Easy Cross was released and has been developed in conjunction with real stitchers, both at home and professional, to give you all you need in a cross stitch design package for Windows.
Many of our customers are using Easy Cross every day to create and sell designs for profit.
Why not join them?
A huge range of features to help you design by hand in the way that suits you best, and flexible photo import options to help you get the best possible image conversion too!
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There are 3 levels of Easy Cross:
Are you new to cross stitch designing looking for an easy-to-use package that provides a great introduction?
Do you expect to produce designs only occasionally?
Are you interested in adding extra modules for other crafts if cross stitch is not your primary interest?
Are you looking for a low cost, useful program?
...then choose Easy Cross
Do you want to produce an abundance of designs quickly?
Do you need a comprehensive package full of powerful features offered at great value for money?
Are you are interested in software developed for advanced designers?
...then choose Easy Cross de luxe
Do you want the best design package available?
Is productivity important to you?
Do you require greater control over the appearance of your design printouts?
Do you want to bring the efficiency of the professional designers to your designing?
...then choose Easy Cross Enterprise
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(If you have Vista or Windows 7, and want to use ‘Help’,
you will need to use THIS LINK to install the WinHlp32.Exe program.)
Important: the program is not verified for Windows 10.
If you have Windows 10, please do not purchase.
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Why not add one or more of these optional modules?
Lace Module £10
Knit & Crochet Module £10
Machine Embroidery Module £15
Hardanger / Blackwork & Needlepoint Module £10
Design Features : Easy Cross Basic
Design Colours The palette can have up to 255 colours at one time, which can be chosen from the DMC, Anchor and Madeira chart approximations. Other manufacturers charts are available, see further information about modules. The number of colours used within a design are shown by a white box on the colour in the palette, which makes them easily identifiable. Also a count of the number of colours used is given on the status bar. Colour names and descriptions are given for all the colour charts, these can be altered as required. Palettes can be sorted by number, name, manufacturer chart, frequency of use or by dragging the colours around for your own order. Palettes can be set to contain your own preferences in colours and fabric colour, which can then be saved and used as required. Also the default palette can be set to your choice. Unused or unwanted colours can be removed from the palettes. The colour charts are user expandable, so you can add any new colours that are released. The Show option gives information about the design including stitch count and design area for definable fabric counts, along with an approximate thread usage, length given in inches or centimetres.
Design Size The size of a design is unlimited, even a design of 2000 x 2000 can be produced. There is the grid reference that locates the position of the mouse on the grid. Please note that when working on a large design, the speed of the program may be affected by the amount of memory available.
Stitch Types A full range of stitch types is offered which consists of full, three quarter, half & quarter stitches; single or double backstitch and French knots.
Status Bar Current palette colour along with its description is given on the status bar, also given is information about the colour under the mouse and instructions for the current option.
Design Display The design grid can be turned off or on to improve the view. The Zoom and Pan facilities give the optimum view required and allow movement around the design whilst editing. Also you can switch between several active designs, and tiling and cascading the designs is possible. Rulers are given at the top and to the left of the design area, which will help when placing areas. The rulers can be displayed in terms of stitches, centimetres or inches, to suit your preference. The position of the mouse is also marked on the ruler as a light grey line. Guides can be added to the design to make it easier when aligning areas in the design The units of measurement used within the program can be set to either imperial or metric. The centre of the design is shown on the rulers. The fabric and grid colour can be altered, also the on-screen backstitch thickness can be changed. The number of squares between the darker grid lines can be altered. The design and palette can be displayed in various modes, including colour blocks; black & white symbols; colour symbols or colour blocks with black & white symbols.
Configurable Toolbars Ability to decide which options appear on the toolbar, have easy access to your most commonly used options.
Browse Browse through your stored designs, this will help to make selection easier. Browse has an explorer style folder list on the same dialog to make changing folders easier. Browse allows more than one file to be opened at once and a warning will be given if there is a design which is already open.
New Size a new design in either stitches, inches or centimetres.
Template Give common card dimensions along with the aperture ready to design on, the template used will be given in Show. There is also the ability to define your own templates. The measurements can be set in inches or centimetres. Ability to view and print your design in a coloured template.
Convert Images Converts images such as clipart into cross stitch designs, 72 file formats are supported including TIFF, BMP, JPEG & Kodak CD. Direct scanning allows photographs to be converted into cross stitch designs matching to a specific thread chart giving colour numbers and symbols.
Adjust Images View the image before conversion and make any adjustments like brightness, contrast, sharpen and de-speckle. There is a preview of the final design making it simpler to see how changing settings affects the final result. Set the size of the cross stitch design in squares, inches or centimetres. As well as matching to a thread chart, it is possible to match to multiple charts and palettes. Set the number of colours or let the program choose a sensible number and set colours which are important. When converting an image it can be used as a backdrop, so designing can be carried out on top of it. There is the ability for automatic alignment of scanned charts. Randomise, Clone, Flood Fill which fills shades between selected colours, ability to reduce number of colours and removal of lone stitches all help when editing a converted image.
