Thursday, September 16, 2010

CricutSearch vs. Design Studio

Before we created CricutSearch.com we did some looking on the internet to see how people currently organize and search for images.

Some people just sit down and look through the handbooks of the cartridges that they currently own.  If you only have one or two cartridges, this would not take long, but once your collection gets to be in the double digits, looking through all of the handbooks can take a long time.

Some people use cheat sheets, which do help to give you a better idea of what images are on a cartridge, but you STILL need to page through all of those cheat sheets to find what you are looking for.

Some people will post a message on a scrapbooking message board, asking other Cricut owners if they know of a cartridge that contains a specific image.  This could be hit or miss since you need to rely on the searching ability of others, and you don't know how long it will take for them to get back to you.

There are search features built into the Design Studio Software and the Gypsy, both products by Provo Craft, but if you do not own these then you are back to the other options.  And, even if you DO own these products, you might not always get the same results as you do with CricutSearch.com, which is what we demonstrate in the video below.

NOTE: I just spoke to a fellow crafter last night who showed me that I was not really using Design Studio to it's true potential in this video.  She uses Design Studio, and I have only previewed the trial version.  That being said, I may have to update this video to show how Design Studio works for those that KNOW how to use it, but we do still stand by the fact that CricutSearch.com gives you a more complete search result.



If you have Design Studio, or even a Gypsy, feel free to test out the search results for a keyword of your choice and compare it to the search results from CricutSearch.com and let us know what you find.

2 comments:

  1. I think this is a fantastic site and will be using it a lot. It helped me find a frog cut I'd forgotten about.

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  2. That is GREAT! Once your collection of cartridges gets to a point, it is hard to keep track of what image is where. That is what we are here for!

    Shawn
    The Mom of the family behind CricutSearch.com

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