Originally Posted by kimscreativecakes
What is SCAL? for the , I just got one.
SCAL is a program called "Sure Cuts A Lot". It was designed to work with a variety of die cutters, including the Cricut. However, Provo Craft (the makers of Cricut), were not happy about the program and attempted to sue the makers of SCAL and similar program (Make The Cut or MTC). They settled out of court. Now SCAL is no longer compatible with cricut machines, UNLESS you have one that the firmware has NOT been updated beyond 2.3 (no E2), and you have a version of SCAL that was available BEFORE the law suit (SCAL 2 is the latest that will work). I have seen it available on ebay for $300+.
SCAL and MTC are similar to the new Cricut Craftroom, except that you do not have to have cartridges, you can find SVG files online and import them into the program and cut straight from your computer. Without the option of 3rd party programs I find that the Cricut machines are worthless! The cost for the carts is CRAZY!! Should one of my Cricut machines break I would NOT buy another, but move on to another die cut machine that is compatible with 3rd party programs, like the silhouette.