Like many of you, I have tons of patterns that are piled up in pattern mountains or squirreled away in boxes and bins....and because I don't know WHAT I have, I have a BAD habit of repurchasing ones I do have!
For many many months, I have been hoping and drooling over the thought of one day not only having something native on my mac (as lots are pc centric), but also on my iphone... I have downloaded pattern packages such as Pattern Organizer 1.0, Bento (essentially Access for Mac) with a template for pattern org, and then lastly Pattern Pal. All of these seem to do a decent job of cataloging information, to a point....then my need for more speed, back ups, and flexibility exceeds their parameters and my hopes are dashed.
Today I downloaded Pattern File from Pattern-File.com. Although I am not hot on the idea of a monthly subscription, which can get kind of pricey....it does give me the speed of typing in a pattern number and the software PRE-FILLING all of the info...PLUS the images of the pattern AND the back side pattern info! I am able to also edit some of the drop down boxes AND adding searchable tags (that make sense to ME!!)!
This is going to save me a TON of time!
Now I do need this to be mobile for me, to go on my iphone or what ever smart phone I currently own in the future. Right now, there is no corresponding mobile app... ***BUT*** they have a release date set for the summer for one that is currently in development! For this level of ease of use and speed... I can wait a little longer for the iphone app to appear!
I see the light over the piles of patterns I own folks...and I have hope!!!
Check out Pattern-File.com for screenshots and pricing info!
I will keep you posted as to my findings with this and other cataloging programs out there!