VP3 not Available? Or VIP? Or…?
I have been pondering about this issue – we have Viking software, and many of us have either Viking or Pfaff machines. It really IS an easy decision, if VP3 is not available. Purchase in the following order – one the following 3 is likely to be available for purchase:
1. VP3 – many sites sell this format
2. If VP3 is not available: Purchase the VIP format
3. If neither (1) or (2) is available, purchase HUS. However, note the limitation of HUS: it can have a color palette of only 28 colors.
Some of the other older embroidery formats have limitations such as:
- Number of colors
- Number of stitches
- Design size.
Regarding PES: If you have a Brother/Babylock machine and a Viking machine, then PES is a common format that Viking and Brother/Babylock machines could read…but PES has used different versions of the format over the years (2, 4, 6, 9, 10). However, the Viking machines cannot read all of the newer versions of that format; and they all use the same PES extension with no easy way to tell them apart.
Remember: We can convert to many other formats. But only the VP4 and VP3 Viking embroidery formats are native to our embroidery systems. That is, they contain more information than other formats, and will retain thread colors, Notes, hoop, etc.
With thanks to a special friend, who provided valuable input to this post. You know who you are 🙂