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New in ProLace Version
Embroiderers have to deal more and more with design dimensions and stitch counts which never have been seen before on Schiffli machines.
These designs bring the machines and computer systems to their limits.
With ProLace Version 5.1 you can overcome these obstacles if you have to deal with such big designs.

References to External Designs


If a design exceeds a certain size, it is not possible anymore to handle the design in a single drawing. You will have to split up the design in sections, which are drafted and punched separately.
In most cases these sectors cannot be designed and punched individually.
You need the details of a neighboring section to see what is already designed or punched in order to realize the proper connections between the sections.
Now it is possible to insert a previously designed or punched drawing just as external reference to enable you to continue the design or punch in another drawing. The actual drawing will contain only the reference to the external drawing, so it will not consume space. The next time when you open the drawing, the external reference is also added again.
This allows you to build a master drawing using component drawings. Any changes you make to a component drawing is reflected in the master drawing.

DEFBLOCK - Create a Block

With the new option External Block you can combine a part of the design and file it externally on the hard disk.
This option can be used to file the actual punch or design as component designs, which can later be inserted as External Reference.
It can also be used to file a part of the actual punch or design externally and build a Library of frequently used design elements, which can be inserted later in a new design.

INSERT – Insert a Block

Via the INSERT command you can manage External References.
The option Attach external design allows you to attach another drawing to the current drawing as an external reference to show an image of the drawing into the current drawing.
Changes made later to the referenced drawing will appear in this drawing when you reload the drawing.
The option Detach external design removes the link to an external drawing.
Beside the management of External References this command allows you also to insert Groups or Library entities, which have been filed previously.


Design Blocks


Design Blocks combine embroidery objects to a joint complex object and can be saved under a certain name. Design Blocks can be recalled at any time, at any place within the same design.
For the user Groups and Design Blocks lock pretty same. The creation of Groups and Design Blocks is similar and also the application is almost same, but there are some major differences between Groups and Design Blocks, which are listed below.




The copy is just an image of the original and does not consume memory.



If you make changes to the original, these changes apply automatically to all copies.



If you delete the original, all copies will also be deleted.



Stitch length and density will be adjusted if the copy is scaled.



Each embroidery object of the inserted copy can be modified separately without impact on the other copies.



Thus Design Blocks can be used if the copies don't have to be modified and you want to save computer memory in case of big designs.
Groups are more flexible, but you can't save space, and changes made on the original Group, will not be applied to the copies.

  TURNS - Punching

Design Blocks can be created and inserted on punching.

DES Function to define a Design Block
To start the creation of a Design Block insert the new DES Function. Now you can continue punching the block.
When you are ready just insert the DES Function again.

How to insert a design block
Once at least one Design Block has been created, it can be inserted with the new option Insert Design-block.

 MODIFY – Modify embroidery effects

The original Design Block is surrounded by two DES functions. Design Block inserts are CALL functions.
Sometimes it’s necessary to make changes to the original Design Block. The option Refresh allows you to update all Design Block inserts.

Design Block Inserts can be Rotated, Mirrored, Scaled and Moved. You can even replace a Design Block by another Design Block, which is available in the current design.

Optimize frame movements

Unlike other Embroidery machines, which allow a maximum frame movement of 17mm per stitch, new Saurer machines with SHC code can perform also long vectors. This allows machines to move the frame faster and more smooth when the needle is out.
Now it is possible to optimize the frame movement for the selected machine type. Therefore a new Optimize option has been added to several commands.

 MODIFY – Modify embroidery effects

Modify allows you to optimize the selected vector. If needle is out, the system straightens the vector between the functions, using the stitch length, which is defined for the particular machine. In case of SHC the system moves with one single vector from the previous to the next function.

REFRESH - Check and refresh the design

In case of a design punched for Lässer, Saurer SHC, Hiraoka VDT or Tajima is it possible to straighten the frame movements between needle out and needle in, using the stitch length, which is defined for the particular machine. In case of SHC the system moves with one single vector from needle out to needle in.

  INPUT – Read stitch data

In case you read a Lässer, Saurer SHC, Hiraoka VDT or Tajima design is it possible to straighten the frame movements between needle out and needle in.


What else?
This is not yet all! There are still a number other features coming along with this new release. Below you get a brief description of the most important modifications.
 NP – Needle Pattern

You can change the repeat for a particular station in the range from 4/4 to the actual repeat, defined with
With a right click on a particular Needle you can choose the punching color for this particular needle.
Via the field 1 Station/Needle you can programs 1 station for every needle of the actual repeat.


  COPYREP – Copy Repeat

If the option Real colors is on the repeat will be display in the colors of the original design entities.
If different Repeats are used or if you worked with Needle Patterns, the repeat will be displayed like on the machine.


 MODIFY – Modify embroidery effects

With the new option Remove point you can delete the actual stitch and Groups can now also be moved.

  OUTPUT – Read stitch data

Sometimes it is required to split up a punch in several stitch data files. An example is an Allover design, which occasionally must be split in 3 parts, the upper border, the rang and the lower border.
The new option Select allows you can select the part of the punch which should be written to a stitch data file.


Below you can find a short list of important features, which also became available with version 5.1.

  • When you create Groups with the command TURNS, you can now also define a subdirectory, where the Group should be saved. This makes it easier to organize Groups on your computer.

  • In punching mode the selection methods Group, Rang and Between STOP has been added.

  • The SETUP dialog box got a new option Initialize ProView.
    If Yes, ProView will be initialized and the previous stitch data removed.
    If No, ProView will not be initialized, stitch data will not be removed and stitch data of the actual design will be added.

    This allows you to simulate designs, which are split in component designs.