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  • Main window
  • Main window
  • Main window
  • Options
  • Add text
  • Open pattern
  • Palettes
  • Main window

Editorial review

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Roberto Jimenez Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 3.7
BeadTool allows you to create bead patterns in square, loom, brick, and peyote stitches. In the main window you can see, at the top, the main toolbar and main menu; on the left, the drawing toolbar; on the right the tab panels, bead list, and quick palette; at the center is the working area.
The main menu includes all the options. The main tool bar includes quickly access to most common used actions: new, open pattern, open picture, save pattern, print pattern, zoom in, zoom out, toggle picture, transfer picture onto a pattern, put text into your pattern, and undo action. The drawing tool bar includes a pencil for freeform drawing, eraser, selection of a portion of your pattern for editing, dropper, flood filler; draw lines, triangles, diamonds, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, ellipses, and rectangles. To print a pattern you have to consider 3 elements: color chart, word chart, and color legend. Color chart allows you to switch on and off to print in the pattern; Word chart includes the rows of the patterns and the direction; Color legend shows the color of beads that correspond to the bead it's representing. It includes many models of patterns. You can export patterns to formats BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, and SVG. Trial version doesn't allow you to save, print or export.


  • It includes a lot of models of patterns. You can transfer pictures to create patterns.


  • Trial version doesn't allow you to save, print or export.

User reviews for BeadTool

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    mm 3 years ago
    — BeadTool 4 hangs on export to svg

    I am trying to use this program (either export to pdf (something in the export to pdf function prevents import into other vector editing programs), and export to svg hangs up. Any help out there?

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What's new in version 4.4

- Right Angle Weave stitches
- Native American Gourd stitch
- Save sections of your patterns for pasting into different patterns later
- View your entire pattern using the Overview window
- Organize all your patterns & palettes using a built-in library
- Use the Palette Editor to create brand-new palettes
- Use the Layout Editor to create fully customizable printouts

Publisher's description

This official description applies to version 4.4

Even if you've never used beading software before, you'll have no problem unleashing your creativity with BeadTool. Everything you need to design beautiful bead patterns is right there in front of you - presented in an intuitive user interface. If you ever get stuck, there are some nifty instructional videos that walk you through various tasks.
Creating bead patterns from photographs has never been easier. Load most of the common image file formats such as JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PICT and with a few clicks you can have a beautiful pattern