Embird Embroidery Software
Updated 17 Mar 2012
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Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

Embird supports standard and non-standard floppy disk formats.

Standard floppy disks are disks with designs stored in standard MS-DOS format. These disks are recognized and can be accessed in Windows Explorer, common file manager or any other application supporting floppy disks. In Embird you can access standard floppy disk by choosing the disk drive (typically "A:") in "Drive:" box in Right Panel of Manager window.

Non-standard floppy disks are disks with designs stored in special format. These disks are not recognized and cannot be accessed in Windows Explorer or in common file manager - these applications report "Disk is not formatted" error when you attempt to read floppy disk contents. In Embird you can access non-standard floppy disks via Left Panel menu of Manager window. However, the non-standard floppy disk formats require low-level access and therefore the non-standard floppy disks are supported only when running Embird in Windows 98 or Windows ME. Embird does not support non-standard floppy disks when running in Windows NT, 2000 or XP.

Writing Designs to Standard Floppy Disks (MS-DOS Format)

1 - Run Embird, it will start in "Manager" mode.

2 - Insert the floppy disk into the disk drive. Make sure, that the disk is not write-protected.

3 - In the "Files:" box at the right side of the screen select the design which you want to write to the floppy disk. To select a design, please move the mouse pointer to its file name and click the left mouse button (Picture No.1).

Note: You can select multiple files and write them all to the floppy disk at once. Please move mouse pointer to the file name of the first design in the "Files:" box at the right side of the screen, depress the left mouse button and hold it down while moving the mouse pointer over the file names of the other designs. When the mouse pointer is over the last design, please release the left mouse button.

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

4 - Move mouse pointer to the "Files:" box in right panel and click right mouse button for popup menu. Choose "Copy Files to Clipboard" command to copy selected designs to the clipboard. You will find this command also in "Right Panel" menu (Picture No. 2).

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

5 - Choose floppy disk drive in the right panel in "Drive:" box (Picture No. 3).

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

6 - Move mouse pointer to the "Files" box in right panel and click right mouse button for popup menu. Choose "Paste Designs from Clipboard" command to copy the files from floppy disk to hard disk. You will find this command also in "Right Panel" menu (Picture No. 4).

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

7 - Embird will paste the files to the chosen drive and folder - in this example, the files will be written to the root of "A:" drive.

Writing Designs to Non-Standard Floppy Disks (e.g. Barudan, ZSK)

1 - Run Embird, it will start in "Manager" mode.

2 - Insert the formatted floppy disk into the disk drive. Make sure, that the disk is not write-protected.

3 - In the "Files:" box at the right side of the screen select the design which you want to write to the floppy disk. To select a design, please move the mouse pointer to its file name and click the left mouse button. You can select multiple files and write them all to the floppy disk at once.

4 - Move mouse pointer to the "Files:" box in right panel and click right mouse button for popup menu. Choose "Input/Output Operations -> Copy Files to Floppy Disk" command. You will find this command also in "Right Panel" menu (Picture No. 5).

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

5 - Choose floppy disk format in the dialog box which appears on the screen (Picture No. 6). Click "OK" button to continue.

Note: The floppy disk must be formatted with chosen format before you start writing designs to it - please see also tutorial Formatting Floppy Disk.

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

6 - You will be prompted to insert the formatted disk into drive (Picture No. 7). Click "OK" button to continue.

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

7 - The writing process will start. Wait until this process is finished.

8 - Once the writing is finished, a dialog box will appear on the screen, showing the result of the operation. You will see the files saved on the floppy disk in the left panel in "Files:" box (Picture No.8).

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Embird Tutorial - Writing Designs to Floppy Disks

9 - Floppy disk is now ready for use. You can eject it from the disk drive and use it with your embroidery machine.

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