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Archive | July 23, 2010

Sizzix Announces Major Software Upgrade for eclips Machine

Sizzix has announced that it will be unveiling a major new software upgrade for its eclips electronic die cutting machine at CHA Summer 2010 in Rosemont, IL on July 27th.

The headline feature of the eclips version 2 software is a new feature called Print2Cut. The feature, which will require the purchase of additional software to use, will allow eclips owners “to use their home computer and printer to colorize, design and print any eclips shape that can be loaded into their eclips Machine for easy laser locating, positioning and cutting.”

“With our printing and cutting feature, there is no need for a new printer or proprietary inks,” said Denzil Quick, director of Marketing for Sizzix. “It’s compatible with virtually any printer on the market meaning you won’t have to buy an additional one. After all, why should you have to reinvest in something you already own?”

Speaking of proprietary inks, Sizzix is also adding a feature that will allow the eclips to use a Pen Holder (separate accessory purchase required) to “hold any felt tip or ballpoint pen to draw a shape.” Sizzix is clearly trying to claim a feature advantage in that area over the Cricut machines, which require the use of Cricut’s own proprietary pens in their drawing accessory. As an example of this being useful, Sizzix is suggesting using the machine with a glue pen for drawing designs and then applying glitter.

Another new feature for the eclips is targeted at cardmakers: scoring, which will work with the Albums, Bags & Boxes and Cards & Envelopes cartridges.

“We are extremely pleased about what the scoring feature means for crafters,” said Quick. “With reduced pressure from the eclips cutting blade, our scoring doesn’t rely on tick marks for folding, but rather creates a nice pre-scored hinge for easier-to-assemble projects with so many creative possibilities.”

Other new features coming in the eclips version 2 software include:

  • Rotation: Users will be able to change the orientation of shapes they are cutting to save paper.
  • Double-cut: If a shape doesn’t entirely cut, the machine can be instructed to run a second pass over the lines to ensure a clean removal of the shape.
  • Width Adjustment: The height or width of a shape can be customized.

The software upgrade will be available for free to owners of the eclips machine in the fall of 2010 at Sizzix.com. The process uses a USB cable to connect the machine to the owner’s computer (Mac or PC) to download and install the software update.

[Disclaimer: Ellison/Sizzix is a Scrapbook Update advertiser. This content is not an advertisement and is written &  published independently by the editorial staff.]


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Creative Imaginations Announces Harry Potter License Agreement

Creative Imaginations has announced that it has secured licensing rights from Warner Brothers Consumer Products to create scrapbook products for the Harry Potter films.

Under the two-year deal, the company will produce scrapbooking paper, stickers, albums, kits, autograph books, embellishments and other products for the scrapbook market that are based on the Harry Potter films. Creative Imaginations will be able to produce products based on all of the Harry Potter films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which will be in theaters November 19th, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part 2, arriving in theaters in 2011.

“To say that we are thrilled is an understatement,” says Jack Behlmer, Owner/President of Creative Imaginations. “We feel very fortunate to partner with Warner Bros.Consumer Products on the Harry Potter phenomenon during this very exciting time.”

Creative Imaginations already produces several other licensed scrapbook product lines, including Sea World, Lego and Star Wars lines.

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ScrapHD To Close July 31st

Digital scrapbooking service and community ScrapHD announced via email to its members a few minutes ago that the service will be shutting down on July 31st.

According to the emailed announcement, members will be compensated for their memberships in the shutdown:

…we will be offering a FULL REFUND for all yearly Club Members (no matter when you signed up) and for all monthly Club Members activated within the last 60 days. This refund will be issued automatically via PayPal. Your funds will be returned to the credit card you used when signing up.

To preserve the content that they’ve created on ScrapHD, members are being advised to take immediate advantage of the service’s “Print from Home” option:

The print from home feature will prompt the system to email you the high resolution .JPG version of your completed scrapbook. This file can then be saved to your computer and used however you would like. For instance, you can save the file to a USB device and use an outside printing source if you do not have a printer at home.

A video is available to teach members how to use the Print from Home feature if it is new to them.

ScrapHD was founded as a membership service in the summer of 2009 to provide a bridge between digital and paper scrapbooking industries by facilitating hybrid scrapbooking. Paper manufacturers offered some of their collections on the proprietary platform in digital form, in the hope that scrapbookers would then seek out their paper products to add to their layouts to create hybrid content. Manufacturers who initially signed on to the project included 7gypsies, American Crafts, Art Gone Wild!, Imaginisce, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Karen Foster Design, Mrs. Grossman’s, My Mind’s Eye, Piggy Tales, SEI, Teresa Collins Designs, and Three Bugs in a Rug.


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