It works fine for quick, short entries, but let’s face it: you’re not looking at my app because you have just a few colors of thread to keep track of. (It’s okay, I didn’t write it for that reason either.)
It was really important to me that data entry was something you could do easily, on your computer with a keyboard that’s easy to type on. That’s why I wrote the importer (and exporter!) – to make it easy to build up the information about your stash. All you need is a program that will produce a text file – Notepad (for Windows) or TextEdit (for Mac) is great!
The importer works by following a very specific set of rules to interpret the data that you enter and produce the stash list. As a result, it is very sensitive to making sure you follow the proper format. There’s a whole explanation for what is expected below, as well some template files and stash builders for commonly used items (like DMC or Anchor floss).
I encourage you to start small – it’s much easier to find a mistake in the file format when the file is very short. Every import adds to your existing stash, so there’s no reason to have to fit everything in at once. Also, be sure to export your stash as well – both to see what the program expects and to have a backup!