Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Cricut Scoop - NEW Design Studio Update(s)

The word on the street is there is good news, bad news, good news, bad news, bad news, bad news and good news coming from ProvoCraft. Here's how it goes...

...ProvoCraft is updating Design Studio again but it will only be a basic firmware upgrade with the new cartridges...no grouping or select all like we had hoped, not here anyway.

But don't despair, they will also be releasing a BRAND NEW Design Studio, Design Studio PRO, which will actually have more bells and whistles, like the grouping, select all, etc. BUT if you want this advanced version you will have to buy it, no freebie here.

Any thought of a mac version you can forget it, its been shelved, not a priority right now.

Its all about the Design Studio PRO, the DS PRO and the older version will once again block SCAL. I was also told that the PRO will have alot of new features but still not offer tru type options so cartridges will still be necessary.

I have no idea when this update or new version will be released but I'm thinking the old version firmware update will come out about the time the recently announced Cartridges hit the stores and the BRAND NEW Design Studio PRO will probably be released at Summer CHA but again, I'm guessing here.

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for the scoop, Linda. This worries me; my first thought is i hope that my old .cut files work with the new software. Also i hope they realize that the old software was greatly improved by the customer base who used it and therefore should give a discount to those who jump on the original band wagon :)

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  2. Wow...first, they're still ignoring Mac users? Which gives them no choice but SCAL (not like that's a bad thing, lol). As for DSPro...I think it's kind of stupid, but it's their choice. Grouping and select all should have been in the existing version before it was even released. And I think people are used to being charged for upgrades (a la Microsoft), so charging a nominal upgrade fee would be within their rights. But renaming it? Dorks! Lol! Thanks for the info. I think I'll be sitting this one out, but I guess it depends on what's ultimately released.

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  3. Does that mean we will be forced to purchase DSPRO? Or will those of us who choose to still be able to use the current software? Hmmm...
    Haven't bought SCAL yet but have been seriously considering it. Guess I should hold off though for a while.

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  4. Personally, this is the final straw for me. I'll be selling my cricut and cartridges and looking for a different option. I was willing to wait on the mac issue but a whole new release to get in, imho, vitally needed features? No thanks.

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  5. WOW, this great news for the PC users but not for the Mac users!!

    I am with Carol and Heather that they charge a nomial fee for DS users now. Though, I don't mind saying that I hope the upgrade will be free. LOL

    Heather, these features should have been in DS. I wish that the DSPro will allow us to use fonts and images that we design but maybe that would be too much to ask for.

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  6. That's a shame. I've always been such a HUGE pusher for CDS. I've been so disappointed that they haven't chosen to give us BASIC functions of grouping and selecting all. Those should have been in the very first release. I'm not paying for another version when I paid $90 for the first one the first day it came out. And, I'm sure not doing it if it's going to block SCAL. :(

    Thanks for the info, Linda. This helps me be prepared when the new version comes out.

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  7. I have to say... I'm not surprised. Typical greedy behavior of PC. Just like when they posted on the Cricut forums their hilarious warning about SCAL messing up your Cricut to try and scare people away from it. They just can't stand that someone else picked up the reigns and gave their cutomer base what they wanted. Forget CDS... I'll stick with SCAL. At least Todd (SCAL creator) is responsive to his cutomers.

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  8. TFS Carol! I have been contemplating getting SCAL but have been hesisting. Now this info; I am certainly going to be holding out for a long time. I am excitied to see the new DS PRO and get my hands on that software as well. Having the DS already combined with the DS PRO to come will make this program very powerful. At least I am hoping! Thanks again for sharing - for me this is great news!

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  9. I am so sorry Linda for calling you Carol in my last post.

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  10. Thanks Linda... I am kind of excited... I am sorry for the Mac users...and I am hoping that they will let the DS users have a bit of a discount...

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  11. I'm with Carol...
    I personally have over 500 files created with the current DS software. What happens if I upgrade to DSPro? Will my files only be useable by DS or will they also be useable by DSPro? And what kind of cost are we looking at to upgrade to DSPro? I certainly would appreciate a discount since we all submitted ideas to improve DS and have been promoting DS all this time.

    Thanks for the news Linda!

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  12. I M scared too.:O(
    I am just now getting used to this one..Thank U for sharing..
    I like Your New Picture I c U Peeking..LOL

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  13. What a load of trash that they are going to make people buy new software to do something it SHOULD have done in the first place. I guess it's a good thing I never spent any money on the first version...

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  14. where did you get a free Design Studio program?

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  15. I have only one word....UGHHH!!!

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