Help! FAQs

I receive a lot of similar questions, so I’ve listed the most-asked ones here for you.

Think of your Cricut as a printer that cuts instead of using ink basically.

In order to cut anything other than Cricut cartridges on a Cricut, you need 1 of these softwares: either Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) or Make The Cut (MTC) Both of these are very similar to Cricut Design Studio in that you design on your computer screen and print on your Cricut.

Cricut and Cricut Design Studio:  Cuts only with the cartridges that you can physically plug into the cricut machine.  The Gypsy is a portable unit that contains CDS.

Note: There is also a great book-on-CD that we promote (for someone else, I didn’t create this one) that is fantastic to train you on CDS and your Cricut.  It is called Taming The Green Bug and you can get more info in it .

SCAL and MTC: Cut anything other than the files in a Cricut cartridge.

What are some Features of Make The Cut And Sure Cuts A Lot?

Make The Cut! Features:

  • WYSIWYG Interface [image]
  • Works with the Cricut™ Expression™, Create™ and Personal™
  • Automated Cricut™ Driver Installation [image]
  • Preview/Use Any SVG [image]
  • Integrated SVG Gallery (Currently over 1000 free projects!)
  • Work on Multiple Projects at a Time
  • Choose From 3 Standard Mat Sizes [image]
  • Use Any Installed Font or Import TTF Files [image]
  • Convert Raster Images to SVG Format [example]
  • Easily Create Lattices [image]
  • Break/Split/Layer Shapes and Edit Them [image]
  • Weld/Join Shapes Together [image]
  • Create custom background shadows from any shape [image]
  • Export Shapes to SVG Format or Personal Library
  • Cut, Copy and Paste Shapes Between Projects
  • And Much, Much More!

Sure Cuts A Lot Features:

1. Will this software work with my CricutTM machine?

2. What firmware version do I have and need on my CricutTM machine?

3. How do I update my firmware?

4. What operating systems can I run Sure Cuts A Lot on?

5. Can I cut the shapes from my CricutTM cartridges?
6. Do I need a special USB cable to connect my computer to my CricutTM machine?
7. Why am I getting 3 straight line cuts through the middle of my design?
8. Is Cricut Design Studio required for “Sure Cuts A Lot” to work?
9. I’m running Windows Vista and am having problems with the program freezing. What should I do?
10. Can I install the software on a second computer?
11. Can I use my serial to install on both a Windows and Macintosh machine?
* “Cricut” is a trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty Inc. This site is not affiliated with Provo Craft & Novelty Inc


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