Embird 2022 – Manager and Editor

All Embird programs are Windows applications and are available in FREE demo versions. They switch into fully enabled versions after registration is purchased and entered to the programs.

Basic Embird program resizes, splits, edits, displays, prints and converts embroidery designs.

There are several optional plug-in programs and alphabets available for Embird, expanding its capabilities with digitizing, lettering, cross stitch designs, conversion of TrueType fonts into embroidery, etc.

Use of demo version is limited to 30 days or 100 runs. After this period, you must register your copy to use it further. The unregistered demo version has limited functionality.

  • Converts designs to and from many embroidery and quilting file formats.
  • Supports many hoop types and sizes.
  • Processes designs in ZIP and RAR archives
  • Displays designs in 1:1 scale and other scales.
  • Displays also images – digital photos (.JPG, .TIF, etc.) and allows to sort them.
  • Creates (displays, prints and saves into .BMP or .JPG file) various types of design documentation, including animated .GIFs and screen saver.
  • Provides photo-realistic 3D preview of designs in order to enable assigning of proper colors to needles and to check the design without actual embroidering.
  • Contains many threads catalogs and finds thread closest to chosen color.
  • Reads and writes designs stored on memory cards, floppy, USB or hard disks in various embroidery formats.
  • Allows user to organize designs by copying them to new folders
  • Supports Amazon and Azure cloud storage.
  • Provides separate File Commander window for convenient file management.

Embird Editor
  • Allows user to insert and delete colors in a design.
  • Joins and splits designs. Interactive free hand splitting and automatic splitting are supported.
  • Moves, resizes with density adjustment, centers, mirrors, rotates and skews designs or their parts.
  • Allows user to edit individual stitches or parts of design.
  • Allows user to change the stitch order of design parts.
  • Allows user to reduce the number of colors
  • Simulates sewing of design, even in 3D mode.
  • Sorts colors smartly.
  • Prints templates in 1.1 scale on multiple sheets.
  • Insert text in various predigitized fonts and layouts.
  • Inserts Font Engine text automatically converted from TrueType or Open Type fonts.
  • Join and split designs. Interactive free-hand splitting is supported.
  • Imports design from Embird Studio, Embird Cross Stitch and Sfumato Stitch programs to save them in appropriate file format.


What’s New in Embird 2022



  • Numerous quilt and stippling fills are now available in Editor – find out more below in “Editor” section.
Quilt Fills
  • Completely new Studio NEXT program – find out more below in “Studio Plug-In” section.
  • Support for IceDrive, pCloud, MEGA and Sync cloud services added.


  • Zoom scales revised.
  • New format added: .CSV (Comma Separated Values)
  • Embird is now capable to encode color palette also to formats which do not support real colors. For example, save your design as .DST with true colors, and other users with this latest version of Embird will view the design in correct visual sequence on their PCs.

Above applies to these formats:

  • .10O (Toyota)
  • .DSB (Tajima)
  • .DST (Tajima)
  • .DSZ (Tajima)
  • .EXP (Melco)
  • .EXY (Barudan)
  • .FXY (Barudan)
  • .INB (Inbro)
  • .KSM (Pfaff)
  • .NEW (Ameco)
  • .SST (Sunstar SWF)
  • .STC (Gunold)
  • .T01 (Wilcom Tajima)
  • .T03 (Wilcom Barudan)
  • .T05 (Wilcom ZSK)
  • .TAP (Happy)
  • .UXY (Barudan)
  • .ZXY (ZSK TC)
  • New quick predefined folders added: U,V,W,X,Y,Z


