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Old November 3rd, 2010 Nov 3, 2010 10:59:40 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Question DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

I am trying to compare the DAS stone stencil software and the i-DesignR Pro by Alpha Supply Company. Can anyone help me with this comparison so I can decide what is best for my business?

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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

I doubt that very many have both so it is going to be difficult to answer your question. All software has a learning curve. I have the DAS software and love it. I use it for both vinyl and rhinestones. I have also used it to prep graphics for embroidery.
 
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I have iDesignerR but am not crazy about it. I wouldn't spend the money on DAS.
I do almost all my rhinestone designs in Corel Draw using Luis' macro.
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Thanks lizziemaxine. Would you have bought DAS if you could spend the money on it?

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Contact Charles here on the forum he has 3 rhinestone software systems
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Contact Charles here on the forum he has 3 rhinestone software systems
Charles hasn't been active on the forum in a while so he might not see this post.
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Thanks lizziemaxine. Would you have bought DAS if you could spend the money on it?

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Originally I would have, but not now. DAS is a good company with a good product, but, I don't like some of their policies. They have some restrictions on the use of their programs that you don't learn about until after you purchase and open the software. If they won't be upfront about what you can and can't do then I don't want to do business with them.
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Charles hasn't been active on the forum in a while so he might not see this post.
Charles is watching,, if he responds is a totally different story
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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

iDesignR doesn't do fills. So, if your designs contain a lot of fills, then iDesignR won't work for you. Also, I don't think iDesignR has a rhinestone counter (which is frustrating because you have to physically count each rhinestone in your design) :-(

I haven't used DAS Stone Stencil system, so I can't really comment on it. Please let us know which system you choose and how it works for you.
 
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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

The only restriction I am aware of is no sharing of designs or programs which is standard with any software you buy. I have had mine over a year now. I can sell items with the designs on it that I purchased from them. I have embroidery digitizing programs that are more restrictive than DAS. I do believe I was told about the fact that I could only use it on one computer at a time when I bought the DAS system. Is a bit inconvenient at times. I have had no trouble with their support. They have always been upfront about things with me. Everybody has different experiences. I like my system and do not regret buying it. From hearing about software features or the lack thereof of other software, I feel I made the right choice for me.
 
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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

There is a very limited license on DAS graphics - meaning you cannot put designs using DAS graphics on your website, in your printed sales materials, etc. Also they are claiming patent rights to creating rhinestone decals.

At one time I really wanted to buy their system, but I won't now.
 
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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

The patent applies to the process and materials that they sell not inventing decals. From what I can understand reading the posts about the rhinestone decals is that some of the materials used in the DAS process are only available through DAS. I read a post recently where someone used the DAS materials and then tried another way of doing the decals and had trouble getting the stones to do right. Do not do decals yet but will buy through them if I decide to do so. I do believe you can show items with a design on it just not the designs by themselves. Maybe I misunderstood but do not think so. I do not think any design from anywhere is allowed to be shown on a website without permission from the designer. Look at the agreements closely from any of the sites that sell artwork. Not saying you do this but there is so much stealing of intellectual property going on that protections have to be there. That is why a lot of the graphics sites have a watermark across the designs.
 
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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

Coming out for a brief return...as to the different methods of attaching rhinestones, I have 5 methods which include 3 software/hardware packages. I have the Roland EGX350 desktop engraver w/R-wear, DAS vinyl system w/their alignment system and the decal package and WinPCSign Pro 2010. I have two manual systems..on that activates the hotfix glue w/ultrasound and the 'Glitz-Up' unit from Germany...it is sort of like a small soldering iron on steroids...The later two have limited/specific uses.

Because the differences as too convoluted to cover...would be boring...but feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions regarding my impressions/use of them
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Default Re: DAS stone software VS i-DesignR Pro

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I do believe you can show items with a design on it just not the designs by themselves.
You really might want to ask DAS about that. I did and was told "Absolutely not."
 
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