December 26, 2019 • Contributor: Cricut Team
Update (1/17/2020): On Wednesday, January 29 design.cricut.com, or the web browser version of Design Space, will no longer be available and you will be redirected to use Design Space on the desktop app. Get it now if you haven't downloaded it yet! We are grateful to all of our members for your ongoing feedback about the desktop app and are continuing to roll out improvements before the switch happens. On Tuesday, there are improvements rolling out including:
- Copy project link feature so you can save a project and copy a link to share it anywhere on the web
- The deep linking feature so when you're on the web and you click on a project link, it will prompt you to open it in the desktop app
- Bug fix for any members still experiencing a blank screen after downloading the app and speed enhancements--projects and images will load faster
If you see an "update" prompt in Design Space, make sure to update your desktop app. The update will roll out over 7 days so you may not get it right away.
The following is a video from our Facebook channel with a full tutorial on the desktop app and your key questions answered.
Since we launched the beta version of Design Space for Desktop four months ago, we’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from so many of you. In fact, close to half a million of you are already using the desktop app, which is an amazing milestone that’s helped us get to this exciting announcement.
Starting mid-January, Design Space for Desktop will be the default software experience for Cricut members on PC and Mac. This means that the browser version of Design Space – what you see when you enter design.cricut.com into your browser – will re-direct you to the desktop experience. All the features you love, your projects, and images will be exactly where you expect them – the only difference is that you’ll launch Design Space from your desktop versus a web browser. It’s that easy!
In fact, Design Space for Desktop will provide you a better overall experience, including the ability to design and cut offline, faster connections between the software and your machine when you cut your project, and other great features.
This is an exciting update, but you may have questions about the transition from design.cricut.com to Design Space for Desktop. Here are a few right off the top:
Move to Design Space for Desktop: Top FAQs
Why are we moving to a desktop version of Design Space?
- The benefit of using the desktop app is that we can give you features like offline (and seamlessly rollout future features) that will make Design Space an even better experience.
How do I download Design Space for Desktop if I don’t have it?
- If you don’t have Design Space for Desktop yet, you can download it now at this link.
Take a tour of Design Space for Desktop and the offline feature
If I've already downloaded Design Space for Desktop, will I need to do anything with the app to update it once the beta is complete?
- No. If you've already downloaded the desktop app, there’s nothing you need to do! When we say we're taking the software out of "beta," it simply means it’s official.
What do you mean when you say design.cricut.com, or the web version of Design Space, will become a redirect page to the desktop app? Does that mean I can no longer use a web browser to design and cut?
- That’s correct. Once Design Space for Desktop becomes the default experience for Cricut members, design.cricut.com will become a redirect page. This means that when you enter design.cricut.com into your browser, the page will direct you to open your desktop app (if you have it) or download the app to your computer.
What if I use Design Space on my mobile device? Is anything changing with those apps?
- No. You can continue using the Design Space app on your iOS and Android device, just as you've always done.
What happens to my projects when the switch happens?
- All of your projects, images and fonts will automatically show up in the desktop app. Make sure you sign-in with the same login information (email and password) after you download the desktop app. When you save them on the browser version of Design Space, they are automatically saved to the cloud. Saving your projects to the cloud enables you to access them across devices on the Design Space app including desktop, iOS and Android.
Is the desktop app technically online?
- Yes. The desktop app is connected to the internet but also gives you the ability to design and cut offline - without an internet connection. When you sign-in to the desktop app and your computer is connected to the internet, your desktop app will also have an internet connection. If your internet goes out you can still use the desktop app. Here is more information on our offline feature.
Can I open multiple project windows in the desktop app like I can on the browser?
- Yes. You can open multiple project windows in the app. This gives you the ability to design different projects at the same time and cut on different machines from those windows (if you have multiple machines).
When will I no longer be able to design and cut from the web version of Design Space?
- Mid-January. We’ll stay in communication about the exact date.
Will the desktop app work with my Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machine?
- Yes! Design Space for Desktop will work on all Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machines. You can also use a PC or Mac computer to download the app right to your desktop.
What happens to projects, or canvas links, that I've shared on the web, what happens if someone clicks on a link that I’ve shared?
- All projects, or canvas links, that live on the web will automatically open in Design Space for Desktop when someone clicks on the link. If that person doesn’t have Design Space for Desktop, they will be prompted to download the app.
How will I share my project if there’s no web browser to pull a link from?
- With Design Space for Desktop, you will have the option to share your project. Similar to how you share projects on Design Space for iOS, you’ll click the arrow share icon, and follow the on-screen prompts. You'll get an option to copy a project link to post on the web or share with friends.
- An important note: At launch, you will not have the option to set your project link as private on the desktop app. The privacy settings option will come in our next release. To control your project’s privacy settings before our next software release, open your project on Design Space for iOS. Follow this link to learn how to use this feature.
- We will make an announcement on the Software News Group on Facebook as soon as the privacy settings feature is available on the desktop app.
Set your project privacy settings on Design Space for iOS
Okay, that should do it! As we prepare for this transition, help us spread the word about the desktop app. What makes the Cricut community truly incredible is YOU and your willingness to inspire, educate, and connect with each other.
Thank you for your commitment and support as we work to elevate everything Design Space has to offer your creative experience.