Pazzles Inspiration Vue, Orange
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||20.7 x 10.6 x 6.7 inches|
|Item Weight||12 Pounds|
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- Print and cut with optical eye
- Design and cut your own images from clipart, drawings, etc. or draw your own designs. Cut fonts installed on computer
- Cut all kinds of cardstock including the thickest textured cardstocks
- Cut up to 12'' wide and 24'' long
- Computer requirements: 1+ Ghz CPU, 1gb of ram, 1000mb free disk space, USB port, cd drive, supports windows (7 or newer) or OSX (10.9+) OS
- Cut chipboard, vinyl, iron on, stiffened fabric, thin plastics, sticker paper, magnet paper, stencil plastic and much more
- Add additional tools to draw, distress, pierce, engrave, emboss and cut pastry
The Pazzles Inspiration Vue is a DIY crafter's dream come true. This personal electronic die cutter gives you the ability to design and cut custom creations right in your own home without the limitation or expense of cartridges. Cut paper, vinyl, chipboard, thin metals, balsa wood and more. With our add-on tools you can expand your capabilities even further to draw, engrave, emboss, distress, pierce and cut pastry. Add our cut table kits to create custom rhinestone designs, your own stamps, custom iron on designs, custom vinyl decorations for your home and car and much more! In addition to powerful cutting capabilities, the Inspiration Vue features an optical eye and a patent pending print and cut system. Print photos, premade clipart, or your own designs, on your home printer and then cut out around the printed image with the Inspiration Vue. Bring your designs to life with our powerful InVue design software, included with the machine. Use the designer tools found in the software to create boxes, bags, scrapbook layouts, cards, dimensional projects and complete party ensembles. This Windows and Mac compatible software allows you to open SVG, WPC, PNG, and JPG files directly into the software. Combine the power and versatility of the Pazzles Inspiration Vue with the design capabilities of the InVue software to open a whole new world of creativity. If you can dream it, you can create it! Computer Requirements: 1+ Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 1000MB free disk space, USB Port, CD Drive, Supports Windows (7 or newer) or OSX (10.9+) OS.
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After numerous driver updates and buying a brand-new computer, the machine is still not working properly as of today. I can cut shapes without a print and cut, and if it weren't for me also having a Silhouette Cameo I could never have figured out a work around for getting my charms created. Be that as it may, the machine is still faulty and I'm still stuck with a monthly bill. And I will never be able to recommend Pazzles to a soul. Not a soul.
I bought the pazzles because I make charms to sell, and I needed something strong that could cut shrinky dink material. I will say that it can cut a shrinky dink where most machines can't. However.
This machine is almost fully automated. If you want to print and cut, which is what I got it for, your cutting file prints with a registration mark the machine finds in order to know where to cut. You can tell it to simply cut without using the registration mark if you like as well. Once calibrated the machine is fairly accurate with where it cuts once you manage to get it to cut.
However, if the machine misses the registration mark you're pretty much screwed. You cannot manually move the machine's "eye" to find the mark, you cannot cancel the cut, you cannot really do anything except to tell it to try again. It's method of trying again is to back up the eye by about an inch and look again in a very small space. If it doesn't see the eye, basically, it's an act of God for it to find it when you tell it to try again.
If it cannot find the eye, you have to do a very bad thing for your machine and your system: you have to do a cold reboot of the machine. When this happens one of three things can happen.
The first most common thing is your driver will not load properly back Windows and you have to pull the machine's usb cord and try again. This doesn't always work, by the way. In fact I've had this fail more times than not.
The second thing is that you have to shut everything down - hope you saved your file! - and start from scratch. Again, the usb cord situation may crop up again anyway.
The third thing is you may have to reboot your computer. I think I've rebooted my computer five times so far this morning trying to cut a single page of 3" cuts and another page of 6 1" stickers. I'm not joking.
The biggest issue is something technical support explained: there's a bug in their software and driver that prevents Windows from seeing the machine sometimes. Technical support explained that it happens after you've printed a file. If you try to cut again after 30 seconds, the system will create an error but all you have to do is wait 30 seconds. This wasn't even putting it mildly so much as getting it all wrong. I constantly get the error no matter what I'm doing. I've had it happen in middle of cutting a file, even... but when we told technical support that they didn't particular seem concerned nor even seem like they cared.
As someone I know put it to me, I paid to be their guinea pig.
2. Associated program
I wanted to use this machine with Sure Cuts A Lot, so I bought SCAL 4. I chose SCAL because of it's ability to deal with raster images, how easy it is to trace said rasters, and the very important ability to take cutting files and move them from machine to machine. Although SCAL claimed to support the Vue, it turns out it doesn't *enough*. I got the machine to cut one single time using SCAL. The rest of the time for more than 48 hours straight, the machine refused to recognize the registration mark.
Conflicts happened so fiercely with SCAL, there were times a full page wouldn't even print. My system acted like it had an invisible margin that prevented the machine to cut when it tried, or even go to the right place to find the registration mark. The problem got much worse when I installed the software that comes with the machine, Invue. But you have to have Invue installed to calibrate the machine, because you can't do it with SCAL.
When it comes to Invue, the software did not want to install and the drivers would not work. I called technical support. The nice gentleman walked me through some steps that apparently they took for granted everyone would know so didn't include in their very scant documentation. The driver still would not install properly.
The technician could have told me what to do but he wanted to backdoor into my computer, thus violating my privacy. However he couldn't help me further despite me willing to agree to this because their system was down. 6 hours later my husband managed to get the driver to install off of the disk directly in a very simple process that I could have done if only I'd known it was possible.
Invue is not workman friendly. You can import raster files or use vectors... but you cannot draw a cut path from scratch. In order to create a cut path for a raster image after importing, you have to vectorize the image. Then you have to move the path over to your raster and do your best to align things as you want it. The vectorization process is extremely limited, often creating cut paths that are sloppy.
3. Packaging and construction
It came very cleanly packaged, I'll give it that much at least. It's shiny and nice. The main chassis seems pretty sturdy. The blade housing is metal and very strong. The machine has the ability to cut tin cans.... when you can get it to work. I've been trying to use it to cut shrinky dinks and have managed to get 9 cut. In that capacity it cuts without a sweat.
However, the front of the machine has two holding tabs under which you slide your mat to help keep the mat in place. They're flimsy and one broke off when I pulled the mat from the machine.
4. Purchasing and Return policy
Pazzles has a $100 deal in which you pay that and then you're obligated to pay a membership fee to them for 2 years at $20 a month. I don't recommend it. For us getting this machine was an extreme financial risk for us, and we had researched this machine a lot before choosing it. I'm actually surprised I'm the first person with the brass to actually give it an honest and negative review. From the way technical support has talked to me and the ignored posts in forums I've found, I know I'm not the only one with these problems.
After 48 hours of not being able to cut a thing, I demanded my money back. I was informed that I would have to pay the company a $40 restocking fee. Well, there's no way I can afford to pay money to give it back so I'm stuck with it.
I would hate to see how they behaved if I tried to call in their warranty. If you go to their website, they have a whole chart of how much they charge when you have to get your machine fixed. For the vue it's $50 an hour. I shudder to think.
If the company would just own up to their faulty software, allow the machine to have some manual controls to correct electronic eye oversights, and remember that we human beings like to think for ourselves it would be a decent machine. However the sad sad thing is that it's not. It's just plain not. I was going to change my review rating to three starts, but after today the most I can give it is two. And that's being very generous.
So far I could cut the bits with scissors with greater speed.