Go to http://www.pattern-file.com/download-patternfile
To download, just click on the install button below. When the installation window pops up, just click “Open” (or “Save” if you would like to install later). This should automatically begin your installation process!
Click the text box in the upper left hand corner of the screen next to “Search.” Start typing the term you are looking for. PatternFile will automatically start returning results related to the search term just like a search engine on the internet.
If you have the PatternFile Plus subscription, PatternFile will also show your friend’s patterns in the search results. Friends patterns are distinguished by color coded backgrounds that you may set.
To enter a new pattern to your PatternFile collection, click the “New Pattern” button at the top of the screen. A new window will open. Here you can enter in all the details of your pattern and add images. Click “Save” after you are finished.
If you are a PatternFile Plus subscriber, you can use the auto-fill feature to quickly add patterns to your PatternFile collection. Start entering the pattern number in the very upper left text box left of the “Manufacturer” text box. PatternFile will start searching for patterns that match that number. A list of small thumbnails will appear to the right of the “Manufacturer” box. Click on the thumbnail image that matches the pattern you are entering. Once selected, the pattern information including images, line art and yardage, will automatically fill in. You may still enter and edit your own details. Click save.
PatternFile is working on expanding the list of pattern manufacturers that are in the auto-fill feature. Not all images and information are available for all manufacturers and patterns. PattrnFile currently auto-fills current and recently out of print and many retro and vintage patterns for the following manufacturers:
Burda Style (out of print not yet available)
Don’t see a favorite manufacturer on the list? Let us know! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to I edit a pattern entry?
Click on the image of the pattern entry you wish to edit. This will take you to the details of the pattern. Click the “edit” button in the top right corner of the pattern details window. Make your edits and click “save” at the top of the same window.
“Tags” or “Tagging” is attaching words and phrases that are related to a pattern. The search feature uses tags to narrow down more specific results. For instance, in the tag field, if you add “summer” as a tag for a pattern of a light cotton sun dress, later when you are looking for summer dresses to make, you can now search that term and it will narrow the search results to only include patterns with text in the entry that have the “summer” tag or have “summer” in the entry text.
One great way to use tags is to enter names as reminders for projects you want to make friends and family.
No. Users can only add new, edit and delete patterns of his or her own collection.
How do I add my own images to PatternFile?
After opening a pattern entry and clicking “edit” or while adding a new pattern, you may add your own images to the pattern entry. Under the large white boxes on the left hand of the screen, there is a button that says “Add.” Click the button and a new window will pop up. At the top of the new window click “browse.” From there, you can chose an image that is on your computer.
This is the envelope pattern size range located on the outside front of your pattern. In the box below “size” start typing. The program will start listing size ranges to chose from. Click the size range you wish to log.
What if the pattern size I want is not listed in the drop down box?
You can add your own custom sizes by clicking the drop down arrow in the very right corner of the box. Select “Edit Sizes.” A new window will appear. Here you can name your custom size, select the range, click “Create” and then “Done.”
To delete a custom pattern size, go to “Edit Sizes,” chose the size you wish to delete from the list on the left hand side of your screen. Click “Delete,” then “Done.”
To edit a custom pattern size, go to “Edit Sizes,” chose the size you wish to edit from the list on the left hand side of your screen. Click “edit,” make your desired changes then click “Done.”
If you have more than one copy of a pattern, instead of logging the whole pattern again, you can just make a copy. This copy is a new entry and can be edited. From the main screen, click to open the pattern you wish to duplicate. Click “copy” in the top right hand corner of the pattern details window.
If you have two copies of a pattern in different sizes, go through the steps of copying a pattern. Then in the main screen, chose the duplicate and click the “edit” button in the top right hand corner of the window. Make your changes and save.
To delete a pattern, open the pattern by clicking on the image. When the pattern details window appears, click the “edit” button in the top right corner. The edit window will appear. At the top right corner of the edit window, click “delete.” The pattern entry will now forever be deleted from your PatternFile. Images will remain on your computer in the folder that stores your PatternFile images.
At the top of the screen click the “Friends” button. This will take you to the list of your PatternFile Plus Friends List. In the top left of the screen click “Invite a friend.” Here you can ask your friends to join your PatternFile Plus friends network and to subscribe to PatternFile Plus if he or she is not already a subscription member. Invites may be sent via user name if the person already has a subscription, or a personal email within Patternfile if he or she does not have an account. Email is the easiest way to invite a friend whether or not they have PatternFile Plus a subscription.
Pattern File friend requests may be accepted via email or withing PatternFile. To accept a friend request from within PatternFile: Click “Friends” at the top of the screen after launching the software. This will take you to your friends list. In the top left hand corner of the Friends screen, click “My Invites.” This will take you to a list of people who have requested to be your friend and whom you have sent friend requests. Click “accept” next to the person’s invitation.
Click the “Friends” at the top of the screen located right of the “Patterns” button. This will take you to a list of your friends. Click the friend you wish to edit. On the left side of the screen, under the date your friend joined PatternFile, there is a small box next to the word “color.” Click the color box and a color pallet will drop down. Chose the new color you wish to indicate your friends pattern collection the main search view.
How do I unfriend someone?
From the main screen, click “Friends” at the top of the screen. Chose the friend you want to delete by double clicking and opening their profile. On the left hand side at the bottom of the screen click the “delete” button. A propt will as if you are sure. Click yes. The friend’s collection will no longer appear in your searches and your friends list. This does not delete your friends account from the PatternFile network.
The Publisher verification process was created to help keep your computer safe from potentially malicious or unknown software. If a publisher should provide you with malicious content, the verification would allow that publisher to be found and made accountable. Vespertine Software is working on acquiring this level of verification to ensure your security, but in the meantime you are still protected by our End User License Agreement and have our assurance that PatternFile neither contains nor links to any malicious code.
If you have over 50 patterns logged in your PatternFile, there is about a 30-second delay before PatternFile fully launches. This delay does not mean the program has crashed or does not load.
We understand that our monthly or annual subscription fees can seem like a big commitment. But they are also away of enabling us to make a commitment to you. The subscription fees allow us to guarantee our users that PatternFile will continue to grow and get better and better. We are always looking for new features to add, or small changes to make things faster and easier for you. We will keep PatternFile up to date with modern operating systems and make sure you can count on it in the future.
First, from the My Account menu at the top of the PatternFile website, select “Login”. Enter your username and password and login to your PatternFile account. Then, from the My Account menu select “View My Account”. You should be directed to a page with options and buttons that allow you to modify your subscription method, change your payment information or cancel your account and recurring payments. If you cancel your recurring subscription you will continue to have access to subscription features for the period of time you have already paid for.
When your friends subscription becomes inactive their patterns will no longer appear on the pattern search screen. On the friends list their profile will appear faded. Your friend may have allowed their subscription to lapse accidentally. You may click on their profile to send them an email, letting them know that their subscription has become inactive and/or reminding them to renew.
How do I ask a friend about a pattern?
If you want to ask a friend about a pattern in his or her collection, you can send an email within PatternFile. Simply click on the pattern that your friend owns, in the upper right hand corner of the new window, click “email friend.” Compose your email and click send.
PatternFile 1.1 requires some manual installation steps. For more information go here: Installation Notes