Thursday, February 19, 2009

ProvoCraft News

Provo Craft is developing a new mobile product (approximately 4 x 6) which would allow you work on your creative projects, no matter where you are:

* This device provides Cricut Design Studio capabilities (such as welding, stretching, and rotating), so you could work on your creative projects away from your computer.

* Allows you to organize your artwork by topic, event, creative project and even provides a way for you to organize how you would like images organized on your cutting mat.

* Let's you store all of your Cricut cartridges into the device, enabling you to take all of your Cricut artwork with you wherever you go (within your house, to a gathering with friends/family, in your car, etc).

* Also eliminates the needs to carry your cartridges, overlays and manuals around.

* Device plugs into any PC computer or Cricut machine.

Here's an example of how you might use this product:

Beth is waiting for her daughter to get out of her piano class, and starts thinking about the baby shower invitations she needs to send out. She pulls her mobile device out of her purse and searches for all flower images available from her purchased cartridges (which have already been loaded onto her device). She finds the one she likes, and starts designing her card with CDS. Later, at a friend's house, she plugs in her device to her friends Cricut, cuts her images, letters (which are already laid out on her "virtual" mat), and finishes her cards that night.

So, what's your thoughts on this new developement from ProvoCraft?

19 comments:

  1. If we're still purchasing cartridges, I can't say I'll warm up to this quickly. It would have to be at a decent price point and have lots of storage; I don't know if they'll be able to accomplish that. I'll certainly take a look, thanks for the heads-up.

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  2. I'm intrigued by the concept, especially if it means not having to carry the carts and overlays around, but definitely need to learn more and see it in action first. I'm just wondering if it would be hard to see and work with the screen to design things if it's only a 4X6 screen.

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  3. I'm curious but I'll have to see what is involved with using this. And what the cost will be.

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  4. Depends on the price. Sounds awesome!

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  5. I named it BugAGoGO..:O)
    I bet it will cost a FORTUNE!!!

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  6. Sounds awesome, but what is this going to cost? Is it CDS compatible or CDS Pro or both? This will make a difference.
    Lori

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  7. This would be totally awesome but it probably won't be Mac compatible (since the DS isn't either). I expect it to be mega expensive (like all Provo Craft items).

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  8. Will depend on price point and storage capacity. Also ease of use. For some cuts, I cannot do them without the books, so will those still have to be carried around?? How many carts can we load? DO you have to have CDS or can you just use the cart? So intrigued, yes, but still skeptical

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  9. I'd like to see a picture and know what it costs. Sounds unreal. Thanks.

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  10. This is fabulous news for me! I was just hoping PC would make something a la the Slice and they have. I am pleased to know I can now be truly portable. Sure there will be a learning curve but that's life, IMHO. I am so looking forward to this new machine and will be certainly buying one! TFS and the heads up!

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  11. It sounds great! Almost like a Designer's Palm Pilot. I love my Palm and take it everywhere I go. But I am willing to bet that this technology won't be less than $200 (just a guess). Which is almost like buying another machine. Something like this would need some kind of operating system to run. I think it might have been better for them if they had a developer who could work on software (for a Palm or Blackberry Device) rather than hardware as this is going to be just another thing we need to carry in our purses... We'll see I guess though - I am excited about it!

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  12. Linda-
    Thank You for enabling me!! I read your blog post (3 times actually) Then checked out SCAL. Pondered some (I already have CDS...is this necessary??). Then checked out a few sites that sell downloads and a few that have free downloads. This morning as the possibilities were all a whirl in my head...I bought SCAL. But thank you for all the good information you gave reguarding SCAL.

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  13. Ugggg....I left that comment under the wrong blog!!! Good thing it's Friday!!

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  14. They sent me a survey about this very product this morning.
    http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/thankyou.zgi?p=WEB228U4DYVLS8
    My initial thought was they never finish developing one product before they launch out with another. I realize they are in the business to make money but it seems like a shoddy way to do it. I would like them to spend more time making CDS or Expression a better product with accessories instead of telling us to buy something new.

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  15. Hi Linda! I'm a bit intrigued to see what it would look like; but a 4x6 device is PAINFULLY small especially for device that i'm to use for laying out my cuts... i have issues with my 17inch monitor laptop sometimes with the dragging, meassuring and selecting options...

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  16. This sounds amazing! I would love to have it and it sounds so convenient, but it would definitely have to be affordable too!

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  17. Sounds like a great invention for the crafter on the go.

    The 4x6 screen sounds like it would be much too small to work with. On a huge computer screen the designs on the buttons in DS are already way too small, so I can't imagine how they are going to get that to work in a 4x6 screen. I am sure they have thought of that already, though...

    I am pretty sure this will be way too expensive for just a hobby crafter if it has all the features mentioned. I can't imagine that it will be worth it for most of us, but we will probably all want one :o)

    Thanks for sharing the information...sounds cool!

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  18. Gee that sounds interesting, however, wouldn't it be nice if ProvoCraft would use their energies on listening to their customers, have only one DS that is Mac compatible, release DS updates when the cartridges are released, vs months later. The Cricut is becoming a transformer. First a standalone, then add the computer, then add the Jukebox, now add another instrument. There is already a product out there that does all of this without the extending "Transformer" parts.

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  19. I think this is great, but i have to agree, just another item to carry in my purse. I already have a smart phone, my sketch/idea books, my ipad, and then another device? IDK about this..

    Thanks for a wonderful blog! I love it:) Keep up the good work :)

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