Update 2.3.1 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.3.1 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.3.1 fixes the following bugs;-

  • For large charts the painting and drawing has been speeded up. The biggest difference can be seen on Windows machines. There is a slight improvement on Mac / Linux. This is an area that is still being looked at to improve the drawing speed. Painting and drawing on large charts is also faster when both the Outline View and Output Text View are closed.
  • When editing a Border to shrink it on either the East or West sides of the bordered stitches, East and West were muddled up. This is now fixed!
  • If the Outline View was closed and then reopened, the validations were not displayed. This is now fixed!
  • If the Outline View was closed and editing switched to a different chart file, an error message was displayed. This is now fixed!

 

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Update 2.3.0 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.3.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.3.0 implemented the following changes / fixes the following bugs;-

  • The activation has moved to a different site and the Knitting Chart Editor has been updated to use the new activation site.
  • For a very small number of users the activation code needed to be re-entered on start up. This is now fixed!
  • If a chart had stretches of similar stitches interspersed with ‘no stitch’ areas then the annotations were incorrectly calculated and did not take the ‘no stitch’ areas into account. This is now fixed!
  • In the expandable Outline , if a row label has been customised, this row label is now correctly displayed.

 

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Update 2.2.1 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.2.1 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.2.1 fixes the following bug;-

  • In certain circumstances, creating a new chart file does not show the New Chart Diagram dialog and the user cannot create a new chart file. This is now fixed!

 

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Update 2.2.0 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.2.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.2.0 implements the following features / fixes the following bug;-

  • Stretches of repeated stitches can now be ‘annotated’ with a number to indicate the number of repeated stitches. For example, a stretch of 8 ‘knit’ stitches will be annotated with an 8. This saves the knitter from having to count the number of knit ‘cells’ and so makes reading the chart faster and easier. Users can choose whether or not annotations are displayed as well as customise their appearance and location.
  • Stiitchmastery now validates a chart to check that the number of stitches from one row to another is valid, that is, the total number of stitches on the needles after a row has been worked should match the total number of stitches needed to work the next row. This feature is particularly useful for spotting missing or incorrect increases or decreases in a chart.
  • The initial appearance of Borders can now be customised in an Appearance stylesheet. If necessary, any setting can be overridden later by editing the Border individually.
  • Implicit repeats, that is those found by Stitchmastery, when generating the written instructions, can use a wider variety of text templates for the qualifier than before. Previously, all qualifiers were in the format of ‘x ?’ where ? is the number of times that a repeat is worked. Now ‘? times’ and ‘twice’ are also possible if desired.
  • The stitches ‘knit 1 elongated thrice’ and purl 1 elongated thrice’ have now been added to the system stitch libraries.
  • The description for ’2/2 LPC’ has been corrected to add the missing ’2′.
  • It is now possible to edit the font used by a Note.
  • Mirror Horizontal now correctly handles hidden wrong side rows.
  • Issues with editing the name and abbreviation fields in the Edit Stitch dialog have been fixed.
  • The help files have been updated to include the new features for annotating repeated stitches and validating charts.
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Update 2.1.0 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.1.0 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.1.0 implements the following features / fixes the following bug;-

  • When adding a repeat with a qualifier, the number of times that a repeat can be worked can now be specified more than once. For example, it is now possible to have (k2, p2 ) x 7(8,9,10) times. If a stitch count is generated at the end of a row  that includes such a repeat then the stitch count is displayed several times to allow for the repeats.
  • It is now possible to select a repeat or repeats via the Selection menu on the tool bar. There are several options for doing the selection: either all repeats can be selected or only repeats in a selected chart or row(s). A third option is to select a group of stitches and then select the repeat(s) that contain those stitches.
  • Once repeat(s) are selected it is now possible to edit the qualifer associated with them. Qualifers can be added or removed or the number of times that a repeat is worked can be edited. To edit repeats first select them and then Edit > Edit Repeat(s) from the main menu.
  • The help files have been updated to include the new features for selecting and editing Repeats. Minor corrections to the help files have also been made
  • A bug that caused corruption of a file after a custom stitch is used to replace another stitch being deleted from a chart file has been fixed.

 

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Update 2.0.4 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.0.4 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.0.4 fixes the following bug;-

  • Updates to preferences not always saved correctly.

 

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Update 2.0.2 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.0.2 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.0.2 fixes the following bugs;-

  • Updates to Stitch Library preferences not saved correctly.

 

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Update 2.0.1 published for the Knitting Chart Editor

An update for the Knitting Chart Editor is now available. To install this update;-

  1. Start up the Knitting Chart Editor.
  2. Select Tools > Install updates from the main menu.
  3. The software checks for available updates and shows a dialog box listing the available updates. Select version 2.0.1 and follow the prompts.
  4. When prompted be sure to agree to the restart of the software so that the new update is incorporated properly.

Update 2.0.1 fixes the following bugs;-

  • After rows and columns have been inserted, the charts and key are rearranged if the preference option ‘ Automatically arrange charts and key’ is selected.
  • When adding a repeat and selecting ‘Add existing border’ the correct border is added to the stitches in the repeat.
  • If the preference option ‘Remember last used folder’ is selected, then the dialog to create new charts is correctly initialised to display the folder that was used the last time that the dialog was displayed.
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Version 2.0 available for the Knitting Chart Editor

Finally! It’s taken me a while but version 2 of the Knitting Chart Editor is now available.

