Sierra HotFix Design

HotFix Era

The world’s #1 software to create designs with Rhinestone, Sequin & other hotfix elements

All you need to create outstanding designs with rhinestones and other hotfix decoration elements in a single, easy to use tool.

The best solution to create designs for automatic hotfix motif making machines, as well as designs to create rhinestone stencils with vinyl and laser cutters.*

When embroidery decoration is also required, Hotfix Era may integrate harmoniously with Stitch Era, creating the most amazing decoration software solution.

More Ways to Digitize Design Objects


Hotfix Era allows you to create the geometry of your objects using several methods, or a combination of them:
 
  • Standard digitizing, by entering points of arc or bezier curves;
  • Hands-free;
  • Auto-tracing raster images;
  • Using vector objects previously defined or defined on the fly;

Use Artwork from any Source. Vectorize Rasterized Images

 
The digitizing process can start from bitmap/raster graphic file or vector graphics coming from websites or created in other commercial graphics applications, photo images obtained with a camera or scanner, and images or vectors imported from other graphics applications. You can also start from drawings created within the application.

When using raster images, the included vectorizer tools, helps you to quickly convert them into vector images.

The vector objects created by the vectorizer tool are easier to manipulate and edit and can be used to create the embroidery objects in a rush.

Smart Design


Smart design tool accelerates the designs creation and designs editing. It allows to create rhinestone or sequin objects with your favorite fill style with a simple click on vector objects.

It also offers the fastest way to select the rhinestone/sequin object type to create when digitizing on raster images.

In addition, smart design tool can be used on editing to convert between different object types with a single click.

Object's shape Editing


Object's shape can be fully edited. All the geometric elements like nodes, holes, curves, etc. can be freely moved, added or deleted. Objects can also be scaled and rotated graphically or by using precise tools.

The whole geometric editing process is comfortable and intuitive.

Objects are inmediately updated upon changes: Hotfix Era re-process the modified object to generate the bead's placement according to the new shape.

Object's fill style editing


Objects can be filled with different hotfix fill styles, and each style can be adjusted according to your preference by editing the fill style properties.

Once filling properties of each object are specified, you can easily change them as much as necessary to get the expected result.

Hotfix Era automatically recalculates the rhinestones/sequins object to reflect the changes made to its fill properties.

Hotfix Fill Styles


Hotfix Era includes a complete set of styles to fill lines and areas with rhinestones and sequins to produce the most attractive designs:
 
  • Different types of uniform fill
  • Concentric fill
  • Flat fill
  • Flexible fill
  • Textures and more

Editing Stones & Sequins


In addition to object editing where the software automatically generates stones and sequins contained in an area or line; the program allows individual editing of each stone or sequins:
  • Change the type
  • Move
  • Delete
  • Add individual pieces.

Design finishing task is also assisted by highlighting those stones or sequins overlapping or too close to let the user to decide whether to remove them or change their position.

Lettering System with Digitized and True-Type Fonts


The lettering system includes a library with dozens of fonts that have been pre-digitized by designers, so you can insert texts as simply as typing and selecting the preferred font.

Texts are fully editable, you can change the layout of letters, scale and position each letter individually, and of couse, you can edit the fill style.

You can also use the true-type fonts installed in your computer and the thousands of fonts available online in the internet.

Rhinestone and sequin designs with texts can be created in seconds by simply entering the characters, choosing the font and selecting the desidered hotfix fill style.

Synchronized Multiple-views


Several views to present the information of the objects that constitute the design are available.

The work area is the main view; it shows all objects graphically in their location on the design.

Complementary views include the design map, the sequence view, the list of elements, the satellite view and the simulation view.

Whenever you create or modify an object, those views are updated automatically.
 

Export designs to cutters, rhinestones and sequin machines


Rhinestone designs created can be exported to vinyl cutters or laser to produce rhinestones stencils.

Designs can also be exported to most brands and models of automatic hotfix rhinestone and sequin motif making machines of the market.

Read on this site about the compatibility with the brand and model of your equipment.

The availability of the above mentioned features may depend on the software level or configuration. For more details on the features included in each software level or configuration, please refer to the product comparison section or ask your software supplier.
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System Requirements

  Operating System

We suggest you to use Microsoft® Windows® 10 Professional 64 bits edition with the last service packs. Each new release of the software is tested with the newest available operating system only. Because of security reasons, we do not test the software with discontinued operating systems

However, this software may be also compatible with some older operating systems, including:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (Home Premium or superior) 64 bits edition
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8 (Home Premium or superior) 64 bits edition
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 (Home Premium or superior) 64 bits edition

Operating systems must be correctly installed, updated and running properly with all its available service packs.

Note about Mac (Apple) Operating Systems

According with some reports from users, this software (subscription version) could be successfully installed and it is working properly on some Apple computers (Windows on Virtual Machines).

We do not offer, we do not warranty, and we do not support this software running on a Mac; as we didn't test that enough to suggest it. You can try it at your own risk.

  Internet

For standard software products (perpetual license, software with physical, USB protection device):

  • The connection of the computer where the software is installed to internet is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended.
  • Through the internet connection, your software will present the Live-Update service, direct communication to the service & software support sites, in-app purchase of extra features, on-line promotions, etc.
  • The software registration/activation process requires an e-mail account to transfer files between your system (installed product) and the manufacturer activation server. You can register/activate on-line or off-line.

For standard software products (perpetual license, software with virtual protection device, KeyLess):

  • The connection of the computer where the software is installed to internet is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended. From time to time, it will be required to validate the license. This process can be done on-line from the computer where the product is installed, or off-line, using any other computer with internet access. A permanent internet connection is required to use the product in a virtual machine enviroment.
  • Through the internet connection, license validation will be automatic and hassle free and your software will present the Live-Update service, direct communication to the service & software support sites, in-app purchase of extra features, on-line promotions, etc.
  • The software activation process requires an e-mail account to transfer files between your system (installed product) and the manufacturer activation server. You can activate on-line or off-line.

For software as subscriptions (temporary license, software without protection device)

  • A high speed permanent Internet connection are absolutely necessary system requirement in order to run software subscriptions.
  • The software registration/activation process requires an e-mail account to transfer files between your system (installed product) and the manufacturer activation server.

  Computer

The computer must meet a series of minimum characteristics in order to run the software.

We recommend that you consider to meet or exceed the characteristics for a better performance.

Computer Minimum Configuration Requirement
Processor Intel Core i3 (Gen 6 - running @ 3.3 GHz)
Memory 4Gb
Video 1440 x 900 pixels, OpenGL acceleration
Monitor 17” monitor
Free disk space 2 Gbyte
Port (*1) 1 x USB port
Direct Connection to Machines (*2), only if required
Port 1 x RS-232 port
Cable RS-232 according to machine specs
Export to Floppy Disk (*3), only if required
Floppy Disk Unit 3.5” HD non USB






Notes:

  • (*1) Only required for standard products with physical protection device
  • (*2) Direct connection to machines (through a cable) is an optional feature
  • Not all the machine brands & models can be connected (ask)
  • Some machines brands & models may require additional hardware
  • Some machines brands & models already include software and cables for the connection
  • (*3) Some floppy disk units will not read/write all machine formats
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