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  • Page 1 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual...
  • Page 2 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Copyright © Copyright 2011 Pulse Microsystems Ltd. All rights reserved. This instruction manual and software are copyrighted by the developer of the software, Pulse Microsystems Ltd. All rights reserved. US Patent Nos. 5 270 939; 5 343 401; 5 430 658; 5 506 784;...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Learning about the Workspace ..........5 Parts of the Workspace ..............6 Title Bar ..................6 Pacesetter Button ................ 6 Quick Access Toolbar ..............7 Toolbar and Ribbon Buttons ............... 8 Pacesetter Menu Tools ..............8 Ribbon Tools................9 The View Tab................11 Simulator ...................
  • Page 4 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Creating & Decorating Monograms........33 Using the Monogram Designer Dialog ..........34 Layout of the Monogram Designer Dialog ......... 34 Creating a Monogram ..............35 Viewing the Design Actual Size ..........37 Changing the thread color in a Monogram......... 37 Changing the Font ..............
  • Page 5 Working with the Color Palette ............67 Selecting a Thread Chart ............67 Searching for a Specific Color ........... 67 Changing a Thread Color ............68 Working with Sequence View ............69 Changing Thread Colors in Sequence View......70 Sequencing Color Groups ............70 Show/Hide and Lock Color Groups ...........
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  • Page 7: Learning About The Workspace

    Topics covered in this chapter: • Setting up the design workspace environment. • Showing a hoop in the workspace, and choosing the size of hoop to be displayed. • Using the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite help.
  • Page 8: Parts Of The Workspace

    Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Parts of the Workspace The Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite workspace contains a number of different areas which have distinct functions. The sections that follow give an overview of what each of these areas does, and the kinds of information about the design that they contain.
  • Page 9: Quick Access Toolbar

    Learning about the Workspace a complete list of the tools available on this menu, and a summary of their functions, see “Pacesetter Menu Tools” in the next section. When you open the Pacesetter Menu, you will also see displayed a list of recent files that you have been using. Just double-click on the file name to open it.
  • Page 10: Toolbar And Ribbon Buttons

    Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Toolbar and Ribbon Buttons You can access the tools available in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite through the Pacesetter Button the various toolbars. The tables below show the buttons, grouped by location (i.e. whether they are on the Quick Access Bar, or on one of the tabs on the ribbon).
  • Page 11: Ribbon Tools

    Learning about the Workspace Tool What it means Exit: Closes all open files and shuts down Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite; you will be prompted to save any open files. Undo: Reverses your last action. Redo: Reverses the action of the Undo command. Ribbon Tools The Ribbon appears below the Title Bar.
  • Page 12 10 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Tool What it means 3D: Realistically renders your design onscreen. Grid: Displays a background grid, which helps with alignment. This grid can be used for the alignment of items on the display. Hoop: Displays the hoop as it fits relative to the embroidery.
  • Page 13: The View Tab

    Learning about the Workspace 11 Tools on the Arrange Tab Tool What it means Select: Selects objects in the design window. Horizontal Center: Takes all selected objects and centers them in the selection box. The objects are moved so that they are centered left-to-right with each other, but they are not moved up or down.
  • Page 14: Simulator

    12 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Program Preferences Click on the Program Preferences button to open a dialog in which you can set the default machine settings, change the units of measure, and choose settings for the workspace grid.
  • Page 15: Status Line

    Learning about the Workspace 13 machine. The Simulator controls include pause, stop, sew forward and sew backwards. You can push various control buttons and slide the speed control to vary the rate of sewing. Using the Simulator The following table explains how to use the Simulator in more detail: Tools What is does...
  • Page 16: Color Palette

    Palette (if it is not already displayed), go to the Windows area of the View tab and check the Palette box. The color palette in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite For more information on the color palette, see “Changing Thread Colors” in the “Editing Designs” section of this manual.
  • Page 17: Correcting Mistakes

    Learning about the Workspace 15 Correcting Mistakes Undo and Redo are two significant features that allow you to correct mistakes. If you make a mistake and change your mind about an action you just made, Undo reverses the action. Redo puts back the change.
  • Page 18: Opening And Closing Designs

