Have to confess that my 'go-to' place for charts is my computer - where I keep my charting software, as I haven't found anywhere that does exactly
the chart I want to stitch. Even if the image is right, the cropping is frequently wrong as far as I'm concerned, or the colour count, or the size in stitches, or the dithering or the fact there are no blends, or insufficient blends. Not that I'm picky or anything.
I will vouch for Richard's software. I can't find charts that have the level of detail, number of colors/blends, or the size of the design that suits me. Like Richard, I'm not picky.
But I want what I want and I hate to compromise.
richardandtracy wrote:...As for chart type, I always use paper at the point I stitch. A PDF download will need a paper printout at some time as far as I'm concerned. Printers can sometimes be cheaper than a replacement ink cartridge. Recently I've seen some offers at £30 - keep an eye out for them. They could possibly be paid for/partly paid for by the difference between the paper & pdf price for the chart, then you have the printer for other purposes.
Richard makes a good point about printers. The less expensive printers get you in the wallet when buying ink cartridges since they usually have all-in-one cartridges that are quite pricey. They advertise all-in-one cartridges like it's a good thing, but really all they're telling you is they're gouging you for ink colors you don't need in order to get the ink colors you do need because you have to buy expensive four-color cartridges. By spending a little more on the printer, you'll pay less for the ink. The more expensive printers have individual ink cartridges, so if you run out of one color, you can buy and install just that color cartridge.
And then, there's always Kinkos to get a PDF printed for a couple of bucks.