Import and Export

Some of the designs you work with may be on a floppy disk. EDS IV is compatible with DOS, Melco, Tajima, Barudan FDR and FMC, and ZSK disks, all of which have unique formats. EDS IV also supports Melco formatted high reliability disks. The following chart outlines when to use each command.


To perform this operation

Use this command for DOS formats

Use this command for non-DOS formats

Load design file into EDS IV

Open or Import


Save to hard drive (all files saved on the hard drive are DOS formats)

Save or Save As


Save to floppy disk

Save, Save As, or Export

Format the disk appropriately, then Export

Importing a Design

To import a design, click the file menu, then Import. The Import dialog box will pop up. The steps for importing are illustrated below in red numbering.


  1. Click on the desired format.

  2. Click on the desired drive.

  3. Click on the "Directory" button to browse for the location.

  4. Select the file to import from the list of files

  5. Click the "Import" button.

If you click on the Options button while working with a Tajima format disk, a message box will ask you if you want to update the Boot Record of the disk. This refers to some Tajima disks that have an improper internal label and cannot be read by a DOS computer. If you have problems loading a Tajima disk, click on the Options button and respond Yes to the message.


Disks must be formatted to match the file type before a file can be written to it. You can format the disk from the Export or Import dialog box. Follow these steps to format a disk:

  1. Click on File - Import or File - Export to display the Import or Export dialog box.

  2. Select the correct format.

  3. Select the correct drive.

  4. Click on Format to format the disk.

You can format Tajima low and high density disks through EDS IV and the above sequence of instructions. The software will automatically determine which type of floppy it is and format it. EDS IV can import and export from a Tajima High density disks.

Important Information on the Melco Format

The Melco format was developed to work with early Melco embroidery machines and other older embroidery products. Hardware required to read the Melco format is becoming increasingly difficult for Melco's suppliers to provide. Therefore, Melco cannot guarantee that it will be able to support the Melco format in the future.

Melco recommends exporting designs in the Melco format ONLY when the equipment sewing the design requires the Melco format. Otherwise, save designs in the DOS format or the format associated with your particular embroidery product.

Other embroidery formats supported by EDS IV are not affected by this situation.

Exporting a Design

Remember, a disk must be of the proper format before you can export a design to it.

Click on File, then Export to display the Export dialog box.

If you are unsure of the format, click on Unknown, then on the Directory button. EDS IV will determine the format of the disk and make the selection for you.

Even when you choose the wrong format, EDS IV will automatically select the correct format for you.

Needle Sequence (for non-DOS Disk and Tape Output)

Needle Sequencing allows the user to produce designs that contain embedded needle sequence information particular to Barudan and ZSK multi-head peripherals. The Needle Sequence dialog box is displayed when you click on the "Options" button in the Export dialog box.

The number of allowed Needle Sequences (i.e., color changes) has increased from 7 to 99. Currently, the maximum needle value is 7.

File Name Standards

The file name conventions for floppy disk formats are given below. These rules must be followed for the disk to be read by other systems:

DOS Format

DOS format names consist of a 1-8 character filename and one of the following extensions:

.CND - Condensed Format

.EXP - Expanded Format

.OFM - Project (Layout format)

Barudan FDR / Barudan FMC Formats

Barudan FDR and Barudan FMC use a numeric format. The file number can be from 1 to 36. No character labels are allowed.




Melco Format

MELCO format names consist of a 1-6 character filename and one of the following extensions:

.CND - Condensed Format

.EXP - Expanded Format

Tajima Format

Tajima format uses a numeric format with numbers ranging from 1-999. Beginning with EDS IV release 1.32, any 1-8 character name is also supported. In addition to a filename, a 1-8 character label can be specified after the filename and separated by a colon (like the Barudan FDR format.)



G001 (How the old Tajima format stored the name 1)


APPLE:TEST (The new Tajima Format)

ZSK Format

Zsk format uses a numeric format with numbers ranging from 1-999.