  • New option “Options > Documentation Options > Print Preview” added, allowing to switch ON the preview of printed documentation.
  • New option “Options > Automatically > View Latest Downloaded File” allows to automatically show files recently downloaded to either “Downloads” or current “right panel” folder.
  • New option “Options > Settings > Keep Parent/Descendant Track”. Switch ON this option to keep the track of file edited in Embird. It allows to quickly locate the “Parent” or “Descendant” of chosen file. See also new tutorial mentioned below to find out more.
  • Two new buttons “<” (Parent) and “>” (Descendant) added to Right panel allow to quickly move from file “Parent” to file “Descendant” and vice-versa.
  • New button”Link” added to Right panel allows to specify the link to web from which the design was downloaded, or to some other file, or any other piece of information about file origin. See also new tutorial mentioned below to find out more.
  • New button “Save” added to Right panel allows to copy currently selected file to chosen location.
  • New button “Copy to Memory Card” added to Right panel allows to quickly access commands for writing selected files to various types of memory cards.
  • New button “Split” added to launch the design into Editor and automatically split it.
  • New buttons “<.” and “.>” added to either quickly select all the files with the same filename (and different extensions), or to quickly select all the files with the same extension (and different names) as currently selected file.
  • New buttons with current date (day, month, day name) added to Right panel to allow to quickly create a new folder with name based on date data.
  • New buttons “^” (to Previous Sibling Folder) and “v” (to Next Sibling Folder) added to Right panel to allow to quickly browse to previous/next folder of same level in folder tree hierarchy.
  • New button “*” added to Right panel, allowing to scan and show the new files, i. e. the embroidery files which where added to current “right panel” folder and its sub-folders since the last use of this command.
  • New menu “Help > Welcome Text” added. Use this menu to show randomly chosen text, e.g. your favourite quote or joke. It is possible to specify also “http links” or “paths to local hard disk files”, or to specify the folder with images and videos, and the randomly chosen one will be launched.
  • New menu “Help > Notes” added. Use this menu to quickly write down some notes, e.g. to-do list. It will launch default text editor with notes document.
  • New button “View File Full Screen” added to top panel with buttons.
  • New button “Slideshow” added to top panel with buttons.
  • New button “Sleep” added to top panel with buttons. It will launch screen saver with animation of currently selected design.


  • Double-click in Editor on empty area allows to fill this area, using various NEW filling options:
    • Quilt filling (Stipple, Scratches, Vine, Branching, Nestled, Wanderer, Regular)
    • Fractal filling
    • Redwork filling
    • Celtic Knots filling
Quilt Fills
Quilt Fills

Some fills are available in two color version as well.

Two Color Quilt Fill

See also new tutorials mentioned below to find out more about these new fills.

  • New sub-menu “Open Downloaded” added to “File” menu, allowing to quickly open recently dowhloaded files – e.g. a file from local folder dedicated to Downloads.
  • New command “Image > Surprise Me!” added. Use it to insert randomly generated image (shapes “Flower 1”, “Flower 2”, “Snowflake”, “Rectangles”, “Ellipses”, “Floe”, “Pavement”, “Text”, “Pixel text”, “Clipart”) and then convert this image to stitches using “Image > Convert to Stitches” commmand to quickly create new design.
  • New command “Image > Expand/Shrink Color Areas” added. Use it to expand (positive values) or shrink (negative values) color areas in background (randomly generated) image.
  • New command “Image > Redye” added. Use it to redye colors in background (randomly generated) image.
  • New command “Image > Convert to Stitches” added. Use it to recognize the contours in image and fill them using various fill options.
  • New command “Image > Mask With Designs” added. Use it to mask the background image with selected designs. Then convert the masked image to stitches to quickly create a new multi-color silhouette design.
  • Drag & drop colors in background image to change color areas.
  • Right click background image to choose the color of area from color dialog.
  • New menu items “Image > Undo” and “Image > Redo” allow to undo the last operation/redo the previously undone operation.
  • Set of new buttons added to Main Toolbar, allowing to quickly insert randomly generated image, alternate it, redye it, enlarge or decrease the font size (in case of “Text” or “Clipart” shape), and finally convert it either to contours (as Color outlines, or as Red outlines) or to convert whole areas to stitches and fill them using various fill options. See also new tutorial mentioned below to find out more about this new “Surprise Me!” feature.
  • New option “View > Stitch Number” added, use it to switch ON/OFF displaying of stitch number near middle point of each stitch.
  • New command “Insert > Simple Outline Text” added, allowing to quickly insert simple outline text.
  • New command “Insert > Simple Outline Text (Cross Stitch plug-in)” added, allowing to quickly insert simple outline text in Cross Stitch plug-in.
  • New command “Insert > Fractal” added. Use it to insert fractal design into Editor.
  • New command “Insert > Celtic Knots Text” added. Use it to insert short text based on Celtic Knots algorithm into Editor. See also new tutorial mentioned below to find out more about.
  • New options added to “Insert > Effect” dialog box:
    • Color rectangle
    • Circle
    • Color circle
    • Color plate
    • Color exterior
    • Color sleeve

These command are similar to “Image > Mask With Designs” command – they mask the selected design with randomly created color background image to create a new multi-color design.

  • New command “Insert > Surprise Me!” added. Use it to quickly create randomly generated design (“Flower 1”, “Flower 2”, “Snowflake”, “Pebble”, “Pebbles”, “Pavement”, “Text”, “Pixel text”, “Clipart”, “Simple Text”) and insert it into Editor.


