Full disclosure: Marco did give me a full version of this app at no cost for review. He did not tell me what to say in my review. The opinions below are my own, and any errors are also my own. My time to blog is limited and dear to me, so I only publish reviews of things I would be happy to recommend anyway.
Equipment note: I tested this app on my iPhone 4S. All photos are iPhone screenshots. If you have an iPad, you can take advantage of some features that make the most of the iPad’ s larger screen. Kinda makes me want to get an iPad for my next tablet (grin).
While we wait for the Yarnstead garden and my various craft projects to grow a little more, I’m happy to bring you a review of an iOS app for Ravelry.com called stash2go. If you want to use Ravelry from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, stash2go is a great choice. I’ve tried the Ravelry mobile site (a nifty work in progress), other apps on various devices, and the browsers on my phone and Kindle, but stash2go is my new favorite.
Stash2go is easy to read on a small screen and has a lot of great features. You log into Ravelry (and flickr if you want to upload photos to forums) on the login page. From there you go to the main stash2go page, where you’ll see a bunch of icons for your Rav stuff: projects, queue, friends, stash, needles, library, and more. Always along the bottom is a row of icons: stash2go (to get you back to the main page), yarns, patterns, shops, and login/logout. Stash2go remembers that you are logged in so you won’t need that icon too often.
The interface is different from the Ravelry website and takes a little time to get used to; however, it is very suitable for the size of a phone screen. You see all the basic functions at a glance and can dig deeper in the menus for more features if that’s what you need. No app can do everything the full Ravelry website can do, but stash2go can do a lot.
I started a new project from my iPhone for research (we like to say research around the Yarnstead because it makes us sound so sciencey!). And maybe because
it was a good excuse to start another project I got excited and wanted to see how much stash2go could do. So, using the app, I started my Kindle sleeve project, photographed it, cropped the photo using the photo editor within stash2go, and uploaded it. Before I decided to make a simple single crochet pouch, I used stash2go to search patterns.
I don’t use Ravelry much without wifi but thought it would be useful for my readers to know what stash2go can do offline. So I asked Marco and learned that you can do all the following offline:
-browse your own projects (entire project list + detail info for either only WIP or all projects including completed ones; can be changed in settings)
-within a project, any change of progress counters
-within a project, usage of row counters
-within a project, usage of the pdf viewer with arrows and moveable highlighter bar -browse your queued projects (entire listing + detail info for the first XYZ items; number of items to be downloaded can be configured in settings)
-browse your stashed yarn (entire listing + detail info for the first XYZ items; number of items to be downloaded can be configured in settings)
-browse your own library (single pattern detail info will only be downloaded, if you activate this in settings; default is switched off)
One feature I am looking forward to exploring more is the built-in PDF viewer. I usually view my pattern PDFs with my Kindle app, but soon I plan to try it in stash2go. If this feature is important to you, look at this Q & A under “how can I download patterns to my project?” for more information.
You won’t find yourself feeling stuck when you have a question about this app. There is an active group for the app on Ravelry, of course, and also the stash2go website and a support wiki. The release history there shows that stash2go is frequently updated, and some of these changes are based on user requests. Stash2go has a free version called stash2go lite, so you can try before you buy, and a paid version ($3.99).
I have three copies of the paid version to give away right here on my blog! So if you’d like to try to win a copy of stash2go, here are the details:
Leave a comment on this blog post by the wee beginning of May 27, 2014,12:00 a.m. U.S. Central Daylight Time. Your comment must include your Ravelry user name and the two things you most want to do on Ravelry with your iDevice. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator and notified by Ravelry message. Good luck!