Get Better Performance from the new Cricut Design Space Interface
A New Interface Without too Many Big Changes
Cricut Design Space went through some rough times in this past week with a lot of complaints about not being able to use the software! It seems they had a giant bug on their hands and using DS was next to impossible! The program would go around and around in loops and then not even resize on the screen. It was horrible and for me it was disastrous! I had a webinar on the go and doing a demonstration when all of a sudden the software updated itself!
It was downhill from there. I and my community were not happy!
Cricut should find a way to offer you the updates and not do them automatically. I think that would offer a good solution so that those nasty bugs do not interfere with daily activity. What if you were working on a project that needed to be completed in the next day or two? I know you would have been hopping mad!
When the bug was finally fixed (over a week later), the changes to the interface were good but I think it could have waited until they tested the release first!
Here are the few things that I noticed to have changed and they are good changes, so read on.
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All in One - Operation
This used to be called Linetype and No Fill and they were separate operations.
Now, everything is in one place! Although this is a good thing, it does cause some anxiety with the color select element.
Selecting Print and Cut
No big deal as the print then cut option is now at the bottom of the list and called Standard under the Print then Cut Heading.
The color selection is still beside the choice (now called Operation) and you can still select the Pattern option to fill your shapes.
Score Lines and the Layers Panel
You still select and use your score lines as you have done in the past. So no changes here.
As for the layers panel - the images are more evident and easier to see what you have selected. They could still use some improvement here to make lines stand out more. I find the gray background makes it hard to see some of the objects.
As in the Layers Panel, it is a little easier to see the colors here.
No real changes but it really depends on whether you are on a desktop or a tablet. (or even a mobile device). To me, the clearer the image, the better!
The changes to Cricut Design Space are not huge. These changes are certainly a step in the right direction with a lot more to go to really make this application truly robust!
Have fun with the Cricut Design Space new interface, you will learn to love it. Remember to be prepared for more changes coming almost weekly (as of late). Cricut does really try and make their products perfect for you and me!