Internet integration of ArahWeave is easy to demonstrate: This entire web page is made of simulations saved directly from ArahWeave. GIF and JPEG image formats are the basis of Internet, and you can save screen shots, fabric simulations or weaves in those formats. JPEG is more appropriate for simulations, while GIF is works better for weaves. It is easy to send them as e-mail attachment, and most mailers can display images in those formats without the need of any additional programs of plug-ins.

The consumption calculation is even more "Internet ready", since its results are automatically generated in HTML. They are displayed in HTML in ArahWeave, and they can also be saved to disk in this format. Sample of such calculation is shown below, and every weaver will understand what is it all about. We prefer if the weaving mill adapts to this format, since custom adaptation of calculation is an extra cost add-on. For bigger weaving mills with computer departments which write or adapt their own programs, we also provide output in XML, so they can import design data into production database and costing calculations. This DTD file specifies the structure of Arahne's XML file. If you are looking at this page with a browser capable of displaying XML (like for example IE 5.5 or later), you can also look at the sample XML fabric file. You will be able to look at the structure of the file and expand/collapse it by sections.

In any case, you can see the HTML output below. Note that ArahWeave can also automatically generate the fabric simulation and weave, and include it in the HTML file, like on the example below. With some customers, we have even made an additional step - since ArahWeave runs on Linux, we have a free web server (Apache), and all HTML data is saved at such a location, that web server then displays the technical data. Anyone within a company with computer and a web browser is able check the technical details of the fabric, look at the simulation or at the weave. Of course, this all happens behind a firewall, so unauthorised persons can not access this data. Such a setup works nicely across platforms - Windows, Linux or Mac. Since weaving mills develop several thousand designs each year, we have even developed a web searching interface, so that they can easily find their the desired fabric design.

logo Fabric Consumption Calculation

ArahWeave 5.0k: print3
http://www.arahne.si
© 1993-2007 Arahne; novazmaga:toni
30.11.2007
Warp length 440 m
Raw length 422.4 m
Fabric length 406.15 m
Raw width 160 cm
Finished width 150 cm
Warp threads 9052
Density Warp 60.35 / 1 cm
Density Weft 33 / 1 cm
Average Density Weft 41.18 / 1 cm
Weft Total
Ground
Regulator
48
40
8
Take-up 4%
Waste warp 4%
Waste weft 3%
Finishing shrinkage 4%
Consumption 84.10 kg
Raw weight 192.0 g/m
120.0 g/m2
Finished weight 199.7 g/m
133.1 g/m2
Composition
59.16% CO Cotton
39.16% MD Modal
1.68% EA Elastane
Reed number Reed width Denting Dents
23.5 / 1 cm 172.34 cm 16(2) 4 4(3) 4 12(2) 4050
Repeat Weave Design Denting
Regulator
Weave
Design
Total
Warp 76
8 Shafts
380
6.30 cm
76
34 Dents
380
6.30 cm
380
6.30 cm
Weft 48 240
5.83 cm
48
40 advances
240
5.83 cm
240
5.83 cm
Coverfactor
Warp Weft Total Transparency
115.22% 75.60% 95.41% 0.00%
WeftRepeat
threads
CountColor
a 139 50 NeC 11-4202 Star White
b 5 50 NeC 15-0545 Jasmine Green
c 47 50 NeC 15-3920 Placid Blue
d 27 50 NeC 19-1763 Formula One
e 22 50 NeC 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise
Total 240
shaft12345678
Heddles 1668 1668 1668 1668 595 595 595 595
g/m 19.7 19.7 19.7 19.7 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0

Drafting:32[1 - 2 - 3 - 4] 20[5 - 6 - 7 - 8] 24[1 - 2 - 3 - 4]
Warp pattern (23x): 32A 5(1B 1A) 1B 9A 3(1C 8A) 1C 4(5A 2C) 2(5A 4C) 4A 3(5C 2A) 5C 3(1A 8C) 1A 9D 1A 10D 3(1A 8D) 10A 8C 11A 22E 1A 4E 1A 3E 1A 2E 1A 1E 84A
Leftover (312 threads): 32A 11[1B 1A] 9A 33[1C 8A] 28[2C 5A] 4C 5A 4C 4A 27[5C 2A] 27[8C 1A] 9D 1A 10D 27[1A 8D] 10A 8C 11A 22E 1A 4E 1A 3E 1A 2E 1A 1E 16A

