Dana Doodle Knits

Research

Posted on March 12, 2012 by

I’ve decided that it’s about time to get myself a grown-up chart maker. But first things first, a little research into my options. One feature that I would want is simply logistical, being able to download the program multiple times on different computers, both Mac and PC. Other things like stitch customization and export options are a little trickier to pin down.

Knit Visualizer

$185 – single timed download

Aran Paint +Plus

$49.95 – PC only – potentially multiple downloads available

Stitch & Motif Maker

$89.95 – PC only

Intwined Pattern Studio

$44 – multiple downloads PC/Mac

EnvisioKnit

$99 – PC only – multiple downloads (Mac in development)

Stitch Mastery

£60 (~$94) – 2 machines PC/Mac

Cochenille Stitch Painter

$85 – PC/Mac

 

After reading through several Ravelry forums, I think that Stitch Mastery rises to the top, which also happens to be the official charting software of Knitty. I’ll definitely need to spend some quality time with the demos and see how I feel after making some charts and poking around. For now, I’m not intending to use written instruction, which a lot of these programs seem to be able to translate charts into. And I’m mostly looking to use the image of the chart to edit the program in Microsoft Word or something, but that might change in the future, so having options is good.

If you have an opinion let me hear it!

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One Response to “Research”

  1. kfklever says:

    I recently bought the knit visualizer software and I love it. I know it’s expensive, but it’s one of the simpler ones to use, and the finished chart looks more elegant (at least in my opinion) I’d be happy to send you a screenshot if you’re interested.
    The only downside is the download link only works 3 times within a 72 hour window, so you have to choose your computer wisely (I downloaded it to my work computer and my home laptop)
    Hope that helps!

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