Thursday, December 31, 2009

Make The Cut! vs SCAL

Make The Cut! and Sure Cuts A Lot are both 3rd party programs that work with your Cricut machine to cut out fonts and images from your computer. When SCAL was introduced, I got a copy with high hopes of saving on my Cricut cartridge purchases...and I did to a certain degree because it will cut most of the fonts that are on your computer but shapes were a different story. To do shapes, you had to download a program called Inkscape to design and manipulate the images in. Then you would have to move the image back to SCAL to cut. That was just too time consuming for me not to mention keeping up with all the files. I ended up going back to my cartridges and abandoning SCAL.

Now fast forward to just last week. There is a new program in town! It's called Make The Cut! and it is changing the way I scrapbook! No more Inkscape, no more learning curve, no more time wasting and best of all, no more overpriced Cricut cartridges. With MTC, you don't need Inkscape, shapes are easy to separate and cut. There's even a yahoo group now for MTC and everybody over their is thrilled with this program.

And right now, Make The Cut is offering 40% off the regular price ($129.95 - 40% = $77.97). Try it yourself for FREE by downloading the trial version by clicking HERE or to order Make The Cut simply click HERE. You will not be sorry!!

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Imagine It. Create It. Cut It. It's That Simple. Make The Cut! allows you to easily cut virtually any shape you can imagine (including TrueType Fonts) using your Cricut™ machine without needing to purchase expensive cartridges. With its easy-to-learn interface, the possibilities are endless. Go unleash the true power of your Cricut™!
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 (Coming Soon!)
* Shadowing (Coming Soon!)
* 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]
* Break/Split/Layer Shapes and Edit Them [image]
* Weld/Join Shapes Together [image]
* Export Shapes to SVG Format or Personal Library
* Cut, Copy and Paste Shapes Between Projects
* And Much, Much More!

29 comments:

  1. HI LINDA,
    AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO!!!

    I JUST PLACED MY ORDER FOR THE MTC. IT SOUNDS GREAT,I WATCHED THE VIDEOS AND IT LOOKS SO EASY TO USE. I JUST HAD A BIG PROBLEM WITH THE DS. IT CRASHED. SO MAYBE THIS WILL WORK BETTER....I HAD SO MUCH FUN CREATING CARDS AND BOXES WITH THE DS,
    BUT THINGS HAPPEN, AND I GUESS WE HAVE TO MOVE ON.... TAKE CARE AND BE WELL....
    NICOLE
    THANKS FOR THE INFO. THE MTC

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  2. Thanks for your review. Sounds very interesting, but until they make it available to Mac users they are going to be missing out on a lot of sales. At least SCAL is available to both formats.

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  3. cathie, they are working on a MAC version as we speak. =)

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  4. I ordered this morning and its so much fun. I love that you can break apart the picture and do each piece separatly. Now my head is swimming with ideas. thank you for sharing. I had been undecided. I have scal2 and love it also. I think I'm an addict. But I love to create.

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  5. Shelly, now you understand why I have been soooooo pushing this software!! =) ~Linda

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  6. Linda thanks for keeping us informed on MTC, I was wandering if when the shadow feature comes out if we would be able to upgrade our program or if we would have to buy another program, do you know? I hate the fact that I just upgraded to SCAL2 just a few months ago.

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  7. Cindylu2u, shadowing will be in the next update and is due out next week. You will not have to buy anything else, just open your MTC software and update to get the latest version. Have you played with the trial version? Are you loving it? I know I am. ~Linda

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  8. I will try the trial version. I don't understand most of the stuff you talked about since I'm so new to scrapbooking. I'm so intriqued with SCAL and almost ordered it because I want to be able to cut out something NOW and not have to go buy a cartridge. I just got my Cricut and DS in April and still don't know most of what they can do. I just love them and your site. Thank you for all the information you give us. Happy New Year.
    Mary Ann

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  9. Mary Ann, save yourself the headache and go ahead and get Make The Cut!. It is just so much easier than SCAL and even Design Studio which I love. ~Linda

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  10. I so agree with Linda. I got it this morning,and its so easy. You can do all your cutting at once, and have it disected out. Its easy. I have scal2, but this does so much more. Its well worth the money. I got the cd too, cause you never know if your computer will tip on you.. anyway.. you'll love it.you won't be sorry..

