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FrequentlyAskedQuestions


    Running SymblCro



Q.


When SymblCro opens up, it only shows an empty screen.


A.


This happens when SymblCro opens without a pattern.  You must either create one or open one.  You can set SymblCro retail to open with the last pattern you edited in the program options.


 


Q.


How do I open SymblCro Help without opening SymblCro?


A.


Double click on the icon for SymblCro Help on your desktop.  If the icon isn't there, Open Windows Explorer and find SymblCro.chm in the folder where you installed SymblCro, then double click on it.


Q.           


 I get the message "The Page cannot be displayed"  or "Action Cancelled" when I try to access SymblCro Help.


A.


This problem may occur when the .chm file is on a network server instead of a local machine, as part of Microsoft's attempt to protect you from dangerous help files.


 


You may also have this problem if the full path to SymblCro.chm has non alphanumeric characters or two numeric strings separated by a space.  Others have solved this problem with other help files by turning off the ReadOnly attribute on the file.  One solution might be to copy SymblCro.chm to a directory with a short, simple path, like /Test, then open it by clicking on it in Explorer.  This won't help with opening it from inside SymblCro but at least you might be able to read and print the help file. 


Q.           


When will SymblCro run on the MAC?


A.


 I have no plans to port SymblCro to the MAC.


Q.           


What files do I need to run SymblCro?


A.


All you should need are SymblCro.exe and SymblCro.chm.  You may also need gdiplus.dll, which is installed with SymblCro.


Q.           


What are all those files in the SymblCro directory?


A.


SymblCro.exe (the actual program), SymblCro.chm (the help file), and any .dll files are part of the install package and necessary to the application.


 


SymblCro.ini is the configuration file for SymblCro, created the first time you ran the application.  SymblCro can run without it, but you will lose your customizations and probably clobber your patterns.  Edit it very carefully. 


 


SymblCro.log is the file where SymblCro tracks your activity and reports operating problems.  You can annotate it also.  SymblCro does not need it to run; as a matter of fact, you should clean it up on occasion.  If you want to report a problem to us, you should send the log file along with the report.


 


For each pattern, there is a pattern.pat and pattern.rtf file.  ("pattern" is the file name you chose when you created the pattern.)   The .rtf file has the text you entered in the text pane.  You can import it into a word processing program or delete it.  The .pat file has the information to draw the pattern in the diagram pane.  Without it, SymblCro cannot work with your pattern.   Errors in it can produce strange drawings indeed.   Edit it with extreme caution.  In addition, separate motif are saved in .mtf files.  (The Retail version allows you specifiy a different directory for these files.)


 


Graph images are saved to .bmp files in the directory you specify for output. (Retail version only)


    Using SymblCro



Q.           


How do I do anything at all in SymblCro?


A.


The Help file has two some walk throughs and tutorials.  Look under the "Help" topic in the Help File.  (If you can't open the help file, see the Q on Help file problems in the previous section.)


Q.           


How do I get to the Context Menu?


A.


The Context Menu comes up when you right click in a diagram pane.  Right click where you want to place a stitch, and the Context Menu should just come up.


Q.           


After I have worked a bit on a pattern I want to create a few variations but I don't want to start all over or lose the version I am working on.  How do I create copies of a pattern that I can then edit separately?


A.


Select SaveVersion from the File Menu.  SymblCro will save the current version of your pattern under a name you choose.


Q.           


Why is it so much work to position a single stitch in round mode?


A.


After my first attempts at writing this program, I realized I had to choose between allowing the user flexibility or simplicity.  And I chose flexibility.  So, in round mode you can place a stitch wherever you want.  In rectangular mode, SymblCro is more restrictive, because it "knows" you want all your stitches vertical.  At least if you decide to replace popcorns with clusters you don't have to frog all the way back to the first popcorn.


With Release 2, you can move the tops of individual stitches.


Q.           


How can I place stitches evenly?


A.


Turn on the grid by typing CTRL+G and adjust the section count in the top of the pane to change the grid lines.


There are several ways to place your stitches so they are upright and even in round mode.  The AddEven features will place stitches spread evenly within the specified bounds on the current row, pointing away from the center.  Add Block places the stitches evenly, parallel to the middle stitch.


If you want to add the stitches all the way around, choose AddRowEven from the action menu and specify the type and number of stitches in the dialog.


