Dos format designs are Dos based files that can be seen on the computer in Windows Explorer.
The files include Dos condensed and Dos expanded designs and others.
Melco format (language) refers to Dos condensed and Dos expanded designs that are written
to a "Melco formatted disk". The disk of designs is used on specific commercial embroidery
machines that read Melco format.
The major difference is that Dos condensed and Dos expanded data files can be viewed in
Windows Explorer, whereas, Melco format designs are only on a Melco formatted disk and
they can only be worked with or viewed within embroidery programs / equipment that read
Melco formatted disks.
To elaborate further, the Melco formatted disk has a special 'header' or 'label' on the
disk and the specific Melco formatting of the disk is done within certain programs /
equipment that allow formatting to Melco. The procedure would work something like this.
A Dos condensed or Dos expanded design is opened in an embroidery program.
Insert a double density floppy disk into the disk drive. Next, go to FILE, EXPORT, the
EXPORT dialogue box appears. Place the dot in front of MELCO, click the FORMAT button,
a header or label is added to the disk making it a "Melco formatted disk"; add a file name,
click the EXPORT button. The design is written to the Melco formatted disk.
In Windows Explorer, it is impossible to do a directory of the Melco formatted disk to
find out which designs are on the disk. A directory of the disk and opening designs from
the Melco formatted disk is accomplished from within the embroidery program / equipment
that reads Melco format. To open a design from a "Melco formatted disk", put the disk into
the disk drive, click FILE, IMPORT, the IMPORT dialogue box appears. Click the DIRECTORY
button. A list of the designs on the disk appears. Highlight any one, the file name goes
into the FILE NAME window. Click the IMPORT button. The design opens on screen.
See attached Import/Export dialogue boxes.