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  11. Linda just a ?. Do you think this program will be kept up like Todd does with SCAL? He is always fixing things that might become problems for our cricuts.
    I can't afford for my ds or my g not to work. Thanks

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  12. Valerie, I think so. I learned of the program just like you did. Since blogging about it, the creator of MTC has contacted me and promised that he will continue to develop it, in fact he said that in the next release shadowing will be added. He said he was introduced to the Cricut by his wife who is a scrapper and owns a Cricut. I believe him and in his product and that is why I am so thrilled about it! ~Linda

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  13. Hey Linda,
    I tried posting a question to you the other day but not sure it it went through. You mentioned in your post that there was no need to ever buy another cartridge. Is that because you're able to get images and fonts from anywhere or because you can somehow use pictures from carts? (probably a silly question but I'm trying to figure out the scope of this program before I buy it!)
    Thanks for your help and for this blog. I've learned so much from you!

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  14. I would love to get MTC but they don't have a Mac version. I never understand why the Macs are so often left out. They are wonderful especially for any graphics--and sooo user friendly. I know I am a Kindergarten teacher and my little ones work on Macs everyday. Teachers love the Expression and MTC is missing out by not having a Mac version.

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  15. Grammy GG, you could use your mac with MTC if you have the Parallels Desktop. ;)

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  16. Thanks for this write-up! I got an Expression from Santa and was about to buy SCAL (based on the recommendations of the ladies at our local Archiver's). Of course, I talked to them a few weeks ago, so it sounds like MTC wasn't available yet...? But now I think I'm off to buy MTC instead! Thanks again for the info and review!

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  17. Linda, I'd love to see some of the projects you have made using MTC!

    I'm waiting for the Mac version . . .

    Evelyn

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  18. So far I've only made one title and a monkey. lol Send me your email address or email me at ohscrap@gmail.com and I'll send you a picture. =) ~Linda

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  19. Hi Linda~thanks for all the great information. I have a couple of ?'s though. Will it cut files that have been made in SCAL? I don't have SCAL, but have seen several files that I would like to download & cut, but they say you have to have SCAL. Also, what is a "True type font" and how will I know if I'm picking one or not, say from "dafonts". Also, what is the group over at Yahoo? Thank you so much, I'd appreciate any help. Wendy

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  20. Hi Linda~I'll try this again~my first post didn't go through. :(
    Anyway, thanks for all the info, but I have a couple of ?'s still. Will it cut out SCAL files? I've seen files that I want to download & cut, but they say you can only cut if you have SCAL. Will I be able to download those files into MTC & cut with my cricut? Thanks so Much! Am new to your site & love it! Wendy

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  21. so are you abandoning Pc? I bought SCAL2 for Christmas and saw MTC too but, didn't want to pay so much esp. as I have spent a bundle between PC, SCAL and to add MTC on top is a bit much. I was hoping the price of MTC would come down. would love if PC would step up and make that we can use all the formats on the Gypsy.

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  22. SweetSassyDiva, Being PC makes the Cricut I don't feel like I am abandoning them. I will still use the cartridges that I have and make the cheat sheets and IF they put out a reeeeeaaaalllly cool cartridge then I would probably still buy it. We'll just have to see I guess. lol ~Linda

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  23. Wow, thank you for your useful information! I was debating if I should purchase SCAL 2.0 or MTC. I also have Inkscape but wow, I didn't realize in MTC, you can separate layers.
    Rock on!

    www.theladywolf.blogspot.com

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  24. Seriously you can make svg's in SCAL, you can draw shapes, you don't need inkscape. You can separate layers in SCAL. I don't have MTC but SCAL can do these things, is really all I wanted you to know.

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  25. Bee's, Since this post (OCT 2009), SCAL has introduced many features that MTC already had which is great BUT I have to tell you, I have both programs and MAKE THE CUT is so much easier (and better IMHO) to use than SCAL so they still get my #1 vote. ~Linda

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  26. I just ordered an Expression, and it won't be here until Monday. I'm so excited I can hardly wait, but saved a lot of money buyin online.

    I've been passing the time trying both of software trials. I like the way that MTC creates the SVGs, but I think I like the layout of SCAL better.

    Can you think of any functionality one has the other doesn't at this point?

    Are there any others out there now?

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  27. Shannon, I'm a Make The Cut girl. I have SCAL but haven't played with it too much since getting MTC. LOVE MY MTC!! ~Linda

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  28. SCAL 2 has all of the same features as MTC does now, I believe. So, it all comes down to which one you feel more comfortable with.

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  29. Hello Linda,
    I was also debating between MTC & SCAL aswell,
    Thanks to you & your blog,I am purchasing this morning.

    Unless SCAL has changed its tracing module, in my opinion, MTC is superior.

    The funny thing, paper & adhesive was building up on my cutter so I had to clean up often,
    Out of desperation, I applied a micro drop of my product called Nano-Oil.com ,
    Not a single clean up since, I was wondering if this type of build up it a common cutting problem?

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