| Jan 23, 2014
We’re so happy there’s been so much discussion around Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Design Space™! We’ve been hearing a lot of questions on our Facebook page and the message boards, so we wanted to post the top FAQs in one place. Here they are!
Do I have to pay to use the software or to upload my own images?
Design Space is free to use for all file types. There is no subscription required to cut your own images. Upload and cut your .svg, .dxf, .bmp, .jpg, .png, and .gif files absolutely free. Design with your system fonts absolutely free. Use Cricut Design Space™ for free, and try out any image in your design for free.
This chart can help you choose what’s best for you:
Will my currently owned cartridges work with Cricut Explore™?
Cricut Explore™ was designed to work with Cricut Design Space™, rather than as a stand-alone machine. However, you can use the cartridge port on the Cricut Explore™ machine to link your existing cartridges to your Cricut Design Space™ account.
If you have already linked your existing cartridges to Cricut Craft Room®, they will automatically be available in Cricut Design Space®. There is no need to re-link them. Yay!
What’s the difference between print and cut, print then cut, and write and cut?
There’s been some confusion around these three terms—they’re all so similar! Here’s a quick explanation of these different functions and which of them apply to the Cricut Explore™ machine.
- Print and cut—This refers to a machine that has a print head and cutting head, allowing it to print out an image and cut it. The Cricut Imagine™ had this functionality. Cricut Explore™ is not able to print and cut.
- Print then cut—This refers to a machine that is able to take an image printed separately like on a home printer, and then cut out the image using marks that the machine understands. This functionality will be available for current Cricut Explore™ machines in the second half of 2014.
- Write and cut—This refers to a machine that has a cutting head and a head that can accept a pen to write or draw. Cricut Explore™ has both of these cutting heads side by side, so it can cut and write at the same time, without changing mats.
Why do I have to be connected to the Internet to use Cricut Explore™?
When we were developing Cricut Design Space™, we found that we could create a better user experience by moving to an online, cloud-based platform. Not only does online software allow more functionality within Cricut Design Space™, it also eliminates the need to sync devices and offers access to your images and projects from nearly any connected device (initially PCs, Macs, and iPads).
Are Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Design Space™ compatible with the Cricut Gypsy™ device?
While there is not a direct way to link a Cricut Gypsy™ with Cricut Design Space™, if you have linked your Cricut Gypsy™ device to your Cricut Craft Room® account, the images on your device will also be automatically ready to use in Cricut Design Space™. Instructions on how to link a Cricut Gypsy™ to your Cricut Craft Room® account can be found here
Why would I want a subscription? What do I get in a subscription?
Our month-to-month subscription is our most affordable way to access content in the market. For $9.99 a month, you get unlimited use of over 25,000 images in the Cricut® library—that’s a fraction of a penny per image! Unfortunately, our licensing agreements don’t allow us to make Disney® or other branded content available in a subscription, which is why the number of images is less than our entire Cricut® Image Library.
What are my options for purchasing or uploading images? Which one is the best?
With the free Cricut Design Space online software, you have quite a few options for using images: Upload and cut your .svg, .dxf, .bmp, .jpg, .png, and .gif files absolutely free. Use your Cricut cartridges that you’ve linked to your Cricut.com account. Buy a single image from the Cricut® Image library. Or try our subscription plans, which give you unlimited use of over 25,000 images in the Cricut® library.
This chart can help you choose what’s best for you:
UPDATE to answer additional questions:
Your cartridges must be linked to your Design Space account to be used. If you purchased previously linked cartridges, they will not be able to be linked to your account. You do not have to pay $9.99 to use your linked cartridges- you pay $9.99 for access to the Cricut Library that you do not own.
Currently, Cricut Design Space and the ability to cut your own images will only work with Cricut Explore. It will not currently be backwards compatible, but your current Cricut machines can still use Cricut Craft Room to cut Cricut images. We appreciate your multiple requests about cutting your own images with other Cricut machines, and are looking into that functionality, but cannot give you a timeline for that.
Cricut Craft Room is not disappearing. Again, Cricut Explore will be the only machine that currently works with Cricut Design Space. Your Gypsy device content can be synced with Cricut Explore via Cricut Craft Room through a simple-2 step process. First sync with your Craft Room account and then login Cricut into Design Space with all your entitlements reflected within Cricut Design Space”
You are able to start and stop your $9.99 Cricut Design Space Library subscription at any time. If you have purchased any images or image packs (starting at $.99) before, during or after your subscription period, those images are yours to keep with your account, regardless of subscription status.
Yes, you must be connected to the Internet to design and cut with Cricut Explore. This was a decision which allows for ready access to our content library which is being updated regularly. Yes, Explore will cut wirelessly when Bluetooth compatibility is available (date TBD).
Cricut Explore will currently only be available in the US. The International release date will be announced soon.
We will have more informative posts over the next week leading up to our launch with Anna Griffin on HSN!