The current version of Journal Six creates stitch patterns from pre-existing images using many sophisticated processing options. You can go from an image to a high quality stitch pattern in a matter of minutes. Hatch and stipple modes work beautifully with photographs.
The assumption is that you already have an image to process. What if you are starting from scratch? Currently your only option is to use a graphics program such as MS-Paint, Photoshop, etc. This is a solution that works well, but these programs are not optimized for stitch patterns.
I'm toying with the idea of adding a sketchbook with some paint-like functions optimized for stitch patterns. Above are some icon drawings I've done for a possible sketchbook. I'll let you use your imagination in regard to what they might eventually do.
Now the big caveat: I can't guarantee that this will ever see the light of day. If you buy Journal Six, buy it for what it does now, not for what might be there tomorrow. If the sketchbook does make it into Journal Six, it will be a free upgrade for existing customers.