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Tana 12-19-2008 03:30 PM

Sure cuts a lot vs. Design studio
 
I was just wondering if a person "needed" to have both? I know sure cuts a lot does more than the design studio, but does the design studio software do anything that sure cuts a lot doesn't?

phunkymama 12-19-2008 04:04 PM

I think that DS just allows you to manipulate designs that are on Cricut carts.

With SCAL, you can import cut files from the web and cut TTF (font) files. You can't do that with DS.

Stampinmom57 01-28-2009 07:35 AM

So can you use SCAL with your cartridges or just with what is on your computer or whatever you download? I need help deciding which one to get. PLEASE!

Sheri

scherry 01-28-2009 07:50 AM

I am researching these this morning as well. Want one NOW! Here is the link to the newer version of SCAL http://www.craftedge.com/products/products.html
It looks more promising than original comments about not working with Cricut due to PC blocking. You can download both SCAL and DS for trial versions also. You will need to download DS anyway to upgrade firmware in Cricut. As I find out more, I will share. For anyone who has both, please let us know what you think about them.

Stampinmom57 01-28-2009 09:50 AM

I guess what I am really wanting to know is do you use the SCAL with your cartridges? Or is DS the only one that you use the cartridges with?

Thank you
Sheri

Jesslvs2cr8 01-28-2009 11:15 PM

I have both SCAL & DS... but to be honest I use SCAL more. Now in order for SCAL to work you do have to have atleast one cartridge in the machine at the time of cutting. Does not matter which one if you are using SCAL.

I really enjoy both SCAL and having cartridges. There are tons of talented crafters out there that can create files that are so similar.. but sometimes I don't have time to make them.

:cool:

theresalaird 01-29-2009 07:52 AM

I prefer the DS. I understand the advantages to owning the SCAL software but I'm not a huge font gal nor do I have the time to constantly download files. I like the DS better because it works WITH the cartridges that you already spent your money on. The SCAL software doesn't work with the cartridges. I am saving my pennies and feel that the DS is a much better investment for me. Best of luck with your decision.

anaiit 01-30-2009 01:46 PM

My friend has a cricut and a pazzles. And I don't know which is better to have.
If you use SCAL with your cricut would this pretty much do what the pazzles does? Use your cricut with the cardridges and use the software to weld letters and download other stuff?
Do you just connect the computer to your cricut??
Please fill me in.

jknath 03-04-2009 09:10 AM

Does anyone know of a coupon code for sure cuts alot?

kimz1959 03-04-2009 02:53 PM

I have DS and lots of cartridges. For me I can't justify the added expense of SCAL.

Deb Za 03-04-2009 03:00 PM

I'm looking at getting SCAL--after seeing that the newest Font cartridge from Cricut will be (at minimum) about $60 and has what--6 fonts? For a bit more, I can cut unlimited numbers of fonts. And seeing as I have (ahem) around 1300 fonts on the computer anyway . . .

My name is Deb, and I am a font-aholic . . .

lorilou 03-04-2009 07:08 PM

I think both are great. I really really love my scal though

ScrappinGalz 03-04-2009 07:50 PM

I think both have their advantages, but if you use SCAL with Cricut it will void the Cricut warrenty.

maryscraps03 03-04-2009 07:57 PM

I have DS and just bought SCAL last night.
As for voiding warrenty -as someone pointed out to me a few days ago - Warrenty is only good for a year anyways and I've had my cricut a year.

ScrappinGalz 03-04-2009 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by maryscraps03 (Post 13320718)
I have DS and just bought SCAL last night.
As for voiding warrenty -as someone pointed out to me a few days ago - Warrenty is only good for a year anyways and I've had my cricut a year.

Well yes that is true. I never thought of it that way! Good point!