To space them between two points on the row, set the stitch and count at the top of the pane, right click on the start point, choose AddEvenTo, then left click on the end point, remembering SymblCro will place the stitches counter clockwise between the points.


If you want to place a number of stitches of different kinds, Release 2 has a MarkEvenly command to draw a number of temporary dots evenly between two clicks.  You can use these marks to help place your stitches, then clear the marks.


If you want to add a number of stitches spreading out at the top, you can create a Shell in the CustomStitch/Multiple editor (Tools).  That will allows you to place the tops as well as the feet of the first and last stitches, once again, counter clockwise.

You can change the section count to get more spokes in the grid, and enlarge the Zoom factor. These appear at the top of the pane.



Adding the shaping stitches evenly before putting in the joins helped quite a bit.


MoveTop allows you to align a single stitch manually.


Q.           


How do I erase a particular stitch?


A.


To erase a particular stitch, right click on it with the mouse.  The Context menu should popup with several selections on it.  One of them is RemoveStitch (with the h underlined).  You can click on it with the mouse or type h.  The stitch you right clicked on will be deleted.  SymblCro requires a certain amount of precision for the right click to be sure the wrong stitch wasn't deleted, so sometimes you have to move the mouse a tiny bit and click again.  


 Q.           


How do I create more stitches?


A.


SymblCro has a Stitch Editor which allows you to "decorate" and combine the basic stitches.  Open the StitchEditor from the Tools menu, or from the CustomStitch List which you open from the View Menu (click the Add button).

In the stitch editor select either Single, Multiple, Picot or Bullion/Clones.  When you create your custom stitch, you also enter a name and abbreviation.  You can also add HowTo make instructions.

Click either Save or Add to Pattern to Save your stitch.


 Q.           


 How do I use Custom Stitches in my pattern?


A.


SymblCro  keeps a catalogue of all your custom stitches, but you must specifically add to the pattern those stitches you want to use in that pattern.  This is to keep your stitch choice lists from getting too long.   To see your entire catalogue, open the Custom Stitch List from the View menu.  Add an existing custom stitch to the pattern you are working on by selecting the the stitch and clicking the AddToPattern button.  If you create a new stitch in the Stitch Editor, you may add it immediately by clicking the AddToPattern button, which also saves the stitch to your catalogue.


After you add a stitch to your pattern, the stitch will appear in all stitch choice lists where it is valid, including the Context Menu.


Q.           


Can I create anchored (Donna Kooler's linked or locked) stitches?


A.


Currently, SymblCro doesn't have symbols for these stitches.  You can place overlaid stitches by drawing them in a different color.


Q.   


Where is the Copy/Paste feature?


A.


You can select a portion of your pattern from the context meny.  Then you can copy it with Ctrl+C.

SymblCro also has a motif" feature that allows the user to create mini patterns. These copies and motifs can be edited separately and inserted multiple times into the pattern.

The Help files describe how to use these features.


Q.           


How do I do rectangular patterns?


A.


Just set the display mode to rectangular, either with Ctrl+Sh+Q, or setting the display option from Pattern/Display. 


In rectangular mode the grid is rectangular instead of round, using the dimensions set in the Pattern Display page.  The default is 3 double crochets.

SymblCro enforces vertical placement on the horizontal grid lines.


Q.

I have a picture of the item I want to make a pattern for.  How do I get in the pattern pane so I can use it as a guide for placing stitches?


A.

In the Pattern Settings Page for the pattern, set the image file as the background and select "Show With Pattern".  Also choose to use the image center as the center of the diagram, and set the visibility scale to more than 0.  When you have the pattern open and the image showing, set the image center with a right click.


    Retail SymblCro

Q.           


Will any patterns I enter in a previous version still work with the newest version?


A.


Any patterns you enter with this version of SymblCro will work with future versions of SymblCro, so you won't be wasting time and effort if you work it hard.


 

Q.


Will  my patterns work on someone else's computer.


A.


Select Export from the file menu and SymblCro will write a shareable version of your pattern to the Output directory with an X prepended to the file names.


Q.           


What else is available in the Retail version?


A.


Retail SymblCro has more user customizations, user selectable background (like an image of a doily), printing the pattern description along with the text, stitch coloring.

You can change the color of selected stitches.

You can move the tops of stitches.

You can add and edit HowTo instructions for CustomStitches.



   Philosophy



Q.           


Will I live long enough to finish all my WIPs?


A.


Fortunately, no.