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Old 09-22-2010, 08:48
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Default SCAL or another program for my Cricut?!?

OK so I bought a Cricut Expression for our church to make bulletin boards and put verses on walls and whatever else we might need it for. Now I am trying to decide what program we need to purchase to have access to designs online. Can any of these programs be loaded on more than one computer? I am going to keep the Cricut at home but will probably bring it to church some to cut out things on the fly and will use the computer there as well. And I have a desktop and a laptop at home so I'm not sure which computer I will use. Also, I am an accountant so a designer I am not! Soooo I need something that is going to be easy for me to use without a lot of cleaning up artwork. Thanks girls! Any suggestions you can give me would be great!!!
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:00
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SCAL comes with 2 downloads. Me personally, wouldn't download it to a church computer, just because I would rather design and cut at home rather than lug the thing around. SCAL's program is a "what you see is what you cut" design. Basically, you choose your cutting mat size (6x12, 12x12, 12x24) and then design away! What you see on your screen is exactly what will cut. It's nice to be able to see the layout. Your machine should've come with one cartridge. You don't need to buy anymore unless there's a specific font or graphics that you can download from the internet for free. Search fre svg files and you will get a ton of images. Also, download thousands of fonts for free...just google it. I have had my Expression for 3 years and have owned SCAL for 2. The box was unopened until I found SCAL, lol. I got mine on Black Friday at a ripping deal ($120!) so I couldn't fathom paying half that for one measley cartridge. You just need a USB cable to plug in your computer to the Cricut, and put in the one catridge. SCAL will walk you thru step by step. It's pretty easy...before SCAL I had no idea how to download free fonts and dingbats. People's argument is that it voids your warranty. But you aren't downloading anything to your Cricut...it's a computer program so I don't get how it voids your machine. Mine's out of warranty anyways, lol. Good luck!
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:22
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Default Re: SCAL or another program for my Cricut?!?

Thanks! This is exactly what I wanted to hear!!!! And I think I agree with you...bringing it back and forth to church is just asking for me to drop it. Did you buy any of the packages or just the program?
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:30
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Default Re: SCAL or another program for my Cricut?!?

I just bought the program. I don't know what packages you are talking about, lol...so that must be something new. I've had my program for a couple years now and have no regrets. The first couple times was time consuming because I wasn't sure what I was doing. But thank heavens for their forum...answers all your questions. Undoubtedly, if something is going on with your cricut and scal, it's already happened to someone else.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:51
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Thanks so much! I think you just helped me make my decision!
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I have SCAL 2 and it works really good for newbies and beginners. If I had to do it over again, i would buy MTC. You can do more with that program. But, in your situation, I would go with SCAL 2.
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