Creative Impulse 2000 is a refreshing addition to the quilt software
world with its completely unique approach to quilt design. Traditional
quilters will find more layout options of their blocks than possible in
any other quilt software, innovative quilters will be in thrilled by the
quilt ideas generated by using the Effects options! Both styles of quilters
can benefit from this quilt software!
Creative Impulse 2000,
Traditional quilt with Effects added: First quilt is Ripples and second quilt is Hexagon
For more examples of the Special effects (and wow they good examples) that Creative Impulse can create, refer to the additional articles and guided tour listed at the bottom of this review.
Operations completed using Toolbars and Menus
Creative Impulse is a Windows 95/98/NT/XP/Vista compliant program (Windows 7 users download before purchase) and the File menu follows the familiar format.
Each of the other menus, including Edit are unique to program operations.
Creative Impulse 2000, easy interface has all major commands for program operations located on the icon tool bar. (See above) Each icon gives you clues as to operation and often eliminates the need to use extra step menus. Hovering the mouse over the right hand of icon brings up a tip box explaining the function. Also look at the bottom of the window for an additional information line.
Drop-down menus present additional creative options like the Method and Effects Menus shown in the previous paragraphs. A new program setup option allows you to determine how long an design stays on the screen that is particularly useful when reviewing the design progress or saved design sessions. And if you are fond of specific color palette. Create it, and save that one as default.
To get the most of the demo and preview, I recommend making the following changes to Setup and then view some of the designs that Birte has created by clicking . To change the setup options:
1. Select Setup under the Setup Menu. The Setup Dialogue Box opens.
2. Change the Effects delay from the default 0 to 1, 2 or 3 seconds. This delay gives you time to view each stage of design transformation.
3. Click to open Design Library, make a selection, sit back and enjoy!
Draw and Color Blocks/Tiles using a special screen.
The greatly improved drawing screen has the standard graphic tools of a line, circle and curve but with little nifty additions to make drawing simple.
4 very useful options are built into the drawing board.
1. One of the best additions is a quick drawing option tied to the Grid settings.
Select one of the line icons shown beside the grid and you instantly draw the lines across the screen.
2. The drawing board is only half screen wide, this allows you a view of the layout screen that reflects each line that you draw giving you a preview of the designs to come. You can stop in the middle of drawing, and go to the design screen, try out a few layouts and special effects. Then go back to your drawing screen and pick up where you left off, adding or subtracting lines as needed.
3. My favorite options when I am in the drawing screen is a little window that shows you all the rotation that would occur when using the block you are working on.
Import and Export
You can export your favorite designs using several different options:
Care has been taken to prepare an easy-to-learn program. The tools are sometimes self-explanatory and sometimes require looking up. For a quick reference guide, hover the mouse over each icon for a tip message that tells you its function. There is also a reference line that appears at the bottom of the window for additional information.
There is no manual available and all the help is online. The help files are well-written, step-by-step instructions for each tool and menu command. To print out the help files to use as a manual, refer to the Computer Quilting BYTES article: Using Help Files Effectively in Quilting Programs.
Print Size Options:
Templates in this case is an outline of a section you selected printed to size. There are a couple of different techniques to help you select an area to print. NOTE: Creative Impulse does not print traditional quilt templates with separate pieces and 1/4" seam allowance added. This type of template is just not possible with the type of designs that Creative Impulse creates using many of the special effects.
Block, Design and Bitmap Libraries
The preview window is used to select the block/tile, design or bitmap from the libraries.
Examples are the Block Window and the Design Window.
Creative Impulse 2000 Computer Requirements:
Software NO longer available