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New in ProLace Version
With the release of ProLace 4 in 2009 AllCAD celebrates the 10th anniversary of the release of its first family member ProArt. After more than 10 years of development, it was time to clean up and optimize the whole software in order to prepare it for future challenges.
The result of this optimization process are programs which
  • run faster,
  • produce even better results
  • consume less memory,
  • and thus work more reliable.

Version 4 designs consume also only 50% disk space what helps of course to increase the overall performance of the system.

New way of parameter definition for automatic stitches

But not only the program code was optimized, also the way of defining parameters of automatic stitches got a major change.
Most of the stitch parameters of automatic stitches depend on the used thread. The thread defines the stitch density, stitch length, edge with and many other parameters.
Now in ProLace 4 you can define, which thread types (50/2 C, 120/2, etc.) you want to use in a design and in a second step you can apply the threads to needles. Later, when you have to apply automatic stitches to shapes you just define, which needle has to be used and the system will take care that all relevant parameters are defined correctly.
This makes it much easier for a newcomer to work with ProArt and ProLace. But it is not only an advantage for the newcomer! The advanced user does not have to check always all the settings of the system, what makes him faster and prevents careless mistakes in the daily routine.

New Commands

Three new commands THREADS, NEEDLES and REFRESH have been added to support the new parameter handling.
Also the command EXPLORE has been added, which allows you to browse the design in and explorer window.

  THREADS - Management of Threads, used in the Design

With the command
THREADS you can manage the threads, which are used in a particular design.
You can create a new thread and if you want save this newly defined thread in a file for future use, or you can import a previously defined thread from a file, modify it and save the modifications.
By creating a new thread you automatically produce a list with default values of relevant parameters of all automatic stitches. This are parameters like density, stitch length, edge width, etc.
Once you have created a new thread you can check and adjust the parameter values according your requirements.
You can define up to 5 parameter groups for every single thread. These parameter groups can be used for different e.g. different qualities (cheap, normal and expensive version).

  NEEDLES – Management of Needles, used in the Design
With the command NEEDLES you can add and manage needles, which are used in a particular design.
When you add a needle, you have to specify the desired thread and the thread color.
Later, when you design embroidery objects, you can select the desired needle and not the color as in previous versions. By selecting a needle for an embroidery object the system will automatically setup all parameters of the automatic stitch according the thread, applied to the needle.
By changing the thread of a needle, all objects, which use the corresponding needle, can be updated in one single step.
If you don’t add needles in a design the system will work like in previous program versions. So the designer can decide if he wants to use this new feature or not.
REFRESH – Check and refresh objects

The command REFRESH allows the designer or puncher to to check, if the actual parameters of automatic stitches correspond with the parameters, defined by the needle and thread of the object. If the parameters are not up to date, the object will be refreshed automatically.

  EXPLORE – Embroidery Explorer
With this command the puncher gets a powerful embroidery explorer, which shows the hierarchical structure of a design with all functions, automatic stitches and manual stitches.
The explorer allows you to
  • select a single object or a group of objects. The selected objects can be copied, rotated, scaled,…
  • delete a single object or a group of objects
  • browse through the design, where the selected object is highlighted in the design window
  • delete a single stitch or a selection of stitches
  • open the editor to make changes to the actually selected object

The explorer displays

  • the object type and turn
  • the function name and function value
  • the vector in machine increments
  • the stitch length, where stitches < 1mm are red and stitches > 8mm are green. All other stitches are black.

If you use the MODIFY command to edit objects, the explorer shows you the actual object in the explorer window.

Commands with new features

Also many new valuable and stunning features have been added to existing commands.

   CGEFLECT - Curvy Geflect

Farmer effect defined with Center Line
Up to now the farmer effect for the curvy geflect could be defined in percent of the total stitch length, or with polylines specifying the random area.
Now the farmer effect can be defined also with a center line, specifying the overlapping area, and the minimum and maximum value the stitches must overlap the center line.
The effect can be single sided with one side delimited by an area boundary.

Improved stitch pattern for farmer effect
The previous version of the farmer effect did not consider the neighboring effect.
Now it is guaranteed for cloned objects or objects, which are using the same inclination lines and the same stitch density, that the endpoints are always between the stitches of the neighboring effect.
This reduces dramatically the danger of thread cuts.

  MODIFY - Editing of objects

Create Clones and change between Random Inside and Outside for Curvy Geflect
Now you can also create a clone for a
CGEFLECT object and it is possible to change directly between random inside and random outside.
New option “Move stitch”
This option enables you to move a certain stitch to a new position.
Unlike with grips, you can exactly define the stitch, which must be moved. In case of empty stitches, with grips you can only move all stitches, which are at a certain point, but not a single stitch.
Remains in the command after modifications
In the previous version you had to select a new object after having made modifications. The actual version remains in the command after modifications, and you can continue editing at the actual position.
New option “Punching”
With this new option you can switch directly from editing to punching. The system will continue with punching at the end of the section, which you were editing.

