Cricut software comparison

December 22, 2009 at 12:41 am 51 comments

I have seen so many questions and there is so much information to slog through, that I put together a chart with as many relevant parameters as I could think of. I anticipate frequent updates in the near term so please send others to this page instead of sharing the file. Thanks for your cooperation.

Click here to download the latest chart in PDF format

Latest update 12/23/10. MTC 3.2 and SCAL 2.038

You may also be interested in the 4 part series on this blog

or a short comparison article from Darcy

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51 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heidi  |  December 22, 2009 at 1:02 am

    You are SO awesome. I love your blog because you always share something that is important and helpful. Thanks for all the good info….I just bought SCAL2 so I’m not sure I will be changing, but this will be helpful when I decide…..

  • 2. Vidamor  |  December 22, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I had SCAL and SCAL2, but when I demoed the MTC software, I had to have it. The interface is just so much nicer and more fluid. The ease of use is great. If anything, you should at least give the free demo version a try. And if your interested, I found a coupon code when I bought mine that saved me an 10%. It’s MATT-IIPM (all caps).

    • 3. sarah  |  February 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      hello, just wondering where you used this code and if it’s still good?

  • 4. Beverly  |  December 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

    This is AMAZING…to see the comparisons, thank you so much for doing this. I agree, you always come up with very useful information that no one else thnks of!!

    I was intrigued by the new software, and I haven’t had scal2 for very long, but use it regularly along with my cartridges i have. My thinking is scal2 will add any feature it can that others have, so think i’m staying where i am.

    Competition is good though, makes others try harder!

  • 5. Marg  |  December 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

    this comparison chart is terrific. thank you for doing this.

  • 6. andy  |  December 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

    thanks for doing this!
    I am now working my way down the list and adding everything possible that has a “no” next to it.

    PDF support is interesting. Is this something that would really be worth adding?

    I love the “align” idea.

  • 7. andy  |  December 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

    oh yeah — and the initials are “MTC”, not “MCT”, but no big deal — just a heads up!

    • 8. Kay  |  December 22, 2009 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, fixin it on next update

  • 9. Beanie  |  December 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

    This is wonderful Thanks for doing this…. I am so loving this program. Sadly my SCAL2 is lonely

  • 10. Etha  |  December 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    This is terrific!! I’ve studied the table, you did a lot of work putting all this together!
    So far I have only worked with DS, not jumped on the scal wagon ;) The new software looks tempting though.

  • 11. Mary  |  December 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    This is a Great chart, great to see the differences!

  • 12. Darcy's Designs  |  December 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Great chart! Can we link to you from our web site? We are trying to put together a whole tutorial, video section for this great new software! Darcy :o)

    • 13. Kay  |  December 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

      Sure Darcy, I welcome and appreciate all links as long as they are to the blog post. Thank you!

  • 14. Brenda  |  December 23, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Thanx for putting this info together for us. I was curious about how the new software compares to scal2.

    Have you tried the George workaround? I would like to see a better photo of how to make one.

    Brenda in WA

  • 15. Vidamor  |  December 24, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hey, for all the Mac users:

    Right now there is no Mac version — BUT, if you use Parallels or Bootcamp, Make The Cut! will run just fine.

    I’m posting this because there are a lot of people who love the software but are bummed because there isn’t a Mac version.


    • 16. Kay  |  December 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm

      Just a reminder that Craftedge continues to support Mac users with a native version of SCAL2.

  • 17. Alice  |  December 26, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Hi, this table is amazing. I’d like to know if you’ll let me translate it (with all the credits to you) into Portuguese so I can post in a Brazilian forum.

  • 18. Natalie  |  December 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I love this chart. Good job, however; I cannot open it as a PDF. It says it is not the correct type of file…..hmm… I sure would like to save a version that I can see better.

    • 19. Kay  |  December 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm

      Try updating your Adobe Reader.

  • 20. susannah cuckow  |  January 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    have been using inkscape and scal for a while now,love the results i can get,tried various clipart and stuff to use the trial version of mtc and i have to say am not to impressed with the results you still have to do so much to get something you can use. with simple designs it works but think i will be sticking to scal and inkscape.

    • 21. angela mclean  |  January 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Susannah, that is exactly my experience also at the mo…. the MTC software is not advanced or stable enough as yet to trace with any decent results at all.
      Just downloaded the latest SCAL2 update and it is ace, so will be using this for a while at least.

  • 22. Angie C.  |  January 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I was wondering – if we buy scal, do we get these updates for free??


    ps. I love your blog! It’s what convinced me to buy a cricut!

    • 23. Deloris  |  January 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      The new update is free. Just go to the Craft Edge website and click downloads.

  • 24. Robin  |  January 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you so much for all the time you take to create information to help all of us with navigating through the confusion. I’m just starting out with sure cuts alot then mtc is released and I wonder did I order the wrong item? So you have helped me regain my sanity by putting my foot in front of the other and learning with what I have before jumping onto something else. Happy Blue Moon New Year!

  • 25. Debbie  |  January 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for putting all this information together.

