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Sure Cuts A Lot ups its game

If you haven’t taken a look at Sure Cuts A Lot lately, it might be time. There’s especially good news if you are…

… a font lover with Windows (as of v4.008 works in Windows and Mac)
…. a Brother Scan and Cut owner
…. a Pazzles Vue owner
…. or an iPad or Android tablet user

Craft Edge has released both Sure Cuts A Lot 4 ( $59.99 new or 19.99 upgrade for registered SCAL users) and the Sure Cuts A Lot app in recent weeks.

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SCAL4 has lots of new features including easy alignment, a stencil tool and conical warp, but the best one, in my opinion, was not announced. You can now get to all the characters in fonts like Samantha and Cantoni (PUA encoded) from the SCAL4 font palette. This makes SCAL4 the very best option for diecutters looking to use these advanced fonts, since a click of the mouse brings each character onto your mat in proper proportion as editable type.

SCAL4WinSam

Unfortunately, for now this only works on the Windows version. (Please let support@craftedge.com know you’d like the Mac version to support extended character sets, too.)
We were heard! Thanks for adding your voice and thanks, Craft Edge, for responding so quickly! Here’s a video on this

Brother Scan and Cut owners will be happy to know that SCAL4 can export to Brother’s native .fcm format!

export as fcm

While you can’t cut directly from SCAL4 (or any other software including Brother’s) to a SnC, you can design anything you like, or import an existing SVG, export it to a thumb drive and cut without going through their cumbersome Canvas web app. SCAL4 can cut directly to a large number of cutters including the Pazzles Vue. Actually so can the latest version of SCAL3, I’m just late figuring this out.

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While you won’t find Cricut Explore on this direct cut list, SCAL4 is a great companion to the Explore because it can export to SVG for vector upload into Design Space. In addition to designing from scratch, SCAL4 can import .ai, .eps and vector .pdf files and convert them to .svg. SCAL4’s line fill effect is also helpful for creating write files with letters and shapes you want the pen to color in.

SCAL’s tablet app (9.99 via Apple’s App Store or Google Play) allows you to design for any cutter offline (away from the cutter and from the internet) and then transfer your designs to your computer to cut. If you also have SCAL4 desktop you can control it from the app to be able to cut from the tablet to supported cutters like the Cameo and Vue. Here’s a first look at the SCAL app from Rob at Scrappy Dew.

January 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm 69 comments

Pattern overlay tiles for Silhouette Studio and SCAL

I am enthralled with the drag and drop on SSDE, and love playing with patterns and especially seamless tiles. One disadvantage of pattern fills, though, is that they can’t be recolored. If you use cuttable shapes instead, then you can’t fill your shapes as easily, or change the scale, angle or position after you’ve filled the shape. I got to thinking about some ways around this and came up with transparent tiles that when filling an object stacked on top of an identical colored object, can create a variety of looks.

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I’ve created 4 of these tiles for starters, gingham, chevron, honeycomb and houndstooth. I love how many looks can be achieved with these tiny files that won’t bog down SS, and hope you’ll enjoy them, too.

Download the tiles below by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As” (depending on your browser) to be sure you get the full resolution file. They will not look right on your screen because they are white and transparent, but they will behave properly once you drag and drop them into a shape, or fill a shape by Object>Modify>Crop. Then click the Pattern Fill button (on the top with blue dots) and then the Advanced Options link at the bottom of the panel to reach the scale and rotate controls, etc.)

ginghamoverlay

Right click and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for gingham overlay tile

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Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for chevron overlay tile

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Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for hexagon overlay tile

houndstoothoverlay

Right click above and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” for houndstooth overlay tile

Tip: If you save these in My Patterns, hover over the swatch in the pattern fill menu to see which is which.

Tip: Fill the bottom shape with a gradient for an ombre look.

Tip: Fill the bottom shape with a pattern and vary the transparency of the overlay filled shape on top for a variety of interesting looks.

Tip: These tiles can be used in SCAL via Appearance>Fill>Pattern then loading the desired tile. They can also be added to your My Patterns folder.

There are dozens of full page size overlays linked over at Mel Stampz. These work in a similar way as the tiles above but can bog down Silhouette Studio because of the large file size so use sparingly.

Update: Video on how to use these tiles is here

July 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm 24 comments

Silhouette software comparison updated

It’s been over a year since I visited the details of each software package available to drive a Silhouette cutter. There’s still no clear winner for everyone, because so much depends on what you want to do, how much learning curve you are willing to endure and how much you want to spend, not to mention personal preference. I have made a radical update to my comparison chart to help you choose what’s right for you among Silhouette’s own software, Make the Cut or Sure Cuts a Lot. Funtime Pro is also an option now, but I’ve not had a copy to compare so the items on the chart in that column are provisional at best. Hoping for some input from Funtime users on this. I know many of you are like me, and already use more than one of these software packages. In that case, I hope this chart will help you find the best one for the task at hand.

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In addition, I’ve added a detailed chart on file formats. Most of you can probably skip this, but if you are interested in being able to cut a particular file format (or a lot of them) then this may help you make a decision. This information may also be helpful to designers choosing which file formats to offer.

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(Click each image to open/download the corresponding PDF)

Note: this chart was revised 3/24/13 to include new features in Make-the-Cut v4.6.0

March 19, 2013 at 10:42 am 15 comments

Silhouette software options compared

With the popularity of the Cameo (and earlier SD model), and the introduction of premium software from Silhouette, there are lots of questions about which software is best. There’s not an easy answer, because it depends on what you want to do, and how much you want to spend. I have prepared a comparison chart to help you choose what’s right for you, Silhouette’s own software, Make the Cut or Sure Cuts a Lot.

Download the PDF here

Update: For the latest comparison click here.

January 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm 20 comments

Cricut software comparison chart update

IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of March 14, 2011, MTC no longer supports Cricut.

With new official releases of SureCutsALot and MakeTheCut finalized in the last few days, I have been busy updating my comparison chart. So click below for the latest on who does what, current for SCAL 2.038 and MTC 3.2. By the way, both MTC and the comparison chart are celebrating their first anniversary this week.

CricutSoftwareCompare122410.pdf

December 24, 2010 at 12:23 am 8 comments

Make stamp mats with SCAL -video

Don’t have SureCutsALot yet? Get info/order here.

(To see how to do this in MTC, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

October 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm 27 comments

SCAL and MTC both get major updates

Craftedge released on update of SureCutsALot that brings Mac users up to parity with their Windows counterparts and also adds such features as text on a path, open path cutting and line styles.

Make the Cut also released version 2.2.0 which features a rebuild of the interface, layers capability the ability to cut to a number of other cutters besides the Cricut through a full color print function. This version of Make the Cut also features the long promised and somewhat controversial feature that allows owners of Cricut Design Studio to back up the images in the carts they own to SVG files.

My comparison chart has been updated. Get the PDF version here.

March 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm 11 comments

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