32 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 32[1 - 2 - 3 - 4]
1 b 15-0545 Jasmine Green 50 NeC 460 Z/1 5 5 x (2)
= 10
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 6
1 b 15-0545 Jasmine Green 50 NeC 460 Z/1 7
9 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 9[8 - 5 - 6 - 7]
1 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 1 3 x (9)
= 27
8 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 8[2 - 3 - 4 - 1]
1 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4
5 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 4 x (7)
= 28
2 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 2 - 3
5 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 5 2 x (9)
= 18
4 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 6 - 7 - 8 - 5
4 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 7 - 8 - 1 - 2
5 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 3 - 4 - 1 - 2 - 3 3 x (7)
= 21
2 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4 - 1
5 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 1 3 x (9)
= 27
8 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 8[2 - 3 - 4 - 1]
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4
9 d 19-1763 Formula One 50 NeC 460 Z/1 9[5 - 6 - 7 - 8]
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 6
10 d 19-1763 Formula One 50 NeC 460 Z/1 10[7 - 8 - 5 - 6]
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 1 3 x (9)
= 27
8 d 19-1763 Formula One 50 NeC 460 Z/1 8[2 - 3 - 4 - 1]
10 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 10[4 - 1 - 2 - 3]
8 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 460 Z/1 8[2 - 3 - 4 - 1]
11 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 11[2 - 3 - 4 - 1]
22 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 460 Z/1 20[5 - 6 - 7 - 8] 1 - 2
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 3
4 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4 - 1 - 2 - 3
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4
3 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 460 Z/1 1 - 2 - 3
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4
2 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 460 Z/1 1 - 2
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 3
1 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 460 Z/1 4
84 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 460 Z/1 40[1 - 2 - 3 - 4] 20[5 - 6 - 7 - 8] 24[1 - 2 - 3 - 4]
380
WarpRepeat
threads
Design
threads
Selvedges
threads
Total
threads
Repeat
%
Design
kg
Selvedges
kg
Total
kg
A 227 5380 0 5380 59.74 29.124 0.000 29.124
B 6 144 0 144 1.58 0.780 0.000 0.780
C 72 1728 0 1728 18.95 9.354 0.000 9.354
D 43 1032 0 1032 11.32 5.587 0.000 5.587
E 32 768 0 768 8.42 4.157 0.000 4.157
Total 312+23*380 =9052 +0 =9052   49.001 +0.000 =49.001
Warp A B C D E
Count 50 NeC 50 NeC 50 NeC 50 NeC 50 NeC
Composition 60% CO Cotton
40% MD Modal
60% CO Cotton
40% MD Modal
60% CO Cotton
40% MD Modal
60% CO Cotton
40% MD Modal
60% CO Cotton
40% MD Modal
Twists(/m) 460 Z/1 460 Z/1 460 Z/1 460 Z/1 460 Z/1
1 11-4202 Star White 15-0545 Jasmine Green 15-3920 Placid Blue 19-1763 Formula One 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise

Weft pattern : 48a 4(1b 1a) 1b 2(7a 1c) 4a 1c 3(4a 2c) 4a 4c 4a 6c 2a 4c 2a 7c 2(1a 6c) 1a 8d 1a 7d 3(1a 4d) 6a 5c 6a 16e 1a 3e 1a 2e 1a 1e 23a

48 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 b 15-0545 Jasmine Green 50 NeC 480 Z/1 4 x (2)
= 8
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 b 15-0545 Jasmine Green 50 NeC 480 Z/1
7 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1 2 x (8)
= 16
1 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
4 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
4 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1 3 x (6)
= 18
2 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
4 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
4 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
4 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
6 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
2 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
4 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
2 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
7 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1 2 x (7)
= 14
6 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
8 d 19-1763 Formula One 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
7 d 19-1763 Formula One 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1 3 x (5)
= 15
4 d 19-1763 Formula One 50 NeC 480 Z/1
6 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
5 c 15-3920 Placid Blue 50 NeC 480 Z/1
6 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
16 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
3 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
2 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
1 e 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise 50 NeC 480 Z/1
23 a 11-4202 Star White 50 NeC 480 Z/1
240
WeftRepeat
threads
Repeat
%
kg
a 139 57.92 20.329
b 5 2.08 0.731
c 47 19.58 6.874
d 27 11.25 3.949
e 22 9.17 3.218
Total 240 35.101
Weft a b c d e
Count 50 NeC 50 NeC 50 NeC 50 NeC 50 NeC
Composition 58% CO Cotton
38% MD Modal
04% EA Elastane
58% CO Cotton
38% MD Modal
04% EA Elastane
58% CO Cotton
38% MD Modal
04% EA Elastane
58% CO Cotton
38% MD Modal
04% EA Elastane
58% CO Cotton
38% MD Modal
04% EA Elastane
Twists(/m) 480 Z/1 480 Z/1 480 Z/1 480 Z/1 480 Z/1
1 11-4202 Star White 15-0545 Jasmine Green 15-3920 Placid Blue 19-1763 Formula One 16-1357 Bird Of Paradise

