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General questions

Why create Valentina? Aren't other patternmaking tools available?

  • Valentina users have full access to pattern creation. Some patternmaking tools allow limited modification to patterns provided as additional add-on purchases.
  • Valentina's interface is based on the holistic workflow of patternmaking. It is more user-friendly and more efficient than if it were created by modifying an existing tool designed for another purpose.
  • Valentina uses open data formats which are readable by any computer system. Other pattern files can be used only by designers, patternmakers, and manufacturers who have purchased compatible systems. Valentina's commitment to open data formats is intended to increase collaborative efforts between users regardless of native language, skill set, or computer system.
  • Valentina is open source code, which means it will remain focused on the needs of its community of small independent designers, patternmakers and manufacturers. Functionality can be extended to be what the users want it to be!

How can I grade patterns with Valentina? Can I create individual patterns for myself or for a customer?

  • Valentina users can create a range of sizes for each pattern using measurement files, allowing for precise sizing customization. Other pattern making software allows additional size creation through 'grading rules' based on averages of large databases of measurements, which may or may not reflect realistic body measurements. Some software tools require an add-on purchase in order to have 'grading' capability.
  • Valentina patterns can fit an actual person, of any ethnic group, using precision formulas and real body measurements.

Can I use my current patternmaking techniques with Valentina? How is Valentina different? How can I learn patternmaking techniques?

  • Users can use any patternmaking method they wish in Valentina.
  • Most patternmaking techniques use basic measurements and average proportions. Patterns made using basic measurements and average proportions require manual pattern adjustments to finish patterns for full or small busts, waists that are close in size or larger than hips, wide shoulders, muscular backs and necks, prominent abdomens, short or long waist lengths, etc. Valentina aims to provide tools to reduce the amount of manual work required for patternmaking.
  • There are many books which approach patternmaking by using formulas. Current books by Winifred Aldrich or Mueller and Sohn, or vintage books by M.Rohr or Ester Pivnick are good sources. Specific documentation for using Valentina is currently under development.

Can I use Valentina commercially?

Yes, you can. Valentina is free software, it doesn’t put restrictions on the kind of work you produce with it.

What’s the Valentina’s license, and how do I comply with it?

Valentina is distributed under terms of General Public License v3 and later. In a nutshell, this means:

  • You are free to use Valentina, for any purpose
  • You are free to distribute Valentina
  • You can study how Valentina works and change it
  • You can distribute changed versions of Valentina

Note that once you distribute modified version of Valentina, you also must publish your changes to the source code under GPLv3+ as well.

Someone sold or tried to sell me Valentina on a 3rd party website. Is this legal?

Yes, under terms of the General Public License this is perfectly legal, provided that the seller also gave you the source code of Valentina and any modifications he/she introduced.

Which platforms Valentina available for?

The Valentina team working on supporting of three main platforms: Microsoft Windows™, GNU/Linux™ and Apple Mac OS X™. You can download versions for these platforms from our download page.


When do you release the next version of Valentina?

We release both updates to the current stable version and development versions.

We cut new updates of the stable version in two cases: 1) some newly introduced bug is knowingly affecting a lot of users; 2) the amount of improvements and bug fixes is large enough to justify an update — typically, a few dozens of each, but there is no rule.

From time to time we will release unstable/development versions. It is highly depend on the current development stage and time we have for this.

Why can’t you announce dates of future releases?

Currently Valentins's team is small and at this point we don't have the resources to plan time-based releases.

Instead we provide a feature-based roadmap that roughly outlines, in what order we will be implementing various popular requests made by users.


I’m a developer. How do I help you?

Great! Please check the wiki for introduction on Valentina development.

I’m not a developer. Can I still help you somehow?

Absolutely! Here are some of the ways you can help us:

  • Post awesome pattern online and tell people you made it with Valentina.
  • Help new Valentina users in an online forum you visit.
  • Write a great tutorial on getting something done with Valentina and post it online.
  • Do a Valentina workshop in your local community.
  • Improve translation of Valentina and/or its user manual into your native language.