Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Video Tutorial - Sure Cuts a Lot 2 First Look

Craft Edge released a comprehensive new version of their Sure Cuts a Lot software today. Those who visit my blog regularly will know what a huge fan I am of this program. It opens up whole new creative ways to use your Cricut, allowing you to use any of the TrueType fonts on your PC to cut words and titles, as well as designs you make yourself or download from the internet.

Among the new features are multiple selections and groupings, support for multiple layers and pages, vertical typing, customizable workspace arrangement and a quick and easy Autotrace function.

I haven't had too much time to play, so there may be more things that I haven't discovered yet, but one thing I am sure of, I LOVE IT! :)

Edit: I can't, in all conscious, leave this post to stand in it's original form. After some time using SCAL 2, it seems there are quite a few bugs in it. Hopefully Craft Edge release an update soon to fix some of the problems with it! (I will still love it once that's done!)
Breaking news:
I've heard that Craft Edge hope to have an update available in the next couple of days or so :)

I would recommend watching the full screen version of this video, you won't see a lot of the detail in a smaller window! As it's a large file, if you play it and it stops part way through, it just means it hasn't fully downloaded to your computer yet, so be patient :)

To see a full screen version, click here.

56 comments :

Laurel Lee Pedersen said...

Thank you, Dan! I never really got the hang of Inkscape and now I can do the images I want with SCAL! You are a natural teacher (I'm a retired principal and teacher) and enjoy your tutorials SO MUCH! What a prince you are.

Laurel Lee Pedersen said...

You are the best, Dan! I never got the hang of Inkscape, and I am THRILLED with Todd's new update! It does everything I want to do without the hassle! Thanks for your great instruction - you're a natural teacher!

kkrewtea said...

Thanks for the video Dan! You make things so much easier for me!!!

Linda Elbourne said...

You are such a star Dan ... or should I say Prince??? ... Now you are royalty will you still be talking to a commoner like me????

Joking apart - you really do make these things look easy and encourage me to try things that would otherwise never cross my mind - so Thank you XXX

Tammy D said...

Awesome. I downloaded it early today and can't wait to get started on my 2 huge projects. Thanks to your video I can see they are going to be much easier to do.

paperscissorsink said...

thanks, that was a big help!

Heather in FL said...

Great overview of the new features! Thanks, Dan!

Dorothy said...

Thanks for the video Dan!!
This is gonna be great!!
Good to see you again!
Dorothy

Sarah St., NL said...

Great job Dan! You always make it look so simple. Thank you for taking the time to explain it all! :-)

Heather said...

Wow! The new version looks awesome. Thanks so much for the video!

P84monte said...

Dan, you're the man! Thank you for taking the time to make your video tutorials. You make it so easy to understand, and now I need to go buy the new sure cuts a lot!
thanks again,
Pam

Dawn said...

Thanks Dan that's really made me want to buy the update :-)

Saskia said...

Thanks Dan, for this quick and great video on the new SCAL2, you're the best!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, Dan. You made this all look so easy. I am so excited that I will be able to get more use from SCAL because I am greatly intimidated by Inkscape. Thanks for sharing.
Gale M.

beanie said...

WOW Dan your on the ball with this I just downloaded it and so far I am loving it!!!!!

Bobbi said...

Dan

Excellent demo of the new scal. I already love the old program, but now will love the new one even more. And it has many of the features I have been wishing for!

Tina said...

Dan, you're the bestest! :) Payday is Friday...I'm totally upgrading SCAL! Though I think those of us who assisted with the new features should get a discount! ;) LOL!

Anonymous said...

Thanks you really made it look simple. I don't have SCAL yet because I could never figure inkscape out. Now maybe I can do this. THANKS

Liz said...

Great job Dan lovely info but can you also tell us how do you upgrade from version 1 to 2 or do you have re-purchase? Love your tutorials they have taught me so much and are easy to follow. Also loved the free regular cut files when you were doing them.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! Can't wait for the Mac version!
Evelyn

Sid said...

Love the new features Dan !! Thanks for showing us !

Billie said...

You are definitely, DAN THE MAN! I always love your videos. Very helpful. Thanks so much!!!!

Maria Snook said...

Thanks! This was wonderful!
P.S. I love your British Accent!

NitaBugg said...

Thank you very much for the tutorial and preview of the latest SCAL.

Lisa said...

Once again, you have done an excellent job in making a tutorial. Thanks!

Tina said...

That was a wonderful video! Craft Edge ought to reward you for showing off their product so nicely! *Ü* I am definitely buying it this weekend when I have time to play with it!


Cropncrazy

rhydinhood said...

