Floriani on Parallels — Fixing Toolbars for Retina Displays

This is another tip for Mac users who run Floriani or Floriani Total Control software under Parallels.

If you have one of the newer MacBook computer with a Retina display, you’ll the tool bars in Floriani will look scrunched-up and odd, as shown in the picture below. All the controls are there, they’re just not easy to see or use.

There’s an easy way to fix that. Launch Parallels, but don’t start the virtual machine yet. Go to the menu bar for Parallels, and select Virtual Machine > Configure… as shown below.

The Configure dialog box will display. Select Hardware from the toolbar at the top of the dialog. Click the Video button on the pane at the left side of the dialog. In the Resolution section, in the lower right corner of the dialog box, click Scaled (you’ll see in the following picture, that the Scaled box is highlighted with a blue line around the icon). Then close the dialog box.

Close the Congifure dialog box. Just to make sure that the changes take effect, quit out of Parallels. Launch Parallels again, and start your virtual machine. Now, the toolbars should look normal, as shown in the following picture.

That’s it!

Browsing embroidery files in Floriani

As you get more and more into embroidery, you will collect more and more files. And, as a result, it gets more and more difficult to find a specific file that you want to use for a particular project.

With Floriani and Floriani Total Control, you have a built-in way to find and view your embroidery files — the Design Library. This is a pretty cool feature — it handles folders and subfolders, lets you navigate through your embroidery files just like you would in the Windows Explorer, and shows you previews of the embroidery designs. And it’s available at no additional cost, as part of your Floriani and Floriani Total Control software.

Here are a few hints and tips for how to use the Design Library.

Where to store your files
 — the Design Library can ONLY see files stored inC:FlorianiDesigns and sub-folders you create there. As far as I can tell, you can create as many sub-folders as you want.

Create a new design file — you won’t be able to use the Design Library if you don’t have a work space open, so go to the menu bar and select File > New.

If you don’t see the Design Library — it’s easy to display it. Just go to the menu bar, and select View > Toolbars > Design Library.

Getting a better view — the Design Library is normally in the lower right hand corner of your Floriani window. (It shares this space with the Sequence View.)

The normal view is nice for quick access to files, but the default sizing only lets you see one or two files at a time. If you want to browse through all of your files, you’ll want a bigger view. That’s easy…

Double-click on the gray bar where you see the words Design Library. The Design Library window will jump to the upper left side of your screen. The first time you do this (in each working session), the window will be really small. Don’t worry…

To put a file into the work area — once you’ve found the file you want to work with, just drag it from the Design Library into the workspace.


To get the Design Library out of the way
 — after you’ve found the file you want, just double-click on the gray bar at the top of the window, and the Design Library will jump back to its normal position. Don’t click the red “x” at the top of the window, or you’ll close the Design Library completely, leaving a somewhat scary-looking gray hole where your Design Library and Sequence View used to be (…uh oh…). If you accidentally do that, don’t worry, just go to my instructions above on what to do If you don’t see the Design Library.

That’s it! — those are the basics of how to work with the Design Library. I think you’ll enjoy it!

Storing files — CD’s with installers

So, when you get a new CD with embroidery files, you want to get them onto your computer. Some CD’s come with an installer, and using an installer is the easiest way to get your new files off of the CD and on the computer, so that you can start using them.

The first thing you need to do is figure out whether the CD provides an installer. CD’s from Floriani always have an installer, and this makes it pretty easy to put files in the right place. With files from other companies, sometimes there’s an installer, most of the time, there isn’t. If your CD doesn’t have an installer, I provide instructions for how to move files around in the blog post available here.

This information assumes that you want to store your embroidery files in the folder that can be viewed with the Floriani Design Library. If you want to learn about the neat things that the Design Library can do for you, check out my blog post here. This information also assumes that you’re running Windows 7 (I don’t have Windows 8, so I can’t help you there).

How can I tell if there’s an installer? — Most of the time, when your CD has an installer, it will start up right after you insert the CD. But, it doesn’t always work like that, so I’ll show you how to check.

Open a Windows Explorer window — Windows Explorer lets you see the files on your computer. It has an icon like a file folder, and looks like the picture on the left.