Standard Editing Features Copy, move, cut, paste, flip, mirror, rotate, centre in area, scale up and scale down areas.
Select Stitch Types to Copy Ability to copy/move backstitch or cross stitch only. For example a useful way of removing all the backstitch from a design by using the Cut option. The current settings are shown on the screen.
Pick Stitch Type Pick a stitch type, or stitch type and colour, from the design. This can speed up the selection of required stitches when editing.
Colours Change or delete a colour of cross stitch, backstitch or both within a design.
Edit Area The edit area option will allow changes to occur only in a desired area. So a colour can be changed in one area but will remain untouched in the rest of the design. Irregular shape allows intricate areas to be copied, moved or when using Edit Area.
Flood Fill Flood fill enables areas to be filled quickly, it recognises cross stitch, as well as template guide lines. There is an optional option which will automatically fills shades between selected colours.
Smooth Stitches Adds three quarter stitches to help remove step effects.
Backstitch Change or delete sections of backstitch, adjust a backstitch line after placing and delete/select backstitch lines using any point along the line. Automatically generate backstitch outlines between or around colours, it is possible to outline around all colour changes in a specified area. Remove any duplicated backstitch, this can reduce the memory usage.
Wizards Wizards guide you through the process of converting an image or printing a design.
Shapes Numerous shapes can be added to the design using cross stitch, backstitch or half stitch and can be filled as well.
Designs Existing designs or picture files can be easily inserted into the current design.
Motifs Motifs can be saved then used as required or use the ones supplied with the program, they can be used to make Motif Borders.
Library Motifs are stored in a library which can be browsed for the required motif.
Text There is a preview on the text dialog which shows how the text will look, also there is a hot key that will allow changes to be made.
True Type Fonts True Type fonts can be used to add text to a design, the text can have three quarter stitches to smooth the edges or have a backstitch outline.
Text Use the built-in cross stitch and backstitch fonts as another way of adding text to a design.
Thread Conversion Create a design in DMC then convert into Anchor and Madeira threads or vice versa.
Fabric Charts Aida fabric colours can be chosen from Zweigart, Fabric Flair and Frank Stone Aida range.
Fractional Stitches when Scaling When scaling there is an option which allows fractional stitches to be used.
Symbols There are several hundred available symbols, the cross stitch and backstitch symbols are automatically assigned according to the darkness of the colour.
Charts Alter any of the colours in the thread or fabric charts as required.
Zoom Levels Flexible zoom levels include full view and ability to pan around design.
View Level Select the previous or next view area.
Flexible grid settings Turn grid on and off; set the spacing between the darker grid lines and colour of the grid lines.
Stitched View Designs can be displayed and printed to give the appearance of the final stitched design, with variegated threads shown as variegated.
Tools Designs can be cropped, extended, have rows and columns inserted or deleted, rotated, reflected, scaled or centred.
Extending Automatic extension of the grid when placing areas which are too large.
Insert/delete areas from within the design Extra rows and columns can be inserted or deleted within the design.
Show Show gives information about the design such as stitch count and design area, the fabric count can be altered as required.
Automatic Backup Saves a backup of your work in case your machine crashes and an optional reminder to save your work.
Undo Undo facility gives the ability to undo up to 100 of the last options used, redo will repeat the option which has been undone.
Scale A design can be increased or reduced in size whilst editing. Also areas of the design can be scaled whilst copying and moving.
Redo After using the Undo option, Redo will repeat the option which has been undone. This helps to go back after changes have been made.
Active Designs Switch between several active designs which can be tiled, cascaded or view all of them.
Help On-line help gives information on the features.
Includes 429 motifs and 20 designs
Print Designs can be printed directly from the Browse option using the previously saved information.
Print Preview Preview the design before printing.
Printing Designs can be printed with or without key; design information can be added; tiling for larger designs; change margins and line thickness as required.
Print Stitch Display Various stitch displays are available for cross stitch and backstitch. Key A design can be printed with or without grid and key. The key lists the colours used in the design with user definable names and symbols for each colour.
Stitch Output Printouts can be in black & white symbols, colour blocks, colour symbols or colour with black & white symbols; with optional centre arrows.
Fabric Simulation The design can be printed to give the appearance of the final stitched design.
Design Information Information such as design title, stitch count, design area, notes, copyright and designer can be added to the printouts.
Printout Size/Tiling The size of the squares on the printout can be set to produce larger easy to read charts. Automatic tiling will print designs over several pages with optional overlaps. When more than one page is printed a guide is given showing the order.
Line Thicknesses The thickness of the grid and backstitch can be altered and the print margin can be set to improve print layout.
