I remember a conversation with one of the executives at Jeanette Crews some years ago. We have been having some timiliness issues with a particular designer and and the “money” guy was a bit upset about the losses because we coule not get a pre-sold book to press. He asked in an outdoor voice, “Can’t we just scan it into something and get the instructions”. The three design professionals AND company CEO all said, in GREAT outdoor voices NO!!! Someone added “and best you get that thru your thick head once and for all”.
There is much more to pattern authoring than just the design of a motif, the choosing of a shape, and oh well the list goes on.
As often as not, I will get an email that makes it clear to me that something is not clear. Confused yet?
So many misunderstandings occur when Semantics meets Expectations
how does this relate to Symbol Crochet – Well, at the moment we have very few options, each has benefits BUT none of them can replace a Pattern Author or at least none in the the under $100 category includes the ability to WRITE/Author a Pattern –
And if I had time to research, I suspect it would in the uner $200 and in some cases features in the $2000 and up range.
Rather they CHART – create a graphic representation of a series of stitches to form a Motif.
The route of the chaos might be that while most professional designers understand that until they are ready to spend a LOT more money, many new to the business of design have not yet understood this and think at the programs in the $ 50.00 range are going to deliver.
For example, looking at the two I use/have used for CROCHET CHARTING
StitchWorks describes itself as software for creating symbol crochet charts that can be shared or published …
Neither says it is a pattern writer and frankly I don’t want them to be. When we are working on patterns for publications we have to be able to format as needed.
Are there “I Wish” features – sure – but we can all save ourselves a LOT of upset if we take the time to understand what we are buying and then make a decision if it meets our needs.
Life is just too dang short to waste any of it on unreasonable expectations.