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Thread: Is it worth the money?

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    What is Gimp and where do I find it?

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    I've got QuiltPro V6 - I have fun playing around in there but get a little frustrated when I try to create my own blocks. Has anyone used both programs? If so, what are the pros/cons of each?

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    I don't think EQ works on Macs so if you are a Mac person, make sure I am wrong. If you discover that EQ is for you, WAIT! Eleanor Burns periodically puts it on a really good sale so watch for that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Check out previous threads about it. I'm one of those who find the learning curve for EQ7 very steep. It's not intuitive for me, so it would take me many hours of study and learning to learn how to use it -- even at a rudimentary level. Some people take to it like a duck to water, but I'm not one of them!
    Also my experieince, and I think a very basic piece of knowledge is missing in the instructions, probably one of those things that people assumes everyone knows. But I don't & can't figure out what I need to know. I can't get it to do what I really want. I have used it for very basic projects but it is easier to draw those out. Years ago on my first computer I had a program that I bought for $25 at Joann's, I could do more with that program than I can do with EQ7. I know what I really need is a good basic class on it but haven't been able to take one. I have same problem with Master Works Lite, to me the instructions start in the middle & they leave out the basic first steps so it never makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I can do a lot of things that EQ7 does with Gimp and it's free. I would suggest you try using
    Gimp and when the time comes where it no longer meets your needs then move to EQ7.
    There is a great tutorial on how to use Gimp in the Tutorial section. Check it out.
    I'm diffenitely going to try GIMP. Free is good if it works. If I find I need more (not likely), I can always purchase EQ. Thanks for the info.
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    My GF in TX has EQ and uses it all the time. I lived in TX but moved to WA in 2009, so I knew my GF capabilities with EQ. Last week I sent her a picture of a block one of my neighbors wanted to make into a quilt, but didn't have the pattern. My GF drew it up on EQ, assigned colors to it, prepared layouts for several sizes of quilts, including fabric requirements, cutting directions, etc. - all on EQ. My neighbor was shocked and impressed, to say the least. Now, my neighbor can purchase the required fabrics and start cutting! I think it is a great tool. I don't own it, but I know some of what it will do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nprisner View Post
    What is Gimp and where do I find it?
    Here's the link to GIMP. http://www.gimp.us.com/gimplp2/index-yahoo.php?pk=486

    GIMP tute Designing a Quilt with GIMP - Free Software
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    Thanks for all the help. Believe it or not, I've decided to go with Quilt Pro 6. It's on sale today only and I get a 30day free trial. Please I have some of their other stand alone products. I had completely forgotten about Quilt Pro and then someone mentioned it and the light bulb went off. Thanks again ladies.

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    If you aren't electronically savy and intuitive you may not be happy with it. I bought the version that was on sale a couple of years ago, after asking if I could design landscapes and other non-blocks with it. I was assured I could. I took a class and, after the second one of three, asked if we would get some non-block instructions and was assured we would. We didn't. Those classes cost me $50!!!

    I'm not electronically savy and unless you are you will not get much use out of it. I'd sure try this "Gimp" program (which I have never heard of before) before thinking about putting big bucks out for any EQ program.

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    I have EQ6 and would love to upgrade when I have some extra money. I mostly make my own patterns though. I rarely buy someone elses pattern...if I see something I like I either try to recreate it in EQ or something similar. I think it's completely worth the money for my purposes, but I have known people who never used it.
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