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Old 01-21-2014, 05:28 AM   #1
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Provo Craft announced their new cutting machine today. It is called Cricut Explore. It sounds a lot like the Silhouette with the ability to cut fonts and images from your computer. I have both machines and don't feel the need to purchase a new one. I did not see a price on this one yet.
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Cricut Presents Explore, the World?s Easiest Design-and-Cut System | Business Wire

Suggested retail is $299.00
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Thanks for posting Denise. The price is average compared to other machines. It will be interesting to see what users think of it when it is finally released for purchase.
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TheOtherMeg is right about unreliable ProvoCraft. I don't trust them and wouldn't buy any of their products, first generation or otherwise. Also, PC's customer service is non-existent.

The Sizzix eclips2 remains my choice in terms of product quality and the company's great customer service. When it's announced, the price of the Bluetooth model will determine whether I'll buy that one or the basic version with a full ecal suite.
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I own 2 Cricuts and about 20 cartridges. I like my Cricut but was never able to use CCR. (I spent a better part of 2 days with Cricut support trying to get it to work and it would only work intermittently.) I wish CCR was a program that I could purchase and load onto my computer but that isn't going to happen any time soon! So I bought a Silhouette Portrait and I love it! The cuts are superior to those from a Cricut. I will probably never ever buy another Cricut cartridge but will continue to use what I have. From here on I will purchase cut files from Silhouette.
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It will be interesting to see the HSN debut launch and if it sells out or not. Seems like a lot of folks on the Cricut board are going to watch and wait for those users that have to have it.

Most of us were hoping for a newly designed Gypsy to use with our current machines.
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It will be interesting to see the HSN debut launch and if it sells out or not. Seems like a lot of folks on the Cricut board are going to watch and wait for those users that have to have it.

Most of us were hoping for a newly designed Gypsy to use with our current machines.
I will not be buying this either..just watching. LOL You have to be connected to the Internet to use the software and cut from your existing cartridges....No thanks! I love my Cameo and still am considering the Brother Scan and Cut.
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ProvoCraft says Explore software is not backward-compatible with the older Cricuts. They're officially doorstops now.
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I got caught up in the hoopla this past weekend. I am now going "Ugh! Not again!" If you read 2Peas I am going to sound like "Ugh! Not again!" on this thread. I just posted over there what I think.

I am not paying $10 a month to cut images I already own. That 25,000 subscription library is currently the library I own. Yes, I have about that many. I am a long time Cricut user. It's like my hubby said tonight. Do you think that 25,000 totals all the mats, shadows and blackouts for each cuts. Yes, I bet you it does.

Ten dollars a month to pay to cut SVG's and fonts. Silhouette Design Studio is $50 retail to cut SVG's. I did not do a fact check on that price. It's an estimate. I know you can always get Silhouette Studio for about $35.00 for the deals they run consistently. I own MTC. I don't use the DE. I just use the free Silhouette version. You don't have to rent Silhouette software. It's yours forever after you buy it. MTC & SCAL work on a variety of machines. If you buy it you can cut from all your different machines that are in your collection.

This is what made steam come out of my ears. The iPad app will be coming soon. I have been using the Cricut since it first came out and I have been waiting for several features on the machines that were promised to be coming soon. When the Gypsy first came out I asked when we would be able to unlink our cartridges. ProvoCraft gave me a date when it would happen. It was like three months after the release of the Gypsy. I am still waiting and it's been three or four years now. ! The iPad app will be ready in three to four years.

