I’ve recently had the opportunity to borrow an iPad from work (unfortunately have to give it back tomorrow and will definitely miss it!).
I was interested to see how it fared as a reading device – so I’ve been testing it with the usual e-book samples and PDFs, but also with RSS feeds, and magazines. I noticed that there was a cross stitching app, so thought I’d download it and give it a go. It’s from the World of Cross Stitching magazine and it’s a separate app that you download for free and can then purchase electronic magazines. You get a trial version for free so I was able to test it out.
Each edition after the free one costs £2.99, and you manage them in the app. The retail price for the print version is £3.99 so there is a slight saving on the electronic version, although you obviously don’t get the free gift that you would get with the print magazine. Apart from that, I think the magazine content is exactly the same in print and electronic version.
However, it being electronic there are some extra things which I think makes it an excellent alternative to the print magazine. Firstly throughout the magazine it uses hyperlinks, so for example from the contents page you can jump straight to the pattern you are interested in. All the website links are also hyperlinks so you can go directly to a manufacturer’s website for example (it opens it in Safari, iPad’s internet browser). The screenshot below show some hyperlinks (click for a larger version of the image):
But the best bit is the ability to zoom into the pattern to see it more clearly – and it cant get tatty either! I took a screenshot to show you just how clear it is (click for larger image):
How brilliant is that? So clear!
It got me thinking – wouldn’t it be great if there was an app where you could buy electronic version of individual cross stitch patterns, and it could have features such as using the touchscreen to grey out stitches so that you could save your progress. If anyone finds anything like this, I would definitely be interested in testing it out.
Of course, having cross stitch patterns on an electronic device would also make it easier to travel with your patterns too – and maybe even reduce that massive pie of magazines we all have in our houses! 🙂