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Silhouette Studio Upgrade Features List: Designer Edition, Designer Edition Plus, Business Edition

I get asked all the time - is Silhouette Studio Designer Edition worth the upgrade? What features are included with Silhouette Studio Business Edition?  Does the highest upgrade include the features of the others?  Finally, I decided to put together an easy to read list of features, tutorials, and FAQs about all of the Silhouette Studio upgrades.

I can tell you - there's never been reason to upgrade straight to Silhouette Studio Business Edition.   With the release of Silhouette Studio V4.1 and the upcoming release of Silhouette Studio V4.2 (in closed Beta as of 5/2018) there are a lot of new features - many of them not available in the free basic Silhouette Studio version.
Below the list of Silhouette Studio upgrade features for Silhouette Designer Edition vs Silhouette Designer Edition Plus vs Silhouette Business Edition you'll find answers to some answers frequently asked questions about these Silhouette Studio upgrades.

Clicking on any of the "Features" will take you to Silhouette School tutorials on that feature.  The Silhouette Studio version that is in parentheses after some of the features indicates when the new feature was introduced (explaining why it might not be found in earlier versions).

Silhouette Studio Upgrade Features List: Designer Edition, Designer Edition Plus, Business Edition

Feature Designer Edition Designer Edition Plus Business Edition
Object Warp x x x
Font Glyphs (V4.1) x x x
Warp (V4.1) x x x
Trace By Color (V4.0) x x x
Layers in Silhouette Studio x x x
Import SVG/GSD/DXF x x x
Add Custom Fill Patterns x x x
Advanced Knife Tool x x x
Advanced Eraser Tool x x x
Custom Rhinestone Designs x x x
Select Objects by Color x x x
Advanced Sketch Tools x x x
Nesting Tool x x x
Transfer Properties x x x
Shear Tool x x x
Shadow Tool x x x
Improved Rulers and Grids x x x
Freehand Lasso Select (V4.2) x x x
Warp Templates (V4.2) x x x
Editable Warp Text (V4.2) x x x
Flexi Shapes (V4.2)
x x
Puzzle Generator (V4.2)
x x
Advanced Rhinestone Features
x x
Conical Warp (V4.1) x x
Import Embroidery Files x x
Digital Font Creation (V4.2)
Handwritten Font Creation (V4.2)
Edition Toggle (V4.2)
Material Usage Monitor (V4.2)
Multiple Undo/Redo (V4.1) x
Save as SVG/PDF/JPEG (V4.1) x
Cut with Multiple Machines x
Auto Weeding Lines x
Tiling Tool x
Advanced Nesting x
Ability to Open AI and Corel Draw Files x

Are the upgrades free? No, upgrading to Designer Edition, DE + or Business Edition is a one time paid upgrade and the price depends on the level of the upgrade.  Below is a list of complete upgrades from the basic/free version of Silhouette Studio.
If I already have Designer Edition, for example, can I buy a prorated upgrade to DE+ or BE+? Yes! If you are already on one upgraded version of Silhouette Studio, and later decide to upgrade further, you can buy the partial upgrade.
If I buy Business Edition do I get all the features in the lower upgrades, too? Yes! And if you buy Designer Edition Plus you will get all of those features plus the Designer Edition Features. Designer Edition includes all the DE features plus all the standard Silhouette Studio features
When I purchase a Silhouette Studio upgrade, how is it delivered? It depends on where you buy it. Some retailers will send a physical card, while others will email you immediately with a 16 digital license key to access the upgrade.

How do I install a Silhouette Studio license key? Your purchase of a Silhouette Studio upgrade will come with a 16 digit license key. To activate the upgrade, open Silhouette Studio and enter the key through the Help Menu. Full step by step tutorial activating a Silhouette Studio upgrade license key.

What happens if I lose my license key or need to re-enter it? You can find your license key by signing into your Silhouette America account under the My Accounts tab.  Full step by step tutorial re-activating a Silhouette Studio upgrade license key.

Do I need to buy Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (or DE+ / BE) again if I get a new computer? Nope. You can move your license key to a new computer with these steps.

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  1. Melissa,
    A question from a relative newbie. I am looking to upgrade to business edition, but I am wondering if running 2 machine simultaneously includes a cameo and a curio or is that apples and oranges?

    Thanks Don

    1. Hi Don, You can run a CAMEO and Curio at the same time with BE :)

  2. I dont see any eBook or tutorials on the business version.. can you help me out

  3. Hi, I have Designer Edition V3 release 3.3.642ssde How do I upgrade to V4? Is it a free upgrade?


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