Which do I choose? Part 4: Gypsy plus Roundup

I know the Gypsy isn’t exactly the same as some of the other options I’ve discussed, but I think it deserves a mention. Why? Well consider:

  • It’s small and portable. You can design on the go.
  • Take your carts with you, but you’ll need to link them, which then depreciates their value.
  • Expensive. You can find them at better prices now, but you’ll still pay almost as much as an E.
  • Problems with updates, freezing etc. Support from PC is difficult at best.
  • Small screen, so may not be good for those with vision issues.
  • By now you’ve had time to think about all of your options and maybe decide which you are leaning towards. I’d like to offer you a Yfew more thoughts to ponder before going any particular route:

    • Cricut machines are designed for the average crafter who just wants to be able to cut images out of paper for cards, layouts etc. They are pretty easy to use out of the box and although expensive, they are much less so than professional plotters which require tech skills most of us don’t have.
    • These software programs are all designed for those of us who want to get the most out of our machines. While you can still be creative using cartridges, your abilities are severely hindered when you are only able to use certain shapes even if there are hundreds of them. Hence, Cricut Design Studio.
    • DS was Cricut’s answer to this problem while also making sure we are still tied to the cartridges. It’s actually brilliant when you think about it from a business standpoint.
    • What if we no longer want to use cartridges? Well, now you don’t have to but remember this: Cartridges are big business for Cricut, and without them Cricut does not make money. Without money there may be no more Cricut. Something to think about.
    • Your Cricut machine is expensive and should be considered an investment. Before you purchase any third party software you need to ask your self the following questions: Is my machine under warranty? What would I do if it the warranty was voided and it broke down? How would I feel if I invested time and money into software that suddenly became useless? Can I replace my machine if I had to and if not, could I live without it? I’ve answered these for myself, but everyone’s answers are not the same.

    I have used all of the software programs I’ve told you about and find all three of them meet my needs (remember, this is my line of work so my needs aren’t necessarily your needs). Everything in the last few posts are just my opinion and mine alone, you need to do your own research and come to your own conclusions to find what’s right for your needs. That being said, I hope this helped and if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to find the answer.

    If you can think it… you can Cri-cut!

    2 Responses

    1. cvansyckle Says:

      I still love my Gypsy too…I think I’m a technology junkie – LOL! But a month ago when my MIL had surgery, I took my Gypsy with me and designed pages while in the waiting room. It made the wait almost bearable and I had some cards ready to cut when I got home. I take it to my many doctor’s appointments and everywhere I go. Plus it’s easy to sit on the couch and just design. I do use my glasses and use the zoom button alot, but other than that I love it! Thank you so much Amy for letting us know about all 4 options! I did buy Make the Cut yesterday and am really impressed. I have already made a few cuts from graphics I had bought.

    2. rap Says:

      Thanks for this informative set of articles.

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