    16 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Opening and Closing Designs When you open a *.BRF file in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite, this file will contain both outline and stitch information. Note however, that when you open other file types, they will open as stitch segments only.
  • Page 19: Creating New Designs

    Learning about the Workspace 17 Creating New Designs When you open Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite, you can immediately begin creating a new, untitled design in the design window. The design window automatically opens using the default recipe and machine format settings specified in the Preferences dialog.
  • Page 20: Saving Designs

    18 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Saving Designs Use the Save As command to save designs. The Save As command lets you save an alternative version of the design with a different name, location, or file format. Embroidery designs can be saved in a number of different formats.
  • Page 21: Setting Up Your Workspace Environment

    Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite. Metric The dimensions in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite can be displayed in metric values. This is the default setting, which will appear each time you run the software. It is generally preferable...
  • Page 22: Changing Machine Format Properties

    Metric or English. 4 Click OK. Changing Machine Format Properties All designs in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite have a machine format. Machine formats have their own profile settings that determine how embroidery information will be interpreted when you save design files.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The View Of The Workspace

    Learning about the Workspace 21 Adjusting the View of the Workspace Magnifying and Reducing the View se Zoom to magnify or reduce parts of your design. With Zoom you can either left-click to enlarge your design or right-click to make your design smaller. When you select Zoom, the cursor changes to a small magnifying glass .
  • Page 24: Hiding Panels Automatically

    22 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 4 Do one of the following:  To increase the zoom, continue clicking and dragging the flexible box.  From the Zoom toolbar, click on the down arrow under the Zoom icon, and use the Zoom tool settings to zoom back out.
  • Page 25: Adjusting The Position Of The Panels

    Learning about the Workspace 23 Adjusting the Position of the Panels By default, when you first open the software, the Properties and Sequence View panels appear “docked” in your workspace. However, there are ways to move any of the panels around into different positions;...
  • Page 26 24 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual The panel will no longer be visible; to show the panel again, go to the Tools tab of the ribbon, and in the Windows area check the Properties check box. To dock a floating panel: 1 Left-click the panel’s title bar and drag it a short distance,...
  • Page 27: Viewing Different Parts Of The Workspace (Panning)

    Learning about the Workspace 25  To dock to the top, bottom, left or right sides of the overall workspace window, drag the cursor over the corresponding isolated arrow button.  To make the selected panel into a tab of another panel, move the cursor over the tab button in center of the “cross”.
  • Page 28: Taking Measurements

    26 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Using the Pan Tool Use the Pan tool to move the view of the design around in the workspace by clicking and dragging. While you are using the Pan tool, you will still be able to see the design in the window.
  • Page 29: Displaying The Hoop

    The hoop’s dimensions are determined by your settings under the Hoops dialog in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite. Using the Hoop tool may effect the magnification level of your design. For example, if you are zoomed in on the design, clicking the Hoop tool will cause the view to zoom out enough to fit the entire hoop into the workspace.
  • Page 30: Scaling A Design To Fill The Hoop

    28 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 3 Select the machine format from the drop-down list at the top of the dialog. If you choose the PES format, you will see that there is an option to select “MultiNeedle” hoops. This applies only if you have a MultiNeedle embroidery machine.
  • Page 31: Available Hoops

    Learning about the Workspace 29 2 On the Home Tab, click the down arrow under the Hoop tool. 3 From the menu that appears, click on Fit Hoop. The current design will automatically be resized to fill the current hoop. Available Hoops Pacesetter Monogramming comes pre-loaded with a number of different hoops.
  • Page 32: Getting Help

    30 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Getting Help The Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Help is a quick way to find answers to your questions and see step-by-step instructions. Because a large number of topics exists, the Help allows you to search for topics in various ways. You can search using the table of contents, the index or a database of keywords.
  • Page 33: Using Search

    Learning about the Workspace 31 You see the Help. 2 In the box, enter the word or words you want to search for. In the list, you see the topics that most closely match your query. 3 Click the term you want to learn more about. If there is more than one topic for the keyword, you see a menu.
  • Page 34: Printing Help Topics

