Based on recent site analytics, we’re seeing an increase in the number of Cricut users wanting the ability to cut SVG files with their machines! Did you know that it was once possible to purchase software that gave Cricut users the ability to do just that? Sure Cuts A Lot 2 and Make The Cut software were available for purchase and compatible with the Cricut Personal, Cricut Cake (12×12 and 6×12), Cricut Expression and original Cricut cutting machines.
Initially, ProvoCraft filed a lawsuit against Make The Cut, a few months later the case was settled out of court and Make The Cut stopped selling the Cricut compatible version of their software. The software is still available and works with a variety of cutting machines (Pazzles Inspiration, eCraft from Craftwell, Boss Kut Gazelle etc), but no longer supports Cricut Machines. A few months later, Craft Edge (the maker of Sure Cuts A Lot 2) was also hit with a lawsuit. Sure Cuts A Lot 2 was taken off of the market and was replaced by Sure Cuts A Lot 3, which no longer supports Cricut machines.
Cutting SVG Files With Cricut Craft Room
In the spring of 2011, Cricut posted a statement (see the image at the top of this post) that explained and defended their actions. We agree with their statement and understand how important it is to protect intellectual property and prosecute those that illegally circumvent security measures for one’s own financial gain. Would ProvoCraft have been open to creating an approved version of Sure Cuts A Lot for the Cricut? We’ll never know, but what we do know is that they realize the importance of creative freedom and stated that they would “provide their customers the ability to cut some of their own images in Cricut Craft Room in the future“.
When Will I Be Able To Cut SVG Files In Cricut Craft Room?
We’re not sure! We’ve contacted ProvoCraft support and asked them just that, but they didn’t have any information on when the feature would be available. We suggest that you contact ProvoCraft and ask them! It would also be a great idea to express that you specifically want support for SVG files! Here are some of the ways you can contact them.
SVG Files and Cricut Cutting Machines
No, no version of Sure Cuts A Lot is compatible.
No. SVG files are not compatible with Cricut Design Studio.
As of September 2012, we've not heard of anyone losing their ability to cut with Sure Cuts A Lot 2, but it is "technically" possible for future firmware updates to cause incompatibility between Sure Cuts A Lot 2 and your Cricut machine.
Because we don't stay on top of all recent firmware updates, we cannot guarantee that upgrading your Cricut wont impact your ability to use SVG files. As of September, 2012 we have not heard of anyone having issues with SCAL after upgrading firmware via Cricut Craft Room. Check out our most recent article on this topic here: http://svgcuts.com/blog/2011/11/22/cricut-craft-room-and-scal/
Yes. If you purchased Sure Cuts A Lot 2 before it was taken off of the market, you can continue to use indefinitely.
Sure Cuts A Lot 2 (required to cut SVG files with Cricut, Cricut Expression, Cricut Personal and Cricut Cake) is no longer available for retail sale by Craft Edge (the manufacturer) and/or the resellers. You may however be able to purchase the software from an independent party on sites like Ebay, but be prepared to spend upwards of $100.
The potential good news is that Provo Craft stated that they "intend to provide our customers the ability to cut some of their own images in Cricut Craft Room in the future". Cricut Craft Room is a FREE online software similar to Design Studio and Sure Cuts A Lot. You can see the statement here: http://svgcuts.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/cricut-statement.jpg
We suggest contacting Provo Craft and asking them when this feature will be available. It is very important that you stress that you want support for SVG files
You can email: email@example.com
You can call: 801.932.1144 or 877.7CRICUT