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November 13th, 2018 12:43 AM
jasmynn
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by sheilacase
I have found a solution to moving one stone at a time in Sierra Hotfix Era. If you hit your Ctrl button on your keyboard, hold it down while clicking the stones that you want to select, then you can move more than one at a time.
There's a workaround for this.
Select the object (group of stones)where you want to be able to move the stones individually.
1 right click and then select disassemble hotfix object.
2. This will ungroup them. You can then do control + click to select one or multiple stones.
3. You can also select multiple stone and regroup them by either selecting each stone or selecting an area by dragging across the stones you want and select reassemble instead of disassemble.
November 12th, 2018 12:35 PM
mfatty500
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

If you use the manual "add stone" feature you can use ctrl & click each stone or use your pick tool to select and move all at once. They are misleading when selling that software, when you buy a high dollar machine just include the full blown version of the software and be done with it (more than likely you are making a payment for the machine), also they don't tell you to get a computer with lots of ram to help avoid the crashing. I use it for my Spangle machine, but I am still using v15.
November 12th, 2018 12:05 PM
sheilacase
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrRudeDog
Hello All,

I've seen several questions about Sierra's Hotfix Era software for rhinestone design making, and I thought it might deserve its own thread.

I "discovered" the software by reading about it on this forum, watched the videos, and was very curious. We have a newer Cams machine, the 1V-2P model. Like many others, I was often frustrated with the included Gemmaster software.

While at the NNEP show in Nashville a couple weeks ago I was able to see the software in person. I ordered it the next day. $850 and a few days later, I had my software. If you do purchase from the manufacturer, you might call your credit card company ahead of time and inform them of your pending Argentina purchase, to avoid having your account locked, like I did.

For those that have not checked out their website, Design ERA - Software Suite for the Apparel decoration, you purchase the base software and then the "modules" for your particular equipment. At first I had a mild case of buyers remorse, as the PDF manual didn't go into a lot of depth, but the software can do a lot of things that Gemmaster can't. I've produced several designs and ran them through the machine without a problem.

There are some weaknesses though. When editing, you can only move one stone at at a time. There is no "shift or ctrl" clicking. Also, when drawing lines or moving objects you can't use angle constraint. There are a few other shortcomings that I'm not remembering as I type this.

Anyone else taken the plunge yet? I'm hoping that there will be some corrective maintenance releases from Sierra, but right now, at least on their support site, there isn't much of any thing at all about the software. Everything is geared towards their embroidery software (which we do not use).

I look forward to hopefully hearing from other users.

Ray
I have found a solution to moving one stone at a time in Sierra Hotfix Era. If you hit your Ctrl button on your keyboard, hold it down while clicking the stones that you want to select, then you can move more than one at a time.
March 11th, 2015 08:23 PM
susan715
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

There is an add on you can purchase Sierra hot fix d-era to import plt files
March 11th, 2015 08:21 PM
susan715
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

There is an add on for hot fix to import plt files. I am still trying to figure out if anyone has used this. I want to be able to import plt files to hotfix instead of going through Corel
March 11th, 2015 08:16 PM
susan715
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Does anyone know how to import a plt file to hot fix era?
March 4th, 2015 05:26 PM
susan715
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Been using hot fix since march 2013. Maybe we can help each other
November 15th, 2014 06:25 PM
jasmynn
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by David6ft6
We been using Ioline Crystal Press for 2 years and just purchase the Cams 1v2p yesterday with the Hotfix Era Software. My question is that we have all of our designs made with VE LXI Pro and sent through Crystal Studio to the Ioline machine for plotting. What is the best way to convert our files from LXI to Hotfix? The file is .ve or I can export it out to .dxf, ai, plt.

Didn't know if anyone else had success changing from Ioline to Cams or Decor.

Thanks for the help,
David
You an import .ai to hotfix
November 15th, 2014 05:09 PM
David6ft6
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

We been using Ioline Crystal Press for 2 years and just purchase the Cams 1v2p yesterday with the Hotfix Era Software. My question is that we have all of our designs made with VE LXI Pro and sent through Crystal Studio to the Ioline machine for plotting. What is the best way to convert our files from LXI to Hotfix? The file is .ve or I can export it out to .dxf, ai, plt.

Didn't know if anyone else had success changing from Ioline to Cams or Decor.

Thanks for the help,
David
October 14th, 2014 11:12 AM
RockRebel
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Be sure you are sending the design to the right com port. You also need to turn off the auto save feature. Sometimes another software program may be taking over the port. I had that happen and I had to remove the program and restart my computer.

Susan Lehner
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October 14th, 2014 07:20 AM
diana13t
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Does anyone know what to do when you try to run a design in Sierra Hot Fix and get timed out error? We just loaded the software on a new computer and was trying to run a design for the first time.
March 27th, 2014 03:24 AM
ShaggyDog
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

I don't have hotfix, this is how I do it I. Other software:

You can create a scatter by adding offset lines to the outside of you main design. Add stones to each path with spacing further apart on each line to the outside. Different spacing will have different effects.
March 26th, 2014 05:03 PM
cbauer50
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

I posted this in a new thread but am posting it here also, hoping I can get some help.

I am hoping someone can tell me how to create a scatter fill in Hotfix Era as in the image shown. I want to do a design and have a scatter fill around the design.

Anyone know how to do this?

Any help would be truly appreciated.

Thanks.

CB
March 17th, 2014 05:08 AM
ShaggyDog
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

I am looking for a little information please with a thanks to Jasmynn already.

Can someone please explain the work flow for existing YNG? Do new cams files get saved as a YNG or are they a new format now?

I would also like to know how many/what modulus one needs in order to uses existing vector or newly created vector files to be converted to run on my cams?

What file formats can I export out of HFE to be used back in my corel software?

Thank you.
December 5th, 2013 07:51 AM
jasmynn
Re: Hotfix Era Software thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shimmer14
Hello, I am complete newbie. I am in the process of researching the new era software and love the information on this thread. Jasmynn could you send me the link to the beginner videos you mentioned..thanks
I'm sorry, I'm just now seeing this post. I'm sure you probably already found these videos, but here is the first one in a set of 5 videos.
Hotfix Era Rhinestone Software Training Vol 1 - Set Up - YouTube
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