An overview comparing Software geared to design bobbin lace

The last check was in May 2008. Please correct if you find mistakes, broken links or outdated information.

Logiciel Lace
lace8
successor of
Lace-R-XP
Easy lace 2
(or Easy Cross 2004 + lace module

discontinued in 2010?
Knipling 3.0
Interactive Lace Designer
Kandela
Price

Starters version
€40,-


€50,-


Full version

Windows
€200,-
£130,-
£50,- $90,- €75,-
(£60,- $108,- €90,-)
€90,-
free
free
Linux



€60,-
free
free
MacOSX



€100,- not supported any more
free
free but needs tests
Demo version

no save, no print

free
free



30 days, limited print



€10,-


Language

English

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just menu
French
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Dutch

?

+

just menu
German



+

Danish



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grids


basic
45°
any angle
any angle
any angle,
if desired constant in circle and oval grids,
waving distortions, honeycomb
45°
any angle
shape
rectangle
any
rectangle, corner, circle, oval,
hexagon, pointed bookmark
rectangle, corner, circle,
oval polygon, multistep ring
rectangle
rectangle
in 1 or 2 steps

torchon elements
?
spider, fan
spider
various
various
various
grounds

any, some predefined

any, from self defined library elements

any
worker (Z: between pins for patterns, S: around pins for working diagrams)

Line
-
Z
dots only
Z + S

shape
?
trails
trails
any

transformation of a report into

other grid
n.a.
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+
+

straight edge
+
?
?
+

corner
?
?
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+

round/oval edge
?
+
?
+ and more

organizing elements


groups
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+
?
-


layers
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export types*


export
html,vml
eps, pdf

ps eps pdf wmf emf bmp png

ps, pdf
background
?
bmp jpg pcx
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png jpg gif bmp tif

jpg png gif
Easy lace 2
Positive: Seems really easy to operate at first sight.
Remark: I only hope that making corners is made easier in version 2, or better documented. It was the only function I didn't understand immediately.
Knipling 3.0
Positive: Drawing can be executed without using the mouse. This might solve ergonomical problems.
Negative: Operation differs slightly from what is usual for Windows.
It might be difficult to keep simple things simple while allowing complex things, but at least more attention could have been paid to present similar functions in similar ways.

Export types


Vectors
Pixels


razor sharp on paper
bad quality on paper

JPG

+
any browser
PNG

+
modern browsers
VML
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MS Internet Explorer 5+, fully scalable
EPS
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most graphic and word processing applications
WMF
EMF
+

MS-Word, large scale prints turn curves into many short straight lines.
BMP
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any image processing application
PCX
+

MS-PaintBrush
PDF


Acrobat Reader