How do I….

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

How does this all work together? Cricut? MTC? Sure Cuts?????

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) (We sell both in our store at http://www.LiebsLanding and online on eBay and Amazon) 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 here – http://www.budurl.com/TamingTheGreenBug .

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?
This software is compatible with both the orginal and current models of the Cricut Personal, Cricut Expression and Cricut Create machines. You may however need to update the firmware on your Cricut machine for the software to function properly

2. What firmware version do I have and need on my CricutTM machine?
When you turn on your CricutTM machine, the display will show which firmware version is currently loaded on your Cricut machine. Sure Cuts A Lot requries version 1.1 or 1.3 for Cricut Personal machines; version 2.1 or 2.3 for Cricut Expression machines; version 1.51 for Cricut Create machines.

3. How do I update my firmware?
Right now, the only way to do this is from a Windows machine (XP SP2/Vista) by using ProvoCraft’s Cricut Desgn StudioTM software. They have a free trial version available for download which you can download and use to update the firmware on your CricutTM machine.

4. What operating systems can I run Sure Cuts A Lot on?
We have versions available for Windows (XP/Vista/7) and Macintosh OSX (10.4/10.5/10.6).

5. Can I cut the shapes from my CricutTM cartridges?
No. Sure Cuts A Lot cannot cut any shapes from your Cricut cartridges

6. Do I need a special USB cable to connect my computer to my CricutTM machine?
No. Any standard USB cable will work, as long as it is an A/B type cable. An A/B type cable has one flat end and one square end. The A/A type, with two flat ends will not work.

7. Why am I getting 3 straight line cuts through the middle of my design?
The demo version will cut a few horizontal lines through everything as a DEMO watermark.

8. Is Cricut Design Studio required for “Sure Cuts A Lot” to work?
If your Cricut machine does not have the correct firmware version, you will need to use Cricut Design Studio to update the firmware on your Cricut machine before ” Sure Cuts A Lot” can cut properly. There is a free trial version of Cricut Design Studio available to use to update the firmware on your Cricut machine. Other than that, “Sure Cuts A Lot” does not depend on Cricut Design Studio to work.

9. I’m running Windows Vista and am having problems with the program freezing. What should I do?
Try to run the program in Windows XP Compatibility Mode. Click here for instructions.

10. Can I install the software on a second computer?
The license for our software is a single user license, and entitles that single user to install the software on a second computer of the same platform for which the license was purchased for, provided they are not both used at the same time, or by more than one person.

11. Can I use my serial to install on both a Windows and Macintosh machine?
No. The license keys are specific to the platform for which it was purchased for. You will need to purchase a separate license for each platform you wish to use the software on.

* “Cricut” is a trademark of Provo Craft & Novelty Inc. This site is not affiliated with Provo Craft & Novelty Inc

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