Bernina Artista 180 software

I bought my wife a Bernina Artista 180 several years ago, plus the
(expensive) software that would run on my PC.
At the time that software required a dongle that Windows XP couldn't
handle. I didn't go any farther with it with the expectation that at
some point the kinks would get worked out of it and I would have a
working system.
Does anybody know what the current status of the software is? I would
like to get the machine and the PC talking to each other.
Second question is about formats. I remember that the Bernina has a
proprietary format. Do people who digitize generally provide the
output in Bernina format?
Alternately, is there any software "out there" that will do the same
job, take a jpg or gif file and convert it into something I can use?
Thank you
Pete Yorke
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G'day Pete
While I don't own a Bernina and can't help directly with your question, I can say that quite a few of the digitisers provide .art format with their designs. I've heard that some will send .art if you request it even though it's not listed in their catalogue.
As for converting .jpg/.gif to .art well that's a whole different ballgame and you'd need digitising s/ware, it's not as simple as it first sounds but having said that, can be achieved with LOTS of practice and the right s/ware. Personally, I'd rather spend that time stitching and leave the digitising to the professionals.
If you do a google search for 'free machine embroidery designs' you'll be amazed at what you can find. Even go to the machine, Bernina, Brother, Janome, Singer as most have a few freebies as do the digitisers....consider it a sample of their work.
Hope some of this helps? Bronwyn ;-)
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Contact Bernina. They may have a patch for the problem. Have you tried running the software in Windows 98 compatibility mode? Since the dongle is hardware related, it probably won't help, but it's worth a try.
Right-click on the program icon on your desktop; select properties; select the "compatibility" tab, and go from there.
Most major vendors certainly do.
With one exception, the only software that can convert other design formats (such as .hus and .pes) to .ART is provided by Bernina.
The exception is an odd story. Wilcom provides a free re-sizer/design converter. They recently produced a new version that could convert to .ART and made it available on their website. HOWEVER, it was removed and replaced within about a week. No explanations but I assume some lawyers were involvd. It is occasionally available from those people who managed to download it during its brief windows.
That's called digitizing, and there are many programs that can do it or help. If using a fully automatic mode, the results vary widely, from quite good to unusable. Some manual work on both the original graphic and the resulting design is usually required to achieve a high quality product.
Products include Embird, Bernina Artista, Brother's PE Design, ClickNStitch (may not be currently available), and many more.
- Herb
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Since you purchased the software several years ago, I will assume it is Version 3. This version is no longer supported by Bernina, see link below.
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should talk to your local dealer for more information. I would recommendyou try Herb'ssuggestion first as I suspect the answer from Bernina would be to purchase andupgrade to your software.
5 foot 2
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5 foot 2
I have the Bernina 180 and Auto Designer V.3 software. My computer is using XP system. You need to go to the Bernina site to download windows XP hasp driver. It can be found at this site.
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