Welcome to leftsource.com!
Generally speaking, the time it takes to upload the picture is the most time consuming element of creating your project (which depends on your internet connection and the size of your picture). The software literally creates your project in seconds, ready to print on your printer.
The programs here were written based on frustrations we had in searching for decent latch hook projects. The variety was far too limited, and the idea of turning pictures taken with our digital camera into latch hook projects was considered. Software was nowhere to be found, so we wrote our own. In keeping with the current trend toward a more open community when it comes to software, we decided to share with the world - no reason not to! (No microsoft products are used here - everything is "open source" and/or Linux based.)
We have heard from numerous people that a cross stich option would be useful. Cross stitch proposes some issues that can't be quickly resolved, but a cross stitch option is on our "to do" list.
There is no program we know with the functionality available on our site. Our "program" is a combination of html and scripts and tools that run on Linux, and we don't know how they could be run on a desktop, much less on a Windows or Apple computer. If you really want to attempt creating a project using a desktop computer, our only suggestion would be to start out with a graphics editing program like Gimp or Photoshop.
In 2014, we started a new web site, Craft Critter. We will ship you the pattern on paper, generic canvas (optional), latch hook tool (optional), and yarn.
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