  COUNTSTI – Count stitches

The command
COUNTSTI produces now much more accurate results. It does not only calculates the real stitches, found in a design, it also estimates stitches for underlayers, borer, sequins, etc.

Stitch count parameters

After calling up the command a menu appears, where you can define a number of parameters to allow a more accurate stitch estimation for a design.
The estimated stitches of the test designs came as close as 5% to the real stitch count of the punched design.

Together with ProView this stitch estimation is a powerful tool for your marketing and sales department.

SETDEF – Define system parameters


New Option “DEFAULT.INI”

The new option DEFAULT.INI allows the user to control all system settings, which can be defined in the DEFAULT.INI file.

The system administrator can define, which parameters appear in the menu. In this way is it possible to make only settings available, which the user should be capable to change directly, without opening the file DEFAULT.INI.

  TURNS - Punching

New Option “Step stitch”
This new option allows you to produce step stitches STEP respectively running stitches directly from the punching menu.
Split after change of stitch length
If you change the stitch length, the system inserts now a split at the actual position to prevent, that previously inserted stitches are changed.
Last Group immediately on crosshair
If you select the Group option to insert a previously defined group, the last used or defined group appears directly at the crosshair.

  OUTPUT – Write stitch data

Auto Cut for Lässer
The new variables amd_lcutnon and amd_lcutnoff allow you to define the Lässer programs, which must be inserted when the needle is switched on respectively off in order to cut the thread.
The values can now be defined directly via the new option DEFAULT.INI of the SETDEF command.
Error messages in case of fatal export errors
In case of serious function errors, which will result in incorrect stitch data, the system issues now an error message indicating the accurate position of the error.
Log file with turns of design and real turns
Due to the fact that the system inserts automatically functions, borer- and color change programs, the accurate number of turns of a design can only be determined on export. Thus the turns displayed during design and punching can differ slightlyt from the real turns.
This fact makes it difficult to find the accurate position on the design, if a problem occurs on the machine.
Now the system shows both values in the export log file. If you have a problem on the machine just look for this turn in the log file and the log file will show you the corresponding turn in the design.

  INPUT – Read stitch data

Import filter for functions
The following functions can be filtered out now when you are reading stitch data:
The import filters can be switched on and off via the new option DEFAULT.INI of the SETDEF command.


Preview of the design

If you open a ProArt or a ProLace design you get a small preview of the design in the lower left corner of the file dialog.
Now with version 4 you can get also a preview for stitch data in all supported import formats like SLC, SHC, MST, etc.
Unlike to the small preview window of the open design dialog, the preview of the stitch data is show in the normal design window.

Direct editing features

Under Direct Editing we understand the capability to make modifications to a design without the use of a specific command. Instead of commands, grips are used to change the shape, or objects are dragged with the cursor to a new position.
This Direct Editing features were available in previous versions for single entities only, but not for embroidery objects like blattstitches. If you modified e.g. the shape of an object, you still had to update the object to get the stitches corrected.
Now Direct Editing works on Object and not on Entity level.
Dragging grips of an entity

  • If you change the shape of an object by means of the the grips, the stitches of the object are updated immediately.
  • If you move the endpoint of inclination lines with the grips, the stitches will also be updated automatically.
  • If you change the radius of the circle of a DOT or a CIRBLATT by moving the grips of the circle, the stitches will be updated.

Dragging of the stitch polyline or circles of dots and circular blattstitches

  • If you drag the polyline, representing the stitches of an object, all related entities will follow and the connections between the dragged object and the neighboring objects will be corrected.
  • If you drag the circle of a DOT with the center grip, all other objects will follow.
  • If you drag the circle of a CIRBLATT with the grips, you can produce an eccentric object.

Dragging of start & end symbols
Every automatic stitch, which is arranged along a center line, got a green start and a red end symbol. Different stitch types got different symbols. So the symbol for an edge is a small triangle and the symbol for an underlayer is a small square.

  • By simply dragging the start or the end symbol along the center polyline you can change the start or the endpoint of the automatic stitch. It is not necessary to cut or to break the object.
  • If you move the starting point of a STAR, an FNODE or a CIRBLATT, which is represented by a small circle, the start position of the stitches is also updated.
What else?

This is not yet all! There are still many other features coming along with this new release. Below you get a brief description of some of them.

  • If you press the F1 key from a command, a dialog-box or a menu, the online help function will lead you directly to the page, where the command or the menu is described.
  • DELEMB allows you now to delete inclination lines of a blattstitch and geflect object.
  • NP: In case of SHC designs, the needle pattern contains now always a station 0 with all needles off. This station is not visible in the NP dialog box.
  • With CUT and BREAK you can now also break Underlayers and Modules.
  • More than one underlayer can be added to a blattstich object or to a center line based object.
  • Many new keyboard short cuts have been added.