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Make The Cut Settles Cricut Software Lawsuit With Provo Craft

Documents filed in US District court on Wednesday reveal that Make The Cut has reached a settlement with Provo Craft in the lawsuit over 3rd party Cricut software created by Make The Cut. Provo Craft had sued Make The Cut in April 2010 alleging that Make the Cut’s 3rd party software for Cricut machines illegally circumvented copyright protection on Provo Craft’s products and violated copyright on the company’s Cricut Design Studio software code.

Provo Craft had appeared particularly to be targeting in the suit the recently introduced “back-up” feature in the Make The Cut software, which allowed users to create back-ups of their Cricut cartridges. (The feature was only available to users for a two week period in March 2010 before being pulled from distribution as a result of the litigation.)

Terms of the settlement were stipulated to the court in joint documents filed by the companies Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which had been hearing the case. Under the settlement, Make The Cut is permanently and immediately disallowed from selling software that is compatible in any way with Cricut machines. The company is also required to destroy all copies of the software’s Cricut-related source code.

For the existing software, Make The Cut also is required to take measures within 30 days to disable the 600 copies that were sold of the software with the cartridge back-up feature. Make The Cut is ordered to render these copies of the software completely non-functional until these users update their software to a copy that eliminates the back-up function.

Provo Craft also recently filed suit against another 3rd party Cricut software creator, Craft Edge, in an attempt to stop distribution of their Sure Cuts A Lot product.

[Editor's Note: Comments have been closed on this topic because too many were violating our comment policy and the conversation had become too heated.]


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Cricut Celebrates 5th Birthday At CHA Winter 2011

What’s a fun loving bug to do on his (or is it her?) 5th birthday? For Provo Craft’s Cricut bug, the obvious answer was to celebrate in a big way, naturally!  CHA Winter 2011 marked the 5th “birthday” for Provo Craft’s Cricut machine, and so the company decided it was time to celebrate!

To kick off, the company launched the celebration with a special “anniversary” edition of the popular Cricut Expression Machine. This limited edition release machine, known as the E2, will be making its appearance in stores sometime in April. On first look at the machine, the body seems a bit sleeker and it feels noticeably lighter in weight. The added feature of a lighted cutting area is intended to help users see exactly what and where the machine is cutting.

The E2 will also have a LED touch screen control. This new feature eliminates the need to use overlays on the keypad, and allows layers to display on the machine’s display. Cutting will also be able to be paused in the middle, a feature intended for use when paper starts to shift on the mat to allow corrections. Users will also have  a home and zoom feature and the ability to cut out Cricut Imagine shapes (but not the ability to print the Imagine images.)

Provo Craft also announced their upcoming “online design studio” computer software called the “Cricut Craft Room” in Los Angeles. From the test version, it appears to be a more user-friendly version of the company’s existing Cricut Design Studio software. Users will be able to weld words with the click of their mouse.  They will also be able to “link” cartridges to their Craft Room (similar to the Gypsy’s current operation) and then cut images by hooking a Cricut to their computer. The Cricut Craft Room will also be compatible with the new E2 machine via Wi-Fi.

The birthday celebration/promotion was definitely Cricut’s theme on the show floor. Attendees at the show were invited into Provo Craft’s booth to create a 5th birthday cupcake featuring Provo Craft’s Cricut Cake machine, and given a clip-on stuffed “Cricut”  bug. They were then asked to photograph Cricut in creative places throughout the rest of the show, and given a chance to make a “Where’s Cricut” decorated frame for their pictures. The best “Where’s Cricut” photos were featured during Provo Craft’s big daily giveaway, and prizes were given to the winning photographers.

Cricut also celebrated its 5th birthday in a big way at the exclusive Conga Room located at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Attendees were met with food and drinks and shown a light-hearted video on how Cricut came to join the Provo Craft family and why they had to create the Cricut machine just for him (her?) Then, the crowd was surprised by an appearance by dancers from the popular Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, who joined the party goers to celebrate Cricut’s birthday. (Author Betsy Burnett is pictured below with Twitch from So You Think You Can Dance?”) To end the evening, all attendees received a goodie bag with a large plush version of Cricut, a Cricut t-shirt, the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge and the promise of receiving the new E2 machine when it was released.

The Cricut Expression 2, known as the E2, will be a limited-run machine, and will make it’s retail debut on HSN on April 26th, 2011. The MSRP for the machine is set at $399, which is the same as the previous Cricut Expression models. The Cricut Craft Room is expected to launch in April of  2011, and the Wi-Fi compatibility update is due to be released a couple of months later.