    32 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 2 Double-click the book you want to open. 3 Click the topic you want to save as your favorite. You see the topic in the right window pane. 4 Click the Favorites tab.
  • Page 35: Creating & Decorating Monograms

    Creating & Decorating Monograms The Monogram Designer dialog is the main creative tool of Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite. It allows you to quickly create complete monogram embroidery designs, with decorations and frames. You can also determine the color and font of the letters in the monogram.
  • Page 36: Using The Monogram Designer Dialog

    34 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Using the Monogram Designer Dialog You create your Monogram designs using the Monogram Designer dialog. Open this dialog by clicking the Monogram Designer button on the Home tab of the ribbon. To close the...
  • Page 37: Creating A Monogram

    Creating a Monogram Creating a simple monogram design is very easy with Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite. Simply select one of the monogram layouts, type in the letters you want, choose a font and thread color, and click the OK button. The basic monogram will appear in your workspace, after which, you can save it to the appropriate file type.
  • Page 38 36 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 4 If desired, change the height of the font by typing a new value into the Font Height field of the dialog. For “Name Template” monogram styles, there will be two Height fields - ‘Font 1 Height’ to change the height of the monogram lettering, and ‘Font 2 Height’...
  • Page 39: Viewing The Design Actual Size

    Creating & Decorating Monograms 37 Viewing the Design Actual Size By default, the design preview in the Monogram Designer dialog will be scaled such that it fills the entire preview panel. This means that the apparent size of the lettering will change as you add or remove frames or decors.
  • Page 40 38 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 2 Select a new color palette (if desired) by clicking the down arrow to the right of the Color Palette Name list. The new list of thread colors appears in the dialog. 3 Choose a thread color from the selected palette by clicking one of them.
  • Page 41: Changing The Font

    Creating & Decorating Monograms 39 Changing the Font You can also change the font of the monogram lettering in the Monogram Designer dialog. Use any one of a large selection of digitized embroidery fonts that come with the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite embroidery software.
  • Page 42: Displaying A Font's Available Characters

    40 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Also, in the case of the Name Template monograms, two different Letter height boxes will be active, so that the font height for the “name” part may be set separately from the font height for the monogram itself.
  • Page 43: Applying "Right-Side" Characters

    4 Click the OK button to dismiss the available characters dialog. Applying “Right-side” characters A few of the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite fonts contain special characters, which have been digitized to fit on the right side of monograms. These are the Circle, Decor Style, and Script Style fonts.
  • Page 44 42 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual For example, in the Decor Style font, the letter A will look like this: While, in contrast, the letter a looks like this: Therefore, to make a “balanced” two-letter monogram, you would type the upper-case letter in the Text 1 field, and the lower-case letter in the Text 2 field.
  • Page 45: Adding Decors To A Monogram

    Creating & Decorating Monograms 43 Adding Decors to a Monogram In the Monogram Designer dialog, you can add small decorative designs, called decors, to embellish your Monogram. There are eight possible positions where you can place decors in the dialog preview panel; these are indicated by the small placeholder graphics, which look like this: Note that both Decors and Frames can be added to the same Monogram design.
  • Page 46 44 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual  Check the Flip horizontal box.  Check the Flip vertical box. You can also make these changes - that is, flip or scale the individual decors - after you have added all the desired decors to the preview of the monogram.
  • Page 47 Creating & Decorating Monograms 45 Above, a the preview of a design with the “Decors” box checked; below, the same design with the box unchecked. Note how the letters in the monogram have shifted up and to the right (relative to the frame), because the decors placeholders have been removed.
  • Page 48: Adding A Frame To The Monogram

    46 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Adding a Frame to the Monogram You can enhance your monogram design by adding a decorative frame to it. Select the frame from a long list of embroidery designs that are included with the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite software.
  • Page 49: Monogram Templates

    Creating & Decorating Monograms 47 3 Click OK to create the design. The Monogram, with the selected Frame added, will now appear in the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite design workspace. Monogram Templates Saving a Monogram Template The “Save Template” option is very useful if you are going to be creating a number of designs that are very similar;...
  • Page 50: Merging Files

