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Object Inspector

Main Control Panel contains multiple tabs (1) that change according to the current work mode. In this chapter, we will focus on Inspector Tab and More Tab, which allow to select and manipulate design objects.


Many functions and options for these tabs are accesible via pop-up menus. If your device uses mouse, you can invoke the pop-up menu with secondary mouse button click. If your device has a touch screen, invoke the pop-up menus with tap on pop-up menu button (E).

Main Controls Panel - Object and Parts Inspector
Main Controls Panel - Palette and BirdEye Zoom

Inspector tab and More tab.

Object Inspector List . All objects created on work area are displayed here in sewing order. It shows order of objects, their type, visibility and whether they are connected to previous object by jump or not.
Part Inspector List . Openings (holes) of fill objects are displayed here as well as parts of grouped objects. This window serves to select holes and parts for further manipulation, because they cannot be selected in work area and in Objects Inspector.
Buttons for browsing in Object Inspector list. Buttons with arrow icons serve to skip objects of the same color or connected by connection. They help to browse the objects list faster when you need to find and select next or previous group of objects.
Switch to turn ON and OFF list items selection with check boxes. This option is usefull if your device has touch screen.
Button for access of list pop-up menu . This option is usefull if your device has touch screen or if you use single-button mouse. Pop-up menus are also accessible with secondary mouse button click on respective list.
Magnifying window . This window displays enlarged area around mouse cursor. It aids precise placement of nodes, allowing user to maintain view of design in the Work Area.
Splitter for adjustment of Object Inspector / Parts Inspector proportion.
Splitter for adjustment of size of the control panel. Useful when you need to enlarge the panel to see text labels, for example.

List of objects and their parts

The hearth of the Object Inspector is list of design objects. Besides small thumbnail of each object, the list contains also many usefull information. For example, sewing continuity info helps to locate undesired trims and fix them with placing connection stitches.

When composing complex design, it is sometimes difficult to grab desired object in the Work Area . In such a case, use Object Inspector to select and manipulate the object.

All vector objects forming an embroidery design are displayed here in the sewing order. Inspector lists show order of objects, their type , visibility and whether they are connected to previous object with running stitches or jump.

For example, to change order of objects, select them in Object Inspector list and drag-and-drop them to their new position.

Drag-and-drop selected objects to change the sewing order

To Hide/Show object click the eye icon to the left of each object.

To access menu to duplicate, delete, or change parameters, click secondary mouse button on selected objects in Object Inspector window or use pop-up menu button (E).

To change color of object in Object Inspector, press primary mouse button on any color in Palette (2) and drag-and-drop it on this object. Another way is to double click the object thumbnail to access the color dialog box, or use the Color command from the pop-up menu.

To select non-contiguous subset of objects, depress the Ctrl key and click primary mouse button on each object.

Click secondary mouse button on selected object or objects in Object Inspector to access a pop-up menu for operations with selected objects.

To select and manipulate parts of grouped objects, use the Part Inspector window (B) beneath the Object Inspector window. It is not possible to select those parts directly on the Work Area.

To change sewing order of objects in Object Inspector, select an object and drag-and-drop it to its new position in the list. From the menu that appears after the drop, choose whether the selection should be placedBefore or After the item . You can also choose the Set Identical Parameters to copy parameters from one object to another, or Set Identical Color to copy color one object to another.

Note: When using touch screen, turn on (D) switch to display checkboxes in the list for a single-tap control.

A row in the Object Inspector list looks like this:

Eye icon
Thumbnail of object
Trim indicator
Object type icon
Indicator of object internal trims and color changes
Color box
Color index
Color count
Text label

The meaning of respective columns is following:

1 - Visibility

Eye icon - visible object
Object is visible. Click primary button on the icon to hide the object.
Eye icon - invisible object
Object is invisible. Click primary button on the icon to show the object.
Eye icon - partly visible object
List item is a group of objects with some objects visible and some not visible. Click primary button on the icon to show/hide all objects in the group.

2 - Thumbnail

Object thumbnail
Double click on object icon to generate stitches. Small red dots indicate the end (ends) of object parts.

3 - Continuity

Trim before object indicator
Indicator of jump stitch and/or color change before object. Scissors indicate that there is a jump stitch (trim) before the object. Color tube indicates that object is of other color than previous object.

4 - Object Type

Double click on this icon allows to access the Parameters window. To copy parameters or color into other objects, select item, depress primary mouse button and drag and drop on the other item.

Fill object icon
Object is plain Fill.
Autocolumn object icon
Object is Fill with autocolumn.
Fill with motifs object icon
Object is Fill with motifs.
Sfumato object icon
Object is Sfumato. Sfumato is an optional part of the Digitizing Studio.
Hole object icon
Object is a hole in Fill or Sfumato object.
Carving object icon
Object is Carving.
Outline object icon
Object is Outline.
Sketch outline object icon
Object is sketch Outline.
Border outline object icon
Object is Outline used as border.
Manual stitches object icon
Object is Manual Stitches sequence.
Connection object icon
Object is Connection.
Column object icon
Object is Column.
Column object icon
Object is Column with Strips mode.
Column object icon
Object is Column with Multilayer mode.
Column with Pattern object icon
Object is Column with Pattern. It is similar object like Column, but its cover stitches are divided according to some pattern. This allows to use wider columns and to add texture to the cover stitches.
Applique object icon
Object is Applique.
Applique hole object icon
Object is a hole in Applique.
Mesh object icon
Object is Mesh.
Mesh hole object icon
Object is a hole in Mesh.
Combined object icon
Item is composed of several other objects that are grouped together.

5 - Trim Indicator

Trims inside of grouped object indicator
Indicator of trims inside of grouped objects. Items composed of multiple objects may contain trims inside them, which is indicated by this icon. There may be a color change, missing connection or missing backward path inside of grouped object.

6 - Color

Color box
Double click on color box invokes a color mixer window.

7 - Object Number

Double click on the text label (object and color number) to change object parameters .

8 - Color Number

Colors are numbered in order of appearance. This number helps to identify objects with the same color, which is useful especially in a case of very similar colors.

9 - Comment

Comment contains additional information about some objects like name of outline sample or name of font used for lettering . Studio also displays labels for objects belonging to lettering created with Alphabets or with Font Engine. Label contains first line of respective text and 'Alphabets Text' or 'Font Engine Text' attribute. If you want to edit lettering object, use secondary mouse click to open pop-up menu and select Edit Text command.

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