Threads in fabric width: 9052

Number of sections: 24

ConeSections123
Length (m)44010120
A: 50 NeC11-4202 159 227
B: 50 NeC15-0545 6 6
C: 50 NeC15-3920 72 72
D: 50 NeC19-1763 43 43
E: 50 NeC16-1357 32 32


1-23: 380 x 23 (1 - 8740)

A
A A A A A A
A A A A A B
A A A A A A
A A A A A B
A A A A B A
A A A A A B
A A A A B A
B A A A C A
A A A A A A
A A A A A C
A C A A A A
A A A A A A
A A C A A A
A A A A A A
A A A A A
C C C C C
C C C C C
A A A A C
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A A C C C
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C A A A A
C C C C C
C C C C C
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A C C C D
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C C A C D
D D D D D
D D A D D
D D D D D
D D D A D
A D D D D
D D D D A
D D D D D

 

B
D A A C A
D A A C A
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D A C C A
D A C A A
D A C A A
D A C A A
A E E E A
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A A A A A
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A A A X X X
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24: 312 x 1 (8741 - 9052)

A
A A A A A A
A A A A A B
A A A A A A
A A A A A B
A A A A B A
A A A A A B
A A A A B A
B A A A C A
A A A A A A
A A A A A C
A C A A A A
A A A A A A
A A C A A A
A A A A A A
A A A A A
C C C C C
C C C C C
A A A A C
A A A A C
A A A A A
A A A A A
A A C C C
A A C C C
A A A A A
C A A A A
C C C C C
C C C C C
C C C C C
C C C C C
C C C C A
A C C C D
C C C C D
C A C C D
C C C C D
C C A C D
D D D D D
D D A D D
D D D D D
D D D A D
A D D D D
D D D D A
D D D D D

 

B
D A A C A
D A A C A
D A A C A
D A C C A
D A C A A
D A C A A
D A C A A
A E E E A
E E E E E
E E E A E
E E E E E
E E E E A
E E E E E
E E E E E
A A A X X
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printed fabric simulation

printed weave

ArahWeave software for weaving has a special function for constructing multiple layer (double) weaves; you specify basic weave for each warp against each weft and the program automatically constructs the composite weave. This function is available as a special popup window on in weave editor, named Edit decomposed. If you position your windows properly, you can view fabric simulation, normal weave editor and decomposed editor, all at the same time. And you can also enable the display of horizontal and vertical cross section. Cross section is interactive - it shows you the cut at the current mouse position. Even more - you can draw with mouse and change position of threads, and weave will be modified accordingly.

In the picture below, you have a weave with 1 warp and 3 wefts, with 5-satin on top and 5-satin on back for attachment of second weft, and 10-satin for attachment of third weft. But as a true weaver, you know all this...


multilayered weaves in ArahWeave

The mysterious double interchanging plain weave from density explanation is much more understandable if we view it in the Edit Decomposed window.


double weave in ArahWeave

With the right tools, everything suddenly becomes easy and logical.


double weave decomposed

You can edit even more complicated composed weaves, for instance those with different densities of top and bottom fabrics.

Do not be scared away by the following picture - many experienced weavers would also find it difficult. We have a special double fabric with uneven top and bottom density, plus an extra weft which is hidden in the middle and just links the two fabrics together. The warp layout is simple: 112 (we can write it also as 2a1b)- this means that first two warp ends go in first block, and third warp ends goes into second block. In this way we have two times higher density in warp. Weft is similar, just that we need to repeat the layout until the end, so we can add the third block for extra hidden thread: 8(2a1b)1c. Yes, it is just copy of weft repeat pattern. We enter elongated twill for the top fabric, and regular 2/2 twill for back fabric. The middle weft thread (shown in red) has just two points which link it to the top and to the bottom fabric. We also add a regulator (stop motion) on the middle weft thread, so that it does not disturb the weft density of the fabric. Note that the fabric simulation in the lower left angle does not show any threads from the back (grey) or middle (red), since they are completely covered by the top fabric (black weft and dark blue warp).
double weave in ArahWeave

