Well, I’m a little disappointed in Provocraft right now. They are the makers of Cricut and Design Studio (DS). I use Design Studio in almost every project and today I learned that they will no longer provide cartridge updates. Sidenote: my laptop recently had its graphics card fail (google HP DV9500 with Nvidia and you will see many complaints about failing graphics cards that prompted lawsuits in the US and Canada) but that’s another story. 🙂 Well, I had to buy a new computer – this time I went with the old reliable PC that will actually allow you to replace a graphics card unlike my laptop. So while trying to install the Design Studio software on my PC, I went to Cricut.com to check on a DS update and found the following:
ATTENTION Cricut Design Studio Users:
In order to focus our attention and resources on creating and improving the Cricut® experience, we will not be providing further updates to the Cricut DesignStudio® software. In addition, any cartridges released after April 11, 2013 will not be updated to appear in the Cricut DesignStudio® software. We will still offer support, but there will be no additional content updates for the Cricut DesignStudio® software.
I currently own 17 Cricut cartridges and they are all older cartridges so I’m good there, but this means if I buy a newly issued cartridge, I will not be able to use it in DS. I feel that Provocraft is trying to force us to use their online program, Cricut Craft Room (CCR). I have tested CCR out last year and I didn’t like it. Maybe it has improved since then but I don’t want to find out until I’m truly forced to (unless I finally take the plunge and buy a Silhouette Cameo). Oh no, I would have to change my blog name! 😉 I’m used to DS and I don’t want to have to learn a new program, plus I like that I don’t have to be connected to the internet to use it, unlike CCR.
If anyone has any information on CCR that might sway my opinion, I would really appreciate your comments. For now, I’m waiting for Monday to come when Cricut’s DS Support is open to activate DS on my new computer. Since it’s already registered to my laptop, I have to get a new activation code for the new PC. It’s always something!