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New in ProLace Version
Version 5 concentrates on optimization. It was our goal to make ProArt & ProLace even more user friendly by reducing the number of clicks for the same job. Also the amount of commands have been reduced.
But ProLace 5 did not just get a new make up! New automatic stitches and exiting new features have been added to the already most powerful system for design & punching on the Schiffli Market.
Combined commands


Several commands have been combined to reduce the number of icons in the toolbars.
This made it possible to avoid almost all flyout toolbars, which had the disadvantage that the user had to know, which commands were hidden below the main icon of the toolbar. Now there are only some flyout toolbars left for automatic stitch types.

Commands with Quick Menus


Quick Menus are open during the command execution and thus directly and quickly accessible without Rightclic. The disadvantage of Quick Menus is, that they cover a part of the graphics area with the design. For this reason should they be small so that they don’t disturb the user.
To keep them small some Quick Menus contain only the most important and most frequently used options of a command.

 MOVE – Displace objects

You can define the displacement in X and Y direction in millimeters, or in X direction in French Inch.
If the new Rotate/Mirror/Scale Option is activated is it possible to change the position of the moved objects until they are precisely at the desired location.
The parameters can be defined in a Quick Menu.

COPY – Copy objects

The COPY command combines the former COPY and COPYM commands, and like in the MOVE command can you now define the displacement in X and Y direction in millimeters, or in X direction in French Inch.
If the new Rotate/Mirror/Scale Option is activated is it possible to change the position of the copied objects until they are precisely at the desired location.
The parameters can be defined in a Quick Menu.

ROTATE – Rotate objects

With the ROTATE command you can rotate the selected objects dynamically.
At the same time a Quick Menu is open, which enables you now to change the rotation center, to mirror and to scale the objects until they are at the desired location.

COPYROT – Copy, Rotate/Mirror and Scale objects

COPYROT combines the COPYROT and COPYMIR commands, and all parameters can be defined in a Quick Menu.
Additionally the command can be used to
mirror horizontally, what is frequently necessary in Gallon designs, and
mirror vertically, what is necessary in Allover designs.
Another new feature is that you can arrange the copies around a center point. This option enables you to copy e.g. petals of a flower and then change the size of each petal to make the design more irregular and lively.

TRIM - Trim/Extend objects to a boundary

The TRIM command combines the former TRIM and EXTEND commands.
You can control the command directly with a Quick Menu which is open during the whole commend execution.

PARALLEL - Construct a parallel line

The most important parameters of the PARALLEL command are now accessible in a Quick Menu.
Additionally the option From point – To point has been added, which allows you to define the section, which has to be offset.

  TURNS - Punching

The most important options are now also accessible via a Quick Menu.

Polyarc option for Step Stitch and Underlay
If the guideline for a Step stitch or Underlay is missing, is it now possible to construct the guideline via the new Polyarc option without leaving the punching mode.

The Step stitch and Underlay quick menus let you also choose directly between Single and Double layer without entering the extensive parameter menu.

Commands with a new Parameter Menu


Many functions worked sequentially in order to perform a certain task. If the user made a mistake, entered wrong data, or selected a wrong option, he could only interrupt the command and start from scratch again.
Now most commands got a menu, where the user can define all parameters, options and data. Once he is ready, he can perform the task according the defined settings in the menu.
Some of the commands did not only get a menu, but also additional functionalities, which were not available in te sequential version of the command.

POLARRAY - Arrange objects in a polar or rectangular array

The POLARRAY command combines the former POLARRAY and RECARRAY commands.
The command does not work sequentially like before, but the parameters can be defined in a menu before executing the command.

CHAINC and CHAIN2P - Arrange objects along a polyline

Also the parameters of the CHAINC and CHAIN2P commands can be defined in a menu, what makes it much easier to control the two commands.

Construction aids with new features


DEFBLOCK, INSERT - Save and insert a part of a design

This combination of commands can be used instead of the Clipboard to save and to insert a part of the actual a design in another design.
With DEFBLOCK you save the desired part on your computer and with INSERT you can insert it in another design.
Unlike with the PAST command, which inserts the copied part at the same position as in the original design, you can define the insertion point and rotate the design dynamically.

  PLEDIT > Join – Join polylines

Editing of a Polyline works now similar as the editing of manually punched stitches and the menu contains many similar options. You can ...
display vertices and move forward, backwards and jump to the start.
Zoom In/Out out and move the actual vertice to the center of the screen.
Invert the direction of the actual polyline and you can Join it with other polylines.
Add, Remove and Move vertices.
repair a Polyline with the option Smooth in case that you moved the vertices.
change the Layer and the Color.
set the attributes of a Polyline back to it’s default values.
Break between 2 points
Delete the whole Polyline.

The whole set of options is available only for Polylines, which are not part of an embroidery object. In case that you select stitches of and automatic stitch type like a Geflect stitch is it possible to follow the single stitches like on stitch editing. This possibility helps you to check the stitches of an automatic stitch.

  COUNTSTI – Calculations and Measurements

The COUNTSTI command combines now all measurement and calculation functions in one command.

New is that you can calculate now the Yarn Consumption and you can generate a Stitch Statistic, which tells you what kind of stitch types you are using in the actual design and how long the stitches are.
Both results can be saved in Info Files.


Commands with new features

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

GGEFLECT, BLATTSTI - Geflect and Blattstitch

Suppression of short stitches
The generation of short stitches can be suppressed now with a setting in the DEFAULT.INI.