  • Double-click on some stitch to see simulation process from this stitch.
  • Right-click to pause simulation. Right-click again to continue.
  • While the simulation is paused, depress CTRL key and left click to move forward, right click to rewind, middle click to finish.


This release includes a completely new Studio NEXT Generation program in a testing version. It is accessible via Embird Editor > menu > Insert > Studio NEXT design. New Studio NEXT is faster (it utilizes multi-core CPUs) and has graphical user interface with adaptive rendering for different screens. Studio NEXT is compatible with Studio 2022 and previous versions.

Our NEXT generation technology brings a leap in a graphical user interface design, a full multi-core CPU support and readiness for future multi-platform deployment. New graphical user interface was made so that it adapts smoothly to any common screen resolution and provides large enough and legible text and icons.

Besides release for Windows, Embird and its plug-ins will be gradually released also for Android, Mac OS and iOS, using the same look and feel on all platforms.

The test version of Studio NEXT is fully functional, but it is supposed to be updated frequently as issues caused by its novelty may arrise. During the test phase, the previous version of Studio is available as well and it is possible to swap the work (*.eof files) between them if needed.

Studio NEXT may look to users of previous versions as a totally different program, but in fact it is not. Studio NEXT has almost all functions of the previous version, but many of them have been renamed or moved to other menus or panels for the sake of clarity, controls accessibility on small and large screens and compatibility with operating systems which are going to be supported by future releases of Studio NEXT.

Features of NEXT Generation Technology

  • Adaptive optimum GUI rendering for wide range of screen resolutions
  • Full support for multi-core CPUs, faster applications
  • Touch screen support
  • Enhanced readability of text
  • Readiness for multi-platform deployment to Mac OS X, iOS, Android (already under the development)

Studio NEXT – Enhancements

  • Faster than previous Studio versions. Speed depends on number of CPU cores, more cores means higher speed
  • X-Ray mode in Sew Simulator
  • Enhanced 3D mode
  • Long and short stitches indication in X-Ray mode
  • Export of designs, raster images, stitches and stitch animations to SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • .EOF design files backward compatible with Embird Studio 2021 and older
  • User interface adjusted for single mouse button or finger tap control
  • Adjustable size of key controls
  • Support of OneDrive cloud in open and save dialog windows
  • Highlighted contours of stitches and objects when zoomed-in
  • Adjustable colors of selection box, nodes, highlights, text baseline, text spider controls etc.
  • HTML5 compliant help files with adjustable text size

Studio NEXT – Temporarily Removed Functionality

Few features have been temporarily removed during the development. These features will be added back again in the future.

  • Languages other than English.
  • Hints displayed when cursor is positioned over the control.

Studio NEXT – Discontinued Functionality

Few features have been discontinued in Studio NEXT, mostly because of lack of their support in operating systems where deployment of Studio is planned.

  • Scanner support
  • CMX, EMF and WMF files import – replaced by SVG files support
  • TIF images import – replaced by PNG images support


  • New switch “Preprocess” added (for “Unicode” mode). Use it to preprocess inserted text – for Arabic fonts, “curly” version of characters in some fonts, etc.
  • New buttons “Insert as BW Bitmap” and “Insert as Color Bitmap” added. Find them near to OK button. Use them to insert the text as bitmap (image) to Editor, and then process it with commands from “Image” menu.
  • New buttons “Insert as Celtic Knots text (monotone)” and “Insert as Color Knots text (2 colors)” added. Find them near to OK button. Use them to compile the inserted text with Celtic Knots algorithm.
  • See also new tutorial mentioned below to find out more about.
  • New option “Circle Negative” is now available.


  • It is now possible to compile the design with Celtic Knots algorithm instead of crosses. The dialog with compilation options is shown after selecting “File > Compile and Put into Embird Editor” menu.

See also new tutorial mentioned below to find out more about.

  • New sub-menu “Open Downloaded” added to “File” menu, allowing to quickly open recently dowhloaded files – e.g. a file from local folder dedicated to Downloads.
  • New feature added to “Insert > Simple Outline Text” menu, allowing to create simple outline alphabet from any TrueType or OpenType font. (Double-click “current” item to change the font.)


  • New thread catalog Smart-Thread Multitalent 40 added.


  • New hoops added:
    • Bernina Midi Hoop (oval, 165 x 265 mm) – Vertical
    • Bernina Midi Hoop (oval, 265 x 165 mm) – Horizontal

Embird Studio

Studio is a Digitizing Plug-in for Embird Software.

