The "Bead Pattern Designer" (BPDP) is a rich set of software tools developed especially for anyone who enjoys the art of Bead working in the oldest of all pattern types, Brick, Peyote and Square (Loom). BPDP is based on the old concept of designing using graph paper. The graph paper design process, however, has been made obsolete by using Personal Computer to take most of the work out of the process. The basic concept remains the same, however, designing patterns in symmetrical columns and rows.
Set-up for the design is done in two steps:
1. Defining the bead graph using the Pop-Up DESIGN MANAGER
2. Preparing a color palette appropriate for the design using the Pop-up COLOR MANAGER.
The primary purpose of this Pop-Up is to set-up:
a. The pattern stitch to be used; Brick, Peyote, 2-Drop Peyote, or Loom (square).
b. The finished size; the length and width in inches, millimeters or bead count.
c. The bead type and size, Delica, Japanese or Czhec.
The shape of the beads are predefined based on the type of bead to be used, Delica, Czhec or Japanese.
The user can change the Scale of the pattern for comfortable viewing but the actual dimensions are retained in the saved pattern file.
The Design Manager screen also allows the designer to define the Font and the Font Size preferred for display in a printed SCHEMATIC of the pattern.
There are four check boxes for selecting gray-scale printing, adding fringe, printing a schematic or previewing a schematic.
The above is a brief description of the Design Manager Pop-up screen. For a complete description, please review an excerpt from the BPD built in help by clicking on this link Design Manager Help.
A powerful Color Design Manager pop-up screen is provide. By using this tool, Palettes of up to 48 colors can be defined for immediate use or can be saved for future use.
Delica colors can be selected from a database of the most common ones. Colors can be selected by scrolling through the list or by using the "Find" function. Once selected, the color can be inserted into the Color Bar or Palette being defined.Ten predefined palettes are provided with the program. The palettes can be used as is or redefined to suit individual preferences.
When the program is initiated for a new session, a default palette is defined. This palette can be edited or replaced using the Color Manager.
For a complete description, please review an excerpt from the BPD built in help by clicking on this link Color Manager Help.
The two pop-up design screens described above remove all the restrictions of graph paper and colored pencils or markers yet maintains the old, familiar, look and feel of graph paper. After setting up the parameters of the design, work can now begin using the Main Screen or Sktech Pad to design your pattern.
The Bead Matrix will fill most of the screen on the left hand side. On the right hand side is a powerful Tool Box. The Tool box consists of the color palette and a panel of buttons making up the rest of the tools.
Along the bottom of the screen is the status panel. This panel provides information concerning the current status of the design.
The above is a brief description of the Sketch Pad and it's Tool Box. For a complete description, please review an excerpt from the BPD built in help by clicking on this link Sketch Pad Help.
The Bead Pattern Design Program is designed to run under Windows 3.1 or higher on a PC compatible computer with at least a 386SX processor. For best results, a Super VGA monitor set to 640 X 480 and 256 colors should be used as a minimum. To install the program, you will need a minimum of 2 Megabytes of Hard Disk Space.
As is common with all Windows Programs that display Graphic, the more RAM your computer has the faster the Bead Pattern Design Program will run.