I tried their sampler and found the interface quite clunky, and it
wouldn't print on my computer.
They have their afficionados, but please do compare Wild Ginger's
offerings (see wildginger.com for demos to download) before you make a
I have been a happy Livingsoft (NAYY) customer since the old green-screen
DOS version and haven't had any complaints. I know that there is a learning
curve, DS5 has really added some nice things. The size range has also
increased for those who are close to the "average" sizes. The custom
measuring options have been expanded as well. In addition, there are now
basic pattern packages (Sewing by Design) so that one doesn't have to invest
a lot to test the waters. I love the Livingsoft pants because I have a
weird-shaped back dip that makes RTW pants impossible to fit. You WILL have
to measure carefully and it is best done with a buddy (think of the fun you
and hubby could have-LOL).
I am also an avid fan of Lutterloh and Burda (magazine versions and
individual packaged) patterns. IMOHO they are much better than Simplicity
or McCall's and can be adjusted better.
I have played with the other software and I have nothing against them, but I
know what works for me. Having said that, I would recommend downloading the
demos of all the packages and trying them.
I use Living Soft and have been happy with version 4. They are generaly very
good with backing up the product and the disscussion group has been very
I would put a however on that though, in that since the upgrade to Version 5
I have had problems with seeing pattern pieces and printing them, and as
they have been very busy trying to get every one sorted with the update
things have taken a while to get sorted.Prahaps someone will hear my prayer?
Try the downlaods of all the different ones you can and see what suits your
needs, that would be my advice.
Did you get the patches? I get the daily digests from the user group and
they know there is a problem and they are offering some fixes. Keep at it
and you can e-mail me off-group if you need some help. I don't claim to be a
major expert, but I will do my best.