1. You can cut any TrueType font that you have installed on your computer. No extra cartridges to buy for each one.
2. It cuts 8.5 wide and up to poster length (if you have the mat to handle it)
3. It cuts clipart files and dingbats that are also free online.
4. You can literally draw your own designs on the screen and then cut them repeatedly. Great for doing multi cuts needed for online swaps.
5. There is a huge online resource of Wishblade owners that share thousands of beautiful files with each other for free. Even a Wishblade forum right here at sb.com for sharing files and questions.
1. It's a bit more difficult to learn than plug-n-play. Requires enough computer literacy that some owners have given up.
2. It is NOT quiet. It grinds and groans while cutting, so beware the noise.
3. Since it requires a computer to run, it may not be a good take-to-the-crop sort of tool.
4. Cutting welded words (like joined cursive scripts) can be done with an extra free program, but requires even MORE computer saavy than is probably worth it for regular Wishblade owners.
The Wishblade is very versitile - it will cut almost anything you want it to. However, because it can do so much there is a learning curve. The good thing is that you can start using it without a lot of prior knowledge. Cutting basic fonts and dingbats is a breeze. You can then begin to master all the other things that you can do.
I actually have the old machine but I bought the new software when it came out this Spring. The new software actually takes some of the difficulty out of doing some tasks like welded words and tracing clip-art. Before we did have to use two other pieces of software to do this, but the new software will do it for you. In fact, all you have to do to trace a .wmf clip-art is simply drop it in. The new software takes care of the tracing automatically. The new software also controls the machine much better - it cuts a lot faster and the grinding is diminished somewhat, anyway.
I highly recommend this if you have the money. I have been very, very happy with mine.
I have to add one more thing to this. Buy your supplies here at scrapbook.com and NOT directly from Xyron. I've done that out of habit for the year and a half that I've had my machine and had nothing but headaches. Scrapbook.com is great about their shipping and tracking so stick with this site! :)
I thought time and practice would make it easier. No it doesn't! I've had this for two months and have spent many, many frustrating wasted hours trying to get it to do as it says....If you can wish it, you can cut it" yeah, right!!
DON'T select anything to cut that is swirled, or thin, or intricate, or on paper thicker than the cheapest writing paper, cause it won't do it. Yes, I'm using the correct blade.....
I have wasted not only time, but a huge amount of money on pattern paper. Because when you try to remove the object you've cut, the adhesive-from-hell on the cutting board will tear the object long before it will turn it loose.
It takes hours of study on various support sites just to figure out the basics. Who has that kind of time?????
It's complicated, NOT user friendly, unpredicable, unreliable and a complete flop. Shame on Xyron for promoting such a piece of junk!
I love the wishblade so much that when the newer one came out I sold the old one just to upgrade to the pink model. There is rarely a time I scrap without using it in some shape, way or form. It was my first BIG scrapbooking purchase and I am so thankful that I bought it before I started getting sucked into the other diecutting machines like sizzix & qk. It has saved me lots of money, and will continue to do so in the long run.
A few things to know before you start:
1. The more intricate designs need to be used with OLD cutting mats. This is the same with ANY electronic die cutting machine. I've had no problems cutting everything from bazzill to delicate vellum & handmade papers. I've even cut some transparencies with my wishblade.
2. When you notice the blade dulling even the slightest, buy a new one. Trust me it is painful to wait for new ones to arrive in the mail. I've only had to replace mine once, and the first time I waited til mine was totally dull. It drove me insane!
3. When you are playing around and learning how to use it, practice on plain ol printer paper. And always...always put your brand new mat on a tshirt or something first to get most of the basic strong stickyness off. trust me, your mats will end up with fuzzies on them eventually anyways. Might as well start off by not wanting to scream cause your paper is stuck on there too well. Oh yeah, and invest in a die cutting spatula.
All that said...can't live without my WB. I've taken it to crops and used it on my laptop, and it is my baby. I've give up every tool on my scrap studio to keep my WB.
Got my Wishblade earlier this week...LOVE it! I'd done my homework; read the reviews, tips, tutorials, etc...while I was waiting for it to arrive. Read the manual & all other info included before even thinking about installing the software. I was cutting a welded word within the hour.
Lots of details to remember...resize the image, place it on the page where you want it to cut, change the pressure, change the cap on the blade...but ooooooh it's worth it!
Try more simple shapes/fonts at first, while you're getting used to the settings. My 1st cut was with a font that wasn't smooth, and I was scraping tiny pieces of paper off the mat for quite a few minutes. Learned my lesson quickly.