I thought with a new CEO and his new visions it would be different this time. It's the same thing again. I know I am a customer that is leery of them and this time it really could be different. I rather stay leery and keep my $300, plus $100 for the adapters I need to get everything to work for my crafting needs.
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it is truly the best machine they ever made, I love my cricut and use it all the time, 192 cartridges and my gyspy. the gypsy is awesome and I still don't understand why not bring it back. It is a god send and genious invention. Love my cricut (s) and always will.
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Too little too late IMHO for this new Cricut. I really like my Expression, still a great machine and I will continue to use it. But I really wish I had never bought my Imagine. I usually wait a long time before buying something like that but I got caught up in it all and bought it on HSN (not when it first came out, it had been reduced in price but still too much). I recently got a Cameo because I bought an original Silhouette machine at a garage sale and LOVED it and got the Cameo for my birthday. Unless Provocraft releases its strangle hold on the products, I really don't see them doing well.
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Thanks for all the info! I thought it looked cool but I'm like eh! Not interested but I have an original not updated Cricut expression that I can still use SCAL!

I still love my Cricuts and my cartridges but like others have said I like the portability of it. Provo Craft took our rights away from using SVG's maybe they should just keep it that way and let someone else have that market! Also, I agree with others here that they should UPDATE what they've created already!
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Provocative got a lot of negative feedback about the svg/subscription issue. They now say you can upload and cut them for free. That very good news to a lot of people that were still undecided if they wanted to buy the Exploe or not.

I won't be buying it. I'm saving up for the brother scanNcut.
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Provocative got a lot of negative feedback about the svg/subscription issue. They now say you can upload and cut them for free. That very good news to a lot of people that were still undecided if they wanted to buy the Exploe or not.

I won't be buying it. I'm saving up for the brother scanNcut.
This is what I am doing also..saving for the Brother ScanNCut!!!
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Meg- I so agree with what you wrote.

I for one would love an iPad app for my cutters. That would fit my lifestyle so much right now. I don't mind paying a reasonable price for it, especially if we have full features. One of my pet peeves is that I don't want to be online all the time with my iPad. I don't like being bugged with online things when I am reading or designing. I turn everything off. There is no way I am going to use PC's Design program with an iPad so I can be online constantly. I swear I don't know what is with this company and their crazy obsession with being online all the time.

Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Coming Soon! Another PC mantra that they are obsessed with that they can't let it go. I was a pcCrafter member. We used this software sold from ProvoCraft to organize our Hugware back in the day. The girls asked for keywords for the program. ProvoCraft said it was coming soon for like two years then they shut the site down for Cricut Craft Room. They also took this software that was buggy as all get out and made it into Cricut Design Studio. I notice these things. The girls asked for features on Cricut Design Studio and it was coming soon. The Gypsy is coming soon. The Imagine is coming soon. Still waiting for the two extra buttons on the Expression to be coming soon.

My favorite from the coming soon. They told one of my friends who is a HugSister they were bundling up Hugware content for the Imagine. That would be coming soon. She got that info from one of the bigwigs at PC. You know darn good and well they weren't planning that. They really hide behind that coming soon mantra.

I swear I am not bashing the Cricut. I really do love the designs. I am just stunned that even with a new CEO and a new restructured company they pulled out the coming soon stance. I wonder if the new Cricut Design Program is based on pcCrafter's Hugware software, ROFL! This coming soon thing for the new Explore just made me snap, lol.
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Meg- With PC stuck in the cloud. I keep thinking about Grand Theft Auto V. There is a catch phrase on one of the radio ads that says something like "Your in the cloud." Every time I hear that phrase I think ProvoCraft!

I don't want to be in the cloud. I know this is silly but when I use Cricut Craft Room I keep thinking PC is spying on me while I cut out a panda bear, lol.

Everything is cutting edge with ProvoCraft. It's so cutting edge they don't even know how to run it, ROFL! Anyone that has some history with that company knows that's true. One time one of the bigwigs sent me an e-mail asking me how to do configure something on the machine. I was just stunned. I am thinking "Shouldn't you know that already?" My husband was like "Aren't they supposed to help you?"

I admit I was really thinking about the new Explore. Right now that fits my needs. I have all my Cricut designs, I can use my SVG's but the best part I can have an iPad app! No more dragging my computer into my art studio. Oh, that would be heaven! Then PC said "Coming Soon!" I blew a gasket and then I started laughing. I was like "I can't believe they are doing it again with a new CEO!" I really believe ProvoCraft has a handbook devoted to the subject of Coming Soon.

