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Software for Cricut Maker

rogernvarogernva Member Posts: 1
edited November 19 in Off Topic
Just received my new Cricut Maker today.  Unboxed, setup and registered.  Came with Cricut Design Space.  Attempted to create a pattern and send to the Cricut.  The software required me to pay $4.99 to allow the Cricut to cut the file.  My question is...

If I purchase the Cricut Design Space (or maybe I should say rent it for $9.99 a Month) will it still charge me for cutting each design I create?

Next question...

Is there any other options for software that will allow you to create and cut on the Cricut Maker.

I love the Cricut Maker, but I will be da__ed if I am going to pay them every time I make a cut.
Post edited by SBryanW on

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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,809
    Any vector program that allows you to design and export as SVG files can then be imported into Design Space for cutting and you can avoid the entire Cricut subscription nonsense. 

    The two most popular programs currently used to design SVG files are:

    (1) Inkscape which is free from Inkscape.com but somewhat complex to learn. There are lots of Inkscape videos, however, and you should check it out to see if it will meet your needs.

    (2) Sure Cuts A Lot 5 which costs $50 but is far more user friendly program to learn. Also, if you find that the Maker fails to meet your needs, this program cuts to dozens and dozens of other cutter brands/models which legally allow 3rd party programs to work.  So, you'll be all set for your next better cutter.  

    Hope this helps.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,777
    @rogernva - if you had to pay for a design using the Cricut Design Space software, chances are likely you chose a design from an option like Templates, or Images in the Design Space program. You don't have to use those "pay for" files, you can Upload your own free SVG files that you can find on the internet, or even other purchased SVG files that are a much better value. Inkscape doesn't have a library of designs to purchase from, but SCAL does, but I think it is a little more transparent that those are purchased items. Here is a couple of links to freebie SVG files, the designers are very well known in the cutting world:

    https://www.misskatecuttables.com/products/free-stuff/
    https://3dsvg.com/product-category/free-svg-files/?orderby=date

    Check out the Help section at the 3dsvg.com website, they tell you how to manage SVG files using the DS software (which in my opinion is very primivative). Happy Cutting!
    Still using MTC but slowly migrating to SCAL. KNK cutters including the Force and Maxx Air continue to be my favourites. Fluent in other cutter languages.
  • SassyLady_LisaSassyLady_Lisa Member Posts: 1,135
    Many cricut users on the crafting FB pages I frequent use Silhouette Studio to design, which is a free download of the basic edition software. In order to export as SVG to use in Design Studio you must upgrade to Business Edition for a one time fee. Currently the Business Edition instant code is $62.99 at Swing Design. It's usually $99. I am in no way affiliated with Silhouette or Swing Design other than as a customer that freely gives them my $$$.
    Live Love Craft
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,777
    And you can convert a silhouette file to an svg up to 10 files a day for free:

    http://www.ideas-r-us-software.uk/FileConverters/SilhouetteStudioConverter.aspx
    Still using MTC but slowly migrating to SCAL. KNK cutters including the Force and Maxx Air continue to be my favourites. Fluent in other cutter languages.
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