- User interface: improved for optimum user experience
- Block drawing: new tools for unlimited capabilites
- Quilt design: enhanced to be easier and faster than ever
- Working with photos: added functionality for editing
- Built-in libraries: includes thousands of blocks and fabrics
New Look: EQ8 is redesigned with a friendly new look that includes large interface elements for faster, more intuitive learning.
New Features: EQ8 comes with more than 40 new and updated features, including thousands of new block designs and fabrics.
This shipped EQ8 retail box contains a software download license. There is NO media device (CD, DVD, USB) included. There is a License ID and Password found in the package. This information will allow you to download the software from the EQ website. You will select either PC or Mac at the time of the download. The package also contains a 48-page booklet with complete instructions on how to claim the download on our site, installation, activation, a starter lesson, quick tips and tools reference.
In Electric Quilt 8, you can…
Design quilts at any size!
Start with a layout from the library, or choose a pre-designed Quick Quilt project for instant inspiration. For complete control, design your layout from scratch! Choose any layout style—from traditional, to modern, to a completely custom design. Adjust your layout settings to make your quilt exactly as you like.
Create custom-designed layouts and borders too!
NEW: Quick Quilt t-shirt project and more!
Draw block patterns of all sizes and styles!
EQ8 has full drawing capabilities to create any kind of block. Draft your block from scratch, use the built-in grids or import a photo or sketch to trace.
The Block Library is full of over 6,700 pre-drawn designs ready for you to use in your quilt designs. Use these blocks as they are, or edit them to add your own touch. Use existing blocks to create completely new ones with the Serendipity feature!
NEW: Applique shape presets!
Scan and import fabric
Scan your fabric or take a picture of it, then import the image into EQ8. Use the scaling, straightening and cropping tools to make sure your fabric looks as accurate as possible.
You can also add fabrics from the web! Download fabric images from a website, then import into EQ8.
The EQ8 Fabric Library comes pre-loaded with 6,200 fabrics from top manufacturers!
NEW: Fabric scaling and straightening tools!
Get yardage estimates for your quilt, including borders! You choose the appropriate fabric width to get the most accurate requirements. Using fat quarters? No problem! If you make changes to your quilt, your yardage automatically updates. No math involved! Printouts include the fabric name and SKU.
NEW: Print fat quarter estimates!
Print patterns for the blocks in your quilt. EQ uses the sizes you defined for the blocks and adds the seam allowance, where necessary. Choose to print templates, foundation patterns, rotary cutting charts and pictures of your blocks and quilts.
NEW: Print foundation patterns in color!
Are you submitting your quilt design to a magazine? EQ8 exports high-resolution images perfect for print publications.
Export web images to post on your blog, website or on social media. Link your Facebook account to EQ8 so you can easily share images of your designs with your friends and followers.
NEW: Share quilt designs to Facebook!
Minimum System Requirements:
- Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1;
- macOS High Sierra (10.13), Sierra (10.12), El Capitan (10.11), Yosemite (10.10);
If you want to run EQ8 on BOTH platforms, you must purchase the Migration Kit to get the installation files for the second platform. This option is coming in 2018.
Internet Access Required
Internet access required for downloading, activating, periodic validation and accessing the support materials. You can be disconnected from the internet for general use of the software.
Unlimited installations. Two (2) computers may be simultaneously active. Activations can be easily transferred between computers.
850 MB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation.
Screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 or greater. (A Minimum of 1024 x 768 is required.)