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11 New Features in Silhouette Studio V4.1

Silhouette Studio V4 was recently fully released and at the same time the follow up version Silhouette Studio V4.1 went into closed Beta.

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As a member of the volunteer Silhouette Studio Beta Testing Team I can tell you a whole ton of new features are in the works for next generation of Silhouette Studio V4 (and the hotly contested Send panel is getting a major overhaul).

Some of them are features Silhouette crafters have been requesting for years including the long-awaited return of Save as SVG and others are new features that many will find make it easier to use Studio. I have to say...never I have I felt Silhouette Studio Business Edition was more worth it than now.

It will still likely be a few months before Silhouette Studio V4.1 is released and, honestly, let's all hope it is. While the bones of V4.1 are good and the new features laid out for this version of the software are arguably the most significant set of new features we've seen - they almost all need a significant amount of development work to be both functional and user friendly in Silhouette Studio. 
 Some of these new V4.1 features will be available to all users in Standard Silhouette Studio while others are Designer Edition, Designer Edition Plus, or Business Edition only features. 
1. Export as SVG/PDF/JPEG (Business Edition) - User-created designs will have the ability to save designs as SVG, PDF and JPEG files directly from Silhouette Studio. Silhouette Design Store files will be excluded.

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2. Glyph Access From Within in Silhouette Studio - (Designer Edition) Access glyphs and special characters for PUA encoded fonts in the font list right within Silhouette Studio.

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3. Conical Warp (Designer Edition Plus) - Warps designs and text to account for the conicial shape of items such as tumblers, buckets, etc.

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4. Object Warp (Software version availability TBA) - Allows for the user to warp and change the shape of selected objects. In the current state it is very difficult to use effectively.

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5. Font Organization - Fonts in the Font Style tool are now broken down into categories such as Most frequently used fonts and Most Recently Used Fonts.  Additional Font Organization feature are available to Designer Edition users. 

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By the way I've also requested that a feature be added to allow users to modify font names or somehow mark commercial use fonts in their font list. Fingers crossed on that one!

6. Sticky Notes -  Users can now add sticky notes regarding their design within the work area.

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7. Word Art (Designer Edition Plus) - Allows the user to change selected text into commonly shaped word art designs.

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8. 'Thickness' Changed to 'Force' - The blade setting formerly called "Thickness" has now been changed to "Force" to make it more clear that that setting changes the amount of download force that is put on the blade while cutting.

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9. Faster Start Up - Silhouette Studio starts up in a fraction of the time as previously

10. Pop Up Design Tool -(Designer Edition get additional advanced features) The Pop Up Design tool allows you to convert a design into a pop up card. Additional features of the Pop Up tool are unlocked with Designer Edition

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11. Low Hard Drive Space Warning - Users who have low hard drive space (1.5 GB or less) will get a message that Silhouette Studio will preform better if additional space is cleared.  Users will less than .5 GB of hardware space will not able to run Silhouette Studio until additional space becomes available.

By the way if you already have Designer Edition and you want to upgrade to Designer Edition Plus or Business Edition you only pay the pro-rated amount - just make sure you get the right license key for the partial upgrade.

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3 comments

  1. I DOWNLOADED THE DESIGN EDITION PLUS BUT DON'T SEE THE WORD ART FEATURE. PLEASE HELP!

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    1. I also just upgraded to Designer Edition Plus and I am unable to find the Word Art feature! Hopefully she will give us an answer.

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  2. Before the update I had all my downloads organized into files by theme. After the update, they are all in one big mess, and I am unable drag them to my file folders and reorganize them. Any ideas, hints, or tricks to be able to make this happen?

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