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#1 Posted : Monday, September 30, 2013 2:51:13 PM(UTC)
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New to cricut. I have the Craft Room. Wondering if there is a difference between the design studio and the Craft Room?! TIA
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#2 Posted : Monday, September 30, 2013 3:35:52 PM(UTC)
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New to cricut. I have the Craft Room. Wondering if there is a difference between the design studio and the Craft Room?! TIA


CCR is free. Design Studio is a paid program. However it has been discontinued and is extremely hard to find. And as it has been discontinued, it is no longer being updated to add any new carts that are released.

To use CCR you must have an internet connection as the program is used online. DS is an offline program that's installed to your computer.

You can link your carts to CCR so you don't have to keep inserting them into the Cricut. DS can not link carts.

CCR can not cut objects that have been partly placed outside the cutting area of the mat. DS can.



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cranaeb0f65613 on 10/1/2013(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Monday, September 30, 2013 3:36:04 PM(UTC)
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I'm new also, but, I believe that the Craft Room is the only option now.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 01, 2013 10:34:46 AM(UTC)
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Thank you! I had seen one for sale on used/for sale type site and wasnt sure what it was or how it compared to CCR.
The only think I do not like about CCR is not being able to cut just one image I find that I like. I really hate having to buy all the digital cartridges.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:18:57 AM(UTC)
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I love Design Studio, but since the CCR came into play, PC is no longer supporting it with updates. I like it because you do not have to have internet access & I could take my computer to crops & design away! CCR is OK, but you do have to have internet access & sometimes that is a big problem!
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:31:46 AM(UTC)
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I used DS up until ccr was introduced. except for CCR being internet dependant, DS is a huge step(s) backward. CCR is much more user friendly and can do more than what DS could ever do and a lot easier. This is based on my personal experience. I have never used my machine without ds or ccr and wouldn't use it if that was my only choice.

The one thing that I occasionally miss being able to do in ds that can't be done in ccr is lay images outside the mat area and still be able to cut what is inside the mat. CCR will not cut any part if any part lies outside the mat boundaries. AND I would pay good money for ccr if they would sell it rather than making it internet dependant. I know lots have had major issues with ccr, but I have been fortunate, and don't even have the best internet, that I have been able to use it with very little frustration.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, October 01, 2013 12:39:02 PM(UTC)
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I have only used CCR and do not have too many problems with it. I never work outside of my home so I never have a use for non internet program. But I do wish there was a way to take a jpeg image and cut a basic shape. I am running into the problem of needing 1 or 2 shapes or images (like a football) and do not want to purchase and entire cart just for 1 images. Ive researched other programs but it doesn't seem they are compatible with Cricut any longer.
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#8 Posted : Sunday, March 02, 2014 1:38:23 AM(UTC)
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Craftroom is a free online program. Design Studio you have to buy. I have Design Studio (I've had it for years, got it free when I bought a certain number of cartridges one time) and I'm used to it. BUT, it has some serious limitations. Provocraft has the tendency to move onto the next big thing and forget about fixing the problems with their initial projects. Design Studio has pretty much gone that way.

I was one of the "chosen few" who got to try Craftroom before it opened up to everyone, and have been using it pretty regularly. I like it, but it still has a lot of bugs. It has more capabilities than CDS, but sometimes freezes up and gives errors. I'm having problems because we got a new computer and the Craftroom isn't playing well with Windows 7 and PC says it's my anti-virus software and can't help me...

So, long story short - try Craftroom for free. You have to download the program (instead of using the web-based one) in order to cut, but it's straightforward to download and install.

One thing that some people didn't like was that by saving their projects online, Provocraft in essence owned them. You can export them to your own PC and delete them from the PC site, if you don't like PC owning them.
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