Sunday, March 20, 2011

Creative Challenges with the Cricut

The Cricut cutting machine has been making the news on many blogs recently because of some legal issues.  Provo Craft, the owner of the Cricut franchise, has been pursuing some of the companies who make software that can be used to control the Cricut.  I'm not going to go into all the details or have a big debate over it since you can easily find that information on other blogs.

Why do I bring this up, then? Purchasing the Cricut was a huge investment for us and we are depending on it to help our business.  The official way of using the Cricut is to use various cartridges with patterns for cutting.  Because of the kind of work my husband wanted to do, we would have to find a third-party software that would allow us to have the Cricut cut our original art work.  That's when we found Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL). Cartridges work great for a lot of people, but it's just not our thing.

One of the other companies that makes software similar to Sure Cuts a Lot has settled with Provo Craft and will no longer be able to sell software compatible with the Cricut.  The maker of Sure Cuts a Lot is also being sued and will most likely suffer the same fate.  Even if you don't want to come up with your own art, there are some fun blogs out there offering free art or cutting files and there are sites that sell some of the most amazing creations that you can cut on your machine.  If this is something you have thought about doing, you'll want to buy the SCAL software before it has to sever its ability to connect with the Cricut.  Here are some great resources to check out.

Purchase the SCAL software here.
SVGCuts.com - offers some free art files to cut and has a store for purchasing amazing cutting projects
The Free SVG Blog
FreeSVGfiles.com

By the way, SVG is a type of file format (like PNG, JPG, GIF, etc.) that works well with the SCAL software.  It's also good to understand that there are several other companies who also manufacture cutters, so make sure you do your research before investing in a machine.  Go over to this blog if you want to try to win a Silhouette cutting machine.

1 mad comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

This is great to know! I've seen quite a few bloggers talk about their SCAL software. Is it less expensive than the Cricut software...is that way they'd prefer that over the manufacturer's version? Thanks for sharing!

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