While the basic Embird program works mostly with stitch files, Studio uses vector objects for ease of design creation.

The main concept of digitizing in Studio is to draw vector outlines of respective objects and fill them with various types of stitches in the same way you would fill objects with color in a graphics program.

Studio contains two parts, each of them is optional

Sfumato Stitch 

Convert photos to embroidery design. Portraits, landscapes, etc. Fill stitches are generated to approximate the photo.

Digitizing Tools

See Carolyn Keber’s Step by Step Guide to Digitizing Tools

Digitizing of logos and fancy designs, lettering, auto-tracing, freehand, conversion of vector files into embroidery.

Studio is an optional plug-in program for Embird.  Registration for the basic Embird program is required before you can use Studio. Upgrade from previous versions of Studio is free of charge.

Digitizing Tools

Digitizing Tools is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows the user to digitize scalable embroidery designs up to 200×200 centimeters (78.8×78.8″) large.

A design is digitized so that the user creates outline (vector) objects either on a blank background or on an image (template) in the work area. When finished, the design is compiled into stitches and put into Embird Editor for final adjustment and saved in the desired embroidery format.


Designs are created in a vector form using lines and curves. Vector format allows resizing of designs without loss of quality. A raster picture can be imported as a template into the background of the working area. To store designs, Studio uses its own file format with all objects, parameters, stitches and background images stored in a single file (*.eof).

Objects such as Fill, Sfumato, Carving, Column, Column with pattern, Outline, Connection, Appliqué and Manual Stitches are available. Fill and Sfumato objects can have openings. Carving objects can be used to add unique texture to fills and columns. Objects can be moved, rotated, skewed and scaled.

Each object has adjustable creative and technical parameters such as stitch density, random broadening, fill pattern, color, type of underlay, etc., to allow the user to create special effects and adjust thte design for sewing on a particular fabric.

Advanced Features

Advanced features are included in the Studio work space. Some features are useable for Digitizing Tools, some for Sfumato Stitch and some for both of them.

Trace Tool allows the user to convert a bitmap image (raster image) to a vector design without redrawing the image manualy.

Trace tool works in a several steps:
1. Selection of consistently coloured area (pixels of raster image) with magic wand.
2. Turnig of selected raster areas into vector objects
3. Filling vector objects with stitches.

It is possible to create outline, column, fill, sfumato and carving objects. Selection options allow the user to change the way the Trace tool behaves with each selection. It is possible to define whether to make a new selection and discard any existing selection or add objects of a different color to the existing selection or select non-continuous areas of the same color at once.

Import and conversion of vector graphic into embroidery.

Studio allows the user to import EMF, WMF and CMX vector graphic from Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Zoner Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Pre-Design and other graphic programs and convert it into embroidery design without redrawing it. This function is available only to owners of the Font Engine plug-in.

Studio also allows the user to export embroidery designs into .SVG files (Scalable Vector Graphic) for use in Corel Draw and other graphic programs.

Automatic vectorization (digitizing) of raster image.

Interactive lettering

This allows the user to insert and edit text directly in the work area of Studio. Text can be created with Font Engine (True Type and Open Type fonts) or with pre-digitized Alphabets. Lettering supports multiline text and adjustable text baselines. Predefined baselines include circle, lines and spirals. All baselines can be transformed (moved, scaled, rotated and slanted) and/or as edited node-by-node. Whole text or individual characters can be moved, scaled, rotated and slanted as well. Additional controls allow the user to adjust spacing of characters, words and lines and overall size of the text.

Studio is able to generate various lettering styles from the common font files: auto-column (satin stitch), plain and motif fill, center outline and outline. All these styles can be used with nearest-point connections to avoid thread trimming.

Automatic Outliner

This creates a double-layered thin outline for a single object or multiple objects. Such outlines are often used for logos, lettering and cartoon-like characters. Objects may overlap or intersect one another and the program creates outlines only for the visible parts.

Envelope Tool

This allows the user to deform selected object(s) in the work area of Studio with the use of an adjustable boundary.

Options like predefined shapes, the type of horizontal and vertical edges and symmetry options are available from the panel at the right side of the screen.

Fills with multiple motifs

Studio allows the user to use several motifs within a single fill. Setting of desired number of rows and columns defines a grid of motifs that will be used to fill the object.

Multiple motifs can be combined with all options available for single motif like scale, shift, fill angle, wave and gradient.

