by danababes 02 Oct 2010

Why cant I see designs in PED Basic? I see this question quite often in responses to other questions which is why I'm creating a separate topic and not answering each and every person who asks. :)


PED Basic has a free upgrade to version 1.7 on the Brother USA site. Like I keep saying, it beats me why PED Basic still ships with the software version 1.0 *rolls eyes* lol.

This software update allows you to view pes files created with most versions' software. For example, some sites will tell you that this file is V4 or Ver4.0 or Version 4.0 pes (or Ver5.0, Ver6.0, or lower versions, some sites will not mention the version at all, etc). I say "most versions" but I havent had a problem viewing ANY pes files, even those created with version 8 of PE-Design etc (digitising software)... now also note that a file can become corrupt DURING a download, which of course means you wont be able to view it no matter what you do, until you re-download a fresh file (here I'm talking the designs, not the update btw). If you dont have this update (1.7) installed then I believe the error was "no sewing data" when you tried to view a file in PED Basic, and which is a design created with a pes version higher than 4.0. .. If most of your files have this error, then its most likely you need to update your software. If only one or two of your designs have this error then I'm guessing that they were corrupted during the download, so go get them again. If you can remember where you got them lol.

Some notes about the download:

You do not have to register with the Brother USA site to download this update.

Ignore the fact that this update is dated 2005 *rolling eyes again about the software shipping STILL with version 1.0*... get it anyway. :)

http://welcome.solutions.brother....

(link may break after posting this msg so I'll try to add it again, or simply copy & paste it to a browser tab/address bar)

Dont bother reading the whole page, just scroll down to the bottom and DL the update. Save it to your desktop or to somewhere where you'll be able to find it to install. Simply double click the exe and install it. I mention this because if you read that entire page .. well, its a little daunting lol. Uninstall this.. do that.. dont bother, just double click the exe .. I did and my PED Basic works fine. However before this update I couldnt view pes files of version 6 and up (the "no sewing data" error). And since you cant view them in PED Basic without this update, you also cant transfer those designs to your card.

Sorry for such a long post, but I feel this is an important update for PED Basic users and have tried to explain why you need it as well as how to install it. Its such a simple fix and yet its buried in the Brother USA site.

I guess they made a gazillion copies of the software cd, and packaged them up, not thinking of future updates .. but seriously, it would be so helpful if they simply added a sticker to the package to tell you to go get the update as soon as you get home. There would be many less frustrated PED Basic customers lol.

Oh, as an afterthought: if you're wondering why you cant select a certain design to transfer to your card, you can view the design but it has a picture of a hoop with a line through it, then it means that that design is too large for your hoop.

I hope this post helps those Cuties having problems :) Dana xXx

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by sewmom 15 Jun 2011

I'm a little slow, just found out about this upgrade. The way I understand it, the new software will read all of the versions of pes? Even the higher numbers. But, here's my question:

I still won't be able to use the higher versions in my machine until I convert them to lower versions, right?

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cfidl by cfidl 16 Jul 2012

Yes that is correct. I convert or download hus version, because it is less complicated and then convert to pes ver 4.0 or 1.0. I still had problems with designs that I converted pes 6.0 to 4.0 with wilcom at my machine. Also if on a duetta and still getting error the design may be too big for the hoop.

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by leenova54 02 Oct 2010

Lots of good info there, I used to get the no sewing data till I updated but now I am getting the design showing up in the folders but not showing a design of it being in my ped-basic to transfer to the card. I do have the 1.07, as Winnie the Pooh would say, "Oh bother"

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danababes by danababes 02 Oct 2010

hrm.. makes me wonder if the design you're looking at is too big for the default hoop you've chosen. You could try selecting a different hoop size from the PED Basic drop down and see if that helps. xXx

leenova54 by leenova54 02 Oct 2010

Nope, didn't show up then either. I'd say it's more me than it is the program, lol!

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by danababes 02 Oct 2010

Adding info for the win7 users too :)

It looks to me to be identical to the info Brother supplies for Vista users, but I'll link to it anyway. The downloads for the update and the card driver are on the same page. xXx

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by danababes 02 Oct 2010

lol I double posted the same msg, sorry xXx

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leenova54 by leenova54 02 Oct 2010

no, admit it, you just want the extra flowers, LOL...here, have another.

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by danababes 02 Oct 2010

crafter2243: I couldnt add links from the Brother site when answering you via the "add comment" button below your post but here is the info you ask about, taken from the Brother site:

"Full Driver & Software Package (PED-Basic Ver1.07)
When you use PED-Basic on Windows Vista®/ Windows® 7, please follow the procedure below to install these Driver and Software program.

If you use PED-Basic on Windows Vista®/ Windows® 7, NEVER install the programs from the CD in your package!!

To prevent a problem, please install these programs instead using the CD.
(Version information : PED-Basic Ver1.07 and Driver Ver3.0)"

The info link below is where I got this information, the other and also the DL page for vista users. I noticed that file size is the same for version 1.7 when compared to the update for xp users, so I'm assuming the only change for you vista users is that you need a driver file as well as this update. xXx

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by crafter2243 02 Oct 2010

Thank you Dana. Very good information. Do you know if this update will work on Vista? I not6iced it staated XP

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emilybennett825 by emilybennett825 01 May 2011

i know this is old but here's the website update...
http://welcome.solutions.brother....;c=us&lang=en&prod=hf_basiceus&dlid=&flang=English&os=65&type2=-1

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by danababes 02 Oct 2010

Linking to Brother site coz it got broken in my post :) 4.46 meg file for those who have to watch their DL limits xXx

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danababes by danababes 02 Oct 2010

This link if for XP users, see other posts for other operating systems.

lol I'm answering all my own posts and feel silly now. xXx

leenova54 by leenova54 02 Oct 2010

Well, if you can't laugh at yourself, don't worry, we will laugh at ya, lol! I often do things I'd rather hide in the corner for than laugh at myself but if everyone else is going to laugh I may as well join in!

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