Boy, I am really piling it on today soliciting your opinions. I want your feedback on another software program I found that might be a solution for those of us who are illustration-impaired. Specifically, I think this program could be useful for people who need to do technical illustration, particularly those who need to illustrate pattern changes. The only programs on the market are Freeborders ($2,000 and hard to get a hold of) and Illustrator (not cheap and hard to learn). Now, this program isn’t designed for the application I’m espousing. It’s called Pre-Design and is intended for the home sewer, specifically embroidery design but it has an interesting function that could be useful with regard to pattern instruction and illustration. With it, apparently one can scan in quarter scale patterns, trace them and do whatever to them on screen. The unique selling proposition from the company’s perspective is that it will spit it out patterns at full scale for printing but I don’t care squat about that, I’m interested in the potential for technical pattern instruction illustration exclusively in quarter scale. You can see a demo of what I mean. It is easy, like it’d take all of four minutes to learn.
Being the butt that I am, my objection is buying the program for $124 because I won’t be buying it for its intended purpose but only a peripheral function within it. You know, off label use? Or, should I just give up and learn to use Illustrator instead (which I have and hate because it’s so hard to learn)? Look at the demo and let me know if you think it could have some potential for technical process illustration. In my perfect world of course, the software company would package up what I need and give me a discount. I am such a pig.
There’s a trial version if you’re interested for your own purposes but I rarely use those because of the investment of time in learning to use it and I only want to invest in learning something that I will buy. What is my problem? I am such a baby. I wrote the lady who owns the company. She’s Dutch, based in the Netherlands. Her English is exquisite and she responds very quickly to queries. I am trying -with all the subtlety of a dump truck at a NASCAR race- to get her to consider developing a entry level specs illustration program that would compete with Freeborders since she’s already halfway there. After all, Freeborders doesn’t answer their email or provide a working telephone number so that one could affect a purchase, assuming one had two thousand bucks with which to do it. So, I’m supposed to ask, how many would be interested in a basic technical specs illustration package?