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Thread: Quilting Software for Mac

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    I keep seeing reference to "EQ" and upon some research see that it's only available to Windows users.

    I use a Mac and am seeking recommendations from other Mac users about quilting software.

    What do you like? Dislike?

    How would you advise me?

    Thanks!

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    I'm not a Mac person, but if you can run Windows on your Mac, you can install EQ. Prices vary, including the cost of buying Windows.

    Well, it a lot easier if your Mac has an Intel processor.
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/guide/windows

    And there is plenty of other software that allows a cheaper way for you to run Windows only applications on a Mac.
    As an example (you'll have to do your own research):
    http://www.parallels.com/landingpage...FSVa7AodPV1K_g

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    Thanks, MTS.

    I should have clarified-- I run a Windows-free Mac. If I wanted to run Windows, I wouldn't have a Mac. ;-)

    -- Jillaine

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    I have recently purchased the Quilt-pro 5 for Mac's. It is a lot less than EQ, less than $100.00 and is really quite spectacular. I am still learning to use it, but the basics are, you can pick a block (from their large library) or design your own. You can select fabrics from their fabric library or scan your own fabric to create the block. You can then put the block into a quilt, create how many blocks you want in your quilt, add borders (up to 10)with miters or cornerstones, add sashing, rotate the blocks or place them on point. You can size the blocks and the quilt and then print yardage, cutting instructions, and even convert the block to numbered paper piecing instructions. You can save your blocks and quilts in your library. There is a lot more, but I'm still learning the software. I'm really glad I purchased it. Hope this helps

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    Jennifer, thanks.
    It sounds pretty good.
    I love the idea of scanning your fabric.

    mmm... okay; it's not in the budget now, but good to know about it.

    any other mac contenders?

    -- Jillaine

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    Re: what feffertim wrote:

    And I'd wager that's about all that 90% of EQ users do with their software (including me).

    You might want to check in on eBay - sometimes you can pick up an earlier version for bupkus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Re: what feffertim wrote:

    You might want to check in on eBay - sometimes you can pick up an earlier version for bupkus.
    I can afford bupkus. Thanks.

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    Jillaine, I hate Windows too and am a Mac girl. However, I have several programs that I HAVE to run Windows to operate such as my Bernina software and a few other programs. It stinks for sure. But, I've found that running Boot Camp solves a lot of problems for me, which basically is a program that partitions a small percentage of your Mac to be able to run Windows based programs. Virtual PC is also an option.

    I really wish ALL software were made for both systems, but I found I was cutting my nose off to spite my face by refusing to run some Windows type software. Check out Boot Camp and Virtual PC.

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    DH bought me a brand new Mac Book, thin air thingy laptop, I don't like it at all. None of the programs I like and use will run on it. I went right back to my old windows computer for all my quilting programs. DGD will probably get the Mac for school use, not much worry about virus or hackers with a Mac.

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    Yeah, I guess you Mac people are just going to have to slum it for now :mrgreen: :mrgreen: until they make a pure Mac version.

    I can't stay and chat as I have to go remove the 7 thousand new viruses that have found a home on my hard drive in the last hour. :wink: :wink:

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