You are so brave. I can't even go to the forum and read info. It always reminds me of cats slapping at each other.

I know I am dissing too. We both are in a fun way. I hope PC girls don't think we are attacking them. I am found the whole Explore thing so darn funny and ironic.

I hated the G when it came out. I was trying to play Tomb Raider on it. I would grab my Playstation Portable and start designing. Lay the Gypsy and PSP on the desk and you can get confused really quick. I am using the Gypsy a lot now since I have my computer in a different room. I dread the day she goes too. I had the Gypsy since launch and never had any problems. Of course when I got it I opened it up and started fixing things too.
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Meg, I heard about the app today and those !@#$%^ pre-designed projects. Sizzix Eclips are you listening? Good! Give me a fully functional iPad app and I will say to you "Cricut who?" That goes for you too Zing!

I am a computer geek. I loved Windows 3.1 very much. I will always have fond memories of it. I have moved on to new and improved operating systems, innovations and technology. So has Microsoft and Apple. ProvoCraft you have to let Windows 3.1 go. It is ok. You will be ok, I promise.

Meg- That Cricut Explore Bluetooth adapter just gets me! The Explore is a new and improved E2. The E2 uses an adapter too.

I have been watching the Sizzix Eclips videos. That new Bluetooth machine is gorgeous. It looks like they are using SCAL for iPad. It seems to be a P&C registration machine. I am a patient person I can wait till Winter. I like the design of the machine. It would fit nice in the layout of my studio. That means a lot to me.

I need iPad support. That is what is important to me right now. I would have thought seriously about a new & improved Gypsy if it had SVG support. I design pretty much all of my files. I want my own personal library to go with my cart collection. I have been happy with this formula for many years. I realize I am not ProvoCraft's customer base. I feel like they want a different customer base now.

Maybe, it's because us old Cricut users left a bad impression on them too, lol
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I almost get the feeling that this new machine, with all of their cutting edge technology is creating a " do-or-die" situation for ProvoCraft.

They have pretty much burned their bridges with their old customer base by a wave of missed opportunities and miscalculations. If a new (maybe younger) customer base doesn't catch the Cricut fever then I don't know what, if anything, PC can pull out of their hat to save their company.

They sure can't survive on the Cuttlebug and Anna Griffith embossing folders. They have discontinued the Yudo, YourStory, and I believe even the Nifty Knitter looms. Discontinuing the Gypsy was one of their biggest mistakes.

With the Expression, E2 and Imagine now being classified as "legacy" machines their days are numbered. And the last few new cartridge releases are less then impressive.

Maybe new crafters will love the whole "online, closed system, pre-fab designs". But I'm betting they will tire of that too.

Right now, I'm buying up all the old cartridges I have wanted so I can quietly call it quits - and use my carts and Gypsy for as long as possible.
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I too am very skeptical when it comes to Cricut. I have been using their machines for years and have over $1500 invested in cartridges and digital files. The best investment I ever made was the $250 I paid for my Silhouette Cameo. I love this my Silhouette and the possibilities are truly endless. Just look at the things you can make at svgcuts.com.

PC will not be getting any more money from me. This was the straw that broke the camel's back:
Since I updated my MAC to Maverick, Cricut Craft Room does not work because it does not supported this update. Maverick came out 3 months ago and they haven't been able to fix it. Come on!! And from what I read on their message board no one can get an answer as to when it will be fixed. So I cannot use any of my digital files and can only cut from my cartridges. I couldn't ever get my Expression2 and Craft Room to work with my MAC either. Of course their wonderful customer service said it was my computer's problem. I've never had any problem with my Silhouette and the software that you actually get to download on your computer works like a charm every time.

So if PC can't even keep up with new OS updates, how do they expect us to trust that they will be able to make this new machine and program work for us? I remember several years ago they had on their website a wireless adapter for the Expression which I thought would be so great. I called on this for 2 years quite often and was told that it would be out next month. It became a game for me as I would chuckle each call (and waiting over a half hour on hold) and hear "next month." Well it never came out!

