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Old 12-08-2012, 11:11 AM   #47
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Originally Posted by cakhuxel View Post
I have wanted one of these forever, and the new Portrait size has really caught my attention. I have a dedicated craft room, but not much space left for a bulky machine that I have to constantly hook up to the laptop. I am curious about a few things, and am hopeful you can help me.

I work exclusively on a Mac. Thoughts?

I am very skilled in graphics, Photoshop etc. Do they still require Adobe Illustrator, or do they have dedicated software for Mac users now?

What's the learning curve? Am I going to be up all night trying to cut a circle?

If money were no object, would you push for the bigger machine or would you be happy with the modest size Portrait? (I don't see myself cutting any 12"x12") So what's the relative merits of the Portrait, those of you who have one? And the negatives.

These are the reasons I've been dragging my feet. I know the machine is awesome, I know all the stuff it is supposed to be able to do- but what EXACTLY can I expect? I don't want to plop down another $200 for yet another dust collector that's too difficult to actually use.

Thanks VERY much!!
There is a Mac version of the Silhouette Software, so no worries there. The software is really user friendly, and if you upgrade to the designer edition, there are a few nice added features - like being able to use svg files. As for the larger cutting area, if you don't envision yourself cutting anything larger than 8" wide, then the smaller machine will suit your needs. The only time it becomes a hassle is if your paper is all 12x12, then you'd have to cut it down to fit into the machine. I've had a CraftRobo (same as the Silhouette/Wishblade) for years and love it and now that I'm using SS. Its so much easier to design my stuff with it (although there are some glitches with the SS software that I didn't have when I used RoboMaster for designing and cutting). I do scrapbook, so I will be buying a wider machine in a few months, but I will be going with a KNK Zing machine just because it has more power than the Cameo.
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