We have no ambitions to teach you weaving here - if you do not understand it, than you probably do not need this. But if you do, you see that it that design of complex weaves with ArahWeave is very easy. (If you know what you are doing... ;-)

Warp and Weft Patterns

To make our software easy and natural for both experienced textile designers, as creative designers not too familiar with weaving, we provide two ways of entering warp and weft pattern. Creative designers will click on the the yarn with mouse and draw the pattern directly in the fabric simulation. An experienced designer will prefer to write the warp/weft pattern in numerical way since he/she has precise ideas about what he/she wants to do and will not want to lose time by accurate mouse clicking (although zoom is available).

Up to 25 different yarns in warp and 25 in weft can be used simultaneously.

You can easily design patterns with up to 65520 threads.

Besides drawing warp/weft pattern with mouse, you can also insert or delete threads anywhere in the pattern with mouse.

If the user is drawing the warp/weft pattern with mouse, the program automatically rewrites the numerical warp/weft pattern.

If the warp/weft is written in numerical way, it can be written as number of threads (2A 4B 2A 6C) or as length in millimeters (0.5A 1B 0.5A 1.5C) or sixteenths of inch. Conversion from number of threads to millimeters (inch/16) and vice versa is automatic.

Two types of parenthesis are supported for entry of repeating patterns: 2a 10(1b 2c) - repeat 1b 2c 10 times; and 2a 10[1b 2c] - repeat 1b 2c until you use 10 threads. Nesting of parenthesis is allowed.

Conversion of fabric from one density to another, and keeping the same repeat size is automatic

Generation of a square design (e.g. tartan) with different density in warp and in weft is automatic

It is possible to move warp/weft pattern by 1 or 8 threads in any direction, or to mirror it

Fringe option permits view and print out edge of just warp (bottom) and weft (left) besides design, just like in real fabric. It looks like this.

Sort option will rewrite the pattern so that it starts with yarn A, followed by B, etc., as this is required by production department of many mills.

A special function enables you to split (or merge) weft across several weft selectors.

Support for design of fabrics with two warp beams

Double weft insertion support

Loading, graphical browsing and saving warp or weft patterns

Tools: editing decomposed, the Pattern generator, resizing warp/weft pattern, remapping yarns

 

This is how the warp and weft pattern editor looks:

Warp and weft pattern editor in ArahWeave

Centering of the the warp or weft pattern according to total number of threads in the fabric width, or blanket width. You can center it manually or automatically.

center the fabric in ArahWeave

The Editing decomposed function opens a whole new world to the "complicated" warp or weft patterns. It enables to divide the pattern by different criteria (custom, denting, two warp), which drastically reduced the time needed for writing a new pattern, or changing already created pattern.
Double face fabrics? No problem.
The following picture shows double layer weave in the Weave editor. We want to have one plaid fabric with twill weave on the top, and a different one on the back.
decomposed editing of weave with ArahWeave

So, how to write a pattern for both sides, face and back? Open the Edit decomposed window from the Tools menu of the Edit warp and weft pattern window. You need to write pattern for the face fabric, and then pattern for the back fabric; both are quite simple. Program will automatically combine both patterns into one warp pattern. Of course, you also need to do this for the weft.
Edit thread pattern with ArahWeave

Below is the fabric simulation of the blanket; first the face side...
fabric simulation with ArahWeave

...and this is the back.
fabric simulation with ArahWeave

The Yarn Editor

The following options are at your disposal for yarn management:

It is possible to enter yarn count in Tex, Nm, NeC, NeW, Np, Ny, NeL, NeS, Den, Run, dtex.

No practical limit on yarn count simulation: from 1 to 1000 Tex

Conversion from one yarn count unit to another is automatic.

Support for fancy yarns (mouline, melange, multico) with up to 6 color components

User specifiable yarn irregularity for extremely realistic woolen mouline and melange yarns

Chenille yarns with specifiable hair length and intensity

Fiber composition specification according to DIN 60 001-4

Based on fiber composition and weaving density, program calculates the finished fabric fibre composition

Each yarn color component must be measured in CIE Lab space to get the correct colors.

Yarn preview with zoom

User can specify the parameters of the yarn (twists/meter, twist sense (S/Z), number, percentage and colors of components, the yarn model to be used).

Custom yarn libraries are supported.

