All Silhouette cutting machines use a free included software called Silhouette Studio. It’s a great idea to download and install the software before you even purchase a machine, just to take it for a test drive. This is a great way to see how your computer handles the software. It’s also wise to start learning the software while you wait for your machine delivery if you order it online.
Although software discs used to be included in machines, they aren’t any longer. That’s actually for the best, because the disc was frequently out of date because of the time difference between packing and purchase. Many newer computers will not have a disc drive, as most software can now be obtained online. By downloading the software from the website you are certain you are getting the most recent version, which I always recommend doing.
The Basic version of Silhouette Studio is free to anyone and may be downloaded from the Silhouette America website at any time. The instructions here will also pertain to the other software I discussed in our previous lesson. On the website, you will see the option to Update Software. The regular download will be the same as the update. Since it is a free software, it can be put on as many computers as you like.
To start with Lesson 1 of the Before You Begin series, go here.
To download and install the software
–Look in the top section called Desktop Applications.
–The first option is Current Version. That’s the one you want. Notice that the current version requires Windows 7 or higher or Mac OSx 10.7 or higher. If your computer has a lower operating system, check this post for information about Legacy versions.
–Under the column “Link,” select your computer type (Windows or Mac).
–Your computer should begin the download process. If it doesn’t, try a different internet browser. Wait for the file to download completely.
–Some computers will begin the install automatically after completing the download; others will not. This depends on your computer operating system, your internet security program and settings, etc.
If the file finishes downloading and does not start to install (be sure to wait a moment or two), go to the downloads folder on your computer to find the file and click on it to begin the installation. If you are unsure how to find the downloads folder, type CTRL+J while you are on any internet browser and your computer will show your downloads.
Your computer will guide you through the installation. Click “Next” when prompted.
And then “Install.”
If your computer asks for permission for Aspex to make changes to your computer, be sure to allow this. Aspex is the company that programs the Silhouette software.
The software will prompt you to open it when the installation is done. Click “Finish” to launch the software, or uncheck the box to close the installation wizard and start at another time.
If you have any problems with the installation, try doing a right click on the file in your downloads folder and select “Run As Adminstrator.” You may also need to temporarily turn off your virus protection software. Because the software accesses the internet and because it’s an executable (.exe) file, your computer wants to make sure you are the one doing it and that it’s not some sort of outside source.
Once the file has downloaded, open your Downloads folder and drag the file to your Applications folder. This will install the software.
–If the software does not automatically open when finished, then click the icon on your desktop or in the programs list (Windows) or Applications folder (Mac) to start the program.
–As the software begins to open, you will see the splash screen. Be patient as it may take several minutes to open.
If you have any further problems or questions, contact Silhouette’s Customer Support. They are the ones most capable of solving any issues with the installation. It’s helpful to provide them with as much specific information as possible, such as–
- your computer type (Mac or Windows)
- operating system (Windows 10 or Mac Mojave, etc.)
- the steps you’ve tried and at what point you ran into a problem
- screenshots of any errors or messages you get as you are attempting the installation
For more information about…
–Software upgrades (Designer, Designer Plus and Business Editions)
…see this post.
In the next lesson, I’ll show you why and how to set up your account.
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