Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Boycott

I am sure crafters - especially scrapbookers - will all be aware of the Provo Craft Boycott going on in craft land. For those of you not in the know, Provo Craft sued and settled with the makers of Make-the-Cut (MTC) software, whom they sued for copyright violations. Currently they are in suit against Craft Edge, makers of Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (SCAL) software, which is another program that allows you to cut projects on your Cricut cutter without purchasing any additional cartridges. SCAL is the main reason I bought my baby bug - the original Cricut. Am I going to boycott Provo Craft? Nope, I will continue to buy what I need, except cartridges. Yeah, I've heard people say they've bought cartridges for less money than the going rate around here, but even at $25 per, I still think it is too much money.

I've recommended SCAL and I still think it is a great program. Will I stop using it? Nope. I just won't do any upgrades to either the program or my Cricut's firmware. Will I buy another cutter? Not unless I win the lottery. I wouldn't even consider the Cricut Imagine because it was paired with Hewlett-Packard and I refuse to buy another HP product.

To me, writing software for a cutter is like writing software for a PC or a MAC. What's the big deal?

Copyright 2011, ACK, for Generational