Centring the Printout The design can be centred on the printout, including when tiling.
Backstitch Styles Different methods of printing backstitch such as black solid, white solid, black pattern or white pattern, this can make the backstitch stand out on different colour backgrounds.
- Design Features : Deluxe adds the following extras..
- Design Features : Deluxe adds the following extras..
Personal Thread Charts If you have more than 255 colours in your thread box, you can set up your own colour chart which can contain colours from more than one manufacturer.
Strands Change the number of strands used for stitches, the Thread Usage will use this when calculating usage.
Charts Colours in the Thread and Fabric charts can be altered if required, add new colours as manufacturers release them.
Sorting Palettes can be sorted by number, name, manufacturer chart, frequency of use or by dragging the colours around for your own order.
Thread Charts/ Symbols Specific symbols can be assigned to a colour in the thread chart, so the colour will always use the same symbol in every design.
Motif Pad Motif Pad to the right of the design can store motifs being currently used or ones selected from the browser, along with the ability to remove individual motifs.
Blend Colours Add blended colours made from 3 strands i.e. 2 stranded threads with a metallic, the threads can be taken from thread charts.
Blend Colours/ Display In the stitched view the blends are shown as different threads not an average.
Colour Schemes A design can be seen in several colour schemes i.e. pink for a girl, blue for a boy within one design. The ability to see the design in the other manufacturer conversions to check that the colours look sensible.
Colour Conversion The conversion tables used when converting colours to other manufacturer threads can be altered to your preference and there is a preview of the colours.
Show/Hide Colours Allows colours or stitch types to be faded or made invisible which makes other stitches stand out.
Show/ Thread Usage Thread Usage can be given in terms of specified lengths and the appearance of the Thread Usage Output is configurable.
Full Screen Full Screen removes the palette, menus and toolbars but still allows editing to be carried out.
OLE Compatible Easy Cross designs can be embedded into other programs, so the word processing tools can be used to add instructions.
Convert Area Ability to select an area of the image to convert, useful if the background of the photo isn’t wanted.
Blend Colours/Converting Use blended threads to give a better choice when converting.
Backdrop When converting an area of the image it is possible to have the image as a backdrop as well.
Spray Backdrop When there is an image in the backdrop, spray backdrop stitches with a colour from the palette or by adding an appropriate one from the thread chart.
Reconvert Go back and change the conversion settings through the Reconvert option, this will save time especially if the image was taken directly from the scanner.
Merge Conversions Take two converted designs and merge bits from one to the other.
Rotate by Any Angle Rotate areas by any angle.
Transform Rotate areas to any angle without distorting them or change the size whilst rotating, it is possible to see the areas whilst rotating.
Modify Colours Change the colours of an area before placing.
Auto Repeat Auto Repeat option which will repeat edits reflected across, down or rotated.
Stitch Type Change one stitch type to another within a designated area.
Backstitch Outline Automatically generate backstitch outlines between or around colours, it is possible to outline around all colour changes in a specified area.
Flood Fill Flood fill enables areas to be filled quickly, it recognises both cross stitch and backstitch.
Fill Shapes There is the ability to set the fill style to solid colour, use motifs or the clipboard.
Fill Styles Library Build up a library of your Fill Styles and there is a preview which allows the styles to be viewed when selecting.
Automatic Shading Use this option to add some depth to the design, choose one of the effects or move the light source to give the required effect.
Shapes Create and use your own shapes for the draw & draw filled shape options along with Motif Border.
Backstitch Outline Automatically generate backstitch outlines between or around colours, it is possible to outline around all colour changes in a specified area.
Change Stitches Edits can be carried out on all stitches of a particular type.
Reduce Backstitch Memory This option will remove any duplicated back stitch and convert back stitch in a line into one line. This can reduce the memory usage and disk space of designs containing back stitch.
Motif Thumbnails Print Motif Thumbnails which can be used to create a catalogue.
Motif Border Settings Alter the spacing between motifs when drawing a Motif Border.
Text Transformations Ability to transform True Type Text into various shapes, there are several built-in shapes or a general shape which you can change as required.
Text Styles Ability to apply different styles, i.e. stripes, shading or use a fill style when adding cross stitch and true type text to a design.
Cross Stitch Fonts There is the ability to use and create your own library of cross stitch fonts. These fonts can be in cross stitch, backstitch and in several colours. The Font Editor gives an enhanced method of designing cross stitch fonts.
Generate Borders Use the Repeats to easily create square, rectangle, circle and ellipse borders.
Borders/ Sizing The size of a border can be set to a specified number of repeats or can be scaled as required, the program will fit the repeats to stop large gaps.
Borders/ Flexibility Added features lead to extra flexibility when creating borders such as being able to flip repeats independently.
Borders and Repeats Save borders that you have generated for later use, along with the ability to save repeats.
