Computers help those who work in the textile industry by performing tasks such as repeating a design or determining how to cut or craft a textile. Textile designers and manufacturers can also use computer assisted design (CAD) software to perform repetitious and time-consuming processes. By streamlining the production process and reducing man hours, CAD software can reduce productions costs.
Evolution Textile Design
DigiFab Systems' textile software works on computers running Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Users can download a demo version from the website, purchase the full software suite, or buy only the tools they desire. This program includes features for digital textile printing as well as design manipulation. Evolution Textile Design can read image files from other major programs by Adobe and Corel as well. Users who require the ability to change drop, change resolution, scale, rotate, flip, multiply, mirror, cut, measure or autoclean images before printing them on the textiles will be able to do so with this program.
Polygon software provides two products for computer assisted design in the fashion industry. Those who work in the sewing industry can use Polynest for the following features: pattern design, marker making, and automatic marker making. Polygon also offers PolyPM, a program that allows those in the fashion industry to manage their businesses. This program tracks all the materials, patterns, graphics and costs associated with fashion development. Furthermore, the software supports business communications via a messaging system and allows users to create work flow charts to increase productivity.
Artlandia SymmetryWorks is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that allows users to create designs in repeat. When a designer creates a motif, the software will repeat it to complete the pattern. Artlandia also offers a pattern creating plug-in for Adobe Photoshop called Symmetry Shop. Both of these plug-ins allow the user to save time when designing textiles by reducing the need to manually copy the elements of a pattern. Consumers can download the full version of SymmetryWorks on a Windows or Mac computer for £236 while SymmetryShop costs £204 as of July 2010. Artlandia provides customers with purchasing options such as the ability to purchase a physical disc containing the programs for an additional fee.
Pointcarre provides a variety of software that may be useful to individuals and businesses in the fashion and textiles industry. Designers can use the Shape Software to view how a pattern will look on an actual body. Additionally, the Weave Design Software helps a designer instruct a manufacturer how to weave materials to create the intended pattern or design. Pointcarre also sells Textile Design Software for creating patterns, textures and other designs on textiles. With this software, designers can scan sources such as photos to use in their designs. The software also aids in cleaning up scanned material so it is usable in the design process.
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