Electric Quilt 8 is Here
Electric Quilt 8 Upgrade Released
Electric Quilt officially launched EQ8 this week and from the posts on social media it appears to be a hit. Users appear to be loving the new interface and are making commitments to really master EQ8. After being one of their beta testers for the last six months, I can't say I am surprised.
Kudos to Electric Quilt Customer Service
I want to also give a shout out to everyone at the Electric Quilt company. They have been doing an incredible job of keeping up with with customer service questions. Most questions to date have been surrounding the installation process. I needed to call them late yesterday afternoon regarding a question on one of the EQ8 Upgrade boxes I shipped and learned that at the time they were caught up with responding to customer service emails. Wow! In the world of software releases that is unheard of. This company is an absolute joy to work with.
Are you nervous about installing EQ8?
If so, check out last weeks blog post. The video tutorial will take you through the install process.
Also, a few people have reported a couple of issues with links on the MAC version of the software. EQ has already fixed those and you can download an updated version from your account at Electric Quilt.
Transferring Libraries and Projects to EQ8
On social media this week I noticed there was some confusion on how libraries transfer to EQ8 and how to get your EQ7 and prior projects to EQ8. This video was designed to answer your questions about moving libraries and projects.
Do you have other questions on transferring files or projects? Post them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them.
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10/28/2017 09:07:47 am
All my EQ7 projects were there (in pj7), but the only thing in User is Web 24 - where I messed up downloading fabric of the month.I do have the fabrics in the fabric libraries,now, but nothing in that User file. Did I not save any blocks as "favorites" or what?
10/28/2017 11:32:43 am
If you have nothing in the My EQ7>User Folder that means you probably didn't create any personal block libraries in EQ7. I don't tend to do that much myself. I find it easier to find blocks in a particular project and transfer them to a new project.
10/28/2017 09:53:09 am
Thanks so much for this video lesson. I had manually gone to the EQ website and re-downloaded all the monthly fabric files as mine didn't come over. But, using your information today, I was able to move my Quilted Diamonds files over to EQ 8. Thanks.
10/28/2017 09:55:23 am
Just curious, I notice that all previous version of EQ store projects in a PJ7, 6, 5 etc folder. Is there a specific reason EQ8 stores in a Projects folder? Are they possibly preparing for future versions to automatically bring the existing files over?
10/28/2017 11:30:33 am
I don't know for sure, but my thoughts were that it was part of the goal to make the software more intuitive. Much easier for people to figure out that their project is in a folder labeled project than in one labeled pj8.
Ann K Ford
10/28/2017 11:33:22 am
Hi Kari, above you state "Also, a few people have reported a couple of issues with links on the MAC version of the software. EQ has already fixed those and you can download an updated version from your account at Electric Quilt."
10/28/2017 12:02:13 pm
Yes, the help links were fixed based on a conversation I had with them. I believe the download in your account is actually an updated download from what you used before. So uninstall your current version of EQ8 and download the one in your account. That should fix the issues.
Ann K Ford
10/28/2017 12:48:43 pm
Thanks, but no thanks. It was too painful to get EQ8's home folder out of my user directory and into Documents. I dont want to have to go through that again. I guess I'll just have to wait for an update.
10/28/2017 01:47:24 pm
I asked EQ about the User versus Documents and it sounds like it is a MAC thing. After reading more about this on some MAC sites, I think I would have chosen to leave everything in User -- the aliases look like they would be hard to maintain.
Ann K Ford
10/28/2017 02:25:20 pm
It is a Mac thing, having to do with iCloud, but user data does not belong in User, it belongs in Documents. I am MOST unhappy with EQ for this solution to the iCloud problem. Speaking as a UX Designer, it violates the principle of User in Control - allow me to specify where I want my data, and what to name the directory.
10/28/2017 02:30:02 pm
My question is....would it be easier to copy and paste any PJ7 projects into EQ8 and save time searching? Will that work?
10/28/2017 03:03:30 pm
That is strictly a personal choice. I plan on keeping mine in My EQ7. But not sure I can give you a good reason as to "why". :)
11/2/2017 10:21:37 pm
Maybe I'm just a tech geek, but I like my actual project files and folders in another directory. Then I can sort in better ways rather than have everything flat. I always use the 'Click Here to Open Project Not Listed Above' to navigate to where I store my data.
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