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Drawings® Pro XII Embroidery Digitizing Software

With its logical workflow and intuitive tools, Drawings Pro is an excellent choice for beginners to embroidery digitizing, yet still offers advanced editing tools that experienced digitizers will appreciate.

Drawings Pro converts vector artwork into embroidery files, and can export any of the most popular file formats, including .dst, .ngs, .pec, .pes, .sew and more. Starting with a photo or other bitmapped image? No problem! Drawings Pro includes tools such as auto-trace and photo-stitch to convert them into embroidery designs.

Drawings® Pro XII offers even more creative and time-saving techniques than ever, allowing you to create dazzling designs with less effort.

New Sketch Stitch

The New Patent-pending Sketch Stitch

With the all-new patent-pending Sketch stitch technique, a bitmap image can be transformed into a charcoal sketch with just black thread or an assortment of gray threads for a grayscale look. The technique is well-suited for light-colored fabrics and covers roughly 20% of the area, making it versatile for embroidery on delicate materials like t-shirts. Reversed versions of Sketch on dark fabrics is also supported.

Node Editor

Node Editor Can Edit Bitmapped Images That Are Filled With Stitches

By inserting nodes and adjusting their positioning you can modify the shape and design of the image. This added feature offers enhanced flexibility with more precise editing capabilities. This functionality offers exciting possibilities for visual creativity. Crop a stitch-filled bitmap to any custom shape just by adding and editing nodes.

Convert Images To Stitches Without Filling The Transparent Areas

Generate stitches only in the opaque (non-transparent) areas of a transparent png image. The result is a finished design with clean lines, and no thread or fabric is wasted by filling in blank spaces with stitches.

Convert Images to Stitches Easily While Omitting Transparent Areas
Remove Overlapped Areas

Overlapped Areas Removed In Bitmap Fills

This feature is very helpful as it removes stitches that are not visible when objects overlap with bitmap images. This feature works with all stitch types, including Cross-stitch, PhotoStitch, PaintStitch and Sketch. The overlapping functionality saves time in the editing process and embroidery sew-outs by preventing the placement of stitches on top of unnecessary stitches. The unnecessary stitches underneath are automatically removed.

Fill An Area With a Repeating Bitmap Image

The new Array tool allows the user to fill an area with a bitmap image. This stunning effect is available for Cross-Stitch, PhotoStitch, PaintStitch, and Sketch, and can take any design project to the next level. The Array Tool is simple to use, and allows effortless experimentation with different patterns to achieve unique results.

Fill Area with Repeating Bitmap
Space Fill Tool

Space Fill – A New Fill Type in Array

The innovative Space Fill uses copies of the internal shape to create a unique look for the outer shape area. The copies are scaled and rotated randomly to add dimension and texture to the design. This fill type can be used in a variety of ways, including large shapes for added visual interest.

Hide or Show Objects While Editing

This tool is meant to temporarily hide objects from the screen, making it easier to edit multi-layered designs, such as fill areas, shapes, and borders stacked on top of each other. The tool helps the user when editing underlying shapes and layers by temporarily hiding upper layers and keeping them out of the way.

Hide or Show Objects While Editing
Rearrange Objects and Add Start/Exit Points

Patent-pending Rearrange Tool Adds Start & Exit Points and Rearranges Objects at the Same Time

Effortlessly modify design sequences, trim points, and start/exit points all at the same time. It works within a single-color layer, displaying the entire sequence graphically while allowing for simple drag motions to intuitively make changes. Users can further add or remove trims and adjust start and exit points with ease. This innovative tool streamlines the design process, saving time and improving efficiency.

Support For Vertical Text

DRAWings PRO XII offers support for vertical text placement, automatically generating stitches to fill the designated text area, allowing a seamless integration of vertical lettering into designs. This addition offers greater design flexibility and allows for unique visual elements in embroidery projects.

Create Vertical Text
Precise Letter Spacing

Precise Letter Spacing Between Text Characters

Embroidery letter spacing can now easily be adjusted with numeric values. Depending on the design, a smaller value will result in less space between characters, while a larger value will create more space between characters. These settings can be adjusted to the user’s liking, allowing for maximum customization of the designs.

Change The Density Of Stitch Files (.dst, .pes, .jef, .vip etc.)

Adjust stitch density in embroidery files like .dst, .pes, .jef, .vip, etc. within a 25% range. This tool for fine-tuning stitch density can also be helpful in compensating for changes in the design’s scale, reduce stitch count for more delicate fabrics, or add emphasis to certain parts of the design.