So I will not buy nor recommend this new machine to anyone. I would rather give my money to companies of integrity and honesty, who genuinely care about their customers.
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sewnmachine- I agree so much with what you said about the younger generation of Cricut viewers. PC really needs them to catch the fever. I just don't see it happening. This sounds like we are old people, lol. I mean to the younger kids. No offense to the older readers.

When the Cricut first came out it was revolutionary because die cutters at the time where so expensive. If you wanted die cuts you had to pay high prices for steel rule dies and then find ways to store them. This little Cricut had a little tiny cartridge that cut hundreds of images. Less than ten years ago paper crafting had not become popular the way it is now. We didn't have much options.

Now, everyone has options. Machine die cutting is here to stay. There is a whole slew of machines on the market to fit each of our unique artistic personalities. I am sure some with catch the Cricut fever. Also the other machines will have users who catch the fever. Over here right now it's Scan-n-Cut.

Which proves the point of different artistic personalities. Stamper's & quilters are following in love with Scan-n-Cut. Scrapbooker's are in love with their Cameo's. Cricut lovers fall into the card making category and crafters who do not want to be tied to computer programs to create. ProvoCraft just took away half of their customer base by their insistence of online.

I keep thinking I can't be the only one that doesn't want my life on a cloud server? Personally for me I don't like using online software of any kind. I don't use online graphic programs. I know there are so many excellent ones. I don't use any of the office programs that are Internet based. I want fully functional software and apps that are not Interent dependent.

merlenesteib- I loved your post. I am so sorry about the MAC/CCR problem. You brought up a great point that PC really needs to think about. If they can not get CCR compatible with Maverick. How the heck are they going to get a reliable iPad app? iPad will pull the app if it's detrimental to their products.

With PC's history of bad firmware updates and glitchy software. Once iPad users start complaining to Apple the app will be pulled. Then what is everyone going to do that paid for the app and adapter that are useless until PC fixes their iPad app that Apple will allow back into their store.

I have a lot of questions about this new machine. PC is giving up a sales pitch and not answering questions. As a consumer who spends a lot on her die cutting hobby I want my hard questions answered. Bosskut can, KNK can, Sizzix can and even Silhouette can answer my questions. Cricut gives us a sales pitch and bad DeJu Vu for us long time users.
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I was pretty excited when I first heard about the new unit, it looks so easy to use, improving on a lot of things that bug me. I have a Cricut Expression and really like it - but now after reading that you have to be online to use it? No way. I am a computer junkie, always with the tablet or smartphone doing something, but when it comes to crafting, i prefer to be offline. If there is a cut that I don't have on a cart, sure, I'll use SCAL to cut it, but for the most part, my crafting is about being away from the computer, being away from all the things I have to work with all day, Monday thru Saturday. (Though i may reconsider if i ever come across a Gypsy! LOL)

What's up with it not being backwards compatible??? Sounds just like Apple that doesn't support my appletv anymore (its first generation). Some of us just can't afford to run out and buy the newest items when things break or have a glitch! And when we do, we want to use the accessories we already have! Customer support goes a long way with me - show me support and I'll show you loyalty.

PC is sounding similar to a micromanager.... you can do what you want, as long as I have a say and get to see it first.

Sorry to say, if my Cricut goes, it won't be a ProvoCraft machine that replaces it.
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Well, just got off the phone (almost an entire hour) with customer support in regards to a $50.00 credit I had on my account. I had 2 $50.00 credits provided to me since 2013. I used one of them and the other was to expire 2/1/14. I checked last week to verify if the credit was still there and it was with the $50.00 remaining balance. When I went to use it today it showed a zero balance!!! ***??? I called customer support and the gal there said I had used my credit after she had me on hold for a very long time (she seemed like she honestly didn't know what she was searching for in my order history as she kept putting me on hold and saying she was researching).
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smokiesgal, that is so frustrating. I am so sorry you went through that. ProvoCraft just made you waste a day. That's what I call a throttling mood!

