I’m in a small group of Silhouette users who help Silhouette America test their software. We’re called Beta testers. We test drive the software before the company releases it to the general public and give feedback to the developers. We help them find potential bugs, give opinions like “I really wish the software could…”, tell them how the features are working, etc. We have now have permission to let everyone know that there’s an app coming for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets!
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It’s something we’ve been Beta testing for just a couple of weeks. I can’t tell you everything about it, but here are some key things to know:
- The app only works with machines that are Bluetooth compatible, as that’s how the mobile device connects to the machine. Those machines are the Cameo 4, Cameo 4 Plus, Portrait 2 and Cameo 3. The Cameo 4 Pro (20″ model coming later this year) will also have Bluetooth so will also work with it.
- It’s MUCH better than the Silhouette Mobile app from a few years ago. That one was very hard to work in and you still had to have your computer as a bridge between the app and the machine. The company pulled it.
- In the new app, you can send a cut job from your mobile device WITHOUT a computer — just the app.
- It’s easy use as well. I was able to jump into it right away on my first use both on my iPhone and Fire tablet.
- You will be able to use any design in your Library, since the Library is cloud-based.
- It will not be as sophisticated as the Silhouette Studio software. There’s just no way an app could be. For that reason, I would still recommend anyone who has a Silhouette machine have a computer for general use. To me, the main attraction of the app is that you can take your machine somewhere and cut without having to take your computer as well.
- It will start out with some basic features and add more later.
- There’s no specific date for the release to the general public. Stay tuned here and I’ll let you know when it’s out.