    6 Click OK. The new design appears in your workspace. Merging Files Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite allows you to merge embroidery files into your current file. This allows you to use other designs (such as pre-digitized stitch files) in a design and add Monogram lettering to it.
  • Page 51 Creating & Decorating Monograms 49 6 To view a preview of the selected design, click the “Preview” checkbox, if not already selected. You see a preview image of the selected design appear on the right-hand side of the dialog. 7 Click Open. The merged design file will appear in the design workspace.
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  • Page 53: Editing Designs

    CHAPTER 3: Editing Designs Topics covered in this chapter: • Selecting objects (lettering, frames, or decors) • Copying, cutting and pasting objects in the design. • Grouping and ungrouping objects in the workspace. • Using the selection handles of an object to resize or rotate it. •...
  • Page 54: Editing Monogram Designs

    52 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Editing Monogram Designs Once you have finished placing your Monogram design in the design workspace, you may want to change or rearrange it in various ways. You may, for example, wish to move parts of the design around, or change the orientation of one of the decors.
  • Page 55: Copying Segments

    Editing Designs 53 Copying Segments In the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite design workspace, you can use the copy (or cut) method to place segments of your design onto the computer’s clipboard. You can then use these cut or copied design objects elsewhere in the design, by pasting them back into the workspace, with the Paste command.
  • Page 56: Deleting Segments

    54 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Deleting Segments Deleting an object removes it from the design. The only way to retrieve an object you delete is to use the Undo button immediately after you delete it. To delete a segment: 1 Select a design object, or set of objects.
  • Page 57: Reflecting A Design Object

    Editing Designs 55 Reflecting a Design Object Reflecting an object flips the object across an invisible axis. You can choose either a vertical or horizontal axis to reflect across. To reflect segments: 1 Select the segment(s) you want to reflect. 2 From the arrange tool bar, click one of the following: ...
  • Page 58: Resizing Design Objects

    56 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Vertical Center: Takes all selected objects and centers them in the selection box. The objects are moved so that they are centered top-to-bottom with each other, but they are not moved left or right.
  • Page 59: Rotating Segments

    Editing Designs 57 2 Do one or more of the following to resize segment(s):  To resize the segment’s width, click and drag the handles located on the left and right of the selection box.  To resize the segment by height, click and drag the handles on the top and bottom of the selection box.
  • Page 60: Moving Parts Of The Design

    58 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 3 Click and drag the rotation bead to adjust the box to the angle you want. The angle you have rotated the object will be shown (in degrees) on the status line, in the bottom-left corner of the workspace.
  • Page 61: The Properties Panel

    Adjusting Text Properties The Properties Panel appears as a panel on the right side of the Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite workspace. When a monogram is selected, you will be able to change certain properties of the text segment. These include Height of the letters in the monogram, the width percentage and the slant.
  • Page 62: Width Percentage

    4 Click Apply to save your changes. You see your text’s width percentage altered accordingly. Slant Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite allows you to use the Slant setting to create a slanted effect in lettering. Slant changes the degree value of the slant on your lettering. A negative value slants your lettering to the left;...
  • Page 63: Trim Settings

    Editing Designs 61 Positive slant of 20 above, negative slant of 20 below. To change slant settings: 1 Select the text object(s) that you want to alter. 2 In the Text area of the Properties panel, select the Slant field. 3 Enter the slant value you want to use.
  • Page 64: Lock Stitches

    Properties panel. Fill density is the distance between individual lines of embroidery, and is measured in millimeters. Note that, in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite, the fill density can only be adjusted for monogram lettering; you cannot change the fill density of other embroidery objects, such as Decors and Frames.
  • Page 65: Underlay Settings

    Note that, in Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite, Underlay can only be added to monogram lettering; it cannot be applied to other embroidery objects, such as Decors and Frames.
  • Page 66: Specifying The Underlay Density

    64 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual When you select underlay types, you will be able to see what your underlay type will look like in the Preview area. 4 Adjust any of the other settings. Refer to the related procedures for more information.
  • Page 67: Inset Distance For Underlay