Integrated Sew Simulator

This part of Studio allows the user to simulate sewing of a whole design or just a selection in a normal, 3D or flat view mode. The color bar at top of the screen helps to ‘rewind’ simulation forward and backward. It is possible to set a negative speed for simulation, which means that stitches gradually disappear.

Freehand tool

This allows the user to create realistic fur or shading effects as well as sketch drawings with a mouse or digitizing tablet within a few minutes. It works like a painting tool. The result, however, is an embroidery design that can include various embroidery styles like fills, columns, sfumato objects, carvings and outlines as well as some new stitch styles like pressure-sensitive columns.

Corner function

This duplicates and rotates selected objects in the corner of the hoop to create symmetrical ornaments in the other three corners of the hoop.


This tool allows the user to duplicate a sample along the chosen baseline (line, circle, rectangle, etc.). It is possible to mirror each copy of the sample and to set the distance (gap) between the samples.

Basic Features

To make digitized objects and stitches more visible on the background, the user can adjust brightness, contrast, gamma correction, color balance and saturation of the background image. There are also tools for rotation, cropping and resizing of the background image.

Object Inspector

This window is available for fast and easy management of objects. The user can change the color of an object or its order by simple drag-and-drop operation. Objects can be grouped to make manipulations easier. Icons in Object Inspector indicate color changes, trims, object type and visibility.

Thread catalog

This has thousands of thread colors from leading manufacturers. A thread list can be sorted according to the thread name, number or similarity with a chosen color. For easier work with the catalog it is possible to select a particular thread manufacturer and mark threads that you actually have. Then the search can be limited to the marked threads only.

Predefined Styles Table

This allows the user to set many object parameters (like density, pull compensation, underlay, minimum and mazimum stitch) at once, for sewing on specific materials like jeans, towels or fleece. Each of them requires a special combination of the above parameters for optimum embroidering.

Digitizing Tools

creates not only cover stitches for each object, but also various types of underlay: center walk, edge walk, and zig-zag underlay to stabilize embroidered objects.

This performs many editing operations automatically. Connection paths are rearranged when the user moves objects, sharp corners of columns are automatically split or folded when converted to stitches, fill overlays are adjusted according to size of object.

Studio includes many predefined fill patterns, envelopes, borders, fill motifs and outline samples. A built in editor allows the user to create your own fill patterns, outline samples, border samples and fill motifs.

3D Preview Tabs

with 3D preview of embroidery designs are included in all Embird modules – basic Embird, Studio, Cross Stitch and Sew Simulator. Studio also provides X-ray and Density Map view modes to analyze the stitche density layout. These view modes help to identify areas of critical density and to increase the quality of the design.

Sfumato Stitch – Embroidery from Photos

Sfumato Stitch is an optional part of Embird Studio. It allows easy and fast creation of multicolored portraits and other designs from photos.

Sfumato objects can be combined with other objects like lettering, satin outlines, etc., but their digitizing requires registration of respective plug-ins like Font Engine or Digitizing Tools.

Sfumato Stitch Presentation


User imports a photo into the background of the working area and then draws Sfumato objects on top of the photo. Just like other objects in the Studio, Sfumato objects have vector boundaries that are automatically filled with stitches. A photo-realistic effect is achieved with variable density of the thread flow.

Node-by-node digitizing of vector outlines. Mouth detail.Face and mouth outlines filled with stitches

Objects are filled with stitches so that the thread forms looser or heavier meanders to create shading effects while fabric shows through the stitches. In general, the loose meanders are used on low density areas.

Thread meanders, 3 colors, white fabric

The face on the boy’s portrait is a single Sfumato object with 5 shades of skin color and a hole.


Special controls and paramaters are available to tune density and colors of the Sfumato object. Additional features like openings, carvings and color mask can be applied to achieve required stitch layout and texture.


Each Sfumato object can have 1-5 shades of its basic color or user-defined shades. Chosing the proper number of separate objects and the proper number of shades within each object allowsthe user to achieve various coloring effects.

Single color Sfumato design

Single Sfumato object with just 1 shade

Portrait in sepia colors, 5 shades, white fabric

Single Sfumato object with 5 shades of sepia color

Sfumato portrait with user-defined shades

Single Sfumato object with 5 user-defined shades

Vector objects, each to be filled with several shadesComplete portrait in stitches

Multicolored Sfumato design

The boy’s portrait on the above example contains multiple Sfumato objects: the cap, face, mouth, shoulder and breast. Each of these objects has its own color scale.