Originally Posted by buggainok
...The notion of getting on my computer and pressing a button and watching a machine cut something out is not terribly appealing to me. That's why I haven't bought a Cricut either.
I'm not making a judgment about folks who feel differently, just saying that it's not for me. I feel much the same way about digital stamps - I really enjoy the process of inking up a stamp and stamping the image, and then coloring it, too. I also like to sew and crochet...
I understand a lot of people have this opinion and its great that we all seem to have this community despite the differing views. I know for myself, I love working with computers, so my little CraftRobo is used quite a bit. I know there are probably people out there who just "use" the machine the premade designs. I love that if I have a particular shape in mind, I can go to my design software and create it myself. I can also recreate some of the more popular die shapes by building basic shapes and putting them together. I've worked out how to make my faux nesties in any size I want. I can make my own designs for embossing folders for any size card I want (within the limitations of my cutting bed). I've truly saved hundreds of dollars on dies, punches, and embossing folders using my CraftRobo to create them myself. And I love digi stamps too.
Originally Posted by stampencamper
I have weighed thoughts on this issue also. Mainly, the electronic don't do the embossing; and being electronic with computer changes, how many years will the electronic machine be compatible with matching the computer updates. I guess you could always buy a second hand computer for just the machine, but, that's requires another hook up and space. I just decided to not go the route of electronic, mainly because of computer updates, and extra space needed for another larger machine
There is a way around having another computer. There is software you can use (I think you can get some versions free) to run what is called a virtual machine on your computer. So if you have a PC, you could run a virtual Mac computer, or a machine with an older version of windows that is compatible with your cutter.
I am saving my pennies for a Zing. I've researched and read reviews till my eyes were about ready to fall out and I think this is the machine to go with. I'm putting the bug in hubby's ear - my birthday and Christmas are close together so I'm telling him he would only need to buy me the one big gift instead of two smaller gifts.