Baby Pea Step
Loc: Hertford, UK
|Posted: 1/6/2014 4:29:49 AM|
Happy New Year
My lovely boyfriend bought me a cricut for Christmas which I adore but just discovered I can't buy or download svg files to it. The only option seems to be by using Sure Cuts a Lot software, version 2 which seems to not be available anymore. Can anyone help, with other options, or point me in the right direction of where I can get my hands on the software?
Any help will be so gratefully received.
Loc: In the South
|Posted: 1/6/2014 6:27:46 AM|
You're going to have a hard time finding a legal copy that actually works with the Cricut. It's not the software people that are the problem. It's ProvoCraft, the makers of the Cricut. They do not want 3rd party software used with their machine. I'm sure since it is a newly bought machine, it's probably already loaded with a firmware version that blocks SCAL. The firmware is what runs he machine.
ProvoCraft sued the makers of the 3rd party software and now block their use. It's all so you are locked into buying your images from ProvoCraft.
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: NE Illinois
|Posted: 1/6/2014 7:55:11 AM|
CrazyHare is correct. If your Cricut is new I too feel that the software on it would block SCAL.
Do you or does he still have the receipt? If so, I'd explain it to him and take it back. There are other cutters out there that you can get SVG files and cut them.
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|Posted: 1/6/2014 8:57:06 AM|
If your boyfriend bought you a new Cricut, you won't be able to use the software. Only older machines and those with the earlier versions of the software are able to use the software. The rights are not transferable, either. Once the software has been loaded to a computer, it cannot be sold to someone else to load on their computer, too. If someone tells you they have the software, brand new, etc. for your Cricut, chances are pretty good that it is either a scam or a pirated copy that may not work, anyway. Be very wary of anyone saying they have third party software to sell that will work with your Cricut.
The Cricut is still a decent cutter, especially the Expression 2. You can use the online software Cricut Craft Room (CCR) to get more versatility from your machine and cartridges, since that software will let you weld shapes and letters and more.
No, it will not let you use SVG files. But I think CCR will let you download individual designs so you don't have to buy entire cartridges (if you only like one or two of the images from a cartridge).
You have a sweet boyfriend to buy you an electronic cutter. He can't be faulted for not knowing it couldn't do everything you would like.
Just curious, which Cricut did he get you? And would he be upset if you returned it and got a Silhouette instead? A Silhouette would probably cost a little more, and you'd need the designer software to use SVG files, which would add to the price, but it is a better machine.
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