As expected, I’ve been receiving many questions (and support, thank you!) about this whole new way of third-party Silhouette life. So I thought it might be best to address them in a Q&A form since many questions are the same. If I get more commonly asked questions, I will add them here to this post so that we can keep all of them in the same place. I will let you know via Facebook if the post has been updated, so you may want to make sure you’ve ‘Liked’ my page–as well as join the RSS feed for the blog (link at the right)–so that you can keep apprised of all the goings-ons.
Okey dokey. Here we go. :)
Q | What is the difference between SVG, DXF and STUDIO?
A | SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics and is kind of a universal file format for drawing programs, like Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape. DXF stands for Drawing Exchange Format and is often used with programs like AutoCAD. DXF and SVG can be created by many programs. The beauty of an SVG file is that you can often use them with other cutters, so once you buy an SVG, it’s pretty much usable no matter what machine you cut with as long as they accept them. STUDIO is the file format made by Silhouette Studio and cannot be created anywhere else and cannot be used anywhere else.
Q | Can I still use the Studio files I’ve already purchased from you or other third-party sources?
A | Yes. They still work with the Studio program like as if you created your own Silhouette Studio file and saved it. Once it’s in your library, it stays there.
Q | Does the elimination of Studio files affect the older machines, just the Cameo, or all of them?
A | Since the machines all get their information from one source–Silhouette Studio–it doesn’t matter what machine you have. It only matters what version of the software you have. Some of the very first versions of the software did not allow DXF.
Q | I have the regular Studio software, how does this affect me?
A | People that use the free software obtained via CD after purchasing or via downloading from the Silhouette website can only use the DXF format. You can open them just like any Studio file as well as import them into your My Library. However, you can only bring them into your library one at a time using Import to My Library.
Q | Do I need to buy the Designer Edition?
A | No. You don’t need to. You can use the DXF files in the regular software–just one a time.
Q | I have the Designer Edition, how does this affect me?
A | People that have purchased the Designer Edition software from Silhouette can use either the DXF or the SVG file formats–more than likely you’d choose the SVG–it often looks the prettiest. ;) Both file formats can be added individually to your My Library by opening them or Importing them. Additionally, you can use the drag+drop method from your list of files and place multiple files into the My Library at one time.
Q | If I purchase the Designer Edition, what kind of learning curve is there?
A | The beauty of the Designer Edition is that it works just like the regular Studio version, but you get to have more things you can do with it–like SVGs, for example. So, if you know Studio, you already know DE. If you ever want to venture into more of the wonderful things that DE has to offer, then it’s there for when you are ready! And oh boy, there are some fun things to do in there!
Q | Have you considered being a Contributing Artist and selling your Studio files through Silhouette?
A | Silhouette has presented that as an option. However, because I worked for Silhouette at one time and know the ins-and-outs of the ‘behind the scenes’, I don’t find it to be conducive to how I prefer to share my art. For example, there is no way I could have done any This+That kits or any of those mixed media kits like I’ve done. I also prefer having all my art and support in one location–a ‘one stop shop’ for all, as it were. I won’t ever say ‘never’, but right now, it works best for me this way.
Here is a video that shows how to bring in DXF into the standard Silhouette Studio and how to bring DXF+SVG files into the Designer Edition.
I do have one note to add. With DXF there’s something that needs to be done in the Illustrator creation process in order to have it come into Studio. Most of my files were made the correct way, but I know there are some that may have slipped through–some in the very beginning and some after I started using SVG files to import. So if you happen to be testing the DXF with some of the older freebies or kits out there and your file is blank, never fear, those will be corrected this week. And if you encounter one that’s blank, you can shoot me an email and I can be sure to make sure it gets changed.