Silhouette Studio Designer VS. SCAL

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Posted 3/31/2013 by Yelise in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 517,470
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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:16:59 PM
I thought I had seen a post about this recently, but I cannot find it. I have finally gotten a Cameo. I own SCAL2, but I was thinking about purchasing the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. What would be the benefit of purchasing the Designer edition? Is there anything I can do with it that I cannot do with SCAL? Do you find them similar in ease of use? I have found a good deal on the Designer software, so it's not a problem buying it. But if I don't need to, I can spend that money on something else. Thanks for your "Pea" advice.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 12:25:50 PM
If you already own SCAL2 it really is not necessary for you to upgrade to the Designer Edition. I have both, SCAL2 and the Designer Edition. I upgraded ages ago when the Designer Edition was first released. My reason for doing so was simply because I had a PC that always froze up on me and I found that when I had to many programs open, my computer ran painfully slow. Also, I prefer to work within the Studio software rather than having to use a second program. You might want to give SCAL2 a try before spending your $$ on something to feel that you don't need.

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Posted: 3/31/2013 1:52:18 PM
I believe you need SCAL3 for your Cameo - it is a free upgrade if you own SCAL2 already. It also installs as a separate program, so if you are still using SCAL2 for a Cricut, it will still be able to work with that.

I have both SCAL3 and SSDE. I have found that I actually prefer working with SSDE. Somethings just worked a little better with SSDE, but I have since found out that these same features are available in SCAL3, I just hadn't found them. ***All these features are available in the free SS**

I really prefer the Offset feature in SS and a few other things. The Print & Cut is great.

The thing that I like most about having the DE version of SS is the rulers show on the sides of the mat. I lay out several colors of paper or vinyl on one mat to cut all the layers at once. Much easier with the rulers visible.

Since it won't cost you anything to upgrade to SCAL3 - you could compare for now.


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Posted: 3/31/2013 3:26:18 PM
Thanks for the advice Ladies!

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Posted: 3/31/2013 4:42:38 PM
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Posted: 3/31/2013 6:03:42 PM
How much us the upgraded version of silhouette studio and do you need it? I just bought a silhouette, so I am using the program that came with it.



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Posted: 3/31/2013 7:51:05 PM
It retails for $50. You don't need it. It just offers some additional features. See the comparison here:

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