The Exit point can be defined
The point, where you want to exit from a Blattstitch or Rotated Geflect to the next object, can be defined.
To cut or divide the Blattstitch or Geflect is not necessary anymore.

  CGEFLECT - Curvy Geflect

The Exit point can be defined
Also for the Curvy Geflect is it possible to define the Exit point of the effect.
As cutting of a Curvy Geflect is not possible, you don’t have to divide the object anymore.

GGEFLECT,   CGEFLECT - Rotated Geflect and Curvy Geflect

Number of layers per Geflect column
You can choose between 1 and 2 layers per column.
If Layers=2 the system will stitch along a column and return on the same stitches of the column.

In the left example Random=60%

Arrange a Module on the column of a Geflect
A Module can be arranged on the columns of a Geflect.
In this way is it possible to define your own Fancy Fill Patterns.


Stitch direction with Clockwise
In case of closed borer objects can you define now if the stitches go Clockwise (for Saurer machines) or Anti Clockwise (for all other machine types).

Stitch inclination with Shift
Also the inclination of the stitches can be defined nvia the new Shift parameter.

The direction of the borer on the left side is Clockwise and the Shift = 3.

  TURNS - Punching

Also the main command for punching got some useful new features.

Read Groups from a file
It is now possible to load Groups, which you have previously saved with the
MODIFY command.

Standard Groups for Lock Stitches and Hangers
Predefined standard Groups for Lock Stitches and Hangers can be inserted directly via the Function menu. These groups contain already the Needle In/Out functions, so they don’t have to be switched separately.
According to the defined machine type, the system inserts different lock stitches. The system distinguishes between Saurer Cut, Lässer Cut and Standard Locks.

REP/END Functions to define and copy the Rang of an Allover

With the combination of the ProLace functions REP - Repeat and END you can punch the first Rang of an Allover design and repeat the Rang as many times you need.
This new functions makes it not only much easier to create Allover designs. It also results in much smaller drawing files with strongly improved performance.

Advance Selection options in punching mode

In punching mode the selection in commands like COPY, ROTATE, MOVE etc. is restricted. The user has to define two objects and the system selects all objects between this two objects. Up to now both objects had to be selected manually.
The systems gives you now advanced options to select a certain section:

Select the whole design from start to the end.
Select the 1st object. The system finds all objects until the next NR, Split, Stop the end of the design.
Select one object. Then the system looks for the previous NR+ and the next NR- and selects the section in between.
        In this way can you also select a section between two Splits.

 MODIFY – Modify embroidery effects

Editing of Groups
Groups can be Mirrored, Rotated around the start of the group, and Deleted.
It’s even possible to Replace one group by another group.
This can be very useful, if you want to change the lock stitches for another machine type.
It's also possible to Save a group if you need it again in another design.

Editing of Allover designs defined with the REP/END Functions
In case that you have to change the design height is it most likely necessary to change the number of repetitions.
This can be done with the MODIFY command.
If you made changes to the first rang you can Refresh the Repetitions.

Insert Empty stitches (with no movement)
A new option allows you to insert a number or empty stitches after the actual position (green cross Mark).

OUTPUT – Write stitch data

Autocut also for Saurer SHC
The new variables amd_scutnon and amd_scutnoff enable you to define the Saurer programs, which must be inserted to switch execute the cut function.
The values can be defined directly via the command SETDEF > DEFAULT.INI.

Extended Info File
An extensive Info File can be generated when the stitch data are written.
Beside the normal information like machine type, stitch count, size, etc. does the Info file also contain the Yarn Consumption for the specified machine type and the Number of Cuts in case of thread cut.


 REGEN – Regen design and send design to ProView

It is our aim to generate 3D simulations with ProView, which look as real as possible.
The action of machine tensions (specially the shuttle pull) causes distortion during embroidering. Stitches are “pulled” in causing a shortening effect when the stitch direction reverses, conversely, stitches are “pushed” out along their length in case of step stitches.
It is one of the tasks of good designers and punchers to compensate this effect as good as possible. So they should design effects wider than they appear on the embroidery.

Now we get the problem that designs with compensation look more heavy than the real embroidery. For this reason many designers did not consider compensation in order to get proper simulations.
This resulted of course in the problem that the puncher had to correct the designs in order to get a correct punch.

With version 5 also this problem can been solved, because the program simulates the tension of the machine, what results of course also in correct 3D simulations.

Example on the left side:
1 - ProView Simulation
2 - Embroidery Sample
3 - ProLace Punch

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.

  •  For all center line based automatic stitches like STEP, SEDGE, etc. the inquiry for From point – To point can be controlled in the corresponding parameter menu.

  • Also the JOIN command and BORDER command can be controlled with a Quick Menu, which is open during commend execution.

  • The PATFILL command got short cut keys S for Size, A for Angle, M for Match and B for Build.

  • For the GUNDER > type Chemical 1 can be defined if you want to have only one Layer (entrance and exit on opposite sides of the effect) or two Layers (entrance and exit on the same side of the effect).

  • Up to now a MODULE was part of the design and only available in the design, where it has been created.
    Now modules can be saved for later use in another design.

  • In the file THREADTAB.CSV you can define the main parameters for the different Yarns.
    New is that you can define the standard Geflect Stitch length. In previous versions, this value has been derived from other values in the table.