I would love to know the difference between the Silhouette and the Wishblade . All the imformation I can find seems to say that the Wishblade is difficult to use.. but I am totally clueless about either.. HELP!!
I am also very curious, I too am wanting to purchase an electronic cutter to hook to my computer. I have all the systems alot of money invested. Love my cricut but many times I would love more options of welding my script letters etc. TIA
What do you mean by "auto trace"? You can cut ANY shape with the Silhouette, you just have to know how to make text an object (to weld the letters) and play around with it a little bit. So you can cut clip art and your own designs as well.
The Silhouette is out. It was relased at CHA and stores started receiving them at the end of that week. I have tried it and I have seen all 50 shapes cut out--they are very nice and intricate.
MSRP is $369. It comes with 50 shapes. Youc an weld words in another program like photoshop or Corel adn import it into the Silhouette software and it will cut it. Replacement blades are about $50. Don't know how often ytou need to replace them. You can cut items up to 8" in diameter since it cuts on 8.5x11" paper.
That is what I know about it so far. Plus, since it is from QK, you know you will get good customer service if there ever is a problem, unlike the CS for Cricut.
Tomorrow I am going to be trained on the Silhouette and Pazzles. I will try to post everything I find out. I want to make an educated purchase as well, with real info, not just people's statements that one thing is better than another. I want evidence! LOL
Edited by chococatgirls on 02-18-07 04:28 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
The Wishblade can auto trace, weld words, cut clip art, cut your own designs and its pink.
As far as I know, only the "new" Wishblade can do welding and that one is not shipping to any stores until March. At least thatis what the lady at the Xyron booth at CHA told me while she was demo-ing it to me.
I recently ordered a Silhouette from QVC and just got it the other day. Haven't really gotten the opportunity to use it yet but did play around with it a little bit the other day. I did do some research and here is what I know about it. The software is compatible with Vista although you have to go to the QuicKutz website and downdoad the software. The silhouette can cut patterned patter, most cardstock, vellum, iron on transfer paper, magnetic paper, vinyl, wood paper and sticker paper. It accepts paper up to 8 1/2" x 11". Images can be customize to different sizes ranging from 1/4" to 8" tall. It can cut images up to 39" in lenght. You can also import images and use the software to create your own image to be cut. You can draw your own shapes too. You can rotate and flip images and remove or rotate cut lines with the software. If you want to find some images that you can download (at a price)you can go to http://www.dicutscrapbooking.com/Silhouette/Silhoutte- D... With the Silhouette , if you would rather have a drawn image instead of a cut image you can use the ballpoint pen adapter. Replacement blades cost $44.99 and replacement mats $24.99. I read from one user that the blades lasted her up to 5 months and she used the machine almost every day. The booklet that comes with the machine leaves something to be desired. Not very clear. I found the user manual that came with the software and the website to be more helpful. That is about all I know about this machine at this time. Hope this helps.
Why? What does the WB take? I'm in love w/my Silhouette! And you can sneak 8.5x12 in.
You can actually put something in up to 30' long but I have not done it yet. If you run it through the Xyron 900 and put the entire roll of backing on a piece of paper (don't know where you'd find paper that big) then you can do it. You can also define custom sizes if you want. I made a 8.5x12 custom size so I can get the most out of my paper.
Don;t know what Wishblade can do as far as paper size that Silhouette can't....
With inkscape can you turn a polygon into a triangle or a circle?
You can create triangles and circles in the Silhouette software itself. If you want to nest them, you can do that in the Sil software too. You really only need Inkscape to weld words and that is if you don't already have Adobe Photoshop, illustrator, or Coreldraw. Also, in the Silhouette thread we have going on the GENERAL board, someone posted instructions on how to weld using plain old Microsoft Word and Paint. I've done it and it works.
None of the machines (wishblade, silhouette, or craft robo) are too difficult to use. It is the software that can be a bit annoying. I have the latest European craft robo, and I was doing shapes and letters the first day. Also, you can cheat and get pre-made templates or ".gsd" files (not sure of the file format for Wishblade or silhouette).
I love the "auto-trace" tool!! It allows me to scan certain stuff and make the shape able to be cut.
It's not that hard to use the Silhouette. You only need "extra" software if you are welding letters. Honestly, I don't do that very often at all. There are alot of programs to choose from to use if you do weld alot. Plus you can't beat the customer service from QuicKutz . And the Sil is already Vista compatible.
Yes, Silhouette takes gsd files too and there are tons on the net for free.
Sharon, I was up and running the same day too. It really does not take a rocket scientist to use these machines once you get going. It may sound scary but like you know, it is pretty easy considering the versatility we are getting!!
Okay so I have spent most of my morning researching these three machines - Silhoette/wishblade/roboc utter
so far here's my questions:
Silhouette What is true type fonts? Wishblade what is true type fonts?
do u have to purchase more downloads like the silhouette?
where can I see what it can do (examples of projects)?
How many fonts does it come with?
and how big can you cut?
Robocutter Can u cut font's out
do u have to pay for them and download them as well?
if so how much are they?
that sums it up, sorry for all the questions but if I spend that much $$ I figure I better know what I'm buying and who better to ask then people who have used them
Please feel free to PM me any answers, thanks so much everyone!!!!
I have a Silouette and can only answer the font question.
From limited knowledge about techie stuff...
True type fonts will have a file extension that ends in .ttf When you go to a website with free font downloads like dafont, just make sure it's listed at True Type and not Open type. Many of the default fonts on Word are Open Type.
You can cut any shape if you scan it in on your computer and the blades are not that expensive.
The replacement blade with caps contains the blade, blade housing, and three blade adjustment caps is $32.00 and just the blade by itself is $12.99.