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Weaving Software

The software here supports files in the Weaving Information File (WIF) format. All of the drafts downloaded from Handweaving.net are in this format because many different weaving software packages work with it.

AVL Software    In addition to fantastic looms, a wide variety of weaving software is available from AVL.

They offer PocketWeave, WeavePoint, WeaveMaker Mi, Pro Colorist, ArahWeave, and more! If you want software for pattern design or computerized weaving, AVL has something to meet your needs!

Check out their weaving software page at http://www.avlusa.com/software
ArahWeave 4.1 runs on Linux operating system (Novell SUSE, RedHat, Mandrake, Fedora)

Features include: integrated dobby and jacquard CAD/CAM system, demo version supports WIF loading, saving and printing, PANTONE (R) for fashion and home, up to 50 shafts, weave up to 32000 x 32000 ends/picks, graphical browsing of fabrics, weaves, images, warp/weft patterns, jacquard cards, superior on-line simulation in real 1:1 size and density, warp or weft pattern on the simulation with mouse, and more!

Demo version comes with free ArahPaint4 paint program (works without limits) and demo version of ArahDrape (works, you can save images and print, but you can not save new projects).

ArahWeave Personal Edition costs 1000 EUR, and supports saving in Arahne's native format, enabling colorimetry, fancy yarns, denting/regulator, maximum weave size 2048x2048 and saving to handloom jacquard formats (AVL J1P, Digital Weaving TC-1, TIFF, PNG, GIF, BMP).

Check the web site http://www.arahne.si for on-line tutorials, manuals in PDF format and freely downloadable demo (no registration required).
pixeLoom® provides easy to use tools for editing drafts, planning projects, and virtual sampling.

This software is Windows® 98/2000/ME/XP compatible.

The currently shipping version is 2.2.6.

Tutorials and free 30-day trial version available on http://www.pixeLoom.com.
Fiberworks PCW4.1    Weaving Design Software that thinks like weavers do!

Three levels of proficiency. Great flexibility without making it difficult. Enter drafts easily and accurately. Adjust colours and see it happen instantly in your design. Make thick or thin threads for unique effects. Over 80 different blocks with Block Substitution. Instant Network drafting. Extensive copy, paste, repeat, transform functions.

New Release, New Features: Design your own blocks. Rearrange shafts and treadles with the Shaft shuffler. Interleaf and Overlay for designing with parallel lines. New Sketchpad features, like reduce colours, transparent paste and open weaving drafts. And lots more. Come and see!

Wif2Tiff This is a free program that translates WIF drafts to TIFF images. It is at version 2.0 and runs on any operating system with the Java 1.4 JRE installed. It can be downloaded from: http://www.softweave.com/html/software/Wif2Tiff.html.

Wif2Tiff is created and distributed by Jane Eisenstein.
WeavePoint is software for advanced weaving design - an efficient tool for creating, editing and analyzing textile patterns and colorways and keeping a pattern archive. For hand loom weavers and textile designers. Very easy to learn and use. Includes project calculator. Various loom interface options. Trial version that opens WIF patterns is available.

Operating systems: Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP.

Web site: http://www.weavepoint.com

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