Have a Cricut? Baby Bug, Create, Expression? Even Cricut Cake? If you do, then you need Design Studio. Design Studio, or DS, lets you weld shapes to create your own designs, you can weld letters together to create words. However, the best feature I have found on it is that you can accurately measure what you need so that you're not cutting several times just to get the right size. This wastes both blade and cardstock, no?
Design Studio eliminates that. You can measure the area you need the title, then create your title in DS so that it fits that space. SO easy! Also if you are creating a layered character, you can lay all the pieces out on the mat, cut your cardstock accordingly, and cut all the pieces out in one fell cut.
Personally, I cannot seem to operate my Cricut anymore without Design Studio.
I bought the Cricut Design Studio software about two years ago. It just came out. I was so excited. I loaded it right away and have loved it every since.
The cartridge library has every cartridge released and can be updated with the new ones as they come out. What I really like was that I could use images from every cartridge to see what I liked before buying the cartridge itself.
Yes, you do need the cartridges to cut the images but not to play and create on your computer. I reccommend that if you buy the software you also spend a little extra money of the Cricut Jukebox too. The jukebox saves you from having to switch cartridges during the cutting process.
This software lets you take your current cartridges and sort of re-vamp what they can do. My favorite function is being able to connect letters and objects to where they will cut as 1 whole object. You can take simple font cartridges and this software together and the possibilities are endless. Being able to make more complex and different designs makes it easier to embellish with just paper.