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Friday, December 10, 2010

Unofficial FAQ for MTC

This is a work in progress, but I would like to address some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Make-the-Cut! software and using the Forum.  This is by no means complete (nor is it endorsed by the creator of MTC) and will evolve as time goes on.  

Getting Started
  1. Demo Version.  What features are available in the paid version (registered version) and the Demo version of the program?  The Demo version and the registered version are exactly the same - the only difference is that the Demo version cuts a line through you design when you cut it. From the official website: "The demo of the software is fully functional.  When cutting a project, the demo will watermark what it cuts.  To remove this watermark on future cutting projects, you must register."  (http://make-the-cut.com/Download.aspx )                                                                                      
  2. Registration Key.  Help! I paid for and installed MTC but now I have a new computer. I've lost my registration key, how do I get it again?   Go here: http://make-the-cut.com/LostRegKey.aspx and enter your information.              
  3. Version.  How do I know what version of MTC I am using?   Go to Help-About Make-the-Cut to see what version you are using.                                                                                                              
  4. Version.  What is the latest version?  The latest official version is always available on the MTC website here: http://make-the-cut.com/Default.aspx  Just click the "Download now!" link to get it.                                                    
  5. Version.  People on the forum are talking about another version. Where can I get it?  If there is a newer Beta (trial) version, it will be available in one of the sticky Announcements at the top of the forum. Look for it!                                                               
  6. Upgrades.  How much do upgrades or updates cost?  There is never a charge for upgrades or updates.  Your initial cost for Make-the-Cut! includes free updates and upgrades for life!                       
Using the Program
  1. Tutorials.  I would like to read or watch some tuts, where can I find some?  There are some on this blog, http://papercraftingwithnelda.blogspot.com/search/label/tutorials, Other sires: Scrappy Dew has some great tuts at http://scrappydew.com/tutorials/files/category-make-the-cut-tutorial.php , also cleversomeday http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/tag/make-the-cut/ , Nancy at http://www.createcricutdesigns.com/p/free-video-tutorials.html                                                 
  2. Custom Shapes tab.  Where is the Custom Shapes tab?  I can't find it anymore. This was moved to make more room for other features.  Don't worry, it is still available! You can always find it by going to File-Import and choose which feature you want. There are also buttons available, either in the Gear Icon (ver. 2) or in a floating toolbar (ver. 3).              
  3. Cupcake Wrappers.  I need help with my cupcake wrappers!  Go here to use Jeannette's calculator: http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/comment/96125/#Comment_96125 or here: http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/9538/challenge-twelve-cupcake-wrappers-by-jeannettec/p1                          
  4. Print and Cut.  Help! I need help with getting my images to cut out well! How did you adjust yours?  I found this discussion to be very helpful: http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/9196/fine-tuning-print-and-cut./p1               
  5. Using SVGs.  I have some svgs, how do I use them in MTC?  Nancy has a great video about this here:  http://www.createcricutdesigns.com/2010/12/video-tutorial-cutting-with-lettering.html        

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