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Northridge Media Announces Cricut Magazine

Northridge Media, the publisher of Scrapbook Trends and Cards magazines, has announced today that it is partnering with Provo Craft to create a new publication called Cricut Magazine.

This expansion of Northridge’s publication portfolio bucks the industry trend the past few years of closing publications rather than starting new ones. Northridge will have the exclusive license from Provo Craft to publish Cricut Magazine.

Cricut Magazine will be bi-monthly and similar in format and price to Scrapbook Trends magazine (132 Pages, $14.95 single issue, $39.95/ 6 Issues, $74.95/12 Issues). The debut issue will be January 2011, available in January.

Pam Baird will head up the new publication for Northridge. Content will be provided to Cricut Magazine by Provo Craft, Cricut Circle, and by readers. Content will cover the entire Cricut family of products (including the Cricut Cake machines and the Gypsy), and topics will include a combination of how-to and creative inspiration.

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Here is the Cricut Imagine!

Fresh from a demo by a Provo Craft engineer… here is the scoop on the Cricut Imagine!

Provo Craft is partnering with HP to create the Imagine.

  • HP makes the inkjet print element and then sends it to PC to install in the Imagine.
  • Dual ink cartridges: Black ($34.99 MSRP) and Tricolor ($39.99 MSRP).
  • Cartridges should print 150 full pages.
  • Machine ships with full-size ink cartridges.
  • Imagine uses the same blades as the current Cricuts.
  • Available 9/14 on HSN.
  • MSRP is $599
  • Weighs 28lbs
  • Gypsy update to be released on 9/13 that will let the Gypsy work with the Imagine.
  • Works with current Cricut cartridges.
  • They will be releasing cartridges if colors and textures that can be used as “fill” in existing shape cartridges.
  • Blade and print head do not ride on same carriage like patent filing detailed.


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So What Is The Cricut Imagine?

As noted in our previous article, Provo Craft has filed for a trademark on the term Cricut Imagine and the filing indicates that they plan to use the trademark for a machine that both prints and cuts. The timing of the trademark filing is highly suggestive that the Imagine is the big release that Provo Craft has been hinting at for CHA Summer 2010 next week.

A recently published patent application by Provo Craft may shed even more light on the features and capability of the rumored machine. Patent application number 12/504,651 was filed on July 16th, 2009 by attorneys representing Provo Craft but not published (made public for comment and review) until May 13th of this year. The application is titled “System And Method For Printing And Cutting”.

Look familiar? This is the “perspective view of an apparatus for printing and cutting” from the application.

The drawing is probably generic and not a detailed representation of the actual machine’s body design.

For a possible hint at what the machine’s body looks like, though, check out this article in the Deseret News about the new Martha Stewart Cricut Cake machine. One of the accompanying pictures was taken in the product development department at Provo Craft and clearly shows a machine with what appears to be a Cricut logo on the end of it (where the machines usually have one located) that is much bigger and more square than the current machines are. What appears to be test print/cuts are sitting on the table behind it. In all likelihood, that is the printing/cutting machine that is referenced in the trademark and patent filings.

So what does it look like inside? The patent filing offers some intriguing clues.

Like the trademark filing, the patent filing references the use of cutting mats. There is also reference to an LCD touch screen:

[0043] An alternative to the keypad and overlay 49 may include a LCD touch screen capable of rendering the font or image set. To select a particular shape, the user may push on the shape directly as it is shown on the LCD touch screen and the system recognizes a selection from the touch screen.

There is also reference to the machine being able to weld images together. The printing system described in the patent application is a four-cartridge inkjet CYMK system, that requires Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Black cartridges. The cutting head and inkjet ride together on the same carriage to maintain “registration” with each other.

One major departure in this patent from previous Cricut machines is that the floor of this machine (the area that the mat floats over) is described as moving up and down so that the material can maintain the correct distance from the print head no matter how thick it is.

Other mentioned capabilities of the machine include cutting three-dimensional shapes and cutting or printing borders around items. The concept of using the machine to create large images through tiling (cutting/printing on multiple sheets and then assembling them together) is also discussed. A brief reference at the end of the filing may be one of the most exciting to Cricut users – a description of a new use for a Gypsy-like device:

In another example, printer/cutter 10 may include a peripheral interface allowing for a tablet-input by the user. The user may then ‘draw’ the cutting boundary or make edits to the image or cutting path using the tablet. The tablet may also be used to generate a free-hand cutting path that is stored or cut in real-time.

To view the patent in its entirety, click here.

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