Objects Objects allow re-positioning of areas once they have been placed, areas can be fixed as stitches once finished to save memory or all objects can be turned off as required.
Objects/ Text Objects can be used to adjust the spacing between letters, alter the font or what has been typed and resizing True Type Text after placing.
Objects/Alignment Tools Objects can be aligned to the top, bottom, left and right as well as centring vertically and horizontally.
Framing Select a frame from the library to get a completed view of a design, extra frames can be added to the library.
Mounts Show and print coloured mount to a design with a square, rectangular, circular or elliptical aperture.
Annotations Add text, arrows and lines onto the design.
Quick Key A Quick Key is a shortened key which can be placed anywhere on the grid.
Annotations/ Copy/Move Settings Copy/Move Settings can be set to copy or move Annotations with or without cross stitch and backstitch.
Files Use the built-in backup program to keep copies of your work.
Change Stitches Ability to change all of one stitch type to another, useful to change a design with part stitches to one with full stitches.
Stitch Type Use this option to change the description used for the cross stitch, for example change a design to Tent Stitch or Petit Point in the key.
Type of Design If you have any of the modules, this option gives the ability to change from a cross stitch to another module for example Hardanger which will give the Hardanger tools.
- Printing Features
Printing/Tiling Layout of Design Pages can show the whole design layout with page numbering showing how they will be printed off.
Print Layout Select a different print layout for the design by selecting one of built-in layouts, including A3 layouts.
Thread Organiser Create and print simple thread sorter cards.
Printout Colour The colour of the printout can be changed to make the chart easier to read.
Key layout Keys can be changed to be longer, more descriptive or split into columns as required.
Key Abbreviated key can be placed on each design page, half stitches can be listed separately, the Line Spacing of the key can be altered and the Thread Usage information can be added to the key.
Centre Marks A choice of which centre marks you wish to be used.
Stitch Display Extra printout styles of Light Colour Blocks As Symbols, Colour Blocks next to the symbols in the key or show the symbols in the key in a box.
Printout Adjust the size of the symbols used and change the colour of the overlap when tiling.
Grid Lines Print the number of grid lines in 10s, change the grid line weights to improve readability of chart.
True Type Fonts as Symbols Ability to use True Type fonts as symbols.
Symbol Editor The symbol editor allows you to create your own symbols, also existing symbols can be altered to give the desired effect i.e. bolder symbols.
Symbol Files The program supports multiple symbol files which can be swapped over as required.
- Easy Cross Enterprise has all the features of Easy Cross and deLuxe, PLUS:
- Design Features (Enterprise)
Thread Stock Database to keep track of your thread stock with the ability to book out threads which will warn if any of the stock goes below a specified level.
Stitches Enterprise offers extra stitches like Full Stitch over 1 (Petit point) and Vertical Half Stitch.
Beads Use beads in a design chosen from Mill Hill and Beadesign charts.
Print thumbnails of designs Designs can be printed as a series of thumbnails which can act as a catalogue of your designs, as well as saving the thumbnails as a bitmap file.
To Do list Which can be used to leave notes on what is left to do on your designs.
Settings With a group of Print or Conversion Settings that you are happy, they can be saved for later use.
Batch Process Selected options can be run on several files at one time for example printing, creating chart approximations and converting.
Browse Ability to Copy, Move and Delete designs from the Browse options, as well as the ability to Print the thumbnails of the designs which can act as a catalogue.
Thread Usage There are extra values that can be set when calculating the amount of thread used in a design, for example how much thread is used to start/stop stitching, the distance between individual stitches and whether the backstitch is done in the running or backstitch style.
Page Layout Several copies of the same design in different styles can be added to a layout. Add text to give extra instructions or a price list along with the ability to insert documents from other OLE programs like Word. Alignment tools give extra control when lining up and spacing the different areas. Images can be added to the design which means that logos and pictures can be added. The areas can be placed anywhere, drag around to reposition and resize them as required. Page Layout files can be saved as templates ready for use with other designs. Place a tiled design in a Page Layout, this means that a company logo or information can be added to each page.
Thread Sorter Cards Symbols and colours automatically generated from the design. Print out one card or repeat to use up the whole page. Add Header, Footer or Vertical Text using different fonts if required. Optional marks to help when punching holes. Images can be added to the design which means that company logos can be added. Save settings for later use by just changing the design used.
True Type Text Petit point can be used instead of full stitch when adding True Type Text to a design.
Symbols Ability to set the colours of the symbols which can be useful in preventing photocopying, or just make the chart easier to read.
Thread sorter cards Design and print your own thread organisers - symbols and colours automatically generated from the design.
Print to file Print designs to Bitmap or TIFF files which will allow you to distribute your designs without the need for Easy Cross.
Postscript output Ability to have an output format suitable for publishers.