I honestly feel more and more they want to drop their old customers or have their old customers move to PC's new way of thinking. I am too strong willed to do that. !

I am sure the Explore is a lovely machine. I hope the direction that PC is going in is successful. The last thing I would hate to hear if PC went under. It always makes me sad to hear of any company going under and people losing their jobs.

I am done Cricuting too. The direction the company is going is not my art style. Way too many beautiful cutters on the market that can fit so many of us to art perfection.

PC have way too many customer service problems and coming soon problems. You know my DH had to call up Microsoft this weekend over an Xbox billing problem. It was a doozy. It took about five minutes to fix it. I buy products with great customer service. I don't use it a lot but when I do I just want seamless and professional.

I remember not even three years ago when I would review all the cutters over here I had a handful I could review for you all. Now, I can't keep up. I love that! I love die cutting. It can drive me bonkers at times. I want specific things that are not even envisioned yet, lol. I waited a long time for the industry to take off. I will say Cricut did make electronic die cutting popular. Thanks ProvoCraft for giving us tons of options now.
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I am NOT interested in this machine but I am curious to see what it does or rather what it doesn't do and how it sounds like Provo Craft is trying to switch gears and make a software using machine. So I will be watching HSN tonight when it airs! Anyone else gonna watch?
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No, I didn't watch. I was gaming and watching the Olympics. I was in my art studio yesterday. I was looking at my die cutter's. I thought to myself I am in such a good place for my machines. I don't need anything else now art wise in cutter's. I am good with my old Cricut and Cameo.

I would still love an iPad app for any machine. I also love my iPad so much I don't want it to blow up either because of bad peripherals. I am going to wait until all the companies come out with an iPad app that has been thoroughly tested then I will buy a machine. If it's the Cricut Explore who wins that race then that is what I probably will get. I have a feeling my next machine might be an Eclips.
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People who saw the midnight HSN rollout last night said there was no Explore demo. In spite of that, there was a 5,000-unit sellout within 15 minutes, leaving disappointed viewers clamoring for more. My guess is those buyers already own a fortune in Cricut cartridges and it's not new business. No live demo says unreliable Provo Craft doesn't trust the machine to perform as advertised.

I'm not impressed by the Explore or Cameo, and still want a Sizzix eclips2. The $299.99 starter kit is scheduled for release next month. Sizzix said the Bluetooth version will arrive this summer and cost $50-$60 more. The full software package remains $89.99 extra, but the free one does a lot. I'm not in a rush, so it will be interesting to see what big box stores and Black Friday pricing do.
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I watched a taped version of it when Anna Griffin demoed on HSN today. I worked all day so I didn't see it when it actually launched. I had no intention of purchasing it.

The pre-loaded carts were nice. However, IMO it doesn't justify the cost of the machine or maintaining a subscription. In the demo they mentioned a 3 month subscription. In a nutshell, I was NOT blown away by this machine or the offerings.

