Originally Posted by Barbara Jay
Correct me if I am wrong, but are the files from the Silhouette store in .dxf format?
I thought they were in .gds format
Of course this is all so new to me.
I googled svg and found it is for Scalable Vector Graphics .
.gds is for Graphic Data System
And now .dxf is for Drawing Exchange Format
Not that I understand the difference
The Silhouette store quit selling .gsd files quite a while ago and only sell their proprietary file format .studio. The gsd files (not gds ) is a file type that Graphtec developed for use with their plotters (CraftRobo, Wishblade, Original Silhouette machines) and since Silhouette bought out the rights for the craft machines, they implemented their own file type. I don't think they ever sold .dxf files (I can't think of the specific terminology right now, but they are "wireframe" drawing - originally from autocad I think).
I've been researching MTC and from what I have read and all the reviews/recommendations, I think it is probably a better (more robust) program than Silhouette Studio. It has more functionality and a much more comprehensive tracing algorithm so you will get more accurate traces. You can also import/trace more file types (like vector pdf, ps, ai, scut, & scut2 files). Not to mention all the available free svg files all over the internet. I also like that it will connect with Lettering Delights and let you use any of their cut files without having to import/download. I've been using the demo version to test it out and haven't had any problems with it, but I can't attest to the print & cut accuracy of it (I have a huge problem with SS not doing print & cuts worth a darned). But, again, from what I've read it works excellent. And Barbara, it is compatible with Mac. There is a great forum on the MTC website
it you want to check it out. You can download a trial verson of the program from there too.
ETA: I forgot to add that the program does have quite a steep learning curve (from what I can tell with the limited time I've spent on it). There is a yahoo group that has tutorials to take you right from beginner to advance user, and the MTC forum is full of helpful people.