development continues at ScotWeave with the following list being just
a brief selection of new features recently added to the software.
The maximum weave size has been increased to 12000 ends by 12000
picks to accommodate large single repeat designs. Weaves of
this size require large amounts of processing so we recommend faster
computers and more RAM if you intend to work with these large weaves.
A new Style
Blanket option will be shown. This option allows you to select
several different previously saved dobby designs and to combine
them into a blanket for weaving. The designs can have different
warp and fill patterns and different draft and peg plans. ScotWeave
has always offered colourway blankets in which sections share the
same draft, peg plan and warp/fill pattern layouts but this new
option allows you to combine different design styles in a blanket.
the ARM Patronic B60 dobby sample loom will be available.
This loom is controlled using the ARM Selecontrol PMC control unit
which can be connected to ScotWeave via a serial cable.
Several features have been added to the Weave
3D window to make this more useful. You can overlay the
artwork colours onto the 3D Weave to show where different weaves
meet. The Weave 3D window now interacts with the float checking
feature and will show long floats with arrow markers
A new Jacquard
Macro feature will be on display. This feature allows you to
save a set of artwork colour to base weave assignments and also
float checking parameters as a macro file. You can
then apply a saved macro to a new artwork file and automatically
apply the weaves and perform float checking with a single mouse
click. This is very useful if you can organise your artwork creation
so that the same artwork colours are used for the same base weave
structures every time.
3D weave cross sectional views are now available in the browse
weave window (when assigning weaves to colours) and also in the
float checking window. These 3D views allow more detailed analysis
of weave structures when they are being assigned or changed. When
float checking, long floats can be shown much more clearly on the
3D weave structure as can the implications of breaking a float at
a particular point.
A new feature
to convert raw jacquard weave data to a solid coloured artwork
image will be available in ScotWeave for the first time. This
feature will enable you to read back a jacquard loom disk and extract
the artwork image from the weave data, which can then be processed
in Jacquard Designer as normal by applying new base weaves and warp/weft
Terry Towel Designer
A lot of development time is being allocated to this new product
with the aim of making it the best Terry Towel design package available.
Ease of use is a priority and a good on-screen simulation will be
available very soon. Meanwhile the Jacquard Looms program
has been modified to integrate more closely with the special requirements
of terry towel weaving (e.g. pile height control , weaving speed
control, terry hook mapping).
- Support for URL Pathnames
A major internal change to ScotWeave means that you can now configure
ScotWeave to use full URL pathnames for folder names and file locations.
This has become necessary for the larger and more complex networks
that ScotWeave software is now being installed on. The setup of
these URL pathnames has been designed to be as simple as possible
and uses a few easily created ASCII text files. A PDF document describing
this feature in detail is available on request and is currently
supplied on current update CDs under \PDF Manuals\Pathnames.PDF
A complete rewrite of the current ScotWeave user manuals has begun.
This may not seem like an exciting feature but you should not underestimate
the importance of good user manuals - after the initial user training
has finished it is to these manuals that most users will turn for
advice. The new manuals build on the core of the existing manuals
but will incorporate all of the many additional features that have
been added plus some enhancements to the layout to make them easier
to read. The manuals will be included on all future update CDs as
they are completed. Already completed are the manuals for Artwork
Designer and Dobby Designer.