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 DRAWings® X3 Pro FAQ 
 
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What is Corel DRAWings X3?
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How to upgrade your DRAWings to Corel DRAWings X3?
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Where I can find Corel DRAWings X3 manual?
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Which are the minimum system requirements that Corel DRAWings X3 needs?
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What is the difference between Corel DRAWings X3 software and Auto Punch products?
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The Benefits of Corel DRAWings X3
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Who will benefit from Corel DRAWings X3 ?
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Will Corel DRAWings X3 replace the digitizing software?
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Do I still need a conventional digitizing software besides Corel DRAWings X3
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In reality a lot of customers can only provide Scan-in logos for digitizing; will Corel DRAWings X3 work on pixel based logos?
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What comes in a Corel DRAWings X3 package?
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Does the DRAWings X3 coming with CorelDRAW DRAWstitch edition has the same functions as a separate CorelDRAW package?
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What graphic formats does Corel DRAWings X3 read?
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What format does Corel DRAWings X3 export as a stitch file?
   
 
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What is Corel DRAWings X3?
  Corel DRAWings X3 is an intelligent and interactive embroidery software capable of converting CorelDRAW® artworks into embroidery with premium stitch quality in a matter of seconds. It automatically calculates the embroidery parameters such as underlay, compensation, tacking, branching, thread trimming etc. Any manipulations to the artwork in CorelDRAW® DRAWstitch® edition will update the stitch results in real-time.
Corel DRAWings X3 is the first embroidery software in the world to use true "Artificial Intelligence" technology. It is fundamentally different from the so-called "Auto Punch" embroidery software.
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How to upgrade your DRAWings to Corel DRAWings X3?
 

The steps you have to follow in order to upgrade your Corel DRAWings X3 are the following:

  1. Once you have received the upgrade package of Corel DRAWings X3, install it to your computer.
  2. Now, you have to run Corel DRAWings X2 and go to “Tools” and click on “Security Keys” option.
  3. The “Security Keys” dialog will appear
  4. Click on the “Key form” button
  5. Send all the information listed in the “Key Form”, through email, to your dealer requesting an upgrade code for Corel DRAWings version X3.
  6. Please add in your email all the information off the order you have made for Corel DRAWings X3.
  7. They will send you back an upgrade code that must be inserted in the “New Code” field of the “Security Keys” dialog
  8. Click the “Update” button next to “New Code” field.
  9. Corel DRAWings X3 will start normally after a restart.
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Where I can find Corel DRAWings X3 manual?
 

After installing Corel DRAWings X3 you can find the manual of the software in the following location:

  1. Click “Start”
  2. then “All programs”
  3. find “DRAWings X3” folder and expand it
  4. then click on “DRAWings X3 embroidery software manual.pdf”
  5. If you have already installed “Acrobat Reader”, the manual will open inside it. Otherwise you have to install “Acrobat Reader” and try again afterwards. You can find an free version of Acrobat Reader inside DRAWings X3 installation CD
  6. You can read the manual directly from the Acrobat Reader or you can print it and have it in a hard copy.
  7. View Video

In the same location you can find also “DRAWings Editor manual.pdf”


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- Which are the minimum system requirements that Corel DRAWings X3 needs?
 

The minimum system requirements of Corel DRAWings X3 are the following!

Minimum
CPU: Pentium III / Athlon 1.0 GHz
RAM: 256 MB
Hard disk: 800 MB of free uncompressed space
CD-ROM: 4x
Graphics card: 3D AGP accelerator with DirectX 9c, compatible drivers and at least 16MB of RAM
Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 32bpp
O/S: Windows Vista / XP / 2000

But the recommended system requirements are the following!

