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Posted 12/28/2012 by scraphappypea in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 201,335
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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:59:27 PM
What do I need to be able to cut svg files and fonts from my computer? I do not want to be limited by cricut cartridges. Do I buy a cricut or a silhouette and what other software do I need?

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:07:10 PM
Unless you previously bought and registered SCAL or MTC software before the Provo Craft lawsuits against them, you can't cut svg files or computer fonts with Cricut.

Get a Silhouette.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:45:28 PM
Another option is the Sizzix Eclips. I had both the Silhouette Cameo and the Eclips, and I preferred the Eclips.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:33:53 PM
My preference is the KNK Zing.
It cuts heavier materials and it uses Make the Cut software.
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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:22:15 PM
If you go to the Sure cuts a lot or Make the cut sites you can see which machines they work with.

I personally use a Sizzix eClips with the eCal (SCAL for eClips) and am happy. Just depends on what you are looking for.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:54:25 PM
I own a Pazzles Inspiration and you are able to cut both svg and computer fonts using no cartridges. Pazzles also has a subscription library full of over 3000+ images that are downloadable in the Pazzles software file format. I'm playing with mine right now and you will love having an electronic die cutting machine. I can make most of the embellishments I used to buy!

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:31:04 AM
When my Gypsy dies, I will be getting a Sizzix Eclips as well. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this machine. I also don't really enjoy HAVING to use a computer when I scrap. I have SCAL for my Cricut E now, and I hardly use it. Don't know why. I have a laptop, so it's not a big deal to hook it up. That's just not how I roll when I am in the scrappy zone.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:20:11 AM
I have a Pazzles and I love it!!!! I use the SCAL software, its very used friendly. The Pazzles software is a little less user friendly, but it is loaded with creative possibilities! They also have awesome customer service! It's a great machine!!!!
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