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Is this software still supported?

ElpootyElpooty Member Posts: 4
Considering the software hasn't had an update since 2015, I'm starting to wonder if I made the wrong choice. Is it still being supported by the author? Will there be any updates? Ever?

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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,624
    edited November 2017
    @Elpooty - the developer has not communicated an answer to any of those questions. It is in essence, a crap shoot. Support is offered here on the forum by experienced users and knowledgeable techie types. There hasn't been any significant bugs in the last few years, so I seriously doubt that any will emerge at this point. We just won't be able to take advantage of new cutters as they emerge with a direct connect, or acquire new features, but we can still make full use of the design features..

    That said it still is a great product, and I find that for features, it has everything I need or want, and some of utilities work better or easier than the same feature in software such as Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL). 

    What cutter do you use, what software are you knowledgeable about, if any? I see you just joined today.
  • ElpootyElpooty Member Posts: 4
    edited November 2017
    Thanks, Liz. I've been using MTC on a Silhouette Cameo 1 for a few years now. However, the software has started crashing on me whenever I am breaking a larger image. I've started having to go into Inkscape to break it and then back into MTC to do everything else I need to do. It's frustrating and the reason why I came looking for an upgrade. 

    I'm considering upgrading to the Cameo 3 (or 4 if it ever comes out). Will MTC still work with that? 

    It is a great software and I find it easy to use, but I know there are improvements that could be made and while I appreciate you all helping folks, I find it frustrating that it's essentially no longer supported by the creator. 
  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 2,997
    edited November 2017
    There is no plugin for the Cameo 3  it has been report by other the current plugin allow will cut to the cameo but the position of the cutting is way of
    the use of the second tool is not a option with the current plugin either

    are the file your work a result of pixel tracing ? if you have not tried already you could enable image cacheing in advanced setting
    also if the images you tracing are large you could reduce there size and dpi in another application before pixel tracing
    also crop away any unrequired background

    there no advantage tracing a image that is 50"x 60" into make the cut for a 12x12"  project

    You could try the Demo Sure Cuts A Lot it  supports cameo 3 and although its a little different to mtc it not to difficult to learn
    I Use Zing Air, Make The Cut - Pop Card Studio, WinXP- Win7 -Win10
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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,624
    @Elpooty - I think I would agree with Crazy Mr Zing...if your image that you're starting with is very large quality size, so a photograph or hi-res jpg image of some type, you may experience this problem. Try using a program that will let you reduce a jpg or png file to a more reasonable size to work with.
  • ElpootyElpooty Member Posts: 4
    Thanks, all. No, they weren't necessarily high-res, but they are the result of pixel trace. I've never tried image caching. I'll give that a try.

    I'm bummed to hear I'll have to go to something else if I get a new Cameo. What do you guys think of SCAL? Should I go that route or go to the Silhouette Designer app?
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,624
    @Elpooty - I updated mine because I have KNK Force, it will cut directly to that, but I do all my design work in MTC, because I know it, it's easy for me. I think most of the KNK cutters are now supported in SCAL and KNKUSA offers that software on their website, and stopped offering Make The Cut! because they wouldn't provide updated drivers or develop new ones.
  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 2,997
    AT first I thought SCAL was to different but its growing on it includes most of the functions of MTC if not all the regularly used one although some work a little differently or have different names
    There are some i even find easier
    for any I stumble upon a always have make the cut to fall back on for now
    I Use Zing Air, Make The Cut - Pop Card Studio, WinXP- Win7 -Win10
    Paper Modellers I Revere Marc Hagan-Guirey ----- Yoshinobu Miyamoto ----- Peter Dahmen
    Gallery ID #26944 ----- Link to My Cloud Have a Look your Welcome to Make Use of the Files
  • JacksonistaJacksonista Member Posts: 153
    Crazy_Mr_Zing--Does SCAL offer wireframe in their printing options like MTC?  I use it all of the time.  I love MTC and am finding it hard to let go of.  Thanks!
  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 2,997
    SCAL allow setting of both stroke and fill colour and stroke weight so I think that how you could achieve a wireframe print
    You can try SCAL in demo mode it limited much the same as MTC watermark cuts and save restriction or watermark on saved files
    as I understand it the basic version has no time limit but the pro version expires after 14 days
    I still have not let go of MTC although I'm finding I'm needing to revert back less as I learn scal different ways of doing things. some I find a little better than MTC some not so much

    I Use Zing Air, Make The Cut - Pop Card Studio, WinXP- Win7 -Win10
    Paper Modellers I Revere Marc Hagan-Guirey ----- Yoshinobu Miyamoto ----- Peter Dahmen
    Gallery ID #26944 ----- Link to My Cloud Have a Look your Welcome to Make Use of the Files
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 9,624
    @Jacksonista - what cutter do you have? SCAL supports more cutters and more new cutters than does MTC. Look here at the cutter support, wireframe may not be necessary.

    http://craftedge.com/products/products_scal.html
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,177
    I've always used whatever program works best for what I need at the time. That now includes 4 different programs!  lol  
    Sandy McCauley
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  • ElpootyElpooty Member Posts: 4
    Thanks, all. This is really great info.
  • SassyLady_LisaSassyLady_Lisa Member Posts: 1,115
    edited November 2017
    @Elpooty
    I have a Cameo 3 and use Silhouette Studio almost exclusively. 
    I started with a Portrait and learned SSDE while using MTC to design and save as SVG.  After I bought my Cameo 3, I ended up upgrading from SSDE to Business Edition (code purchased from Swing Design on a sale and used a coupon code) for all the awesome features of v4.  
    I chose to learn SSDE while still using MTC to design, as it was more gradual.
    I would definitely purchase the Cameo 3 again!

    Edited to add: Michael's has them for $199 Black Friday!
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  • SheriSheri Member Posts: 538
    How do you get your MTC projects into studio business edition.? I just purchased the business edition and am playing with the software while I am waiting for my cameo 3 to show up. Merry Christmas to me!
  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 2,997
    edited November 2017
    You can export as svg which should work fine for projects that contain textures
    as for svg created using mtc containing texture they don't always play nice with other softwares

    Svg created in MTC will be 90dpi
    Unless things have changed since 2015 SS imports svg as if the were 72dpi
    which would cause a size difference
    So increasing the size by 125% in MTC before export should overcome this sizing issue

    If SS offers a svg import setting now (Like SCAL does) this adjustment may no longer be necessary 
    I Use Zing Air, Make The Cut - Pop Card Studio, WinXP- Win7 -Win10
    Paper Modellers I Revere Marc Hagan-Guirey ----- Yoshinobu Miyamoto ----- Peter Dahmen
    Gallery ID #26944 ----- Link to My Cloud Have a Look your Welcome to Make Use of the Files
  • Chubby_NinjaChubby_Ninja Member Posts: 55
    With the lack of MTC development; and that is such a shame. While MTC has some great features I doubt some people who have bought MTC would have done so knowing that app development is not on the table for the foreseeable future; if at all.
    I think it would be only fair to inform anyone buying this software that development for this app has been shelved prior to purchase, this would have certainly stopped me from buying this app - as good as it is and I would have probably gone for SCAL as the alternative.

    There is nothing to tell potential buyers of the stagnated development. I think not informing people of this fact before purchase is misleading. People are buying into this software to contribute to its continued improvement, while this forum can offer support for the most part the release of the Cameo 3 highlights the problems to come in the future. 
    iMac 27inch Late 2015 Fully Loaded, Dell Inspiron 5767 17inch laptop.
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