Using the yarn price, program calculates final fabric yarn price per lenth (meter of yard)

Drawing fancy yarns (boucle, flame, slub) is supported

 

Following picture shows the Yarns window.

yarn editor in ArahWeave

Our advanced yarn management enables you to simulate fabrics like this:

Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample Yarn fabric sample

What do I need to run ArahWeave?

As an absolute minimum:

- a PC computer with Pentium 1GHz MHz, 2 GB of RAM

- 20GB of free hard disk space in a separate partition

- 3 button Logitech mouse, keyboard, floppy, CD-ROM

- graphics card with 1024x768 in 65000 colors (16 bits per pixel)

- 17" monitor with 70Hz refresh rate

 

What do we recommend today (as of October 2013)?

 

- Intel® Core i5 or Core i7

- we really recommend a quad core processor.

- We have modified ArahWeave to support multiprocessing, and the fabric simulation on a dual core processor is two times faster, while quad core is 3.5 times faster.

- 4GB of RAM (will also work nicely with 1 GB, but RAM is so cheap)

- 1TB hard disk (out of which 50% is used for Linux, and 50% for other operating system of your choice). You can also fit all Linux and CAD data on a small 128 GB SSD disk.

- ArahWeave speed in browsing operations will greatly improve with SSD disk.

- 3 button Logitech wheel mouse, keyboard, floppy

- DVD/RW drive (DVD for Linux installation, DVDRW for backups)

- graphics card with 1920x1080 in 16 millions colors (24 bits per pixel). We have good experience with Nvidia and ATI graphics cards.

- scanner

- 24" monitor or bigger with 1920x1080 resolution. Resolution is really important in a CAD, so don't save money on that.

- Epson line of ink jet printers: Epson Stylus Pro, Stylus Pro XL, Epson Stylus Color 400, 440, 600, 640, 800, 850, 1520, 3000, Epson Stylus Photo, Photo 700, Photo EX, Photo 750, Photo 1200, Photo 870, Photo 1270, Photo 890, Photo 1290, Stylus Color C70, C80, Stylus Photo 950, Stylus Photo 830, Stylus D68, StylusD120, Stylus Photo 2100/2200, Stylus 1400, Stylus R1800, Stylus R1900, Stylus R2400, Stylus R200, R220, R270, R285, R300, R320, R350, R360, R390, B300, B500DN, ME300, P50/T50. We can not support all brands of printers, since we develop drivers and colorimetry support for each printer. Some older HP printers are also suppoted, but without colorimetry.

 

Please note, that this is just a recommendation of what we consider cost effective purchase at a given moment. This is just a suggestion, if you would be buying a new computer. But it does not mean that that you can not use it productively on a less powerful configuration.

 

If color accuracy is very important to you:

You can consider buying GretagMacbeth Spectrolino. Spectrolino is supported directly from ArahWeave - you just attach it to the serial port of your computer, and you can add new yarn colors to your color palette in a matter of seconds. We are also using the same spectrophotometer, so you will get the best results if you use the same brand and model as we do.

 

If you plan to do jacquard:

You can also use graphical tablet under Linux. You should check the list of supported tablets prior to buying. We have good experience with Wacom Intuos 2 and 3. Wacom Intuos 4 also works, but requires installation of a driver from this site.
You will also need a scanner.
We recommend HP or Epson line of scanners, since they are supported well under Linux.
Check SANE web page to see if your scanner is supported under Linux.
If you are prepared to scan under Windows XY, you can buy any scanner you like, since they all come with an interface card and drivers.
Linux can then read the scanned file directly from the Win/DOS partition. There is no need to transfer scanned images by floppy.
Besides scanners, you may also wish to connect your digital camera to your Linux computer. Most digital cameras will work simply by attaching them via USB cable, and will be recognized as storage device (in the same way as an external hard disk or USB memory key).
We prefer you buy your hardware locally, so we receive only software support calls.

 

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arahne supports avl formatArahne supports Bonas loom formatArahne supports cci formatArahne supports Digital weaving Norway machineryArahne supports Dornier looms formatArahne supports Elm machinery  Arahne supports grosse looms format  Arahne supports Muller looms formatArahne supports Nuovo Pignone formatArahne supports Panter formatsArahne supports Schleicher formatArahne supports Suzuki machinery

Arahne supports Tongyuan formatArahne supports Smit textile machineryArahne supports Somet looms formatArahne supports Staubli looms formatArahne supports Sulzer textil machineryArahne supports Takemura formatArahne supports Tis machineryArahne supports Toyota machineryArahne supports Picanol machineryvamatexArahne supports Nissan format