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Silhouette CAMEO 4 Mat Detection and Auto Loading: New Feature

The new Silhouette Studio Beta release - Silhouette Studio V4.4.270 - includes a firmware update that provides Silhouette CAMEO 4 users a new feature! 

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The new feature helps load the Silhouette cutting mat semi-automatically and allows you to make sure it's straight when loading. 

The first thing you need to do take advantage of the Silhouette Mat Detection feature is install Silhouette Studio V4.4.270 or higher.  When you select the CAMEO 4 or CAMEO 4 Plus in the Send panel for the first time after updating you'll be promoted to update the firmware. This takes just a few minutes. 

Once you've done that you'll be able to use the Mat Detection feature.  See that little square sensor on the front of your CAMEO 4? That's the mat detection sensor. 

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Here's how it works. 

With the CAMEO 4 powered on, press the load button (up arrow) on the front panel.  The button will start flashing. 

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You now have 3 seconds to line up your cutting mat (covering the mat detection sensor) and then the machine will automatically feed the mat in. 

This is hugely helpful as previously you needed basically a third hand to hold the mat steady and evenly and then somehow reach the load button while making sure both sides of the mat loaded at the same time. 

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  1. UGH!!! I downloaded the software update today and when I tried to update the firmware it won't recognize my Cameo 4. HELP!!!! I am so frustrated.

    1. Were you connected to your Cameo via USB cable? I found that I can not install a firmware update when connected via Bluetooth only via USB. Hope this helps!

  2. I don't use the bluetooth connection, only the USB.

  3. Help! My Cameo 4 plus will load the mat correctly but when I hit send it starts to go to cut and it torch's the mat. My roller bar is completely down but the mat pulls the top left corner in and the right corner ends up not holding the Mat the way its supposed to. Then my paper and the cutting mat get ruined because the blade is cutting the top of the mat and part of the paper. Help Me!!!

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