The Silhouette Studio software comes with the Silhouette cutting machines (Cameo and Curio). Since I purchased the machine, the software installation was a simple process. Place the CD in drive and follow the prompts. After the installation was complete, the Silhouette Studio software launched.
I wasn’t expecting this screen. To be honest, I am not sure what I was expecting. I knew if I clicked Design it would let me design a graphic for cutting. Also, if I clicked Open it would prompt me to open a previous saved design. I assumed that if I clicked Library, I would see some graphics. That was the second surprise. There wasn’t any graphics in the Library. I thought that was odd, maybe it was something that you could download. I clicked on the Store.
The Silhouette Design Store wanted me to sign in, or create an account. So, I signed in with the account I created when I registered the Curio.
It appears that the store wants to charge you for everything. After looking over the store, I remembered the cards that came with the Curio title “1 month free.” I followed the instruction on the card and it provided a month subscription and $25 credit. I am not sure yet of the benefits of a subscription, but I will figure that out as I explore more.
After looking over the store, the problem still remained. The Library was empty. Being the Techie I am, I decided maybe the software needed to be update. Off to http://www.silhouetteamerica.com I went. You don’t need to remember that URL or save it as a favorite. If you are into the Silhouette Studio software, it has the link listed under Help.
It took me a while to find where the Software Update was located on the site.
- Sign into your account; it is the same one you created when you registered the machine.
- Click Support, it is listed next to the Sign in.
- Click Silhouette Studio then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. There you will find the update and download.
- Select one to download. You do not have to run both the update and the download, because they are the same file.
- After the software downloads, run it.
After I went through all these steps below, I realized you can check for software updates from the Silhouette Studio software. Look under Help > Check for Updates.
I went through the process of updating the software to see if any graphics would appear in the library, it was still empty. I occurred to me “Maybe the $25 created was so you could select your own graphics.”
Back to the Silhouette Design Store to get some graphics with my credit. The store had some very impressive designs. I selected a few for testing but adding them to the shopping cart. When I went to check-out, it told me that these designs were for personal use only. What I liked about the entire store, since I have credit it did not ask for my credit card.
My adventure with Silhouette Studio will continue…