View Full Version : Differences between Make-The-Cut and Klic-N-Kut Studio software?
01-06-2012, 02:25 PM
I'm very interested in the new Zing but want to make sure that I don't lose any design flexibility/capability with the Make-The-Cut software vs. K-N-K Studio.
Can someone summarize the chief differences between the two softwares or highlight any areas where Make-The-Cut might even be superior?
01-06-2012, 03:19 PM
Make the Cut has a superior auto trace function and it's rhinestone feature is easier and better then the process for doing it in the KNK.
There are many things in both programs that make them great, but the BEST thing for you to do is download them both and play!! They both had a free trial download, you can try everything with them, and get a feel to which works for you better!!
01-06-2012, 08:53 PM
If I may, can you tell me what items and accessories are included in the $399 price for the Zing other than the MTC software?
01-07-2012, 02:09 PM
1 Zing Machine
1 Power Cord
1 USB Cord
1 Standard Blade w/ spring
1 Thick blade w/ spring
1 Cutting Mat
1 blade holder
1 Activation pin to MTC software with link to download for software
1 Test pen
1 Quick Start Guide with link to current User Manual
03-02-2012, 02:12 AM
Well, one thing is the mouse wheel zoom in KNK Studio was just that...mouse wheel. In the Zing, you have to use one hand to hold control and then mouse wheel zoom::( This is my first day, so I'm sure there will be many things in Studio that I will miss. And then in a few months, I'll wonder what I thought was so great about it. At least, that's what I'm hoping!
I will say that this thing is powerful, quick and smooth.
03-06-2012, 11:13 AM
the zoom feature is on that we are hoping they will upgrade in MTC, eventually. it's on the wishlist!
The great thing about the MTC program is that Andy will update, and you get that for free...so as he improves the program, everyone benefits.
08-27-2012, 11:04 AM
Where can you get the free trial for MTC? I want to see if i like it better than KNK studio.. I hate learning new programs ...lol
08-27-2012, 12:45 PM
You can download it at this link:
Once you have it installed, go to the HELP menu at the top, and go to INSTRUCTIONS AND TUTORIALS.
That will take you to a landing page that has links to several tutorials, including the ZING manual.
I recommend you download the Zing Manual, then go to the parts of it where it starts the navigating through the MTC program (skip the Zing set up parts)
That should take you through step by step on how to do a lot of basic to intermediate things in the program.
08-28-2012, 06:01 AM
Thanks Michelle. I did find the DL link and DL'ed it yesterday, but with the other info you gave I should be good to go :)
08-28-2012, 06:12 AM
Which program do you prefer? I was able to do a lot in the KNK studio program and was learning illustrator as well, I just wonder if it will be hard to learn yet another program and still get the functionality I was used to in studio......your thoughts?
08-28-2012, 08:12 AM
I like KNK Studio and MTC. Still learning and love my Groove.
08-28-2012, 09:29 AM
Ginger, so you cut from both?
08-28-2012, 12:42 PM
Well, MTC is a pretty simple program, and has some benefits for a hobby user because of that easy interface.
So, learning it won't mess up what you have already learned in the other programs.....I pop between them all, I use Illustrator the most, but will go to KNK and MTC to do certain functions.
MTC has by far THE BEST tracing function on the market. It is far outreaching compared to any other program on the market. So for tracing, I use MTC. (I don't do a lot of tracing though, but it is AWESOME, and I highly recommend that program just for that reason alone!)
08-28-2012, 06:51 PM
Okay, I do have a question for you though...I sorely miss my KNK and am thinking of buying the 13" from Sherry on the MTC forum. I realize it is the bigger version of the element, which I had at one point and up graded to the Groove, but I want a bigger machine and am wondering if I should hold out for the 15 or 24". Will that still be available come January when I can save the money for it? Will I still have the option to get the KNK Studio with it? If not and I do go ahead and buy Sherry's how do I go about getting KNK studio without a dongle? I know some of these you can't answer because it is my preference, I think I eventually want to do a lot more vinyl cutting but I don't think it HAS to be on rolls. I scrapbook and make cards plus I love to cut chipboard which I know the 13" can do with no problems.
08-29-2012, 09:02 AM
Yep, I can cut with both. I'd stay with the groove or get the 15". That 24 is huge!
08-29-2012, 06:47 PM
Thanks Ginger. I am going to wait and save up for the 15", I think I would be happier with that size anyway.
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