Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cricut Imagine Videos!!!

One of the blogs I follow is Tammy Skinner's HERE, and she is at CHA and posted some videos on her Facebook.  Go to Facebook and send her a friend request so that you can access these videos.  Very interesting information in the videos that I will summarize here for you.

1. Cricut Imagine works with old and new cartridges.  There are also a 2nd type of cartridge that appears to have different patterns and colors that the machine can print.  There are two cartridge ports on the machine, the first for the standard cartridge and the second for these pattern cartridges.
2. Cricut Imagine is like 3 machines in one, a HP Printer, an Expression, and a Gypsy.
3. The mats are different for the Cricut Imagine, they have sensors along the edges to tell the machine where everything it at for cutting after the printing is complete.  Supposedly the MSRP on the mats will be similar to the current Cricut mats.  They also are using a different adhesive on these mats that supposedly will not peel up and stick to the back of the paper.  The rep also implied that these mats would last longer.
4. There are 2 print cartridges for the machine, black (MSRP $34.99) and a tri-color cartridge ($39.99).
5.  The touch screen allows you to select each part of the image to change colors and patterns.  The images can be printed flat (all in one piece) or printed in seperate pieces for layering.

A couple of questions that I have after seeing these videos.  The first and most important to me is...since there is a built in Gypsy, does this mean that there is not a USB jack on the machine that can be plugged into either existing Gypsys or a computer.  If this is the case, that means that this is how PC is planning on eliminating Imagine owners from using third party software.  Also, these pattern cartridges, how much are they?  The mats, can they be restickied? I am holdiing off judgement for now.  What are your thoughts?

If you are having trouble finding Tammy on Facebook since there are so many, try this link to her profile http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1313016943

UPDATE:  The Cricut Imagine DOES have a USB jack!

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