Oh Dan!! What a great addition to SCAL....I cant wait to use it! Thanks for the tutorial....I too, like others have not learned to use Inkscape yet.
I'm excited!! lol

Hels said...

Nice one Dan xx

Anonymous said...

Your a genius!
Thanks for all your time.
God Bless You!
Lori

thefrugalcrafter said...

Thanks Dan! good to see you back on the SCAL circut;)
Cheers,
Lindsay

Anonymous said...

Dan great job. I love the new features but I want the MAC version. You made sure I will check SCAL board to see when it's out. Thanks.
Norma

Phyllis Latterell said...

Dan,
I see you've heard it many times...but thanks so much for the video. You do make it easy to understand. I haven't used my SCAL program a lot because I've had a little difficulty figuring it all out. Do you have other tutorials? I'm trying to figure out how to layer a welded word - where I have one color on the bottom and a different color on top in thinner letters. I haven't had much luck with that.

Kathy Robtaille said...

Hi Dan
Great Job! this scal 2 is amazing. How does one get it? I have the original scal and I thought that was good.
Thank you personally for taking time to make videos for us visual learners to understand! Bravo!

Ann said...

AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for taking time to share!!
Ann

BooksandLove said...

thanks for the video. I'm directing people to your vid!

GraysMomma said...

Thanks so much-great tut I bought SCAL and never used it like you do-I would just cut one thing at a time and was not fully using it. Thank you for explaining it so well! You Rock!

Trish said...

what can I say Dan - you are just awesome! Thank you for explaining this to me - I had missed the rollout, came in to see all the e-mails and immediately looked for you! You must be a teacher because as Laurel said, you're a natural.

Hugs from this side of the pond!(again!!)
Trish

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. I love your tutorials.

Susy Rudy said...

thank you dan - you are a star -

Michelle said...

thank you thank you thank you...
Dan you continue to amaze us! The videos you share with us are such a blessing!
thanks for sharing!
Michelle
http://Leavingalegacyoffaith.ning.com

eiyiyi said...

Thanks so much, Dan. I haven't purchased SCAL yet because it always seems so involved. Not anymore. I'm off to order SCAL2 this morning.

eileen

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Lisha (Alicia) K. Bryant said...

Great tutorial!!! Thank you Dan!!!!

AnnS said...

Wow Dan, this is a great tutorial.
I'm been unsure about purchasing SCAL because my computer skills leave something to be desired. After viewing your video, I think even I can master this.
Hou should be a spokesman for SCAL.
Thanks.

Soraya said...

Dan,
Your tutorial is outstanding! I just got the upgrade and I'm so delighted. Looking forward to more wonderful tutorials!!

Soraya

craftaddict said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I have upgraded but not looked at it yet, I will now!

Liz said...

Dan can you sort some confusion for me. I was told not to download the new version of design studio else it will stop my SCAL working. Now I have downloaded and paid for SCAL 2 but am wondering what to do about design studio as I am hoping to get some new carts which will necessitate the newer Design Studio but I dont want to loose SCAL, please advise.

Dan said...

It isn't Design Studio itself that causes the problem Liz, it's if it needs you to update your Cricut. I've heard no one else mention any problems with DS, but I don't have it myself so can't really advise you. I suggest you email support@craftedge.com and ask them, they're usually pretty quick to reply.

Kathie said...

That was super! Thanks for the tutorial! Love the trace thingy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dan. I heard you mention Inkscape to get a .jpg or .bmp outline. I just got SCAL. Is it just getting them as a .jpg or.bmp to import into SCAL? (Im using the older version). I just wondered if I could do the same in photoshop.

Lalia said...

Thank you!!! I'm glad you're back in action and updating your blog. Your information is great. Your explanation of layers vs pages is excellent & just what I needed. I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say about autotrace next!

Rosemary said...

wow, I just watched the video and I'm ready to update. I haven't used my SCAL as much as I wanted to because of my confusion with Inkscape..So glad I can now bypass that!!..thank you so much for a great tutorial!!

paperscissorsink said...

Thanks so much Dan!

Sheluvs2sew said...

Thanks Dan. I am new to Cricut and SCAL, but after viewing your tutorial, I am sure I can get the hang of it soon. Great video!

RickeyJ said...

Bless you! Bless you! Thank you for your awesome tutorial. That was sooooooo helpful and it seems so easy to understand -- I think I can do. I'm going to try it tomorrow. Thanks again, and like everyone says "you're the best".

Elkay said...

I just got the Cricut this week. I was almost sorry that I spent the money till I saw this video. I couldn't get it to do what I wanted. SCAL does do exactly what I want! I wanted to print something in an arch. I did that in Word Art. Screen print, saved as jpg, and traced the shapes. A couple of steps, but it comes out exactly the way I want!

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