  • 26. Deloris  |  January 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    The new update to SCAL2 is awesome. The break apart feature is something I will use a lot. Kudos to Todd at Sure Cuts A Lot. I love my Cricut and SCAL2 and use it all the time.

  • 27. Kathy  |  January 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Great comparison chart. I just purchased a cricut expression and was looking at MTC, but I was disappointed there was not a MAC version. Do you know if they are working on a MAC verison? I think I may try the SCAL 2…it looks like it is very similar to MTC.

    • 28. Kay  |  January 6, 2010 at 12:27 am

      MTC is not working on a Mac version at this time, but hasn’t ruled it out for the future. Personally, I would like to see Mac users support developers like craftedge who support the Mac platform. SCAL2 makes that easy as it is very close in feature set to MTC anyway.

  • 29. Kim  |  January 6, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I’m hoping to make the new upgrade tonight. I’m extremely happy to hear of the new upgrades to SCAL2 as I really did not want to purchase another program so similar so soon after I purchased SCAL2. I’m glad to see a little friendly competition to give us users what we want! Thanks peeps! You Rock!

  • 30. scrapbookcircus  |  January 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    …wonderful post! I’ve added you to my “worth reading” link list. Thanks! XO Char

  • 31. MamaD  |  January 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for all your work on this, Kay! Being a Mac user, I feel a particular loyalty to SCAL,too!

  • 32. Imam Nirwan  |  January 12, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Thank u..

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  • 34. Gardenwife  |  February 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    The PDF link at Mediafire gives me an error. Is there a new upload and link coming? Thanks so much for charting out the different features. It’s very helpful to me as I’m getting ready to choose between SCAL2 and MTC! :)

    • 35. Kay  |  February 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out, GW. I fixed the link so it is working now.

  • 36. Brenda  |  February 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you so much for keeping on top of all the upgrades to these programs. PC could definitely learn alot about responding to customer requests by taking a look at what Andy and Rob are doing. With all the changes to SCAL and MTC, I am finally able to use the programs without fear. I still need to work on Boolean functions, but overall I’ve learned alot. With the competition between the 2 non PC programs, the customer is definitely coming out the winner.

  • 37. Joyce Dillow  |  March 13, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I am thinking of buying Make The Cut but am confused. on the bottom of page 2 it says it uses .MCT files does this mean all the free .SVG files you see can’t be used in MTC. I learned a lot from your charts.
    Thank You
    Joyce Dillow

    • 38. Kay  |  March 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      Joyce, that line is for the *native* file format. If you look at the other lines on the chart you will see that MTC both reads and writes svg files.

  • 39. Barbara  |  April 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I emailed MTC and asked about doing it for Mac. They said they had no plans for making it Mac compatible in the future. I have been trying (with little success) to get Parallels and Win XP so I can use MTC, but so far, I have not had any luck. If I can’t get some help to do this soon, I will just go ahead and buy SCAL.

    • 40. Kay  |  April 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      Why not just get SCAL anyway and support the company that supports the MacOS?

      • 41. Barbara  |  April 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

        My main problem is that they say it is much harder to learn SCAL than it is to learn MTC. However, you are probably right. I should just get the one that I can use on my computer without computer problems. There is a learning curve with anything and I will have to learn whichever one I get…:-( It’s not that I am lazy or slow, I just have very little time. (Still learning how to use the Mac, after 10 years on a PC!) Thanks for the comment. You may have helped me change my mind!

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  • 43. Piglady  |  April 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I have just purchased the new Design Studio software by Cricut. I have not used it yet, but wondered if it is comparable to either Make the Cut or Sure Cuts Alot.
    Could I be lucky enough that it is a better option than either one of those previous two?
    I am looking at purchasing MTC but don’t want to duplicate expense or efforts if what I already have will work about the same. Thank you!

    • 44. Kay  |  April 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      CDS is very different from MTC or SCAL. The chart should show you the differences but basically with CDS works with the cartridges you have and MTC or SCAL use images that are not on cartridges. If you have a lot of cartridges, ideally you would have CDS plus MTC or SCAL.

  • 45. Barbara  |  April 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I just wanted to say that I finally decided to go with SCAL. Yes, it is a little confusing, but I have done a few things already and I am sure I will really enjoy it, once I get the hang of it. I just try to keep watching videos about it and mess around with different things. Thanks for all of the help!

  • 46. Piglady  |  May 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you Kay. I didn’t realize that “CDS” on the chart referred to my Design Studio disc!! I appreciate the helpful information and will probably decide to go with the MTC. I already have 12 various Cricut cartridges but really don’t want to invest in any more since the MTC seems to be so versatile. I gave the demo a try last evening.

  • 47. kammy  |  May 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I too looked at MTC and decided to go with SCAL since I am on a mac. Running parallels all the time is not an option for me.

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  • 50. hebs  |  April 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    if you are on a mac it has been decided for you. MTC is not compatible with mac.

    • 51. Kay  |  April 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Unfortunately, if you have a Cricut, it has been decided for you. Cricut Craft Room is the only option going forward. Gypsy and CDS are being discontinued and MTC and SCAL can no longer cut to Cricuts.


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