Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQ's are intended to help you with common questions relating to our program. Weaving and design matters can be found in the Forum section of this site.

Questions:

1. What are the computer system requirements for Proweave?

2. Is ProWeave easy to install?

3. Does ProWeave have two separate programs, one for PC's and another for Macintosh computers? Or is it just one program that is supposed to work on both?

4. Do ProWeave programs come in different grades or levels?

5. What are the main features of ProWeave?

6. Can a beginning weaver use ProWeave? Is there a "learning curve" before one is comfortable with ProWeave?

7. Are demonstration CD's available for ProWeave for PC and ProWeave for Mac?

8. Is CFA continuing to offer design classes with Dini Cameron?

9. How do I order ProWeave? Is it sent by mail, courier, or by internet download?

10. Does ProWeave come with a printed instruction Manual?

11. Does ProWeave come with a "HELP" section?

12. Are loom drivers available for ProWeave?

13. Is Cameron Fibre Arts (CFA) an established company?

14. Is ProWeave widely used?

15 What is the cost of ProWeave?

16. Are site licences available for schools and other multiple program users?


Answers:

1. What are the system requirements for Proweave?

For PCWindows
Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / VISTA / Windows 7
Computer and Monitor, minimum:
212 Mb of RAM.
Minimum5 Mb free space on the hard drive.
Video board and monitor capable of running SVGA and 256 colours.
Printers:
Any compatible printer
Ports:
USB port with USB/Serial converter

For Macintosh
Computer and Monitor, minimum
OS-10 and higher (now includes Leopard)
Printers:
any compatible printer
Ports:
USB port with USB / Serial converter

2. Is ProWeave easy to install on my computer?

Yes. For Windows simply turn off other programs, put the CD in the CD drive, choose RUN in the start menu, Type X:\setup (where X: is the drive letter of your CD), hit ENTER, and follow the onscreen instructions.

For Mac it is even easier. Turn off other applications, put the CD in the CD drive, double click the Installer icon, and follow the onscreen instructions.

3. Does ProWeave have two separate programs, one for PC's and another for Macintosh computers? Or is it just one program that is supposed to work on both?

ProWeave is two completely separate programs. One is written for PC's and the other for Mac's. The basic design criteria for the two ProWeave programs is the same. However the programming languages and requirements for the Macintosh and Windows environments are quite different. Thus we have had to write the two parallel programs independently.

4. Do ProWeave programs come in different grades or levels?
We have one ProWeave program. Our theory was to have one program that would welcome the beginning weaver. At the same time, we built in the capacity and tools that the weaver could grow with it. We avoided invitations to carve up the program and sell it in pieces or stages. Everything one can need is there.

5. What are the main features of ProWeave?

ProWeave 6.0 provides a complete set of tools for everyone from the beginning weaver to professional fiber artists. These include the following features:

* Open Multiple work spaces with multiple drafts in each workspace
* Twill database with over 10 million weave drafts
* Auto repeat to expand a draft
* Fill with repeat for easy completion of threadings, tie-ups and treadlings
* Instant updating of drawdowns
* Turn the draft (treadling becomes threading, threading becomes treadling)
* Float count on multi-coloured drawdowns
* View the interlacement of any weave structure
* View the interlacement of multi- layered structures
* Add plain weave picks to any weave structure
* Weave double width
* Nudge drafts or objects with arrow keys
* A great Block Substitution program with many choices
* Our unique method of Draft Blending
* Add or delete columns or rows in drafts and objects
* Wide range of colour choices and colour editing
* Print flexibility (ie, print parts of designs or workspaces)
* And much more!!

6. Can a beginning weaver use ProWeave? Is there a "learning curve" before one is comfortable with ProWeave?

Yes. ProWeave was designed to meet the needs of the beginning weaver It is also designed to have the capacity and tools weavers will need as they gain experience.
Like any other computer program there is a learning curve. ProWeave simplifies this with the Tutorial section in the program as well as with the Forum section of this website. In addition the Demonstration section of this website illustrates this ease of designing. The new user can expect results quickly

7. Are demonstration CD's available for ProWeave for PC's and ProWeave for Mac?

YES. See the Demonstration Disk section for download instructions. Demos are FREE

8. Is CFA continuing to offer design classes with Dini Cameron?

Classes are available here in Ashton and, by arrangement, at your location in workshop format. Instruction is available in all aspects of designing. Contact Us with details of your areas of interest and timing

9. How do I order ProWeave? Is it sent by mail, courier, or by internet download?

ProWeave can be ordered through the Online Store, via the internet or directly by telephone or mail at the address shown in Contact Us. Delivery is by internet download or, for programs where the written manual and CD are included, shipping is by Canada Post Air Mail. Allow 10-15 days for delivery to you in normal circumstances. If you need faster or other delivery contact us.

10. Does ProWeave come with a written instruction Manual?

Yes. Unless the purchaser chooses delivery by download only, each copy of ProWeave, whether as a full new program or as an upgrade, comes with a comprehensive written manual.
Purchasers by download can still use the manual in their installation package. The installation package includes the entire manual and a user can print it all or as much of it as is desired.

11. Does ProWeave come with a "HELP" section?

Absolutely. We hope you use it. We built it for that purpose. If you do not find something there that you would like to see included, please let us know via Contact Us

12. Are loom drivers available for ProWeave?

Yes, loom drivers are available for ARM, AVL (Compu-Dobby I and II), Leclerc, Louet and Macomber looms. There is a one time cost of $75.00 for each loom driver. The loom driver need not be replaced when you upgrade your program from time to time.

13. Is Cameron Fibre Arts (CFA) an established company?

Established in 1989 we are one of the more experienced textile design software companies in existence. See the information in About Us

14. Is ProWeave widely used?

Consistent with our experience in this field ProWeave is in use in most countries, in 6 out of 6 continents and extensively in colleges and universities.

15 What is the cost of ProWeave?

Please see the Price List section.

16. Are site licences available for schools and other multiple program users?

Site licences are available for programs to be used at multiple work stations in schools, institutions and corporations. Please contact CFA for details.