This afternoon I stumbled upon a cross stitch pattern generator I wasn't previously aware of as I folllowed links from one website to another to another as one does.
I ended up playing with it for over an hour and liked what I saw.
For those not familiar with online pattern generators, you upload a photo or other graphic, fill in a few blanks regarding finished size desired, fabric count, number of colors to use, etc and the program creates a pattern for you.
All patterns are in whole cross stitch only. There are no options available for half stitches or back stitching. There is also no way to chart blended needles.
It really is very self-explanatory once you get there. One thing to watch out for, though: the default floss brand is something called 'Ariadna'. The floss brand can easily be changed through a drop down menu and includes DMC and Anchor among others.
Also available on this page is a text generator for when you want to convert a line of text into cross stitch - also very simple. I just converts fonts, though. None of the alphabets with flowers on the letter, for instance.
My only problem I had with it was that a couple of times when I opened the edit box I couldn't see the entire menu. But I found that, when this happens, if you scroll to the bottom of the page and then hit the edit button, the entire menu will appear.
WARNING: in patterns with many colors, symbols may be repeated. I made a pattern with 76 colors and several symbols were used twice - for two very different colors. In the couple I made with over 150 colors ( I like photo reproductions) some symbols were used as many as 4 times, for 4 different colors. My guess is that the default floss brand has far fewer colors in the line than DMC and so it only has that number of symbols put into in the program.
In any event, worth taking a look at.
See it here: Coricamo.com
** not affiliated with company in anyway as owner, employee or customer. Just thought it was nifty.