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It Really Works!
on August 31, 2013
Yes, it really works! It is a rare moment it would seem when you purchase a computer program that is supposed to do something and it actually does - amazing but true in this case. I needed a program that would assist me with the creation of both cross-stitch diagrams and needlepoint diagrams so I took a leap of faith and ordered up. The install was quick and easy, and YES it works just fine on Windows 8. The learning curve is a short one, and once installed you will be up and running very quickly as the commands are very intuitive and easy. There is an instruction booklet with the program but you must print it out from a PDF format. I do wish the instruction book came with the install disc, but it was easy to print. It is 180 some odd pages and well worth the time to read it so that you get the full use of this wonderful program. I purchased the 'professional' version and it does have some differences from the base program that makes your work a bit easier and faster. Creating patterns for your sewing machine is an add-on that DOES NOT come with the Professional version. The main difference between the base version and the professional appears to be mainly editing functions and a few other bells and whistles. I would consider them to be well worth the extra money if you really intend to use this program to its fullest capabilities.
This program also allows you to import (very easy to do) a photo and translate that to a stitch pattern, even assigning DMC color numbers to the colors in the photo - very impressive and pretty darned accurate. You can assign color numbers from a substantial list of standard fiber makers such as DMC, Anchor, needlepoint wools, silk threads, they are all there for easy use. You can also import a prepared chart and then trace over it to create a new pattern off that chart - again very easy to do and quite accurate once done. You can cut and paste from the included library of designs, or you can create your own library and cut and paste from there. The number of things you can do seems almost unbelievable, and the more I work with the program the more impressed I am with its abilities.
Overall, this was well worth the money and one of the best purchases I have made for the computer in a long time. If you are thinking about purchasing this program I would say treat yourself, you won't regret it!