What new features does Version 2 have?

  • Support for multiple stitch libraries and the ability to quickly swap between them. Stitch libraries can also be easily shared across several machines and / or users.
  • Preference options for chart appearance and written instructions are now grouped together into stylesheets. As for stitch libraries, there is support for multiple stylesheets plus the ability to swap and share them.
  • All text that is automatically generated by the software is generated using text templates which are grouped into stylesheets. This allows for great flexibility in the text that can be generated. By combining a custom stitch library with a custom template stylesheets it is possible to use the same chart file to generate versions for multiple languages. So far this has been tested on several European languages including French, German, Swedish and Hungarian.
  • Grid Highlighting. Optional highlighting lines can be added to a chart to make larger charts easier to read. The colour of the highlighting as well as their frequency can all be set.
  • Several editing options for borders have been added so that it is now possible for a border to have any combination of North, South, East and West sides. Borders can also be ‘nudged’ on any side to make sure that adjoining borders to not overlap each other.
  • The default stitch that is used when adding new rows or columns to a chart or when deleting a stitch from a chart can now be chosen by the user. Options include; knit, purl or ‘no stitch’.
  • Colour can now be included in written instructions if desired. This makes it possible to provide full written instructions for fairisle, intarsia, brioche, mosaic, twined or any other technique involving more than 1 colour. Aliases can be set for a colour to abbreviate colour names.
  • Sticky notes can be added to the drawing canvas. These are intended as notes when designing the charts and do not show in the exported image output.
  • The layout of the chart key can now be changed if desired. Layout options now include: a single column, a single row or multiple columns.
  • Several new symbols have been added to the Stitchmastery Dot and Dash fonts embedded in the software. These include decoration symbols for beading and numbers 13-16, knit and purl variants of Brioche Centred Double Decrease, additional increase symbols, new arrow symbols and smaller yarn over symbols.
  • Decoration symbols for elongated stitches have ben added to the Stitchmastery DotCable and DashCable fonts embedded in the software.
  • Several new twisted stitch cable symbols have been added to the Stitchmastery DotCableEH and DashCableEH fonts embedded in Stitchmastery. These include both left and right cross versions of 1/2 and 1/3 cables.
  • In version 1, a problem affected all wide cable symbols and caused them to appear blank when charts were exported. A work around for this problem has been implemented in version 2 and involves using svg images for these symbols instead of font symbols. All wide cable symbols should now show up in exported charts.
  • A side effect of this work around is that these wide cable symbols can now be scaled in two directions at the same time. This is in contrast to font symbols which can only be scaled in a single direction. This has the benefit that cable symbols can now be used in non-square grids and will scale perfectly to fit the grid.
  • Where a chart has several rows that are similar, the written instructions can now be condensed if desired. This option is controlled via a stylesheet.
  • The number of times that a repeat or stitch is worked can now be output in word format rather than as a digit. For example, ‘(k2, p2) three times’ is now possible. This behaviour also works if using non-English stitch libraries and templates, for example as ‘(2 links, 2 rechts) drei mal’.
  • Options as to how to display ‘right side’ and ‘wrong side’ labels on row instructions have been added. Options include: always display, never display, only on first row, only on first occurrence of each type of row.
  • Total stitch counts for a row can now be displayed. Options include: always display, never display, only when different from the previous row / round.
  • Hidden rows can now be ignored when generating written instructions.
  • The capitalisation of the contents of a row / round is now optional.

Version 2 is a free upgrade for all existing customers. Because it is a major change from version 1, it is not possible to update to it using the Update feature. Instead it requires that the existing version (1.11) is uninstalled and then the new
version installed in its place. Instructions on uninstalling and installing are in the Version 2 User Manual here;-

http://www.stitchmastery.com/documentation/KnittingChartEditorManual.pdf

I have updated the Stitchmastery website so that the demo version can be downloaded directly rather than by via an email. The demo version of the software is exactly the same as the full version. Hence
you can download any version of the software that you need by following the links on this page;-

http://www.stitchmastery.com/knitting-chart-editor-win-demo/

Also, if you have a 64 bit machine, it would make sense for you to install the 64 bit version of version 2. For Linux, there has always been a 64 bit version available. This is now extended to both Mac and Windows. The 64 bit version should give you better performance as you will be able to make more use of any extra memory on your machine.

Migrating to version 2 from version 1.

As a result of the new features detailed above, the format of version 2 files has changed. This includes both the chart diagram files and the stitch libraries. On first starting version 2, if you have previously run version 1, you will be prompted to upgrade your version 1 stitch library to the new format for version 2. You can ignore this prompt by pressing Cancel but you will not be able to use custom stitches that you created in version 2 until the stitch library has been upgraded.

The help files contains details of the new file formats (look under Concepts) as well as a tutorial on upgrading files (look under Getting Started).

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New video

A new Stitchmastery videos have just been uploaded to YouTube.

Change the fonts in a chart / Ändern Sie die Schriftarten in einem Diagramm / Changez les polices dans un diagramme

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