I am very happy with my Cameo and other Cricut machines that I have in my craft room. That being said I hope everyone that got an Explore has the best of luck with it and that they share their experiences.
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You didn't miss anything if you missed the 'demo' on HSN! I have Cricuts and I even have an older version that I still cut SVG's with. SHHHH! But they went through everything soooo fast. I don't think the 8000 folks who bought could really know what their getting into. I think they heard Cricut and NEW and link your old cartridges and just bought it. Plus, it was cheaper than any New Cricut on HSN????? I don't think they heard the part that they will NOT be able to use any of their cartridges with this machine if the internet is down or if they are having computer issues. I personally thought it was just ridiculous! I kept thinking about my E2 how it will 'hook' up to the computer and why can't I do the same thing with it? And why won't they update the machines we have! I mean the original Expression has those two extra buttons right??? So is PC going to quit the cartridge business? And what about Cricut Craft Room? They just barely got that up and running, still not MAC compatible and now a new Design Room?
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I would never buy a machine that was not demo'ed (sp?) That makes me suspicious now about the Explore. I don't plan to buy it any way, especially at launch. Still, that does not bode well. I hope who bought it at launch gets a streamlined machine and no drama's. Crossing my fingers for the new Explore owners.
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You didn't miss anything if you missed the 'demo' on HSN! I have Cricuts and I even have an older version that I still cut SVG's with. SHHHH! But they went through everything soooo fast. I don't think the 8000 folks who bought could really know what their getting into. I think they heard Cricut and NEW and link your old cartridges and just bought it. Plus, it was cheaper than any New Cricut on HSN????? I don't think they heard the part that they will NOT be able to use any of their cartridges with this machine if the internet is down or if they are having computer issues. I personally thought it was just ridiculous! I kept thinking about my E2 how it will 'hook' up to the computer and why can't I do the same thing with it? And why won't they update the machines we have! I mean the original Expression has those two extra buttons right??? So is PC going to quit the cartridge business? And what about Cricut Craft Room? They just barely got that up and running, still not MAC compatible and now a new Design Room?
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I have been wondering the same thing about Cricut Craft Room. Doesn't make a whole lot of since for a company to maintain two software databases. Look what happened to Designer Software, the Gypsy and the Imagine. Kind of irritates me too that you cannot use Imagine cartridges with the Explore. I guess unless you have a good working Imagine or E2 machine you are toast on using those cartridges anywhere else.

Guess we will have to wait and see where this goes.
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Apparently, there are serious complaints about. the HSN sales on Provo Craft's facebook page: Lost orders that can't be found, significantly delayed ship dates, tool kit $30 extra and out of stock, etc.

It's also said that PC won't address any of the major issues. On top of that, Anna Griffin seems to be deleting complaints about the Explore from her blog, so everything looks falsely rosy over there. Typical, shoddy PC operation.
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Apparently, there are serious complaints about. the HSN sales on Provo Craft's facebook page: Lost orders that can't be found, significantly delayed ship dates, tool kit $30 extra and out of stock, etc.

It's also said that PC won't address any of the major issues. On top of that, Anna Griffin seems to be deleting complaints about the Explore from her blog, so everything looks falsely rosy over there. Typical, shoddy PC operation.
Wow it's deja vu all over again. I can't believe I am going to say this because it's one of those duh things. I still can't get over how this company can not get their act together. They have a whole new management team. It's the same repeats all over again. First it was coming soon & now this.

My heart goes out to all the girls & guys who ordered this machine and are now going through a nightmare scenario. I was really hoping it wouldn't be like that.
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I have the Anniversary E2, love it, use it occasionally with the CCR, and have a Mac. I've never had any problems updating or using it, so far, and have a lot of cartridges.

Not impressed with the Explore, don't really want a machine I have to use my computer to cut and design with. I like the flexibility of the cartridges when it comes to classes or crops - call me old fashioned. I can get creative enough with that machine and others I have for my cards and scrapbooks. I sure hope PC won't leave us out in the cold without support either. Nothing is worse that making a machine people are happy with, then dropping it like a hot potato!!
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I have the Anniversary E2, love it, use it occasionally with the CCR, and have a Mac. I've never had any problems updating or using it, so far, and have a lot of cartridges.

Not impressed with the Explore, don't really want a machine I have to use my computer to cut and design with. I like the flexibility of the cartridges when it comes to classes or crops - call me old fashioned. I can get creative enough with that machine and others I have for my cards and scrapbooks. I sure hope PC won't leave us out in the cold without support either. Nothing is worse that making a machine people are happy with, then dropping it like a hot potato!!
I so agree with you!
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I have the Anniversary E2, love it, use it occasionally with the CCR, and have a Mac. I've never had any problems updating or using it, so far, and have a lot of cartridges.

Not impressed with the Explore, don't really want a machine I have to use my computer to cut and design with. I like the flexibility of the cartridges when it comes to classes or crops - call me old fashioned. I can get creative enough with that machine and others I have for my cards and scrapbooks. I sure hope PC won't leave us out in the cold without support either. Nothing is worse that making a machine people are happy with, then dropping it like a hot potato!!
I agree too!

