

Shortcut Keys ... Show the list of shortcut keys in Cross Stitch.

About ... Show information about Embird, such as Version number.

Order ... Order Embird and its plug-ins on Internet.

Online Update ... Check the availability of product update.

Internet ... Show dialog box with important links to Embird web site https://www.embird.net.

Installed Plug-ins ... Show list of installed Embird plug-ins, whether they are registered and the registration numbers.

 

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