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Friday, April 23, 2010

Dream it - and it will come: EQ7

Quilting brings us the ability to Dream, to Design and to Create.  But I must admit, for me, my enabler has been The Electric Quilt Company.  While EQ6 is a fantastic software package, I am convinced EQ7 is more "Fantastical".  And, EQ7 is coming soon!  In fact, The Electric Quilt Company will begin shipping EQ7 on June 7, 2010. 

Why the excitement with EQ7?  Well, from my perspective EQ7 is actually easier to use than EQ6 (hard to believe, but it is).  And new EQ users, as well as experienced EQ users,  will benefit from new user friendly features in EQ7. 

Highlights of User Friendly Features:
- EQ7 comes with a complete user manual, plus 22 printable full-color PDF lessons (115 pages).
- Point-and-read info on each tool
- now linked directly to Help topics
- 10 videos targeted for beginners
- 67 “How do I?” topics: printable stepped-out instructions for doing everything from printing English paper-piecing templates to drawing a New York Beauty 
- Built-in Help buttons are everywhere, targeted to the task you're doing
- Blocks size themselves – just drag and drop on the quilt

Users that upgrade from EQ6 will feel right at home in EQ7. It has exactly the same friendly interface, plus loads of new user-requested features.

Highlights of New User Requested Features:
- New block tools for creating original blocks instantly without drawing
- 5000 copyright-free blocks
- 5000 new scanned fabrics, plus grayscale textures
- 120 new pre-designed quilt layouts
- Snap blocks to a Quilt grid
- Instant border blocks with greatly expanded Auto Borders
- 79 new features in all

Besides the ability to work on blocks and quilts you now have the ability to do a variety of things with photos inside EQ7.  I love how easy it is to create a Photo Patchwork quilt.  EQ7 provides dozens of ways to turn everyday photos into quilt art images (Use dozens of artistic effects, making everyday photos look like watercolors or Impressionist paintings).  You can also crop and edit scanned fabrics right in EQ7, in minutes.  It will also format multiple photos to print on fabric.  There is also the ability to mirror and use myriad symmetries on photos.

New Activation Policy

You'll never run out of EQ7 activations! Activation and deactivation is as easy as two clicks of the mouse. Install on as many computers as you like and quickly transfer activations from computer to computer. This new policy gives you complete freedom to manage your own activations — and no dongle to worry about!

EQ7 and EQ7 Upgrade system requirements?

Minimum system requirements: Windows® XP, Windows® Vista, Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit), Internet access, 750 MB of available hard-disk space, CD-ROM drive. Netbook compatible. Internet required for activation, deactivation, and periodic validations.

Recommended: Monitor with screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater, Adobe® Reader®, sound card for demo videos.

Activation: Internet access is required for activation and deactivation. Unlimited installations. Activations can be easily transferred between computers. Two (2) computers may be simultaneously active.

UPGRADE VERSION of Electric Quilt 7 This upgrade version of Electric Quilt 7 will install only if you are a licensed user of Electric Quilt 6 (EQ6). Visit http://www.electricquilt.com/  for other upgrade requirements.

I think June 7th is going to be a date I'll remember for a very long time.  I can't wait to see the excitement in quilt stores as everyone lines up to buy EQ7, or an upgrade from EQ6 to EQ7!  Party time!  And can you imagine how delightful your quilts will be with EQ7?  Yumm!  I'm so looking forward to participating in future EQ7 Clubs too!  Yes, June 7th is going to be the date where your dreams will enable designs that will allow you to create amazing quilts with EQ7! 

And I look forward to sharing more insights about EQ7 with you in the near future. 



ferne said...

This is exciting news! Thanks for keeping us all in the loop!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Too bad they are ignoring all us Mac users. We have to buy a windows conversion program, not cheap. Although I prefer EQ, I'll not buy it until they do a Mac version!

Lisa A said...

It's a shame you can't upgrade from EQ5.

Anonymous said...

Lisa, you can upgrade from V5 directly to V7. EQ has confirmed this.

Renée's Country Quilts said...

I am so glad I waited on getting more licenses for EQ6.. my computer crashed, a few times and they wouldn't give me any more. Big Downfall. Unlimited Activations is how it should be. I understand they don't want people to give it to their friends, and I hope hope nobody is that dis honest to do that.. especially a quilter. I love EQ6, and I can't wait to get the Eq7 upgrade. How does that work, do I still get the unlimited activations? There were a couple flaws in EQ6 that I didn't like, and I hope it will be better in Eq7.. can't wait to see the difference. I have to find out pricing information. Upgrades vrs, buying the new program... Thank You as always for keeping us informed.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

I'm excited about this too! I've not purchased any eq so far, and I'm ready :)

JMNech said...

Ok, so I have been drooling over EQ since EQ4... That said, after reading all about EQ7 I was thinking that I had to figure out how to afford the purchase while out of work. Hubby walked by as I was once again looking at the website and asked "do you want that?" YES!!! Pre-ordered! My Mother's Day gift! Sweet!