About a month ago, I bought PC Stitch Pro (Amazon link). The software isn't perfect, and lacks things like keyboard shortcuts, but their pattern printing is pretty good. I'm not so keen on embroidering a photo, which seems to be their selling point--and it can turn photos into stitching patterns-- but it's fun to do pixel art that will become a cross stitch pattern complete with symbols and matching DMC floss numbers. This was my first pattern edited with the software:
Robots, naturally! Robots in love. It turned out well enough, and I really like the heart, which is outlined in double-flossed backstitches. Unfortunately it's been so long that I'm out of practice when it comes to other stitches, like the French knot. These little robot buddies are supposed to have red and green status indicator lights, but I can't get my knots to knot. A lot of practice is required, and I suspect a lot of practice will be forthcoming. My current project (or I should say, one of my current projects) is stitching out the logo for Ben's team at work, "Faster Google". They have a shiny red racecar, and I've already got a pattern printed from the image he sent me.
Edit: Ben thought that I had stitched a pair of Whos from the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.