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zartlila

USA
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Posted - 12/06/2009 :  09:53:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just downloaded the PC Stitch pattern viewer in order to use some .PAT patterns. However, every time I try to open them I get a message: "Error Code -1 opening [file]". Others have had no problem opening these files. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the program, but it did not help. Could someone please advise?

Dragonlair

USA
2793 Posts

Posted - 12/06/2009 :  12:12:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are the third person I have heard report this exact same problem with PatternViewer. I suggest you send an email with a complete explanation of the problem to Mark at mmiller@pcstitch.com .

When you find out what is wrong, please post!

The other two people "solved" the problem by using PCStitch rather than PatternViewer.

Diane
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zartlila

USA
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Posted - 12/13/2009 :  22:05:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
According to Mark, the patterns I want to open are stored in the version 9 format, which is not yet supported by the Pattern Viewer. There will be an update at some point, but not sure when yet.
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Dragonlair

USA
2793 Posts

Posted - 12/14/2009 :  07:38:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If that's the case, then you can download the evaluation form of PCStitch. It's not time limited and will allow you to open and print the patterns. You just won't be able to change them.

Diane
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maryhelen74656

USA
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Posted - 04/16/2010 :  16:09:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm going to be teaching a cross stitch class in a week. I'll be bringing my laptop (which has Pattern Viewer installed) so I can show the class some .PAT patterns that I created in PC Stitch Pro 9 (on my desktop machine). I'm getting the error code described above. The last posting on this issue is from December '09; has any progress been made on it as of now?

If not, is there a way to convert a Pro 9 pattern into Version 7 format? (I'd rather not load the evaluation version onto my laptop, if I can avoid it, due to disk space constraints.) Alternately, can the evaluation version be run from a thumb drive, or does it have to be installed on the hard disk to work?

Any other ideas would be appreciated. Thanks very much!
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Dragonlair

USA
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Posted - 04/16/2010 :  17:45:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know if there has been an update to Pattern Viewer but yes, if you have PRO, you can "export" it to PCStitch 7 format. That's the key - "export"! It works easily. I use it ALL the time because 7 format is far smaller than Pro. It won't work if you have the Standard form of version 9 - only with the Pro.

Diane
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maryhelen74656

USA
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Posted - 04/17/2010 :  12:57:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you VERY much!!! I tried that last night, and it worked beautifully!
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