Cricut Design Space Updates

CDS Update 4.15.14

The very first update to Cricut Design Space, the online software used with Cricut Explore, was released on April 15th.  And there were some awesome changes made that customers had asked Cricut to make via surveys they had sent out a couple of weeks ago.  I am truly impressed with how Cricut has been so responsive to the needs of customers via this update and the incredible Customer Support they have been providing not only during the week but also many weekends.

Here is a list of a few of the highlights that were updated changes:

  • Grid for mat was darkened to make it more visable
  • Delete uploaded images is possible now
  • No more need to ungroup to attach fonts to projects
  • Color Picker added so you have more choices
  • Image labels were changed to blue for easier viewing
  • All cartridges can now be linked even if you have the subscription
  • Material saver mode is automatically arranged on the cutting mat
  • Wide images will automatically rotate so they fit on 12X24 mat size
  • A single layer in a multi-layer font can now be attached and cut individually
  • Changing canvas size for certain projects was fixed
  • Text size will now remain unchanged after ungrouping a multi-layer font

Watch the video I made of the changes in Cricut Design Space:

There were a couple of other things I didn’t point out in the video that were added:

Image Status Change

They also added more images to the cartridge icons so they were more identifiable at first glance.  Hope they fix the few others that are still all black…we like color !

Another tip I wanted to point out was when you hover over an image, you will see the name of the image set/cartridge that image is in. That is actually a link you can click on and it will open up all the images within that cartridge.

individual images finding sets

So, lots of good things changed in the software and more are to come.  Ashish Arora, CEO of Cricut said they will do updates every 10 to 12 weeks to continue to add features to Cricut Design Space based on customer needs.  What a welcome change to the old way Cricut did requested updates. 

We also can look forward soon to the release of the Blue Tooth device (purchase separately) to enable our Cricut Explore to communicate with the iPAD to use with the Make It Now Projects.  And later in the year, we are awaiting the Print N Cut Feature being added to Cricut Design Space so more fun things to learn in the future too.

So,what was your favorite feature added to Cricut Design Space? What else do you want to see added?

New Cricut Explore Details Released

Provo Craft released a NEW Cricut machine on Monday evening prior to the altitudesummit blogging conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The new machine is called the Cricut Explore and is the next evolution of crafting machine for Provo Craft..

close up photo of Cricut Explore

The New Cricut Explore Facts:

  • It will cut SVG, JPGS, TFF files (true type font files), etc.
  • It will use and cut actual Cricut Cartridge plugged in to the machine or from library
  • It will cut up to 12X24
  • It will cut and draw at the same time OR cut and emboss at the same time
  • It will have a new software format called Cricut Design Space. It is different from CCR
  • It will have hundreds of pre-loaded project images for you to choose from and has project details that when you select it will automatically place images on your cutting screen…and populate however many mats you would need to complete each image of the project
  • It will have a subscription library of images for purchase. 50,000 image library for 99 cents an image OR purchase a monthly subscription of 25,000 images for $9.99 that you can cancel at any time
  • It will be wifi enabled so no more cords…wireless bluetooth device will be available a few weeks after launch for separate purchase (no price mentioned as of this posting)
  • It will allow you to create and cut using an iPad Table (no other tablet was mentioned as of this posting)
  • It will have new cutting blade technology with more precision than older blade model and have a longer life per cuts
  • It will have a state of the art turn dial system for selecting your cut settings which will automatically adjust the pressure, speed and depth of the machine and blade.
  • It will have a way for you to add custom cut settings in addition to the pre-programmed cut settings
  • It will be quieter cutting than any other machine Provo Craft has ever released
  • It will have an on-board tool holder at back of the machine and space underneath to slide mats under
  • It will be released on HSN on or around February 12 and other retailers in March.
  • MSRP is $299…no idea yet what HSN special launch price will be or include as of this posting (will update when news is available)

Other news of note:  The talented designer, Anna Griffin be doing the Cricut Explore launch on HSN in February, along with Beth of Aint She Crafty Blog

View the Keynote presentation by Provo Craft CEO Ashish Arora of the Cricut Explore and how the new software, Cricut Design Space works …well worth the 20 minutes to watch it.  It was filmed at the event and posted by Joy Tracy of Obsessed with Scrapbooking.  Joy did a fabulous job recording this and giving us all the scoop on the new machine.  You can visit her blog at Obsessed with Scrapbooking as she reveals more details during the event on Tuesday as the bloggers attending get to try out the new machine.

Here are some detail photos others bloggers who attended the event posted at #explorecricut

settings image                The Cut Settings Turn Dial  for the Cricut Explore lets you select                     pre-set cut types and allows you to customize other settings

 

Card showing cut and drawing from Cricut Explore

                                      Attendees were given a card showing the use of                                            Cut and Draw Feature that can be done at the same time since the Cricut Explore has two carriage housing – one for cutting blade plus one for either drawing tool or embossing tool

Place Setting made with Cricut Explore

Place setting at AltSummit Event using Cricut Explore …look at all that detail!

Cricut Explore

CRICUT EXPLORE MACHINE FEATURES & DETAILS

  • Smart Set™ dial for material selection
  • Dual carriage heads
  • Integrated storage compartments
  • Cricut Design Space™ software
  • 50+ free project ideas
  • 100+ free images
  • Compatible with PC/Mac
  • Included in the box:
    • Cricut Explore™ machine
    • German carbide blade
    • Metallic silver pen
    • USB cord and power cord
    • 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip Cricut® cutting mat
    • Getting started guide
    • Black and jade Cricut® cardstock
    • Silver Cricut® vinyl
    • White Cricut® iron-on
    • 2 Duck Tape® sheets

So this seems pretty exciting in the Cricut world…what are you thinking now that we know more details ?  Are you tempted to purchase ?  If not, why not ?