CNET Editors' review
MacStitch 2014 for Mac offers dozens of features and options in an incredibly deep interface for creating custom patterns on your Mac. The result, while strict in its learning curve, can be an extremely powerful tool for anyone who creates their own patterns or wants to customize the patterns they purchase online on their Mac.
Installation of MacStitch is straightforward and takes only a moment. After loading it from your Applications folder, you can start using it right away, though it recommends you open the Help folder, a recommendation we agree with. The interface is very dense when you first open it, with options across almost every square inch of the screen, so the tutorial will help you find what you need. Once you get the hang of it, however, the interface makes perfect sense, offering access to different size, color, and types of stitches, easily, allowing you to zoom in and out on a design with the tap of a button and giving you options for accessing alphabet presets, motifs, and more. And because you can save the files in formats that can be opened on PCs, you can upload to share with people online or you can download and edit other designs from the Internet. Combined with innovative features that allow you to convert photos to design bases and match colors for certain types of materials, the app is designed with the people who will use it in mind.
While MacStitch may seem intimidating at first glance, there is a very deep, very feature-rich app here for those who master it. Whether you want to customize your designs or want to take full control of the designs you download and plan on using, this is a great app. It is free to try and after the initial trial period will cost $43 to upgrade permanently.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MacStitch 2014 for Mac 8.3.
From Ursa Software:
An easy to use, yet extremely powerful computer program, which allows you to create cross stitch, tapestry, beadwork, knitting, and other similar sorts of designs. It lets you import scanned photos or clip art, chooses suitable colors for you, and converts these into designs, then lets you print out the designs in a variety of easy-to-read patterns on your own printer, together with an estimate of the amount of thread used. Turn your own photos into charts - use clip art or images copied from the web (copyright may exist in these images so be careful if you wish to sell the designs afterwards) From start to chart in minutes! And of course, the more artistic can design their own creations using little more than the mouse. What you see on screen is what you get on paper and cloth. Draw full, half, quarter stitches, beads, knots, backstitch.. Squares, circles, flood fill, search & replace, multi-level undo. Print the result, export as PNG files or PDF files , and so much more! Add single line comments, copyright information, and miniature keys right onto the design. And now, access to hundreds of downloadable free and commercial .PAT files (PC Stitch format 4 through 7) available on the web, from your MAC!
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"Great Product, Highly Recommend"
Version: MacStitch 2014 8.3
Loads quickly and saves everything. My favorite feature is the option to choose straight lines on either of the four sides of a cross stitching square. I've tried a few demo programs and they never worked quite as well as this one. Another cool feature is that you can take a photo and turn it into a piece to work from.
You can add any color of both DMC floss (which is what I use) and another popular floss that I don't use and can't remember the name of. You can create palettes for each of your saved designs so you can find the colors you used quickly. And if for whatever reason you can't, there's always the eyedropper tool. You can print the designs which works really well.
The undo function takes a little while to work. An easier solution if you don't want to wait is to just use the erase tool. It's super fast and works better, really.
I've only used the cross stitch features since it's the only craft I do. But this program is quick, efficient, and I haven't found anything so far that I wish it had that it doesn't. I love this program and as someone who's living is partially based off of cross stitching designs on Etsy, this is exactly the program I was looking for.