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Hello and welcome! Smile

Feel free to post any questions, lots of people here would be more than happy to help once we know what issues you are having.

Hi, Janice, and welcome!

Let me go through your request list one at a time...

Regarding symbol "boldness" and aging eyes (Laughing), I like this idea.  (My eyes are aged too!)  The entire symbol set is custom built.  We've had a few other questions about it and have also discussed it here. 

Let me throw out a couple ideas we've come up with and you can give your feedback (I wish we could get more feedback!)  One idea would be to have a starter symbol set and allow a member to change it (making their own custom symbol set).  Or, for someone who wants to take the time, we could offer a "blank" symbol set and allow a member to "build" their own by selecting various symbols and deciding what order they'd be in.  And, sure, I could also make it so I only use smaller, more consistent size symbols.  (I think this is basically what you're saying you'd like to see).  Or, let me know if you have any other ideas.

So I can absolutely address "less bold" symbols.  And, in fact, when I originally built the symbol set, I did not do too well at centering all of them, so you'll see some are to the left a bit, or right, or a bit high or low.  I've known I needed to correct the positioning and have waited until I finished some other additions and get more feedback on what people would like to see.

By the way, one feature coming up at some point will be the ability to set symbol size.  (Maybe this would solve your "boldness" idea?)  You'd be able to reduce the size of the symbol so it would not be filling the boxes.

Next, regarding the entering of the stitch counts.  This is also something that would not be difficult to add.  I kind of just arbitrarily set some options, with arbitrary limits.  Like I've noted in other messages, I've tested the PatternWizard with 3000 stitches across and it handled it just fine.  Technically there's no stitch limit within the software.  As for setting exact width and height, I can certainly allow this and will discuss it with Melanie.

Along the same lines, you comment about the software making an image higher than it should be.  The software tries to keep the image proportional.  However, it tries to make it proportional when it's stitched.  So the screen pattern might look like it's too high sometimes but it should stitch up properly.  However, there are a lot of variables.  Like in non-cross-stitch, it depends on needle size, tension, etc.  We've spent a lot of time discussing this and have really determined that there's no easy way to universally handle it perfectly.

One feature that's on my "to-do" list (still almost 100 things) is to look into allowing a member to select horizontal/vertical ratios.  This gets more technical but it would allow an advanced user to alter the proportions of how it creates the pattern.

One final thing about the current version of the software.  It takes the selected horizontal stitch count (and yes, this number could be entered by the member) and calculates the vertical count depending on the x/y ratio of the pattern symbol for a particular stitch, trying to keep the stitched item proportional.  So this is why there's no fixed vertical setting.  If I allowed entering a vertical stitch count, I don't see how it would work.  It would either have to alter the image to fit the given width and height, or add more unstitched area (open space).  Feel free to let me know more about your needs to enter exact dimensions.

Finally, regarding the ez-read on pdfs...

This is something that was discussed very early on.  I'll look again into this possibility.  There are a few technical reasons why I didn't do it in the current version but it could be done.

So thanks again for your input!  I need members to make more suggestions and tell us what they like and would possibly like changed.  The entire program is custom built from the ground up so almost anything is possible!

As I continue to add new things, the freePatternWizard will be more and more of a leader.  I'll be taking advantage of new technologies coming up and there'll be some new "live" viewing options, and some features and options that are not available anywhere.

Feel free to let me know more suggestions!  And thanks for using the program!


Hi.  Yes, I have begun the word chart work.  I don't know yet when I'll have it available but beading, crochet, and knitting word charts are being developed.

There's been a learning curve on my end since I'm not a stitcher.  Maybe when all this is done I'll take up beading, crochet, cross stitch, and knitting all at the same time! Laughing

Seriously, I find that I need to learn more each time I begin to add a new feature.

So please hang in there.  It'll be coming.

I posted one FREE quilting book for Kindle for today...grab it before it's gone!  (Note: you do not need to have an actual Kindle.  If you have a smartphone, you can download a Kindle reader app for FREE...if all you have is a PC, you can download to your PC...and I believe there may also be a way now of completely bypassing any kind of reader app to read directly online - though please don't quote me on that, as I'm not sure.  I find the PC reader to be quite decent for pattern content...since I don't own a Kindle, I can't say how well it works...but I would think a smaller screen would make patterns kind of difficult to read.)

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I just set you up so you can produce larger patterns.  Your new limit is now 300 stitches across and 1000 stitches down.  You'll need to be logged in to get these new limits.  Section 6 should now show "You can create a pattern with up to 300 stitches across."

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