Jen-hickman 03-19-2009 05:24 AM

Question with SCAL if you have the baby bug can you cut the size at 11 1/2 lets say I want a letter J 5 in wide and 11 1/2 in tall can I do that? Can you weld with it too? and do you have to have X cart. to cut that shape? I know with DS you have to have the the cart.

pjw2855 03-19-2009 05:41 AM

I much prefer the Design Studio. What's such the big deal of needing additional software for it? I'm very well satisfied with the 20 some Cricut Cartridges I have. There are more choices on them than I will ever have the time or opportunity to use. Why would I need more with that other software.

A very satisfied Design Studio user.

Patti

TheOtherMeg 03-19-2009 06:37 AM

If you have and use DS, can you also install SCAL and use that?

I like manipulating the images on the cartridges, so I don't want to install anything that will disable that. I also like I can search the library for particular images and that the library in DS updates so I can see what's on new releases before I buy them. I'd like to turn my back on DS because PC sure doesn't deserve my loyalty, but I do use a few of its features.

I have a KNK and don't really need to cut fonts on my Cricut, but my E is portable and the KNK is not. I'd use SCAL on the E simply because I take it places I can't take the KNK. I use the Cricut because I like the licensed carts and also the simplicity and portability.


Anyway, if I could run both programs (DS & SCAL) seamlessly, I would buy SCAL. If I used it only for fonts, it'd be worth it to me. There are thousands of free fonts on the web (and my computer LOL), and dingfonts give me just about any shape I can imagine.

TheOtherMeg 03-19-2009 06:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Jen-hickman (Post 13472671)
Question with SCAL if you have the baby bug can you cut the size at 11 1/2 lets say I want a letter J 5 in wide and 11 1/2 in tall can I do that? Can you weld with it too? and do you have to have X cart. to cut that shape? I know with DS you have to have the the cart.


I'm not sure about your size question, but if you're using SCAL, you just need a cart -- any cart -- in your Cricut to cut your SCAL design. The Cricut has to have something plugged into the cartridge slot in order to function.

chickers089 04-01-2009 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheOtherMeg (Post 13473379)
If you have and use DS, can you also install SCAL and use that?

I like manipulating the images on the cartridges, so I don't want to install anything that will disable that. I also like I can search the library for particular images and that the library in DS updates so I can see what's on new releases before I buy them. I'd like to turn my back on DS because PC sure doesn't deserve my loyalty, but I do use a few of its features.

I have a KNK and don't really need to cut fonts on my Cricut, but my E is portable and the KNK is not. I'd use SCAL on the E simply because I take it places I can't take the KNK. I use the Cricut because I like the licensed carts and also the simplicity and portability.


Anyway, if I could run both programs (DS & SCAL) seamlessly, I would buy SCAL. If I used it only for fonts, it'd be worth it to me. There are thousands of free fonts on the web (and my computer LOL), and dingfonts give me just about any shape I can imagine.

HAHAHA This just struck me funny. Like the texting commercials where the teens are texting back and forth OMG! ROFL etc. Sorry, just made me LOL.

jknath 04-13-2009 07:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by andakay (Post 13738214)
SCAL is on sale at http://store.candacraft.com for $59.99. It's the cheapest price online.

Thanks so much, been wanting this for a while but didn't want to pay so much. Great price.

chika87 05-12-2009 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ScrappinGalz (Post 13320833)
Well yes that is true. I never thought of it that way! Good point!


so should I wait a yr and then get scal just to be on the safe side? I just got my expression a week and 1/2 ago....

queeky 05-22-2009 12:44 AM

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Originally Posted by chika87 (Post 14040295)
so should I wait a yr and then get scal just to be on the safe side? I just got my expression a week and 1/2 ago....

I've had mine 6 months and I'm thinking the same thing.

I would also like to hear about using the DS and SCAL. I'm hoping I can still use both and not have to choose one over the other.

suplayingwithpaper 05-23-2009 04:41 AM

I bought scal the day I bought my expressions and have never needed or wanted to buy carts or ds. 14 months on and my cricut is still used nearly daily and has never had a fault. If it had have needed repair I wouldn't have volunteered the fact I was using scal. Being in the UK prices of carts is an issue specially with local shops selling new releases at over $100 each, my expressions cost me the equivalent of 3 shop bought carts so scal was worth the risk. I can't think of anyone on any of the forums or groups that's had an issue with scal voiding the warranty.

