I’m the first to admit that I’m not the most techy Mom on the block. I get a lot of help from my kids. But I found an app for PDF pattern management that I’m so happy with, I thought I’d share. Like many knitters and crocheters, I find it so convenient to have my needlework patterns in PDF form. For me, the Goodreader application for my ipod touch and ipad has made the process of carrying, accessing and using these patterns about a million times easier.
I like it that I actually did stop printing patterns and using up ink and paper. My patterns go right along with me. I can organize them into folders, access my entire Ravelry library wirelessly if I desire and easily move patterns between my ipad/ipod and computer during syncing.
The patterns are useful right from my device because instead of printing and putting the paper chart in a plastic sleeve, then using highlighter tape to keep my place, the application allows you to make an electronic moveable highlighter line to hold your spot in the chart. You can zoom or enlarge the chart dynamically, on the spot.
The application provides lots of ways to keep your own notes on the pattern itself. Highlighting, Strike Outs, Squiggly Underlines, Freehand writing, typewriting, pop-up notes, bookmarks and arrows. You can even color code complex charts to keep yourself on track.
If you’re looking for an app to manage your PDF patterns, I can really recommend this one.