Recommended
CPU: Pentium 4 / Athlon XP 2.0 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Hard disk: 800 MB of free uncompressed space
CD-ROM: 32X
Graphics card: 3D AGP accelerator with DirectX 9 compatible drivers and at least 32MB of RAM (GeForce3 / Radeon 8500 or newer)
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 32 bpp
O/S: Windows Vista / XP / 2000
Ports: 1 free USB port
Printer: Windows-compatible Laser/Ink-jet printer
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What is the difference between Corel DRAWings X3 software and Auto Punch products?
  1) Different software:
Simply put, Corel DRAWings X3 is a CorelDRAW DRAWstitch edition with an intelligent embroidery stitch generation engine. Therefore, it is a vector graphic software with embroidery output capability, not a conventional embroidery software with Auto punch function.
2) Different quality:
In Corel DRAWings X3 the user uses CorelDRAW DRAWstitch tools to create artworks or simply load an existing vector design. With a click of the "stitch" tab, it will convert the design into high quality stitches in seconds, complete with proper stitch types and settings.
Auto Punch products generally focus on creating stitches from a scanned-in pixel artwork. The stitch quality is very unstable depending on the quality of the original image. This software is usually not capable of adjusting embroidery settings based on the chosen material.
3) Different power:
In Corel DRAWings X3, the user can utilize all the powerful graphic tools to create or edit an artwork accurately and easily. It is much more difficult to edit a poor embroidery design created from Auto Punch products, due to the limited tools available.
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The Benefits of Corel DRAWings X3
  1) Create professional quality embroidery designs in a matter of seconds.
2) Set up your in-house embroidery design service at a very affordable price.
3) Reduce your digitizing costs tremendously - be more competitive and profitable.
4) Save more money by buying vector cliparts instead of stock embroidery designs
5) Make more reliable quotes to your customers based on accurate stitch counts and 3-D material based sewn-off images.
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Who will benefit from Corel DRAWings X3 ?
  Any company whose business is related to graphic designs will be able to take great advantage of this software. Also companies wishing to start an embroidery design service or those who want to avoid the cost of contacting out existing digitizing jobs. For example, Screen Printing and Promotion companies, Graphic design studios and small embroidery shops.
New users will not need an in-depth understanding of digitizing techniques to create high quality embroidery designs as they do with conventional digitizing software.
Even professional digitizers will quickly appreciate the advantages of using Corel DRAWings X3 and find it helpful to improve their digitizing productivity.
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Will Corel DRAWings X3 replace the digitizing software?
  No. Corel DRAWings X3 is focusing on high quality and high speed stitch generation from a vector artwork using Artificial Intelligence for embroidery parameter settings such as underlay, compensation, trim, closest connections etc., based on a user selected fabric.
For those users who prefer their own parameter settings, it would be ideal to upgrade to Corel DRAWings X3 Professional edition.
Professional digitizers who prefer their own way of creating designs, Corel DRAWings X3 Technology will help them stay competitive in the market.
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Do I still need a conventional digitizing software besides Corel DRAWings X3
  It depends. Most new users will find Corel DRAWings X3 more than enough for their current needs as long as they are good users of CorelDRAW.
After Corel DRAWings X3 turns artwork into stitches, the user is able to easily make changes to the stitch design as listed below:
• Change the stitch type from fill (Step) to Satin, to Running stitch, or even Appliqué, and vice versa.
• Apply a fill pattern to a fill object from a library of more than 130 fill patterns.
• Apply a style pattern to a fill object from a library of more than 180 style patterns.
• Apply a style pattern to an outline from a library of more than 180 styles.
• If the background material is changed, Corel DRAWings X3 will apply new settings to the design.
Since Corel DRAWings X3 does not include the editing ability for a stitch file, all modifications are done in the artwork stage if necessary. For those users who prefer having control on stitch files, or need to edit stitch files, it would be more flexible to combine a basic editing or digitizing software with Corel DRAWings X3.
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In reality a lot of customers can only provide Scan-in logos for digitizing; will Corel DRAWings X3 work on pixel based logos?
  Vector artwork is the only solution for a professional embroidery result. That's why many professional digitizing houses convert a pixel image into vector artwork to ensure the accuracy during digitizing.
If a scanned-in image is clean enough, Corel Trace can perform an auto trace to arrive at very good vector artwork. If the image quality is poor, the user will have to trace it manually like in digitizing program. Yet with the powerful tools available in CorelDRAW, DRAWstitch edition the user can certainly do a better and faster job. We all know that it is always better to fix a problem in the first place than to do so after.
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What comes in a Corel DRAWings X3 package?

Corel DRAWings® X3 software installation CD,
Security key,
Corel DRAWings® X3 online help! Printable manual in PDF format including Quick reference card!
Wings' modular ® 2.13 professional embroidery software. Basic module is included in the package.
More than 3000 embroidery desigs are included.
DRAWings® Editor
CorelDRAW X3 DRAWstitch® edition,
CorelPHOTOPAINT®
Corel CAPTURE,
Bitstream® Font Navigator® 5,
Kodak Digital Science™ Color Management System,
QuickTime® 6 Player,
Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications 6.3,
10,000 professional clipart images,
1,000 TrueType® and Type 1 fonts,
1,000 photos and objects,
Digital Content Manual,
User Manual,
QuickStart/Registration Card.

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Does the DRAWings X3 coming with CorelDRAW DRAWstitch edition has the same functions as a separate CorelDRAW package?
  Yes, it has all the functions that the latest CorelDRAW version has.
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What graphic formats does Corel DRAWings X3 read?
  Since DRAWings X3 includes CorelDRAW, DRAWstitch edition, it can read all the vector and bitmap files that CorelDRAW reads. All bitmap format files must be first converted to Vector files before stitch generation otherwise will be filled with cross-stitches.
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What format does Corel DRAWings X3 export as a stitch file?
 

Corel DRAWings X3 can save and export stitch files in most popular industrial and domestic formats as listed below:
Wings Systems’ (*ngs)
Tajima ( *.dst)
Tajima ( *.dsz)
Tajima ( *.dsb)
Pfaff - KSM (*.ksm)
SWF (*swf)
Happy ( *.tap)
Melco (*.exp)
Brother/Babylock/Bernina (*.pec)
Brother/Babylock/Bernina (*.pes)
Husqvarna(*.hus)
Husqvarna Viking(*.vip)
Janome (*.jef)
Janome (*.sew)
Juki(“.M3”)
Toyota (“.10O”)
Mitsubishi HD (“.1??”)
Barudan FDR(".U??")
Pfaff(".PCS")

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