Well, I am sorry to say that Craft Edge ‘s SCAL Sure Cuts A Lot software will no longer work with Cricut. I have actually been fearing this for a while- but I thought maybe Cricut would be smart and buy Craft Edge out. Craft Edge makes the very popular SCAL Sure Cuts A Lot software to sue with digital cutting machines. By and large there biggest customer base was Cricut users. The reason- Provo Craft makers of the popular Cricut have come down on third party softarw vendor making software for the Cricut; they see it as a copyright violation. Cricut might be upset that you didn’t need their cartridges to cut on a Cricut cutting machine. This is how they make there money.
Cricut users- you may want to consider other Craft Cutting machines that are just as easy to use as a Cricut. The Quickutz Silhouette is excellent. Pazzlesis also a good machine- in fact it is almost the SAME machine as Cricut- they are made in same factory. Personally- I like Silhouette for light use but LOVE my KNK (Klic and Kut) and would not trade it for anything. I have had a USED KNK Element for almost 3 years and its has NEVER given me a problem. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve to use but well worth it.
Will My Cricut Still work with SCAL?
SCAL is in 3 different version. SCAL and SCAL v. 2 will still work with Cricut – but will not be supported.
For those that bought SCAl 2 recently you can upgrade for free to SCAL 3 AND it it will install to a different folder and not overwrite SCAL 2.
So, yes you can use SCAL 2 ( and I believe original SCAL) with your Cricut machine- they just wont be supporting it creating new updates.
You can longer purchase SCAL 2 from Craft Edge- I do believe Amazon is still selling the DVD version of SCAL 2 tho- HERE
Alternatives to SCAL 2?
Right now the only software I know fo that works with Cricut- allowing you to cut using your own images ( in SVG format) and cretae Text and Titles using any True Type font on your computer is Fairy Cut. As Provo Craft has been pretty aggressive- suing both Making the Cut and SCAL I fear that fairy cut will be gone soon as well.
As an aside- SCAL 3 works with other cutting macines- Silhouette, Pazzles, Boss Cut Gazelle, Black Cat Cougar/Lynx, Craft ROBO and Wishblade and Craftwell eCraft™.
Official Statement from Cricut Regarding SCAL and Making the Cut
Official Statement from Provo Craft®
We at Provo Craft would like to address some of the comments that have been made recently about steps we have taken to address the sale of unauthorized software programs. We hope that providing this context will help our customers understand why we have taken these steps, and why we believe we are acting in both a fair and ethical manner.
Speaking generally, we’d like to comment about our right to seek legal protection for the products we’ve developed through legitimate means. As a creative company, we have invested significant resources to invent the Cricut and to continue to develop Cricut products. Cricut is the end-result of individuals having invested their own money, creative ideas, and hard work to bring a unique product to the crafting community. We’re also committed to improving our products, so we continually invest in innovation and in the sourcing and production of new art content for the Cricut.
As we have invented Cricut products, we have been granted copyright and trademark rights that protect us from, among other things, any company that unlawfully circumvents or ‘hacks’ our security measures for its own financial gain. We regret that exercising our legal right to protect ourselves from such activity would give any of our customers a reason to be upset with us. But we also believe that provided the facts, reasonable people will understand that the steps we have taken are legitimate and fair by virtually any standard of law and ethics.
With regard to Make the Cut!, in a jointly stipulated injunction filed in March, Make the Cut! agreed to discontinue the sale and support of its software for use with Cricut as remedy to the unlawful manner in which the software was developed. The unlawful actions cited in the injunction include violation of the Cricut Design Studio end user license agreement and violations of U.S. copyright and trademark laws. Earlier this month, Provo Craft and Make the Cut! amicably resolved the matter in a confidential settlement.
Provo Craft has filed suit against Craft Edge, Inc. alleging similar violations. Because that involves ongoing litigation Provo Craft cannot comment further on the suit at this time.
Lastly, we know that some of our customers want the ability to cut with their Cricut certain images that are not available in the Cricut library. Many of you know that in April we are releasing the first version of Cricut Craft Room, which is an all-new, free, online design platform for Cricut. Though this specific feature won’t be available initially, we intend to provide our customers the ability to cut some of their own images in Cricut Craft Room in the future. Like our customers, we’re passionate about creativity, and we’re committed to providing great products for the crafting community.
More News and Information about SCAL and Cricut lawsuit:
Provo Craft Sues Sure Cuts A Lot, Alleging Copyright Violations
Fur and Green Feathers
Official Statement on Lawsuit from Cricut