New Stuff for the Scan N Cut …
Well, it’s that time of year again when Brother releases it’s product line up for the coming year and the email popped into my inbox yesterday …
Information right now appears to be pretty slim. In fact, emails, online info etc are only being released from US sources and so I am unclear if/when any of these things will arrive in the UK.
If I am honest though, the new releases aren’t something to write home about. I am however hoping that one feature of one of the products gets rolled out to Canvas Workspace, but more on that later.
First, a quick rundown on what’s already here.
Software Update!? Yes, but one you can probably skip.
Well, an update to the machines [DX only] and Canvas Workspace [both versions – but not the same … confusing!!!] has already happened overnight.
The updates relate to each other and are mostly about bulk downloads of pattern collections.
If you have activated any pattern collection via Canvas Workspace you will likely have found it a pain to download or transfer designs one by one. This has now been addressed and you can now download all of the patterns in one go to your computer.
You will then need to unzip the folder and transfer the designs to a USB. After this point it will depend on which model of the machine you have as to what happens next.
CM users there has been no software update on the machine so you will access these via the “Saved Data”/”USB” option.
DX users, your machines have had a software update that gives you a new menu option on the home screen called “My Collection”.
In both instances a USB needs to be used.
Other updates to Canvas Workspace include:
Improved Weeding Box function.
Added Tiling function.
Added Registration Mark.
These last three will only appear/apply once the kit that they are relevant to is purchased and activated.
I will be updating my online Scan N Cut course in the near future to show these updates/features in their entirety.
I was hoping to tell you more but there we are, that’s all there was.
Now, what’s coming in the 2021 product release line up?
New Machines!? No, no need to get excited/angry. They aren’t.
Brother did note a couple of “new” releases of the Scan N Cut DX machine however don’t panic, there is a BIG difference between new release and new machine – these releases are simply a limited edition Disney DX and an alternate DX bundle that will include a “new” fabric mat – more on that in a mo – and some fabric. Neither have had any mechanical or software updates or upgrades.
From what I have read in the scant release information it all boils down to “same machine, different decals or box or accessory bundle”. Much like the SDX2200D – not new, not upgraded, just different looking.
New Accessories!? Yes, yes there are. Bit random though.
I was a little surprised to read the new accessory line up this time around as they didn’t really seem to build on last years exciting releases nor tackle any major design challenge or fill a gap that was lacking.
New Fabric Mat
First up, a fabric cutting mat. I hesitate to call this new as I was unable to find any information that outlined how this differed from other mats currently available.
Brother did say on one website that it is ‘specifically designed to work with quilting fabric that does not have any backing’ – but then, so was the standard mat with the addition of a high-tak support sheet.
Sure it was a bit of a pain but we got by with our creative ingenuity.
Anyway, it’s less than 24 hours since release information has been circulating so hopefully more information will arise over the coming weeks before these items hit the stores to help understand the value in this one and I will therefore reserve judgement until this comes through or I get to try one.
Still, points for trying.
Source: Brother USA – Email and New Fabric Mat Webpage 06/08/2020
New Vinyl Blade / Kit
Ok, so, the existing blades were bad at vinyl? Not in my experience.
Still, I guess someone somewhere must have thought so because there is now a blade and blade holder specifically for cutting vinyl.
Source: Brother USA – Email and Vinyl Blade Kit Webpage 06/08/2020
New Adobe Illustrator Link
So, imagine you’re a professional like me – humble brag – and you use Adobe Illustrator a lot to do your designing but to test a design you have to export as an SVG and then transfer that design to your machine via USB or Canvas Workspace.
Well, this link will install a specific Scan N Cut menu in Illustrator. A “bridge”, if you will.
For non-professionals that don’t want to pay a few hundred quid a year for Illustrator and were quite happy with Canvas Workspace, it’s the least exciting thing ever.
Source: Brother USA – Email and Adobe Illustator Link Webpage 06/08/2020
There are a few other design collections coming too but mostly more Disney.
Ok, well, there we go.
Hope that helps you feel informed.