Change Density in Stitch Files
Smart Edit Box and Color Swatches

New Smart Edit Box and Color Swatches

The old Color Dock has been replaced with a more efficient and user-friendly Smart Edit Box with an expanded swatch display. The edit box allows quick access to specific colors, while the expanded swatch display provides an at-a-glance view of all available colors. This new setup streamlines the design process and enhances the overall usability.

Search For Color By Hex Code or Thread Color Name/Number

Finding the right color has never been easier now that you can search by hex color code or by thread color name or thread color number.

Easily Search and Find Colors
Convert Vector Objects to Stitches

Convert Vector-Based Objects To Raw Stitches

The ability to convert vector-based objects into raw stitches allows for more precise editing, when for example the stitches of a design are adjusted to match the tension of the fabric, therefore producing better results on the finished product.

Complete Stitch Editor

DRAWings includes the ability to adjust every stitch in the design - move, delete, or insert a single stitch or multiple stitches.

Complete Stitch Editor
Over 200 Pre-Digitized Fonts Included

Over 200 Pre-Digitized Fonts Included

High quality fonts digitized by professionals for great lettering sew outs. Easily preview fonts during selection process.

Windows® and Mac® Compatible

Most professional digitizing packages are made for Windows® only, but Drawings Pro is fully compatible with Windows or Mac right out of the box. Mac users don't need to worry about dual boot, Parellels® or any other compatibility tricks - DRAWings is natively compatible with the latest Mac OS.

Compatible with Mac Computers
Convert Photos to Stitches

Convert Photos to Stitches

Photo Stitch and Paint Stitch wizards make it easy to convert any photo or other bitmapped image into an embroidery design by using patented advanced algorhithms. A good high resolution photo with good contrast can actually produce great results automatically.

Team Logos with Names Made Easy!

Import or create a team logo, add a list of names, and let Name Drop do the rest! Name Drop will create multiple embroidery designs, each with a different name from your list, ready to sew out one after the other.

Name Drop Creates Team Logos with Names
Gradient Fill Blends Thread Colors

Blended Thread Colors (Gradient Fill)

Blend two or more overlapping shapes with the Gradient Fill tool to create the effect of one color fading into another color. You control the gradient percentage and direction.

Automatically Create Floral Designs

Beautiful floral designs and fill areas can be created quickly and easily. You can even include your own flower designs to be used in the automatic floral creation. Easily combine the floral design with any other design.

Create Floral Designs Automatically
Curved Stitches

Create Designs with Curved Stitches

Add curve directions on step filled objects to give them a wavy look. The stitches then automatically follow the curvature of the direction, creating a texture that has a flowing curved look and feel.

Plenty of Embroidery Tools for More Control

From stitch type tools, to editing tools, to color tools, DRAWings PRO has everything you need to take control over the process of creating embroidery designs. Contact MESA for more information on this affordable, easy to learn, and easy to use embroidery software.

Tools for Embroidery Design
Design Browser

Design Browser to Easily Organize and Find Designs

The Design Browser can automatically search your computer to find all supported embroidery designs. Organize the designs the way you want them. Mark folders as favorites for faster access to them.

Supports All Popular Image File Types

DRAWings PRO XI has improved support for vector file types .ai, .eps, and .svg. Supported file types include:

Vector file formats:

  • Corel Graphics (*.CMX)
  • Encapsulated Postscript (*.EPS)
  • Enhanced windows metafile (*.EMF)
  • Scalable vector graphics (*.SVG)
  • Adobe Illustrator (*.AI)
  • AutoCAD (*.DXF)
  • Windows metafile (*.WMF)
  • HP GL file (.PLT)

Bitmap file formats:

  • Bitmap files (*.BMP,*.DIB,*.RLE)
  • Jpeg file (*.JPG, *JPEG, *JPE,*JFIF)
  • Gif file (*.GIF)
  • Tif file (*.TIF,*.TIFF)
  • Png file (*.PNG)
  • Icon file (*.ICO)
Bitmap files must be converted to vector before performing any stitch generation functions.
Supported Vector and Bitmap File Types
Bitmap images and photos

Minimum System Requirements

Please note that these are minimum requirements to run DRAWINGS PRO XI software. Better computer specs always results in better performance, especially more system RAM and better CPU and graphics processors.

CPU: Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9 or AMD Athlon X4, A10-Series, FX series, Ryzen 3/5/7/9, Apple's M1 and M2
RAM: 6 GB of RAM
Hard disk: 1.5 GB of free uncompressed space
Graphics card: 3D DirectX 11 accelerator with at least 1 GB dedicated RAM, 32-bit color (Windows only)
Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768 32bpp
O/S: Windows 10 or 11, with the latest Service Packs;
MacOS latest and previous version, compared to the release date of software
Ports: Available USB port for the USB Security key (where applicable).
Internet connection: Required
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