EQ8 Goals

The goals of the update are:

  1. To provide the files for the new Updater system to make updating EQ8 a lot easier for users. This Updater will keep users from having to download and install the full program every time there’s an update. We need to test this Updater thoroughly with many different anti-virus setups.
  2. Provide user interface options to help make EQ8 more usable on different screen sizes/proportions.
  3. A few bug fixes/enhancements.

The EQ8 Updater for Beta Testing

For beta testers only: This updater comes with a Channel Switcher so you can switch the version you want to use (your normal EQ8 or the Beta version). When we release this next update to the public, no one will have the Channel Switcher except for Beta testers. Regular EQ8 users will simply double-click the EQ8 icon and if an update has been released for EQ8, they will be prompted to update. The update will download and install behind the scenes, then EQ8 will open.

To run the Beta version of EQ8, you need to double-click on the Channel Switcher icon on your desktop, select EQ8 Beta, then click Switch Channel. You will be prompted that an update is available (must be connected to the internet). Click Yes to the prompt and follow the instructions. When you want to switch back to your regular EQ8 (if you’re teaching a class, recording videos, etc.), just run the Channel Switcher again and choose EQ8 from the list.

After you switch channels and get EQ8 updated, always check the Product Details on the Home Screen in EQ8. Normal EQ8 will say version and Beta will say 1.1.0XXXXXXXX (the X are the date of the last beta release).

Reporting a Bug

If you find a bug, please report it by clicking Help > Report a Bug on the main menu.

Note: We prefer you use the option in the Help menu rather than bookmarking the web page and using the bookmarked page over and over again. When you use the Help menu, your Beta version number gets pulled into the form, which is very helpful to us.

We appreciate all findings, but the most valuable and helpful findings are the bugs that have reproducible steps. For example, if your EQ8 locked up (crashed) when you clicked the Paintbrush tool, but when you open EQ8 and click the Paintbrush tool again and it works fine, that’s not helpful. We need you to figure out the sequence of steps that made that crash happen. Sometimes it’s not an easy task.

Please be very specific when reporting bugs. Upload screen shots and/or your EQ8 project file if it will help us get a better idea of what you’re saying.

Bad bug report: When I click on the Paintbrush tool, nothing happens.

Good bug report: I’m on the Block Worktable, Color tab. When I click the Paintbrush tool, the fabrics display in the palette, but my cursor does not change to a Paintbrush cursor and I cannot color any patches. It’s the arrow cursor. When I switch to the Spraycan tool, everything works fine. Switching back to Paintbrush, I’m still unable to color. The Paintbrush tool works fine on the Quilt Worktable. Note: I have my ribbon on the left side and small tools in my palette.

Changelog: Things to watch out for/try

UI Options

Go to File > Preferences > Display. Try the different display settings. These options will help users with smaller screen sizes so they can see more fabrics/blocks in their palettes at a time.

Printing Options

Go to File > Preferences > General. Test out options for thicker seam allowance on Templates and Foundation patterns. We have also added the date to all printouts. This option is on by default, but can be turned off here.

Quilt Worktable Options

On the Quilt Worktable, click the Gear button on the left toolbar to open the options box. New options marked below. Under Display, the first checkbox turns on/off the block dimensions box when you click on a block in the Print & Export tab of the Quilt Worktable. The Show soft patch lines option will soften the seam lines of your quilt, instead of having the harsh black lines.

Block Worktable Options

On the Block Worktable, click the Gear button on the left toolbar to open the options box. Under Snap Grid, we still have Small and Large grid dots, but overall, both of these options are larger. Small grid dots should be displayed by default.

Under Display, there are new options for viewing the patch lines of the block. The first one is for the DRAW tab only, the second is for the COLOR tab only.

Other key items to watch for:

Quilt Worktable Print & Export tab: All printing options are enabled by default. If you select an option without selecting a block first, you will be prompted to select a block.

Project Sketchbook > Quilts section: A Copy to Photos button has been added so you can easily make an image of your quilt to use on the Photo Layout tab of the Image Worktable (good for Quilt Labels).

Quilt Worktable, Adjust tool palette: There are now more options in the Grid Snap Increments menu. We added 3”, 5” and 9”.

Block Worktable Patch Lines: You can now hide/show patch lines on the Block Worktable.

Block Worktable EasyDraw block outline: You can now partition and stagger the block outline without having to manually draw the block outline. Use the Edit tool and click on the block outline to try it out.

Drawing PolyDraw blocks: When you double-click to start a block, your initial anchor point now has a large green square indicating that’s the point you have to get back to so you can close your patch.

Block Worktable, selecting patches: You can now click in the center of a filled patch to select it. You no longer have to click on the edge of the patch. Applique and PolyDraw patches will display with a blue outline when selected.

Printing: Date is now listed in the footer of all printouts. Option to turn this off is in Preferences.

Printing Templates and Foundation: Option to print seam allowance as solid line instead of dashed. This checkbox is in the Print dialog box.

Quilt Worktable LAYOUT and BORDER tab sliders: When you have “All” checked and type in a block, sashing, or border size in the first box, the rest of the boxes change too. You no longer have to click on the slider bar to adjust the rest of the sizes when ALL is checked.

Block stacking: Previously, if you have your block stacking set to 2 (the new EQ8 default), when opening a project that has blocks stacked higher than 2, as soon as you add to Sketchbook, all the blocks unstack to whatever stack setting you have set in Preferences (default 2).

With the update, if you open a project with something stacked higher than your default it will not unstack. The stack will then go to 10 high (the max) and then start a new block stack.

If you open a project while your default is high (10) and then after doing some block coloring change the stacking lower (2) it will unstack to the lower number.

Really, this means that as long as you don’t touch your stacking options your existing block stacks should never unstack.

Block Worktable, offset border on non-square blocks: Sometimes, when drawing non-square blocks, the outside border of the block becomes offset from the block. This should be fixed.

Block Worktable, bent lines in EasyDraw: Occasionally, after adding to Sketchbook or going to COLOR tab and back, you may notice a line of your block get bent a little. EQ does this on purpose when it sees that the line that you draw may create extremely tiny patches. You may not realize that your line isn’t intersecting a node perfectly, so instead of creating a few super tiny, unsewable patches, EQ adjusts the line for you. This is the way EQ has always worked.

In this drawing, without this “node elimination” 3 nodes would have been created after I drew the diagonal line on the right (the node that you see, plus nodes at the 2 intersections that are circled). This is where those really small segments could get created. (Note – this is REALLY zoomed in.)

Instead, EQ bumps the line up to the next closest node intersection, eliminating the creation of those small segments. Now my drawing only has the 2 nodes that are shown. The light red line is where the original line started.

We added an option to turn this feature on and off. It’s off by default, which is how it has worked forever. Checking this option will enforce straight lines, and potentially cause more nodes and small patches. Having this option turned on *could* be very beneficial for foundation piecing. We’d like feedback on this please.