Brotherlink 7 USB

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NEW NEW NEW

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The FB100 Utility Software has many new features!!

Please Note: You must un-install the older version before installing the updated version

FB100 Utility Software update: ver. 1.3.11  11/12/08

FB100 Utility Documentation update:  ver. 1.3.11 11/12/08

USB Links Utility Software (cable test program) update: ver. 3.2.15  09/11/08

BL7USB Cheat Sheet:   06/17/08

 

FB100 Emulator ver. 2.0.1  08/03/08

FB100 Emulator Documentation  2.0.1  08/03/08

There are machine knitters out there who have software other than Design-A-Knit to create patterns like Cochenille Stitch Painter or Passap Creation, to name a couple. To accommodate ALL users, it has been decided to take the functionality of FB100 Utility one step further and add functions to add and delete patterns to and from a track. Obviously, add and delete track are part of the new functionality too.  And to add more design formats.

On the main BL7USB page you can read the basic functionality of the Brotherlink 7 USB and the driver program FB100 Utility. The intended functionality of Brotherlink 7 USB is to enable users to make backups of their FB100 floppies and to restore these backups in case of failure of the original floppy. On top of that, the driver program FB100 Utility provides facilities to show the patterns that are on a floppy using the real estate of your computer. Patterns can be shown individually on screen or as a catalog that you can print for future reference.

Users wouldn't be users if they wouldn't come up with suggestions to extend the above functionality and not only make backups of their floppies, but also have facilities to manipulate these backups.

Now the contents of the FB100 floppies are stored on your computer, it opens up the possibility to organize and maintain these backups. The maintenance was already partially implemented in the Extract functionality where you can extract patterns from a Brother Pattern Disk file and store the designs as Design-A-Knit PAT files on your computer. The reverse direction, export PAT files to a Brother Pattern Disk file, was not intended functionality as we expected Design-A-Knit users to use Design-A-Knit to download patterns to their knitting machine.

As a result, the majority of grayed out buttons in FB100 Utility are now enabled and you can add and delete tracks, add and delete patterns and save (modified) Brother Pattern Disk files on your computer with or without changing the name of the Brother Pattern Disk file.

The pattern formats supported can be found in the table below:

Extension

 

Description

PAT

 

Design-A-Knit pattern file

BPT

 

Brother Pattern file

CST

 

CompuStrick pattern file

CUT

 

Passap Creation pattern file

PCX

 

System 90 INTO SHAPE pattern file

STC

 

Stitch Painter pattern file

SBR

 

Stitch Painter brush file

DAT

 

Silverreed PC10 pattern file


You can add above formats in any combination to a track. FB100 utility will take care of the conversion to Brother Pattern Disk and extract them as .PAT format.

Existing users can obtain this new version free of charge by downloading the new version.