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SewIconz is software for viewing the contents of embroidery files, quilting files, and certain common image files as icons from within Windows Explorer©. With SewIconz, the stitch pattern contained in embroidery files and some cross-stitch files will appear as icons as you scroll through your Windows folders. Information about the number of stitches, colors and pattern size (in either mm. or in.) will appear as your cursor moves over the icons. You may download the user manual for a more detailed explanation of all the features of SewIconz. Starting with v1.7.4, SewIconz is fully UNICODE compatible, so that folder and file names for any set of keyboard characters are now supported.
IMPORTANT NOTE: SewIconz is a stand-alone application that does not require any other embroidery software to be installed on your computer. It will coexist with all known embroidery editors and can be used to display embroidery icons in the File/Open dialogs of those applications as well as in Windows Explorer.
A free viewer for AutoCAD© and Quilt files - CadQView - may be downloaded here. CadQView is stand-alone software developed by S & S Computing that allows viewing and printing of individual CAD and Quilt files. It is intended as a useful adjunct to SewIconz.
WINDOWS 8 NOTE: After installing SewIconz on a Windows 8 computer, and selecting the file types (from the Desktop, double-click the SewIconz(32/64) icon there), you MUST restart the computer for the selections to take effect. Do that from the Settings->Power menu, by clicking on the Restart option.
FILE FORMATS SUPPORTED BY SEWICONZ
SewIconz can display icons for many home and commercial embroidery file formats. In addition, numerous quilting formats and common image formats can also be displayed. Below is a list (by category) of the file types supported by SewIconz:
The Zip viewer feature of SewIconz displays icons for embroidery files inside Zip archive (*.zip files) when used with the native Windows Explorer Zip viewer. In addition, some third-party Zip utilities such as StuffIt© and jZip™ will work with SewIconz to display icons in their file view panes. (jZip will also display icons in RAR files). Other popular third-party zip software (WinZip©, WinRar© or PKZip©) will not allow SewIconz to display icons in zipped files, although they will can still be used to zip and unzip files as an alternative to the native Windows zip utility.
File Associations and Preserving SewIconz Icons
Removing an Application Icon Overlay
Setting Up and Using SewIconz
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q Does SewIconz work with VISTA and Windows 7/8? I installed SewIconz on my Windows 8 computer and the icons don't display - what did I do wrong?
A Yes, SewIconz works on computers running VISTA and Windows 7/8. You must be sure to install the correct bit version - either 32- or 64-bit - corresponding to your computer's operating system. If you are not seeing icons after installing SewIconz, it is likely due to having installed the 32-bit version on a 64-bit system. Simply install the 64-bit version (download from the SewIconz64 link). If you still don't see icons, run the File Association cleaner file (as described above) and then reselect the file types.
Q Should the "Always show icons, never thumbnails" option be checked?
A Generally, this option should be left unchecked. If it is checked, you won't see folder icons displaying a preview of the files in your folders. Also, it may prevent certain built-in image types (jpg, etc) from displaying icons. You should check in Windows Explorer Tools/Folders Options/View to make sure that this option is unchecked there (SewIconz will try to set this option according to how you choose it).
Q How do I determine if my computer operating system (OS) is 32-bit or 64-bit?
A The easiest way on VISTA or Windows 7 systems is to press the Windows key (the one with the "wavy flag" logo) and the Pause key simultaneously. An information sheet will appear which displays System Information, including the bit-size of your OS. Alternatively, you can try to install the 64-bit version of SewIconz. If it installs, you have a 64-bit OS! If you have a 32-bit OS, the 64-bit version will fail to install, and you must use the 32-bit installer.
Q After installing SewIconz and selecting the file types to iconize (by double-clicking the SewIconz desktop icon), only the icons for small views display properly. The medium and large (Tiles, thumbnails) views show up as black boxes or with "weird" icons in them. What is wrong?
A This occurs because there are several settings in VISTA that can be used to block the display of large icons (thumbnails). To fix this, first open the SewIconz desktop application. Make sure the item "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is unchecked. Now click the OK button and check to see if your large icons display correctly.
If thumbnails are still not appearing, then one more setting has to be adjusted. Go to Start->Control Panel->System & Maintenance->System->Performance Information & Tools. (This assumes you are using Control Panel Home View. In Classic View, click Performance Information.) Now click the "Adjust Visual Effects" link. On the "Visual Effects" tab, make sure the check box "Show thumbnails instead of icons" is checked. One of the two option "Let Windows Choose What's Best for my Computer", or "Custom", needs to be selected to be able to make this change.
Q After setting a file association ("Open With") for an embroidery file type, the SewIconz icons no longer display for that file type and only the application icons show. How do I recover the SewIconz (pattern) icons?
A Follow this two-step procedure to recover the correct pattern icons and save the file association:
1. Double-click the SewIconz desktop icon to open the SewIconz dialog screen and click the "Disable SewIconz" button.
2. Click the "File Assoc" button and navigate to the folder (usually in Program Files) containing the application you want to associate with (to open) the embroidery files. Click on that application (executable file) to set the file association. (This should be done instead of setting the association through Explorer's "Open With" option, which can sometimes overwrite the registry settings needed by SewIconz to display icons.)
3. Reselect the embroidery file types to iconize. Press "OK". Usually here is no need to reboot.
Now your SewIconz (pattern) icons should be redisplayed correctly, and your file associations will be intact, too. If not, run the association cleaner file and redo steps 1-3.
Q After setting the icon size in the current folder using the Window Explorer View menu, I navigate to a different folder and the icons are a different size there. How do I keep the same icon size for all folders without having to reset it each time the folder changes?
A This can be done using the Tools menu option in Windows Explorer. If there is no menu bar in Explorer, then click on Organize/Layout and select the menu option there. Then follow these directions:
1) first be sure to set the desired icon size for the current folder, using the View menu
2) click the Tools menu, then Folder/View option.
3) click the "Apply to Folders" button to apply the current icon size setting to ALL folders subsequently opened.
Now when you open ANY folder (of the same type) containing embroidery files, the icons should display in the size you have chosen.
Q Some of my files display a red "X" instead of an image. What does that mean?
A If SewIconz can not read one of the file types it was assigned to display, it assumes the file is corrupt and displays the red "X". If the Preview Pane is open (in VISTA/W7) and you (single-left) click the file, it will display a "Corrupt File" image in the Preview Pane. Note this doesn't mean the file is actually corrupt but only that SewIconz can't read its contents.
Q Will SewIconz display icons in the VISTA/Win7-8 Details/Preview Panes?
A Yes. To open the Details (Preview) pane, click (in Windows Explorer) Organize->Layout->Details (Preview) Pane. You can use these viewing panes to see an enlarged view of any embroidery (or image) file that you click in the Windows Explorer file pane.
Q When do I need to open (double-click) the SewIconz desktop icon?
A You only need to do that when you wish to change the choice of file types that should appear as icons, or if you want to change some viewing properties (such as the units displayed for the pattern properties which display when you hover your cursor over the pattern file icon). The first time after SewIconz is installed on your system you need to run the SewIconz setup dialog. Otherwise, the desktop icon for SewIconz can be ignored and just serves as a reminder that it is installed on your computer and handling the display of embroidery (and some quilt and image file) icons.