Cricut, Make The Cut Or Sure Cuts A Lot??!?

Decorating By forthwife Updated 16 Oct 2011 , 8:53pm by tiggy2

forthwife Posted 23 Apr 2010 , 6:00pm
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Which program should I buy (I've never used either) Make the Cut, or Sure Cuts a Lot? Thanks!

Arainna Forth

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Michelle104 Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 1:21am
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I'm gonna bump ya because I'm trying to decide the same exact thing! icon_lol.gif

Ange1mom Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 1:31am
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I would highly recommend MTC. I have three of the programs and it is my favorite. It can do the most things for the least amount of money.
Hugs,
Angie B in NC

Michelle104 Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 1:32am
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That's what I like to hear Angie! icon_lol.gif Most for the least! thumbs_up.gif

tiggy2 Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 1:53am
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You can download a trial version of make the cut and try it out.

EnjoyTheCake Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 2:08am
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Does this program let you take any image and turn it into a cricut pattern?

tiggy2 Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 2:50am
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Make the cut does.

Ange1mom Posted 24 Apr 2010 , 12:18pm
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MTC allows you to do all that. Here is a cake I did using MTC, my Cricut and some Browning Deerhead, rifle clipart I found doing a Google search. It worked BEAUTIFULLY! I highly recommend MTC over all the other programs out there (I have tried them all and MTC is my fav - now if only someone would pay me for my opinion, Tee hee).
Hugs,
Angie B in NC

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tigerhawk83 Posted 25 Apr 2010 , 11:18pm
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I'm using SCAL - you can also download a trial version to play with. So download each and see which you like better before you buy. Apparently there is some issue with MTC and a lawsuit with ProvoCraft (see other threads on this board). I've successfully made cookie and cake stencils for airbrushing with SCAL.

HappyMommy2_4 Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:01pm
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I have both SCAL 2.0 and Make the Cut. I recommend MTC because it is very user friendly. Both do about the same thing...but MTC has a much shorter learning curve...in my opinion.

jojo0676 Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:19pm
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I love MTC!

metria Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:23pm
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I have SCAL 2.0 and it lets you take an image (e.g a jpg file) and "trace" it into your current project. I.e., yes, you can take an image and cut it out w/ your cricut.

I downloaded all 3 demos and went with SCAL. Design Studio is frustrating and unintuitive. MTC is very easy to use. SCAL gave me a little more control...maybe I could have done the same thing with MTC but it wasn't clear to me how.

brightbrats Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:31pm
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Sorry for being Dense, but can anybody tell me what any of these are, and whats the website ? the picture of the cake looks awsome, I would love to know what you all are talking about.

CoutureCakeCreations Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:36pm
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I personally have tried SCAL and MTC and I prefer SCAL. It is more user friendly than MTC especially for those who may not be very computer savy.

metria Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 7:05pm
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Originally Posted by brightbrats

Sorry for being Dense, but can anybody tell me what any of these are, and whats the website ? the picture of the cake looks awsome, I would love to know what you all are talking about.




Make the Cut (MTC): http://www.make-the-cut.com/
Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL): http://www.craftedge.com/index.html
Cricut DesignStudio: http://www.cricut.com/cds/

These are software that allow you to manipulate images to be cut with your Cricut.

DesignStudio works with the Cricut cartridges you own. SCAL and MTC let you use images on your computer.

metria Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 7:08pm
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go ahead and download the trial of DesignStudio. The trial version allows you to manipulate the images on the cartridge currently plugged into your Cricut. The trial versions of SCAL and MTC put slashes through the final cut so whatever you made will be unusable.

edited for clarification

costumeczar Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:01pm
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I have SCAL and I like it, but I've never tried MTC so I don't know how they compare.

forthwife Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:22pm
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Thanks for all the awesome postings! I did download the trial of Sure Cuts a Lot, but am not seeing how to open a jpg and turn it into a SCAL file. How is this done? Also, does anyone have any cupcake wrap files already done (or a site that does)? I'd love to give those a try as well. Thanks!!!

costumeczar Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:25pm
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Originally Posted by forthwife

Thanks for all the awesome postings! I did download the trial of Sure Cuts a Lot, but am not seeing how to open a jpg and turn it into a SCAL file. How is this done? Also, does anyone have any cupcake wrap files already done (or a site that does)? I'd love to give those a try as well. Thanks!!!




Go to the file icon at the top left on the SCAL mat, and the drop-down menu will have an option for Trace object. That will let you browse your computer for the picture you want to trace, and once it does, press "okay" or "finish" or whatever it says (I can't remember exactly.)

metria Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 8:27pm
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there's a quick icon too:
LL

forthwife Posted 27 Apr 2010 , 1:15am
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Thanks!?! I'll give it a shot tonight as soon as the kiddos are in bed!

iulishca Posted 16 Oct 2011 , 7:22pm
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scal 3 is no longer compatible with cricut icon_sad.gif( i just bought a cricut expression and i'm so dissapointed. Can anyone help me with a scal 2 version? icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

tiggy2 Posted 16 Oct 2011 , 8:53pm
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Take it back and get a silhouette.

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