Scal will run on the same machine as DS with no problem until DS gets upgraded to include the new images then it's a case of either/or not both until the scal team write a new upgrade.

KimberlyinMN 05-24-2009 07:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chika87 (Post 14040295)
so should I wait a yr and then get scal just to be on the safe side? I just got my expression a week and 1/2 ago....

There is no way that Provo Craft would ever know that you are using SCAL unless you tell them.

queeky 05-26-2009 11:51 AM

I may break down and buy it sooner rather than later.

I may have to wait 'til I'm ready to learn a new program. Mentally I'm not there yet!

chika87 05-26-2009 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by queeky (Post 14169073)
I may break down and buy it sooner rather than later.


lol...same here.

SKICIO 05-26-2009 09:11 PM

I have some questions and I thank you in advance for answering:

1. Once you have SCAL and you connect your Cricut to the computer, will the Cricut be plug and play? My computer is far from where my Cricut Expressions is, and there is no way for my CE to be permanently connected to the computer, unless I'll be using SCAL to cut some stuff from my computer.

2. Let's say I have SCAL and my Cricut is connected to the computer, do I need to disconnect my Cricut from the computer if I want to cut images from any of my cartridges?

3. With SCAL installed, can you just switch connecting Original Cricut and Cricut Expressions at any time? Does it matter which machine you connect to the computer and can SCAL detect which unit it is?

4. Will the use of SCAL void my Cricut's warranty if it's still valid?

5. Has anybody or have you heard of anyone breaking their Cricut because of SCAL? What's the worst that could happen?

Thanks again and I'll be looking forward to your answers :)

suplayingwithpaper 05-27-2009 01:22 AM

1, once the cricut has had it's firmware updated it will be plug&play.
2, no even with scal open on the pc unless it's cutting something it makes no difference
3, you tell the machine which you're and it makes no difference
4, yes it voids the warranty but don't tell them
5, Havent heard of anyones machine breaking because of scal and I'm a member of a few user groups with several 1000 other members.

It's really easy to use, just point, click and drag. Even converting images in inkscape is easy, less than a minute and only half a dozen clicks.

chika87 07-13-2009 09:48 PM

woo-hoo! I bought scal a couple days ago and I haven't stopped playing w/ it since. My blog has the projects I've done w/ it so far. I've even been making my own svg files. I love it. I'm so glad I bought it. I don't think I'll ever buy a cartridge unless its super duper cool..lol.

eggette 12-13-2009 04:11 AM

bumpity bump - interested in this now that PTI and Lauren Meader and I am sure more to come will have their templates available to download to these different machines.....

I have no clue at all how to use it but am interested in anything recent!

KimberlyinMN 12-13-2009 06:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eggette (Post 15706430)
bumpity bump - interested in this now that PTI and Lauren Meader and I am sure more to come will have their templates available to download to these different machines.....

I have no clue at all how to use it but am interested in anything recent!

Oooh.. I must have missed that announcement! They'll be offering the templates as SVG too? Awesome!

queeky 12-13-2009 09:54 AM

I got my SCAL about a month ago, I too missed this announcement! So far I've only cut fonts I've downloaded for free. I'm anxious to try the SVG files from Lauren and Nicole. Although I recall a message about Lauren leaving PTI, so I need to see what she is up too!

chick256 12-20-2009 07:33 PM

My son bought me SCAL for Christmas and I love what can be done with it. I made him a thank you card the same day I got it. This website really helped me with my questions and even offers free fonts and images. http://www.scrappingtable.com/home.html

chika87 12-20-2009 08:13 PM

I think scal has competition...over at the cricut message board there is a thread talking about a new program like scal. I have scal and I've never had problems with it that can't be fixed but I'm curious about this one...lol. Has anyone tried it yet?

http://www.make-the-cut.com/

Iluvcards 12-21-2009 10:28 AM

I just bought a DS for $29.95. Woo Hoo! Gotta love a bargain...


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