Hope this is ok to post...it doesn't compete with FW as far as I can tell
(and I have nothing to do with this company -at all!) and it seems to be a
terrific complement to FW. It's a small, free utility just for making
textures and patterns. I also recommend downloading the samples as they can
also be used as starting points and to learn how make your own patterns and
textures and see some of the possibilities. Really makes doing patterns and
textures a snap or altering an existing one to better meet your needs.