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Old 03-12-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have the Cricut Expression. It is not the newest version. I notice a type of port in the back. I am about to purchase the scal software, but am wondering: Do I need a special cable to hook my pc into my Cricut machine? Will Scal work with my machine? The port in the back does not look like an ordinary usb , but it is definitely there for a reason. Please advise. Thnaks.
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When using software that you use with the cricut, you will need to attach it with a USB cable to your computer.

I personally use the program "Make the Cut" instead of scal...
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Make and Cut is new to me, in fact, I am just learning about SCAL. What is this? Also, that is what I am wondering about. Where do I attach the usb cable? The little port in the back of my Cricut looks like it is some kind of port but it does not look a regular usb. Thanks for taking time to share with me.
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No problems! MTC is a new program that most everyone is very happy about and is more user friendly than scal (or so ppl say; I've never tried scal).

If it's the same as the expression, you need a cable that has a USB on one end, and a square-ish on on the other end (the square-ish one would go into cricut, USB into your computer).

With these programs, you can pretty much cut out any design; really, the sky's the limit. I would urge you to check out make-the-cut.com, maybe download the trial, and read the forums.

Please let me know if you have any further questions!
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Thanks Msong! I will definitely try the MTC on the site. I appreciate your direction . Where does one find the special usb cable for the cricut ? I don't seem to have one, so I am figuring that this would be an accessory?
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I just bought mine at target, I've heard people
getting them at the dollar store also. I think mine was less than $10.

Absolutely, any time! Ask away, that's what we're here for!

(you actually don't have to have the cable to play around with the trial version on MTC)
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Thank you all for the great tips and ideas to broaden my research. I am checking into everything. I so appreciate your taking time to fill me in .
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The cable you're looking for is also often called a 'USB Printer Cable'. So that might help you recognize it among all the other cables.

I had to upgrade my CI to a newer version before using SCAL. When you first turn on your cricut it will give you a software version number. Check out your own cricut and make sure what ever program you choose can use that version.
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I actually bought my cable at Walgreens for about $7.99 or so.

I have the Cricut Original. You will have to download the trial version of CDS, I believe in order to get the right firmware otherwise I don't believe SCAL2 or MTC will work without it.

I downloaded the trial version of each software to see which one was easier for me to use and fit what I wanted better. I'd suggest doing that before you make a decision. I preferred Make The Cut because it was easier. Right now a lot of people are testing the new beta version of MTC to work the kinks out of it. But all in all, I'm perfectly happy with my choice.
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Is CDS Cricut Design Shop I assume? Thank you . I did not know that! Good to know.
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Okay, I just ordered the new Cricut Design Software which is, I think, 2.5. This is fine because it was $35.00 and includes the cable which I had to buy also. Not bad. So this should give me the up-to-date firmware for my MTC software that I am about to order...RIGHT??? I have the large, Cricut Expression machine, and when I turn it on it says I have right now: 2.0. I am getting more confused by the minute.
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Yikes! You actually did not need to purchase CDS to get the firmware update; MTC automatically searches and updates that for you. I guess one good thing is that you got the cable? : ) (you can only cut out images with CDS if you own the cartridge of the shape you want). At least thus is true for MTC; don't know about SCAL.

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the port is what you would see on the end of standard printer/scanner cable. You could use any standard printer/scanner cable with the cricut.
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the newest SCAL software runs on both the old and new firmware on the machine. You don't have to update firmware anymore. When you are about to cut, a window pops up and you select the machine (personal/expression/create) and the firmware version.
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