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Did you know….

..that PDS can save restore-points for pattern files?

The History function (File – File utilities – History) allows you to save annotations each time you save your work, as well as copies of your pattern’s changes so that previous versions can be retrieved if needed.

This allows better data management and change-logging for pattern files.

There is also a backup setting that enables history to be retained in backups – By checking this, you won’t “lose history” when opening a backup. This may increase the size of your PDS file as it requires saving multiple versions of the pattern.

…that you can load a backup file of Optitex?

Open Backup will open the last saved backup file. The location where these files are saved is defined in the Preferences.

Common uses:

  • To continue working if the system crashes
  • To reopen a file if you forgot to save

Note: Remember to Save As after opening a backup file and resave with the correct name and location.

…that you can save then restore the placement and orientation of pieces on the working area?

Save Placement can be used to save the pieces’ current position and orientation on the working area. Restore Placement can be used to replace the pieces to their former position after they have been moved and/or rotated and flipped.

Common uses:

  • To just restore pieces after they have been flipped/ rotated when doing things like walking
  • To restore a piece placement that is preferred for doing things like grading, measurement charts or 3D


… that you can copy segments and paste them to other pieces?

Possible uses: Copy armhole/ neckline shapes and paste them to new styles

How to use it:

  1. Select the segment you would like to copy. Click and hold on the first point- drag and drop on the last point.
  2. Ctrl + G OR right click and select SEGMENT -> COPY
  3. Segment editor will open
  4. Rotate segment if needed
  5. Select the point on the piece you would like to paste it to and that’s it!