Just as news of Penn State taking down Joe Paterno’s statue hit, an app called ‘Patterno’ crossed our desks, making several TUAW staffers perform a double-take.

The app, which is on sale for US$2 today (normally $19.99), allows you to interactively create tiled backgrounds. These are perfect for site designs, for Twitter/Facebook patterns, and so forth. If you’re an app developer, you might use them as a backsplash in your app art.

The app itself is easy enough to use, with a library of beautiful samples. You select a pattern style and then adjust the layout, random seed, art, and so forth. I have a query into the devs because I really couldn’t figure out if I could add custom PNG objects — something important for me, to create patterns related to my app icons — or if the app limits you to their collection, which I think may be the case.

Patterno $2 patterns today only and no association with Penn State

As for the name, developer Yaroslav Glushchenko of Slovena writes, “Our app had its first release two years ago, earlier than the Paterno case. We thought the title for the app was really good, since it sounds close to ‘pattern’ and gives some idea of usage right with its name.”

Neatberry wasn’t pleased to “collide” with the Penn State news but, “Re-naming the application doesn’t make sense. The app is well-known among designers and we have thousands of customers.”

Patterno is on sale today as part of Two Dollar Tuesday.

Patterno: $2 patterns (today only) and no association with Penn State originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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