Username Post: Sure Cuts a Lot        (Topic#1591989)
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Does anyone have and use the Sure Scraps a Lot program with their Cricut? I've seen it advertised and am wondering if it's a good thing or just a waste of money. I can't find anything that says it's compatible with Windows 8. Any suggestions or advice?


 
southgirl
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I think there was a lawsuit against Surecuts and Cricut has made their machine to not work with that program. I could be wrong.


 
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You are right, unless it's an old Cricut that hasn't been updated, those should still work.


 
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My cricut is updated and works just fine with SCAL2. You just can't run both SCAL2 and CCR at the same time. However, finding SCAL2 will be very difficult as previously mentioned, SCAL was sued by PC over copyright violation.


 
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In response to GwynnAsbury

Actually, I saw SCAL on Amazon and was wondering about it. Sure would save tons of money!


 
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Hehehe, you must be a PC user.... I know the MAC ones are impossible to get a hold of....


 
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In response to GwynnAsbury

Yes, I am a PC user! I am too old to learn anything else...although Windows 8 has been a challenge.


 
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Good luck with it but I think you will find that if you have updated your cricut at all it won't work. I know most people lost their ability to cut with it after the last update.


 
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considering the cost and the risks involved of it not working,,,,,,

it's probably just cheaper and safer to buy a new machine like the silhouette that can use one of those type of programs.


 
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This is true. you can pick up a portrait which will come with it's own software for not much more than purchasing the SCAL program......


 
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In response to GwynnAsbury

OK. Y'all talked me out of it. I have tons of Cricut cartridges and love CCR. I just thought it might be fun to try something new, but I am now convinced that it's not broken and I won't fix it! LOL


 
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I love CCR too - have thought about getting a Silhouette but right now I'm loving Cricut and CCR.


 
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I heard on the veggie board that Provo craft is in talks with Scal since they are losing a big share of their market.


 
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I LOVE SCAL, and to be honest, the original suit was never filed against SCAL - it was filed against MTC after an update that allowed their consumers to rip images off of cricut cartridges and then share the files........ makes sense why they went after both companies........ With that said


My cricut is up to date, and it still works fine with SCAL. I have the original expression. If there is an update the fixes the compatibility, it clearly didn't work for me.


 
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Is using SCAL anything like using Cricut Craft Room - do you hook the computer to the Cricut?


 
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Yep you hook the cricut up to your computer. And personally, I think SureCuts a Lot is less glitchy than CCR - I use them for very different purposes obviously. I go through phases where I want cartridges, phases of SVGs, and phases of dies......


 
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If Cricut and SCAL work out something I think I would like to try it. I'm not terribly computer literate so it does scare me a bit.


 
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If you can figure out how to hit the "buy" button for digital files and then import SVG (which is a button in SCAL) then you will be fine.


 
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I did not know there was an SVG button - I've watched utubes on converting SVG files and it was WAY over my head. A simple button - I can handle that.



 
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converting SVG files is a totally different story. Most of the places that sell cut files for the Silhouette will include an SVG file when you download. Then it's just a matter of importing the SVG to SCAL.

HOWEVER, one caveat..... the cuts with the cricut through SCAL are sometimes a little distorted I think because the Cricut wasn't designed to do this? I have seen some reviews that show the silhouette making more true to design cuts as compared to the cricut.


 
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In response to GwynnAsbury

I figure this is like connecting my laptop to my sewing machine. As long as I download files in the format for my machine, I'm fine. The problems occur when I try to convert them from one format to another. Right now I am doing fine with CCR, my Cricut and the laptop. I am afraid to venture too far out of my comfort zone!


 
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I also use SCAL with my Cricut Expressions. I've never used any of my cartridges. You can't update the SCAL and still use it, but you can update the Cricut. As long as you use the SCAL 2.0, it works fine, but I have no idea if it works with Windows 8. I've used it with 7.

I love my Cameo. I only use the Cricut to try to wear it out :>) If the Cricut ever gives out, then I'd like to try Brother's Scan 'n' Cut. I'm not sure why I need two machines that do the same thing, but~

You'd think Provo would be happy to make a deal with SCAL. They lost a lot of people with the lawsuit.


 
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