I didn't know they ever got CCR Mac compatible!
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I decided to do a blog post I thought you all might be interested in: Why I Won't Be Getting a Cricut Explore !

I hope it's not too snarky!
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I guess last time I used the CCR was last summer and it worked just fine. I usually just use one of my many cartridges, so I don't mess with it, or I'll go into the craft room to look at something, but all works and looks just fine on my Mac! Also do my upgrades with it, and no problems so far.........
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HidingInMyCraftRoom- Your blog post was great and not snarky at all. I think you did a wonderful job reviewing it.

I keep looking at the Explore. Not because I am caving. I bought a home ten months ago. For years in my old home I had a good setup with my cutters. My new home it's a complete different setup. I really love my art studio in my new home better than my old one. That is saying a lot.

My new art studio does not have a computer in it. I can take my notebook into my art studio easily. It's also a hassle too. When I bought my new home I bought an iPad mini too. I take my mini with me everywhere now.

In my new art studio I am starting to rely on my Gypsy a lot. I just don't want to bring in my notebook to design something quickly. A lot of times I just print out what I need too since I have an iPad app for my printer. Then I fussy cut my item. My Cameo is collecting dust. My Cricut is more active than the Cameo.

I was so happy when I heard there was going to be an Ipad app for the Mini. Now, the reports of the iPad app are not what I thought. Apparently, it's going to be the same for the Eclips too. I was pretty teed off about this. Then I thought to myself the apps for any of the cutters are going to be a bit basic for a few months or even a couple of years until the hardware meets up with the software and customer needs.

My big thing with the Explore is I don't want to be online all the time, even with an iPad app. Hopefully, I keep saying hopefully in this thread. Hopefully Provocraft will actually listen to their customers and take our concerns and wants more seriously than they have in the past. I don't see how they can't this time. If they don't the company will probably fail. I would hate to see that happen.

I told my DH this weekend I am going to set and play the waiting game. The company gets the app first for my needs and price area will be my next cutter.
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Very well written. I didn't take it as being snarky at all.
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HidingInMyCraftRoom- Your blog post was great and not snarky at all. I think you did a wonderful job reviewing it.

I keep looking at the Explore. Not because I am caving. I bought a home ten months ago. For years in my old home I had a good setup with my cutters. My new home it's a complete different setup. I really love my art studio in my new home better than my old one. That is saying a lot.

My new art studio does not have a computer in it. I can take my notebook into my art studio easily. It's also a hassle too. When I bought my new home I bought an iPad mini too. I take my mini with me everywhere now.

In my new art studio I am starting to rely on my Gypsy a lot. I just don't want to bring in my notebook to design something quickly. A lot of times I just print out what I need too since I have an iPad app for my printer. Then I fussy cut my item. My Cameo is collecting dust. My Cricut is more active than the Cameo.

I was so happy when I heard there was going to be an Ipad app for the Mini. Now, the reports of the iPad app are not what I thought. Apparently, it's going to be the same for the Eclips too. I was pretty teed off about this. Then I thought to myself the apps for any of the cutters are going to be a bit basic for a few months or even a couple of years until the hardware meets up with the software and customer needs.

My big thing with the Explore is I don't want to be online all the time, even with an iPad app. Hopefully, I keep saying hopefully in this thread. Hopefully Provocraft will actually listen to their customers and take our concerns and wants more seriously than they have in the past. I don't see how they can't this time. If they don't the company will probably fail. I would hate to see that happen.

I told my DH this weekend I am going to set and play the waiting game. The company gets the app first for my needs and price area will be my next cutter.
DeeAnn,
This makes logical sense to me. I think a lot of folks are playing the wait and see game. Of course, if they don't get their act together and make things happen within a doable timeframe it may end up costing them more in the long run because of all the users who are on the fence.

Another thing that irritates me is PC never updates their Rewards site. I have 3000 points I need to use up before they discontinue it.
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