Just a quick word to let you know that version 4.2 is out as the regular current version of the Silhouette Studio software as of this morning. Specifically, it’s 4.2.279 and you can find it on the Silhouette America website here. You can find release notes here that tell you what features have been added.
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Here’s a quick synopsis:
All software levels
- Ability to use color fonts.
- Automated print bleeds for Print and Cut projects.
- Library updates including–
- ability to make the pictures of the designs bigger.
- more ways to filter searches, ability to designate a design as a favorite.
- return of the split view to see the library and design page at the same time.
- new way to import your library from a different computer.
- ability to keep local user folders and account (cloud) folders in a single area or export local user to your hard drive.
- ability to take a snapshot of your current library so you can revert to it if anything happens to your library.
- option to work offline so the library isn’t constantly syncing with the design store.
Designer Edition and up
- Lasso selection tool.
- Warp templates built in.
Designer Edition Plus and up
- Flexishapes to add and edit more shapes than the standard circle, rectangle, rounded rectangle and regular polygon.
- Puzzle generator to turn photos into puzzles.
- Font creation tool to make your own fonts from either your handwriting or the drawing tools.
- Edition toggling to switch between different levels of the software (great for those of us who teach).
If you need to know how to update, check this post.
New Silhouette Design Store interface
Silhouette America didn’t list this on the release notes, but it’s something you need to know about. From here on out, when you click on the Store tab in the software it will open up your internet browser with the Silhouette Design Store instead of opening it within the software. It’s just been too problematic and slow to continue doing it through the software.
Not yet 64-bit for Macs
I know that some of you have Macs and are aware that Apple is discontinuing support for 32-bit applications. Silhouette Studio is currently a 32-bit program. Mojave is the current OSx version (10.14) and it runs 32-bit programs, but it is the last one that will. All future Mac OSx versions will run 64-bit programs only. So, many are asking if Silhouette Studio version 4.2 has a 64-bit option. Unfortunately, not yet. Word is that that’s the next focus for a Beta version.
Do I recommend version 4.2?
It has worked fine for me and has been Beta tested much more thoroughly than any earlier versions. But as with all new releases there are some kinks still to be worked out. Are you…
- …on a deadline to get a project done? Don’t update until you are past it. Some things may take a bit of getting used to and you never know when you might run into a problem updating. This is always my #1 recommendation about updates.
- …someone who doesn’t like change? You are perfectly fine to stay on your current version for quite a while.
- …someone who likes being the first to use new features? Seeing some features you’d like to try? Go for it!
- …want to see the new features in action before you decide? In the coming weeks I’ll be adding posts about the new features. So you can take a “wait and see” approach if you like.
- …using an older operating system on your computer (Windows XP or Vista)? The highest version you can use in 3.6.057. You can find that under Legacy Versions on the software updates page listed above.
- …having problems in your current version? Updates often fix bugs, so it’s worth a try. On the release notes page I linked above, you’ll find a list of bug fixes. In the left hand column of the page, you can look at each stable version of the software for notes on that release. If yours isn’t listed, it’s because that version isn’t considered stable and you definitely need to update to one that is. It doesn’t have to be 4.2, but you shouldn’t sit on a version that has too many known bugs. Don’t know how to find your current version? Check the post about updates linked above.
What if I try it and don’t like it?
You can always go back to an earlier stable version if you like, because those are available as Legacy Versions. Downgrading is a bit different that updating. Your computer will always assume that you want the latest version. So if you try to install a lower version, it’s going to get confused. The way to do it is to first uninstall 4.2, then install the earlier version you like.
Doing this should NOT touch your library or license key for upgrades such as Designer Edition, as those are installed in a different area on your computer. HOWEVER, it’s always a good idea to play it safe. I highly recommend you take the time to back up your library. I’m not talking about the Cloud back up, but a manual one. You can find info here on how to do it. If something weird happens and you need to reinstall a license key after you change versions, you can find the number on your account in either the Silhouette Design Store or on the Silhouette America website.
So, on to how to uninstall any current version.
On a Windows computer
- Go to your Control Panel (if you don’t know how, type “Control Panel” in the search bar at lower left and then click on it).
- Under the Programs section, click on Uninstall a program.
- Find Silhouette Studio in the list and click on it. Then in the gray bar at the top of the list you’ll see the option Uninstall. Click on that. The computer will ask you if you’re sure and you say yes. Wait until it’s done.
On a Mac computer
- Close all your programs, including Silhouette Studio.
- Open your Applications folder.
- Find the icon for the Silhouette Studio program, click on it and drag it to the trash.
- Empty the trash.
You can then go through the normal procedure to download and install the version you want.