New to Silhouette - Why Use MTC?
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Posted: 5/25/2011 4:30:21 PM
I am new to the Silhouette, and have recently seen posts about using MTC and SCAL - why do you use these programs, what are the benefits, and is it better than just using the Silhouette alone? TIA!

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Posted: 5/25/2011 7:49:59 PM
I'd be interested in the answer to this as well.


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Posted: 5/25/2011 8:52:02 PM
I think a benefit to some would be that they could cut SVG files.



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Posted: 5/25/2011 9:19:34 PM
I think most people use it to cut SVGs as of right now Silhouette Studio. Not sure it will. I don't have any SVGs so I don't use SCAL or MTC



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Posted: 5/25/2011 9:23:14 PM
I don't have a Silhouette, so I'm not sure if you can make your own designs with their software. I believe you can do that with MTC.


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Posted: 5/25/2011 9:35:42 PM
Thanks for the info - very helpful! Are there certain sites that are best for svg files?

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Posted: 5/25/2011 9:53:35 PM
SVGs are probably the main reason. Also, a lot of people who used it with the Cricut already know how to use it so it makes sense to use it with the Silhouette.


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Posted: 5/25/2011 10:41:07 PM
There are lots of blogs etc where people post free svgs that they have made. But there are also lots of sites that sell svgs for a small fee. If you just do a google search lots of places will come up.

I really like the svgs & other graphics made by lettering delights. You can use the graphics for print and cuts. Or with a little now how and patience turn the simpler graphics into svgs to cut as well.


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Posted: 5/25/2011 11:33:36 PM
The Silhouette Studio program does not have the ability to cut SVG files. I use a lot of Lettering Delights graphics and SVGs for my projects and the easiest way for me to cut them out with the Silhouette cutter was to use the Make-the-Cut program.

Here are some of my Lettering Delights projects that I have cut with Make-the-Cut. Most of the projects since March this year were cut using the Silhouette and Make-the-Cut.

My Lettering Delights Gallery


Before yesterday, the only way to use MTC to cut to the Silhouette was by the printer driver. It was a tedious process but with the release of the new (beta) plug-in, I can now cut my Lettering Delights SVGs with the click of a button. Better still, I can even do print-and-cut with the Silhouette with Make-the-Cut.

Even though the plug-in is still in Beta, it is already a welcomed release. If anyone here uses SVGs and have been wanting to use your Silhouette to cut them out, I urge you to give Make-the-Cut a try. Just download the FREE trial from the following link and then access the Silhouette plug-in from the second link.

Free MTC trial: http://make-the-cut.com/

MTC Silhouette Plug-in: http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/15971/silhouette-sd-beta-plug-in-available


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Posted: 5/26/2011 12:03:28 AM
I own Make the Cut and my Silhouette is on it's way (YAY!) and I love MTC because it's very user friendly...I've never used Silhouette Studio but I know I will continue to use MTC as well because I'm familiar with it and it's very easy to use.


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Posted: 5/26/2011 10:20:55 AM
I haven't had my Silhouette for very long so I am certainly no expert, but I have converted a couple of SVG files to gsd or possibly dxf (not sure which) using Inkscape - which is free - even though I have SCAL.


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Posted: 5/26/2011 11:43:35 AM

I haven't had my Silhouette for very long so I am certainly no expert, but I have converted a couple of SVG files to gsd or possibly dxf (not sure which) using Inkscape - which is free - even though I have SCAL.


Can I ask why you'd convert them instead of cutting the SVG's through SCAL? This entire thing is confusing to me.

I have a Cricut and SCAL. I've bought/downloaded several SVG's I cut. BUT, I WILL buy the new 12" Silhouette when it comes out. I think I asked this before, but will I be able to hook my computer up to the Silhouette, and cut the files I have saved on SCAL without having to do anything to them? And then, if I want to cut something I buy from the Silhouette store, I will be able to do that easily without having to use SCAL?

Does that make sense?

I'm just concerned I won't be able to use all the SVG's I currently have and love because I'll be using a different cutter that cuts different file types. I hope to be able to do both?


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Posted: 5/26/2011 1:17:23 PM

Can I ask why you'd convert them instead of cutting the SVG's through SCAL? This entire thing is confusing to me.

Actually I like the Silhouette software and it's not that difficult to do. I really haven't been able to find much information on using SCAL with the Silhouette.


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Posted: 5/26/2011 1:25:43 PM
I think the Silhouette software is very easy to use, and you can definitely design your own things with it! You can't cut SVG files, but you CAN import GSD files and cut those. With the wide variety of files out there, I don't know why you would use SCAL or MTC if you don't already know how to use them...unless there are some SVG files you are DYING to cut! And even then, using Inkscape you can convert them to GSD files and then import to the Silhouette software.

BTW, the Silhouette software didn't used to be nearly as good as it is now. So a lot of people used other programs to design and then cut. I used to use Funtime, but now I strictly use the new Silhouette software. It's now Mac compatible, so I am a huge fan!


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Posted: 5/28/2011 12:24:01 AM
I just remembered another thing (and I apologize if it's been brought up and I missed it). With Silhouette Studio you can cut fonts but they have to be installed on your computer. It doesn't work with the programs that temporarily load fonts like The Font Thing, Amp Font Viewer, etc. With MTC you can temporarily load a font and cut it without having to actually install it on your computer.


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