OPEN BETA MD5.5 Announced

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OPEN BETA MD5.5 Announced

Post by Rosemaryr » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:27 pm

The MD team has just announced the open beta test for MD5.5.... lots of new goodies!

http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/commun ... /News/9191

My favorite already: automated pleat folding and sewing!
You need a 'foundation' type pattern piece to sew the pleated section onto, but it is really easy to use: just watch the quick two minute video and you'll have it down pat. Add internal lines where you want the pleat folds, (be sure to add the correct number for a pleating set: three sections [two internal lines] for regular pleats, and six sections [five internal lines] for box pleats. Drag the pleating tool over the internal lines, and simulate. The tool adds the correct fold angle settings for you. The direction you drag will determine which side of the pleat goes to the top of the fold. Then when you are ready to sew, just drag the pleat sewing tool along the edge of the 'foundation' piece and then along the edge of the pleating section. Done! All the tricky overlapping sewing bits are automatically made, no more tricky mind work to figure out which one goes where. LOVE IT!

Also very handy: a Merge Patterns function. Select two (adjacent) pattern edges, right-click in the 2D window and select 'Merge'. The two patterns become one, with (visual-clue only) lines where the edges had been (they are NOT functional as internal lines), and segment points on the joined edge.

Multiple internal lines with the "Offset as internal line" function. Great for so many things I can envision....

The download link should be available when you next open your copy of MD, but the message thread also has the download link, too.

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