- Cross Stitch Pattern Maker Software
- Cross Stitch Design Software For Mac
- Cross Stitch Pattern Maker For Windows 10
Creating cross stitch patterns from your own pictures is very easy with Pic2Pat. In three simple steps you will transform a picture into a beautiful cross stitch chart. The chart can be downloaded to your computer where you can print and store it. If you want to print the pattern again at a later date, there is no need to go to the website again, because the design is stored on locally on your computer.
Pic2Pat makes life very easy by calculating which colors embroidery floss are needed and how many skeins you need of each color. Therefore you can start immediately creating your artwork.
Step 1: Select a file
Select a picture file on your computer and press the Next button to upload the picture to the Pic2Pat server. By pressing the Browse button, you can browse through your pictures to find the correct file.
Pic2Pat can process almost all image formats. The maximum file size is 18 MB. Keep in mind that large images take some seconds to be sent to the Pic2Pat server. It may therefore take a few moments after pressing the Next button before the next step is shown where you can select the size of the artwork, and the number of stitches per inch.
Cross Stitch Creator does a good job at converting images into pattern and has recently been updated to edit patterns after generation, but its real features are how it allows you to mark up the pattern as you go, the only pattern maker on the list that goes beyond just making patterns. Pattern Maker is a Windows ® application for the design of counted cross-stitch patterns. It is available in two levels: Standard and Professional. The Standard version provides a feature set which is useful to the hobbyist. The Professional version includes additional features that.
As more and more people move to Apple, more and more people are on the lookout for cross stitch software on a Mac. However, there simply isn’t much choice out there.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great choices out there.
MacStitch – 9/10
Making a cross stitch pattern from a photo is easy and free! Just follow these 3 easy steps in the form below: 1. Select the image from your computer. Select how big you want the pattern to be and how many thread colors you want to use. Your pattern will be ready in a few seconds.
($48 ($35 with discount))
We start with the behemoth of cross stitch software, on Mac or Windows. MacStitch is simply the Mac version of the ever-popular WinStitch, a full-service cross stitch software that not only competes (but ranks better in our tests) than the likes of PCStitch.
It has over 30 different brands of threads, including select options, such as DMC greyscale, has an inbuilt print to pdf (unlike some, PCStitch), and runs without strong demands on RAM. As a result, its the first place to look for a Mac software option.
But it does come with some drawbacks. The first is of course the price. Whilst the initial outlay of $52 ($47 with discount) seems steep, its comparable to the price of any Windows options, and is BY FAR the cheapest Mac software option.
Secondly, thanks to its full-service option, it comes with a learning curve. However, the same can be said with any software, regardless of platform, and as confidence grows, the extra options will become invaluable.
As a final point, if the time comes you wish to move away from Mac, all your saved patterns and files are compatible with the Windows version of the software, and whilst you’ll have to buy that copy, it saves you a serious headache if that time comes.
StitchFiddle – 9/10
I hear what you’re saying, do you NEED to pay? Well, if you want a full suite of options you need a paid bit of software. However, if you want, there is a free option. But instead of software, it’s online.
StitchFiddle has long been our favorite online pattern maker, and or good reason. Its simple to use has fantastic image creation software (see below) and most importantly, is free.
Nothing in life is truly free though, as StitchFiddle is very limited in what it can do. It only has DMC or Anchor treads, it has very simple size selection (but does go up to 2000×2000), and even more simple image editing ability. However, for a quick image conversion, its the bee’s knees, offering a great print to pdf option.
Cross Stitch Pattern Maker Software
DP Software Cross Stitch Pro Platinum – 5/10
Here’s where we start getting into some pricier options. For a long time, Jane Greenoff pattern making software was the only one around, and over time she got quite a following. However, the first of our pricy Mac options, and the very first Mac software, has been lifted directly from the old Jane Greenoff software, which means its complicated, has a limited selection of threads, and limited in many of its features.
It’s a higher cost than the likes of MacStitch, and has considerably fewer features. It’s only real positive is its ability to work with very old Macs (MacStitch works with XP onwards).
Stitch Painter – 5/10
Cross Stitch Design Software For Mac
Stitch Painter is a fairly complicated program, with a similarly limited set of features that DP Software Cross Stitch Pro has. However, it does have a free demo, which despite various prompts, doesn’t seem to run out.
StitchCraft – 5/10
Our final pattern creator for Mac is StitchCraft, and whilst it isn’t pretty at all, it does get the job done. Considering its cost, there is simply no reason to go with something this hard to use.
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