A Special Update
Dress Shop 9.02
Over the years, a variety of evolutionary issues have
grown up around Dress Shop. The two most bedeviling ones have been:
1. Dress Shop data files were stored in the "Program
Files" area, where the Dress Shop program was located. This was fine
for all versions of Windows prior to Vista and Windows 7. But,
current versions of Windows frown on that practice for several good
reasons and now require that data be stored in the "My Documents"
2. The differences between Dress Shop Standard and
Dress Shop Pro are complicated, confusing, and difficult to explain.
New customers, in particular, find it all quite baffling.
The Dress Shop 9.02 update, released in October of
2011, corrects both of these long-standing issues. This is an
update, not an upgrade. Updates cost nothing for current Dress Shop
9 owners. It
does not add any new patterns or collections. It will move all your
data files to the recommended "My Documents" folder (see advantages
and reasons in the Q&A section of this newsletter). And, it untangles the mess regarding what
comes with each different version of Dress Shop. Let's talk about
that one first...
DRESS SHOP VERSIONS:
The mish-mash of features and options that appears in
Dress Shop Standard vs. Pro has long been confusing. The options and
features included in Standard vs. Pro evolved, with new features
being added to each with every new upgrade without any particular
concern about which features really belonged with each version. We
wanted to be sure that each new upgrade to Standard included new
features, whether those really should have been in Standard or Pro.
After awhile, Standard included many features that really should
have been Pro only. Describing what came with each version to a new
buyer became difficult and confusing.
To resolve it,
Dress Shop Standard will no longer be sold. If you own that product,
you still own exactly what you had before. We just will not be
selling it to new customers. Those wishing to purchase Dress Shop in
the future will have 3 choices. Those are:
Dress Shop Quick Start - $49
Comes with 20
basic wardrobe patterns, basic options, no settings and no design
tools. This product is to try out Dress Shop and also for those that
want to load-and-sew, selecting the desired neckline and sleeve type
and accepting all of the default widths and lengths and such. It is
super-easy to use with all options as radio button selections rather
than data entry. Sizing options are the Measurement Wizard or the
Full Chart only. We are dropping support for standard sizing as we
really do not believe that is useful, particularly to new customers
that may not understand how much better a fit they could get with
the Wizard charts. Obviously the full measurement chart is still the
best fit and that is available with all versions of Dress Shop.
Quick Start includes 19 neckline choices, 4 sleeve
types, 9 closure types, and all the basic options one could find in
the Dress Shop option menu. It does NOT include any settings to
adjust those choices.
Dress Shop Deluxe - $199
Comes with 80 deluxe
wardrobe patterns. All of these patterns were completely rebuilt,
with reasonable default selections for neckline, collars, closure,
pockets, etc. They are all intended to be load-and-sew candidates,
with no need to make any decisions at all if you just want the
default pattern. Deluxe is the replacement to our former Standard
program. Nobody that owns Dress Shop Standard should switch to this
as you would get nothing new.
Dress Shop Deluxe includes 46 neckline choices, 10
sleeve types, 15 closure options, and adds all of the adjustments
that were available in the options menu. That includes things like
neck opening width or depth, collar widths, vent height, pocket
Dress Shop Pro - $449
Pro comes with 160 patterns - all the best. It adds
21 more neckline types, 5 more sleeve types, and all the asymmetric
closure options. It includes every setting and adds the entire menu
of design tools (princess designer, collar designer, yoke designer,
We hope that with these changes, the products in the
line are easier to understand and describe, the value of upgrading
is apparent to all, and what you get for the price is clearer. For a
more detailed comparison of the 3 versions, including links that
illustrate every Pro Tool, please check here:
Compare Dress Shop Versions
Support for Dress Shop
4,5,6, and 7 is ending!
The older versions of Dress Shop were great for their time. But,
computers evolve and operating systems change, and things that once
worked well no longer do so. We have had to revise Dress Shop 9.02 to work
with current systems and the earlier versions will not. For that reason,
Livingsoft Northwest is discontinuing support for versions of Dress Shop earlier
than version 8. To make this change as painless as possible, we are
offering several limited time upgrade specials. Through November 30,
2011, you can upgrade to the latest version of Dress Shop and enjoy
these special benefits:
Lowest price ever to be offered for an upgrade - especially the
upgrade to DS9 Pro. See below.
Get all the latest tools and multiply every pattern you
own a hundred-fold with the variations you can select or design from
Continuing support. If you get a new computer, Livingsoft
Dress Shop 9.02 will not conflict with security requirements on current
versions of Windows. We cannot make that commitment for
older versions of Dress Shop.
Q. Why do saved data files need to move?
In earlier versions of Windows, nobody cared
too much where files were stored, so Dress Shop stored saved patterns and
charts into the Dress Shop folder, where the program also appeared. This
made moving to new computers easy, uninstalling easy, copying files easy.
But, things have changed.
evolved, new standards were put in place to have data files stored in the
"My Documents" folder. That way, backup programs could find them and back
them up. And, system security software was always on the lookout for
applications (possibly nasty ones) that might write to the hard drive where
it should not (like into the "Program Files" folder). Vista and
Win7 security software would not allow Dress Shop to do that.
So, stored data
files had to move. When you install version 9.02, any saved files in the
"Program Files" folder will be copied for you. Nothing is deleted, so the
old copies of the files are now backed up in your Dress Shop folder, as
before. But, the new ones can be found in a new "Dress Shop" folder in the
global "My Documents" folder. Those are the versions you should copy and
back up in the future.
Any Dress Shop
owner running version 9.02 or later should be able to run their programs
with a User Account as well as the Administrator Accounts that we have been
recommending of late. The Admin Account limitation should no longer exist.
I own Dress Shop Standard.
Does anything go away or change?
No. Nothing goes away. Standard will not be sold in the future, but those
that own it now will own it until they choose to upgrade to Pro. Hopefully,
that will happen soon so you can get the even better patterns that the Pro
tools will provide. ;-)
Q. Should I upgrade to Deluxe?
Owners of any non-Pro version of Dress Shop
prior to version 9 should upgrade to Dress Shop 9.02 Deluxe. For Dress Shop
9 owners, only Dress Shop Quick Start should upgrade to Deluxe.
Q. Should I upgrade to Pro?
Absolutely. You get more patterns, more options,
and the design tools are so powerful that they turn every pattern you own
into thousands more. You can get so much more out of Dress Shop and
upgrading to Pro is now at an all time lowest price that is not likely to
ever be repeated.
What Comes With