I suppose I should introduce myself… My name is Doug, I’m from Buffalo, NY USA and my main vocation for the last 40 + years has been working with various aspects of the theater with the last 36 years as a co-owner of a costume shop. My educational background includes computer programming (started the old school way - back when we used those things called punch cards - eeek), lots of drafting, a degree in civil engineering, multiple majors in technical theater - including costuming. Although it’s not my main concern, I’ve had plenty of programming experience with different OS systems & languages - including but not limited to, a somewhat rusty C++.
My side projects these days include photography and videography with live audio recording - which at one point included co-producing a local TV show that featured the local music scene. All these require extensive use of software programs, including but not limited to Corel Draw, Sony Vegas, Premiere, After Effects, Cubase, and Presonus Studio One… so I know my way around artsy & technical software programs
The reason I find myself here:
Besides lots of show rentals, we do a lot of custom period costume jobs for various costume designers across the country, and after a recent job - which I drafted a frock coat pattern from the Croonborg Blue Book of Men’s Tailoring - I decided I’m tired of drafting and hand grading patterns, and was postulating a way to use the scripting capabilities in Corel Draw when my partner suggested taking a look at Valentina… From my drafting background perspective I find it intriguing.
I’m not sure exactly what I can do, or how much I can do to help with Valentina going forward, I hope I might be able to bring a different real world experience to help out.