Often, the Windows Explorer icon shows up at the bottom of your screen, right beside the start menu. If it’s not there, click on the Start icon — many times, the Windows Explorer icon is at the first level of the Start menu. If it’s not THERE, then click the Start icon and select All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. If you have to go so far as to navigate all the way there, I suggest that you right-click on the Windows Explorer icon and select Pin to Start Menu, so that it will be on the first level of the Start menu from here on out.

A Windows Explorer window like the one shown here will appear.

Display the files on the CD — In the left side pane of the window, double-click on the CD icon. A list of files will be displayed.

If you see a file named Autorun or another file that’s an application (look in the column for “type” beside the date modified field), then the CD has an installer.

If you don’t have an installer — follow the instructions in my other blog post, available here. Otherwise…

Use the installer — Double-click on the installer icon, and use it to install the files in a new folder within C:FlorianiDesigns. It should just take a few seconds for the files to install.

That’s it!
 — your files are now in the right place. If you had Floriani or Floriani Total Control open while you moved the files around, you’ll need to close and re-launch the software before the files will show up in your Design Library. For information on how to use the Design Library to browse your files, see my blog post

Storing files — CD’s without an installer

So, when you get a new CD with embroidery files, you want to get them onto your computer. Some CD’s come with an installer, and using an installer is the easiest way to get your new files off of the CD and on the computer, so that you can start using them.

The first thing you need to do is figure out whether the CD provides an installer. CD’s from Floriani always have an installer, and this makes it pretty easy to put files in the right place. With files from other companies, sometimes there’s an installer, most of the time, there isn’t.  If you’re not sure whether your CD has an installer, my instructions in the blog post available here tells you how to check.

Open a Windows Explorer Window for the CD — Windows Explorer lets you see the files on your computer. It has an icon like a file folder, that looks like the picture to the left.

Often, the Windows Explorer icon shows up at the bottom of your screen, right beside the start menu. If it’s not there, click on the Start icon — many times, the Windows Explorer icon is at the first level of the Start menu. If it’s not THERE, then click the Start icon and select All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer. If you have to go so far as to navigate all the way there, I suggest that you right-click on the Windows Explorer icon and select Pin to Start Menu, so that it will be on the first level of the Start menu from here on out.

A Windows Explorer window like the one on the left will appear.

Display the files on the CD — In the left side pane of the window, double-click on the CD icon. A list of folders and/or files will be displayed.

Find the file format you need — Most CD’s contain embroidery files in multiple formats, so, navigate to the folder that contains the files for your embroidery machine.

Open a second Windows Explorer window, for your Floriani Designs folder — right click on the Windows Explorer icon at the bottom of your screen (near the Start icon), and select Windows Explorer from the pop-up menu. A second Windows Explorer window will be displayed. Arrange the Windows Explorer windows so that you can see both of them.

Navigate to your Designs folder — If you’ve created a Library for your Floriani files, use it to navigate to your Floriani Designs folder.

If you don’t have a library, In the left side pane of the window, double click on Local Disk, then in the main part of the window, double-click the Floriani folder, then double-click the Designs folder.

Create a folder for your new designs — In the Designs folder, click the New Folder button above the file/folder list. A new Folder will be displayed in the Designs folder. Give it a name, then double-click on the folder to open it.

Copy the files to the new folder — In the CD window, select the files that you want. Hold down the shift or control key to select multiple files. Click and drag the files into the window you just created in the Designs folder. The files will copy from the CD to the new folder. It should take just a few seconds.

That’s it! — your files are now in the right place. If you had Floriani or Floriani Total Control open while you moved the files around, you’ll need to close and re-launch the software before the files will show up in your Design Library. For information on how to use the Design Library to browse your files, see my blog post here.

A new movie camera

 Hurray!  We got a new video camera for filming our tutorials.  This one automatically focuses so we don’t have to depend on how a sleepy teenager’s eyes ares seeing things behind the camera lens anymore.  It is also much lighter.  I am hopeful that we will be able to provide you guys with a clear view now.  I hope, I hope!  FWIW,  it is difficult to focus the old camera/video recorder…there was nothing automatic about it.