    Editing Designs 65 4 In the Stitch Length box, enter the stitch length that you want for your underlay stitches. 5 Adjust any of the other settings. Refer to the related procedures for more information. 6 Click Apply. Inset Distance for Underlay You can change the inset distance.
  • Page 68: Pull Compensation Settings

    66 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Pull Compensation Settings Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite allows you to adjust the pull compensation in your design. In the Properties panel, you can use the settings available in the Pull Compensation area to adjust the pull compensation of text objects.
  • Page 69: Working With The Color Palette

    Editing Designs 67 Working with the Color Palette In Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite, you can change the color of any component of your design, whether it is the letters in a monogram, part of a frame, or one of the decor segments.
  • Page 70: Changing A Thread Color

    68 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 2 Type in all or part of the name or number of the thread. If you only know part of the thread name, and there is more than one possible match for that partial name, the search dialog will present you with a number of choices (as in the example below).
  • Page 71: Working With Sequence View

    Editing Designs 69 Working with Sequence View Sequence view is a list of color groupings in a design. Design segments that are the same color, and are sewn in sequence, will be grouped together in the Sequence View. You can select the individual color groups of your design from within the Sequence View.
  • Page 72: Changing Thread Colors In Sequence View

    70 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Changing Thread Colors in Sequence View As well as changing the colors of a design in the main design window, you can also change them by selecting them in Sequence view. Sometimes it is easier to make thread color changes in Sequence View than in the design workspace, because you can always tell exactly which parts of the design you have selected.
  • Page 73: Show/Hide And Lock Color Groups

    Editing Designs 71 To resequence color groups by dragging and dropping: 1 Select one or more color groups you want to resequence. 2 In the Sequence View area, drag the group(s) to the location in the sewing order that you want. 3 Release the mouse button.
  • Page 74: Using Color Sort

    72 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual To hide all other color groups: 1 Select a color group (or groups) in the sequence view. 2 Right-click, and select “Hide other” from the context menu. All the color groups, except those selected, will be hidden.
  • Page 75: Printing Designs

    Editing Designs 73 colors can be combined into a single layer. If not, the color layers are left intact. To use color sort: 1 Select the design, or part of the design, that you want to apply color sort to. Note: If you want to apply color sort only to some of the segments of the design, these segments must be selected first, and the sorting will only apply to those segments that are...
  • Page 76: Previewing A Design Before Printing

    74 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual 3 Do any of the following:  In the Margins area, enter the size of margins you want for your design worksheet.  Select Print Actual Size to have your design print in its actual size.
  • Page 77 Editing Designs 75 2 To zoom in and out of the previewed worksheet, do the following:  To zoom in on the worksheet, click Zoom In and scroll to view specific parts of the design.  To zoom out on the worksheet, click Zoom Out and scroll to view specific parts of the design.
  • Page 78: Printing Design Worksheets

    76 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Printing Design Worksheets You can print worksheets for design files. When you print a worksheet for a design file, the worksheet information depends on the selected settings in the Print Settings. To print a worksheet for your design:...
  • Page 79: Index

    Index Numerics Design workspace 6 Display Hoop command 27 3D tool 10 Dragging segments 58 Draw Bar 12 Drawing speed settings 13 Absolute pull-compensation 66 Adding Decors to a Monogram Edit Tools 8 Align tools 55 Aligning segments 55 Applying a Monogram Template Fill density 62 Fill stitches 63 Underlay types 63...
  • Page 80 Pacesetter BES Monogramming Suite Instruction Manual Import Color dialog 37 Pan tool 26 Insert 9 Panning 25 Inset distance 65 Percentage pull-compensation Previewing designs 74 Print Preview 8 Keystrokes 40 Print Preview command 74 Print Setting 76 Print settings 73...
  • Page 81 Sequencing segments 70 Showing a color segment 71 Zoom 10 Slant setting 60 Zoom tool 21 Slow Draw Bar Scrollbar slider 12 Speed Control 13 Speed Control, drawing 13 Status Line 13 Thread Colors 68 Thread colors 14 changing 68 Title Bar 6 Tools Edit 8...

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