Wednesday, April 2, 2014
New Version of Silhouette Studio released and a Cricut Digital Sale
Today, Silhouette America released an updated version of the Silhouette Studio software (version 3.0.293). The servers were overwhelmed by people downloading the new (free) update and some people were not able to access the site. I did manage to download it on my second attempt but it took well over an hour (so you may want to wait a couple of days for the dust to settle before you try).
There is a long list of new features and the user interface has been changed. Things still look familiar but some options and menus have been moved and there are new icons for some of the new features. The basic edition now has improved memory management, auto-save, cut by line color, select items by line color, TWAIN support (direct access to a scanner), new drawing tools including a smoother freehand drawing tool, arc and polygon tools, spell check, proxy settings, updated keyboard shortcuts, advanced cut settings, line segment overcut feature and library back-up.
Some features that have been added are only in the upgraded Designer Edition, including layer support (to cut by layers), PDF import, improved SVG support, shadow tool and nesting feature (this allows for more efficient use of the paper).
You can see a short intro video about the new version HERE, read the official press release HERE, and see the detailed release notes HERE (be sure to click on the "more info" links by each feature).
The download for Version 3.0.293 is on the Silhouette site HERE (it may take a while to download since so many people are trying to get it right away).
I had a little bit of time to try out some of the new features and I hope to experiment more in the next few days. For some excellent detailed notes about the update from Kay (a very clever user of cutting machines and programs) please see this very informative post on her blog Clever Someday - click HERE to go to the post. (Thanks to Kay for putting this review together so quickly).
If you don't have the Designer version of the software, there is a giveaway on the Silhouette blog where you can enter to win a copy, you'll find that post HERE.
We are finally getting some sun and warmer temperatures (in the 50s today). There is still some snow melting in the more shaded areas like our lower patio but Spring is finally starting.
In another day or so this ice should be gone - it doesn't seem to be bothering these plants!
This weekend it will be time for cleaning up some of the flower beds. I do think that the contrast of the old dried leaves and the new purple crocus makes a nice early Spring photo.
All of these re-released Creative Memories cartridges were still available as of Wednesday evening.
Best of Times $19.99
Be Young $19.99
Stork's Delivery $19.99
'Tis the Season $19.99
Total Sports $19.99
Divine Wedding $24.99
Reminisce Accents $24.99
Tiny Treasures $24.99
This and That $24.99
Click HERE to go to the page with all of the cartridges. They won't last long at these prices! Remember, you can also use the code SPRING30 to save an additional 30% on all images. This makes the $19.99 cartridges just $13.99 and the $24.99 cartridges just $17.49. The 30% off sale runs through April 6th.
These cartridges are sold only in physical form, while supplies last, and won't be available as digital cartridges or as a part of a Design Space subscription. So this is your last chance to get these images. Three cartridges are already gone and the rest could run out at any time...
There are also more than 75 digital image sets that are now on sale - most are 50% off. Some are cartridges that were also available in physical form and some are digital exclusives.
I have been really enjoying some of the digital exclusive sets that are available through the subscription. If you decide not to do the subscription, you might want to pick up some of your favorite digital exclusives now so they will always be available to you. With the 30% off code on top of the sale prices they are a great deal!
You can see all of the digital sale images HERE. If your trial subscription has run out and you want to subscribe you will find the subscription page HERE.
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I hope the weather is turning "spring-like" for you. It was great to get out and take a few photos today. Soon the gardens will be full of flowers but I enjoy this time of year when things are just starting to turn green.
I wonder how many of you have both Cricut and Silhouette (or other die-cutting machines). The competition between the companies to produce the best possible machine is great to watch. I am guessing that there may be some updates to the Design Space software before too long...
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