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EQ8 Top 10: #1 Enhanced User Interface!

Posted 11-28-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10   Favorite Posts  

Today’s post ends our Top 10 Favorite Features list! Click here to see all 10 features.

#1 – Enhanced User Interface!

A Look Back

Electric Quilt software, developed by EQ President Dean Neumann, was first released as a DOS program back in 1991. The quilting world quickly took to this new way of designing quilts. The software was first introduced on The Great American Quilt, a PBS television show hosted by Dean’s wife and co-owner of Electric Quilt, Penny McMorris. Here’s a clip from the episode introducing Electric Quilt 1. Keep in mind…everything was done on the keyboard, as computers did not use mice yet! Can you imagine? :)

Evolving Technology

Over the years, Dr. Neumann continued to add features to the software based on the needs of our customers. The software became more and more full-featured and brilliant with each release; and more people started using EQ for casual and professional designing.

As technology changes, how we use and expect to use technology also changes. With EQ8, we wanted to focus on making the software more user-friendly and more intuitive for beginners. Making visual enhancements to the interface was our main objective, while also including more help within the program. All of the incredible features that Dean programmed over the years are still included with EQ8 and are what make Electric Quilt software such a wonderful quilt design tool. With EQ8, these inventive features (plus new and enhanced features) are more easily accessible than ever before.

Here’s a look at how the EQ interface has changed over the years.

Electric Quilt 5 (EQ5)

Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7)

Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8)

Change is Good

We know that change can either be refreshing or frustrating, whether it’s a new operating system (Windows 10!), a new sewing machine, and even EQ8. Muscle memory makes it hard to adjust since our minds have been trained to do things a certain way for so long.

For those of you who have been using EQ software for many years, first of all THANK YOU! We couldn’t have gotten to this point without you. Secondly, we hope you have upgraded to EQ8 and have given yourself time to get to know this new interface. If you still have EQ5, EQ6 or EQ7 on your computer, please open it up and just look at the Quilt Worktable. Imagine you have never used EQ before. You’re looking at a blank layout. Do you know what to do? Now open EQ8. Do you know what to do?

While many of the changes to EQ8 are geared toward beginners, even our advanced users have been thrilled with the new interface. Features that used to be hidden within menus are now pulled to the forefront. We’ve gotten emails from some customers who are excited about a *new* feature. Ironically, that feature was not new at all. It has been in EQ since EQ6 but was something they never knew existed until now. Making all of these options more accessible opens a lot of doors for you as a designer.

If you’re a power user, we know this new interface may slow you down a bit at first as you get used to the changes. But look at this as an opportunity to explore parts of the software you’ve never used before! If you’ve had previous EQ software versions but could never quite figure it out, EQ8 is perfect for you. If EQ8 is your first Electric Quilt software…welcome!

Download this free project for EQ8!

An Inside Look

Here are a few of the visually enhanced elements within the software.

The EQ8 Home Screen: This is a great way to get started with your project.

Worktable Ribbon: The Layout and Borders ribbons include icons representing the layout and border styles that are available. This takes the guessing out of the game! (Click the images below to view larger.)

Tools: The tools are now larger and include labels! This makes finding the right tool a lot easier.

When you become proficient with EQ8, you can change your toolbox so the labels are hidden. You can do this in File > Preferences > Display.

Palette Options: For many of the tools, new options appear in the palette that are specific to the tool you have selected. You’ll find these options on the Quilt Worktable with the Adjust tool (shown below), Randomize tool and Rotate Fabric tool. On the Block Worktable, you’ll find these options when you have segments selected with the applique Pick tool (shown below), and many other tools.

Overall: An inviting new look! (Click the image below to view larger.)

If you haven’t purchased EQ8 yet, please check out what other people are saying about the new EQ8 software!

See the complete list of features on the Electric Quilt website.

EQ8 Top 10: #2 See a Large Preview of the Fabric!

Posted 11-15-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10   Favorite Posts  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #2 – See a Large Preview of the Fabric! The fabric palette is full of small swatches of your fabrics and colors that are currently in your Sketchbook. Because the swatches are small, it’s often hard to tell what the print really looks like when making your selection. In EQ8, you can now see a larger preview of the selected fabric while you’re designing! With the Fabric Tools selected, click on the Detach button in the fabric preview. This will remove the fabric preview from the palette, and open it in a small window on your screen. You can move and resize this window in an empty

EQ8 Top 10: #4 Get Dimensions with a Click of the Mouse!

Posted 10-31-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #4 – Get Dimensions with a Click of the Mouse! In previous versions of EQ, there was no easy way to know the dimensions of a block, border block, cornerstone or sashing. To get these dimensions, you would have to select the block on the quilt, then go to Print > Block and view the dimensions from the print dialog. Now, on the Print & Export tab, you simply click on any block space, and the size pops up in a convenient little box. Click on a different space and the box updates with the new block’s dimensions. The images below show this awesome new feature in

EQ8 Top 10: #5 Post Quilt Designs Directly to Facebook!

Posted 10-27-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #5 – Post Quilt Designs Directly to Facebook! Let your friends see what you’re working on! EQ8 has a new feature that lets you post your quilt designs directly to your Facebook page. When you have your quilt finished, click Print & Export, then click the Export button on the ribbon. Then click on Facebook. A dialog will appear asking you to login to your Facebook account. Once logged in, there are several options. If you have multiple Facebook Pages, you can choose on which page to post your quilt by clicking the “Posting as” drop-down menu. Check the checkbox to also post your quilt to our

EQ8 Top 10: #6 Quick Quilt Projects for Quilt Labels and T-Shirt Quilts

Posted 10-25-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #6 – Quick Quilt Projects for Quilt Labels and T-Shirt Quilts If you owned previous versions of EQ, you may recall the pre-designed Quick Quilt projects available from the Project Helper window. These are theme-based projects that you can start with and edit to make them your own. The EQ8 Quick Quilts have been updated with new projects that will really jump-start your designing! You can find the projects by clicking File > Open Quick Quilt Project. Here are a few of our favorite projects! See the complete list of features on the Electric Quilt website.

EQ8 Top 10: #8 Hide Patch Outlines in Quilt

Posted 10-16-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #8 – Hide Patch Outlines in Quilt In EQ8, we’ve added a button on the main toolbar so you can quickly view your quilt with the patch lines turned off! This makes your quilt come to life with a click of the mouse! To be completely transparent, this isn’t a new feature at all. You could do this in previous versions too! However, many of you may not have known because it was hidden in a menu. Now that the tool has been added, it’s become one of the hottest updates to EQ8! Our beta testers were thrilled when they found this. See the complete list of

EQ8 Top 10: #9 New and Updated Printing Features

Posted 10-13-2017 by | Posted in: EQ8   EQ8 Top 10  

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top 10 favorite features in EQ8. Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram with #EQ8Top10) to see all 10! See the complete list of features on our website. #9 – New and Updated Printing Features Get Estimates for Fat Quarters! We love that the fabric estimates now include fat quarter calculations! If there are patches that are larger than a fat quarter, EQ will use a $ symbol to make you aware. And don’t forget, the SKU number is included so you can easily take your printout with you when you’re shopping for your fabric! If you’re calculating based on fabric width instead of fat quarters, the printout now displays the width of fabric that is being calculated. Mirror Templates for Fusible Applique That’s right! You can now mirror your template patterns! Turn the seam