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I’ve covered Silhouette Studio Business Edition in depth. First, I explained the different versions of Silhouette Studio. Then, I highlighted the unique features of Business Edition.
Today, I’m going to give my opinion on whether or not Silhouette Studio is worth it.
Is Silhouette Studio Business Edition Worth It?
In my opinion, Business Edition is only worth it in certain circumstances:
- Work in Adobe or Corel. If you regularly work in Adobe or Corel and want to open AI, EPS, or CDR file formats without having to convert them using a third party tool. The other option is to purchase Silhouette Connect, which is a plugin that allows you to send files directly from Adobe or Corel to your machine. Silhouette Connect is $39.99 from Silhouette America.
- Run More than One Machine. If you want to run two or more machines on the same computer, you’ll want to purchase the Business Edition version.
- Large Designs. If you regularly designs that are wider AND longer than 12″, the Business Edition tiling feature will speed up the process of cutting your designs – you won’t have to manually move the design around to cut each section.
- Personalized Designs. If you design something and cut multiple copies of the design as customers order them, the nesting and matrix copy functions will help speed up your process. (For example, if you have a number of stock car decals for sale in your store and cut them once a customer orders them, you will find the Business Edition time saving. If the customer orders 3 of Design A, 5 of Design B, and 2 of Design C – you would use the matrix copy (and nesting if desired) to multiply each design and send it to cut. After cutting, simply close the design and move to the next, rather than having to replicate each manually.)
- Cut Intricate Designs. If you routinely cut intricate designs and want to automatically add weeding lines, the Business Edition might work well for you. However, you can manually add weeding lines to any design without the Business Edition.
- Saving as SVG, PDF, or JPG. If you want to be able to save designs in SVG, PDF, or JPG format you will need Business Edition.
If you want to learn to design SVG cut files in Silhouette Studio Business Edition, check out my course How to Design SVGs.
Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.
Saturday 30th of December 2017
Im wanting to make silhouette creations into jpegs so I can print them as photos - Ive heard rumor that this can only be done with BE - any info/thoughts on that?
Thursday 4th of January 2018
This is correct.
Tuesday 27th of December 2016
Do designs cost more if I am running the business software?
Wednesday 28th of December 2016
No, same price.
Friday 24th of June 2016
Hello. I just came across you blog and it is fantastic. Can you tell me how many Silhouette Cameo machines you are running? I have two going now and I am thinking of adding two more. Do you know about using a USB hub and/or USB extension cords? I want to have my machines on a table next to my computer desk and the cords that come with the machines are not long enough to accommodate this. Thanks for any info you can provide. Good luck with your business.
Monday 27th of June 2016
Hello! I've run up to 4 on the same computer at the same time using a USB hub and an extension cord. Hope that helps!
Saturday 30th of January 2016
If you purchsae the Business Edition, can you have it installed on more than one computer....I would like it on my desktop and my laptop but I can't see how to do that. Thanks in advance.
Sunday 31st of January 2016
Hello! Yes, you can install BE on up to 3 computers. You'll need your license key, then go to "Help", "Upgrade Silhouette Studio". Christine
Tuesday 17th of November 2015
Would you advice for a newbie (in the process of starting a business) to bite the bullet and just startoff with the business edition and consider it a sunk cost of what would you advice?
Tuesday 17th of November 2015
Hello! If you follow through the posts to the last in the Business Edition series, you'll see the reasons you'd need Business Edition. If any of your needs are met better with Business Edition, then buy it. Personally, I use it daily and love it. Hope that helps!