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    EQ7 boxed vs download

    Does anyone have an opinion on the boxed EQ6 vs the download EQ7? I admit to being a little old fashioned when it comes to software. For some reason I feel the need to actually touch it to feel it to believe it is real and mine. Any advantages or disadvantages to Internet download vs usb import to computer

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    Like you I need to have the real thing close by
    #1 reason it's nice to actually have something to show for the $s spent, and #2 the program and serial no's are there in case one has computer crashes, and these things dissappear. It has happened to me, and it's a real pain to have to contact companies to download again, especially if one need passwords.

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    You get the book and I don't think you get that when you download the program. Stay away from EQ6. I have been told by others on this board it has a lot of problems. I jumped from EQ5 to EQ7. If I am quilting, I have used EQ7 to resize or some changes with the project I am working on.
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    I have done the upgrades from EQ5 to 6 to 7 and I have the boxes. I agree that it is good to have the info on hand. My only issue was when I tried to use simulation software on my Mac. I ended up buying a laptop to dedicate to EQ and having the upgrade box vs the download made it easier when I moved it.

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    If I remember there is a cd with EQ7. All the info you need to download the program is on the cd except the serial number which has always been on the box no matter what version you buy.
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    Are there issues with it on the Mac?


    Quote Originally Posted by caspharm View Post
    I have done the upgrades from EQ5 to 6 to 7 and I have the boxes. I agree that it is good to have the info on hand. My only issue was when I tried to use simulation software on my Mac. I ended up buying a laptop to dedicate to EQ and having the upgrade box vs the download made it easier when I moved it.

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    I bought online and downloaded. The only difference I can think of, is how fast do you want it? Now vs future delivery date.

    I'm a Mac user and my laptop doesn't even have a disk drive anymore. They are somewhat antiquated.
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    I don't think they are antiquated, just cost more to have on a laptop. DH's work had to custom order Mac laptops to include a disc drive. The over the counter ones do not have them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    You get the book and I don't think you get that when you download the program. Stay away from EQ6. I have been told by others on this board it has a lot of problems. I jumped from EQ5 to EQ7. If I am quilting, I have used EQ7 to resize or some changes with the project I am working on.
    I didn't know that there were problems with EQ6. I have it. Since I didn't have 5 and haven't yet gotten 7 (am waiting on 8, probably, to upgrade)....I am not having issues with 6.

    My reason for telling you not to get 6 is that it is older software. The next release may not support the things you are doing. Why would you buy an old program when 7 is already 1-2 years old as well? So, get 7 - and I'm not recommending that because I have issues with 6. I don't.

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    I had EQ6 for a few years and never had a problem with it. Now have EQ7 for Mac and it runs exactly like EQ for Windows. Get the box. It's got a book that's invaluable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    You get the book and I don't think you get that when you download the program. Stay away from EQ6. I have been told by others on this board it has a lot of problems. I jumped from EQ5 to EQ7. If I am quilting, I have used EQ7 to resize or some changes with the project I am working on.
    I have a question can you just jump in with EQ7 without having any of the others before this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day View Post
    I have a question can you just jump in with EQ7 without having any of the others before this one.
    Yes.

    I had 6 and 7, no problems with either one. The only thing I can think of with 6 that might have been perceived as a problem was you were only allowed a certain number of activations of the software. If you went over that number, you had to call the company to override. They changed that on 7 and it's no longer an issue.

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    Timely question as Ii received my boxed EQ7 just yesterday! I will probably not get to play with it until after Christmas. though. There's no problem or those who do not have a disc drive because it came on a thumb drive - no disc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gay View Post
    Like you I need to have the real thing close by
    #1 reason it's nice to actually have something to show for the $s spent, and #2 the program and serial no's are there in case one has computer crashes, and these things dissappear. It has happened to me, and it's a real pain to have to contact companies to download again, especially if one need passwords.
    You can put any program that you have legally purchased onto a thumb drive or a CD, so you have a back up.

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    I've used Electric Quilt since EQ2 and have never had a single problem (except for me!!)). I am up to EQ7 and have loved each one. EQ6 was a tremendous upgrade from Version 5 which I thou was pretty good. But 6 was fabulous!!! And 7 is even better. I had one simple goof (mine) years ago and had to call them. What great customer,ear service and Penny McMorris even takes the calls many times. Pretty good for a company owner!

    Oh, and for the laptop s without cd/DVD drives - yep, helps to make them lighter and thinner (see the MacAir). But they always have USB ports and you can plug in an exterior DVD drive, even a floppy drive with no problem. I so need (ok, want) a new lighter laptop. Mine feels like iron when I pick it up compared to my iPad Air2!

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    I began using EQwith version 7.

    Whether you get the download or the box . . .both come with a downloadable book. They don't ship with a hard copy anymore.
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    Do you see any problems buying an older version? So I know that EQ7 seems fantastic but it costs over $100 more than a used version of EQ6. I see the intro program called Quilt Design Wizard for $30 but I can get a used EQ6 just for a few dollars more. I know that EQ7 is bigger better, but if you were just starting with this program would you pick a used EQ6 or Design Wizard?

    I'm hoping that I'm not taking the thread too far off topic, thanks for the thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairVoyantQuilter View Post
    I began using EQwith version 7.

    Whether you get the download or the box . . .both come with a downloadable book. They don't ship with a hard copy anymore.

    Ok dumb question....no hard copy of manual available...downloadable only....so does that mean the owner then would have to print out the book to have a hard copy...how many pages/how much ink?..I know one could just use computer as " the manual", but, I know myself, I tend to make personal notes/flags in manuals, mags, patterns. ..I have eq5 and that manual has many of my love notes to self in it.....oh well, progress.......

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    For the amount of money you pay you should not have to spend more money on ink and paper in my opinion. I know this is the way of the world on all electronic devices but I don't like it!

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    i always feel better to have saved a copy of downloadable software to a hard drive in case of computer gremlins.
    the online maunal seems to be the new way of all things software but for eq7 it would be well worth printing out. the eq manual has been a very good learning tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skhf View Post
    For the amount of money you pay you should not have to spend more money on ink and paper in my opinion. I know this is the way of the world on all electronic devices but I don't like it!
    Agree! Printers can be relatively inexpensive, but the ink is a killer! Paper, ?

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