- can run on Linux
- supports liftplans
- freeware or has a free version
I chose to start with WeaveDreamer because it meets all of my criteria.
WeaveDreamer can run on Linux, Windows, or Mac, but requires Java Runtime version 8 or higher. After downloading and extracting the files, opening the program is just a matter of right clicking and selecting to open it in Java runtime. I have Ubuntu, however, with which .jar files aren't automatically executable. I had to right click the WeaveDreamer file, choose 'properties,' then 'permissions,' and tic the box 'allow executing file as a program.' No problem after that.
How about some screenshots?
|Welcome screen upon first starting the program|
Closing out that screen leaves a blank window. So, following the directions and clicking file > New, brings up the weaving draft properties window . . .
Playing around with the properties . . .
|Ready for my design|
This is the first square on
my twill gamp dishtowel;
point twill threading and twill & reverse treadling.
Any area can be copied by hitting shift plus left-click mouse drag. There are two choices to paste: paste or paste special.
|Options for 'paste special.' I haven't experimented with these yet.|
|This one is from Handweaving Magazine's online library of free WIFs.|
I can edit individual cells in the WIF file, changing color, threading, tie-up, or treadling.
|So, that's disappointing.|
The liftplan option is chosen in the draft properties box. And liftplan must be selected to choose more than one cell in a treadling row. In the tie-up mode, only one cell per row can be selected in the treadling.
So, it's limited, but is it still useful? My best use, at the moment, will likely be to create a draft and then take a screenshot to share with you. Being a basic program, there's no steep learning curve, so that's another plus for anyone new to weaving software.
Conclusion? I'll use it for the moment, but continue to explore options.