The Goals for EQ8 (Mac)

The goals of this update are:

  1. To convert EQ8 to a 64-bit application before Apple releases Catalina (macOS 10.15).
  2. To provide the files for the new Update 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.
  3. A few bug fixes/enhancements.

TIME FRAME: August 27 – September 9, 2019

Note: If you receive a 5013 error after installing, please use this deactivation utility to clear your activations.

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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

Please check out the items listed below, but most importantly, please continue to use EQ8 like you normally would. We need to fully test all features of EQ8, not just the ones listed below. Thank you!

Original Beta release: August 27, 2019

64-bit conversion

The conversion from 32-bit EQ8 to 64-bit EQ8 affects every tool, feature, and function of the program. The only way to test this for bugs is to just use EQ8 as you normally would. Open projects, create new projects, edit existing projects, get items from the libraries, import items to the libraries, print, export, use as many of the tools and features as you can think of. If you have any of the EQ books, it is often helpful testing if you just work through some of the lessons. We know this is a very broad area of testing, but that’s the nature of this update.

WARNING! Please be sure you back up all your project files and libraries! This is a Beta version which means there could be issues. Please make a copy of your My EQ8 folder and name it My EQ8 Backup. You’ll know that’s the good folder once you’re done with the testing period.

Update system

After you install the Beta version of EQ8 from your account, your EQ8 will have a new Update system. You can check for updates by clicking File > Check for Updates. If we push out a new update (which we hope to do during this Beta testing period), you should receive a notification the next time you open EQ8. This Updater requires the internet. If your computer is not connected to the internet, it cannot check for updates.

Bug Fixes

Various bug fixes.