Sure Cuts a Lot & eCAL Help

Common FAQs

How do I unzip files in Windows 10?

The ZIP file contains all the SVG designs in a compressed format. You need to unzip or extract the file contents to be able to use the files. Windows has a built-in capability to unzip (or extract) files from a compressed ZIP folder. No additional software is required.

  1. Open File Explorer and browse to the saved ZIP file.

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  2. Simply right-click on ZIP file folder and select Extract All...from the menu.
  3. Select a location to extract the file to, if you would like to extract files to a different location.  Otherwise, the folder with extracted files will be located in the same location as the ZIP file.  Folder name will default to ZIP file name.windows_unzip2
  4. Once extracted, navigate to file location in File Explorer to view the SVG files in the newly created folder.
How do I unzip files in Mac OS X?

The ZIP file contains all the SVG designs in a compressed format. You need to unzip or extract the file contents to be able to use the files. MAC OS X  has a built-in capability to unzip (or extract) files from a compressed ZIP folder. No additional software is required.

  1. Open Finder and navigate to the saved ZIP file.
  2. Double-click the ZIP file to extract the files using the Archive Utility.  Message box will appear to show extracting process.
  3. The new folder with extracted files will be located in the same location as the ZIP file.  Folder name will default to ZIP file name.
  4. Once extracted, navigate to file location in Finder to view the SVG files in the newly created folder.
How do I Import SVG files into eCAL 2 and Sure Cuts A Lot?

There are multiple ways to import files into eCAL 2 and Sure Cuts a Lot 4. The methods for both software packages are identical, but video shows the process within eCAL 2.

Video covers how to import SVGS with the following methods:
1) Drag and Drop
2) My Library folder link
3) File, Import menu option

After all SVG files are imported, cut away!

Other FAQs & Tips

How do I use solid scoreline versions of our SVG files in eCAL 2?

The files located in the solid_scorelines folder are the same files within the SVG Files folder with dashed scorelines, but they are just solid. Every file that has dashed scorelines will have a solid scoreline equivalent in the solid_scorelines folder.  The solid scorelines are just much cleaner looking than the dashed cut lines. I know I prefer them to the dashed lines.

For Sizzix eClips2 users, you can use the true scoring features in eCAL 2 to use the solid scorelines.  Change the Cut Line Type of the solid scorelines lines to “Score” instead of cut within eCal2.  If you prefer cutting the scorelines, go ahead and use the dashed scorelines version and keep it on cut.

How do I use the Print-2-Cut feature within eCAL 2?

This video shows how to use the Print-2-Cut feature within eCAL 2. This will show how to setup, print and cut files to the Sizzix eClips die cutting machine. Video includes examples with a SVG cut file, PNG file and cut file using eCAL shapes from the library.

eCAL 2 Keyboard Shortcut Reference

eCAL 2 Keyboard Shortcut Reference

Here is the our eCAL 2 Keyboard Shortcut Reference for Sizzix eClips  This is a one page reference only. There are other shortcuts, but these are the most common. They have helped me optimize my time within the eCAL 2 software and I hope others find it helpful too!

Helpful Links

Helpful SCAL and eCAL Links
  • Sure Cuts a Lot Support on Digital Die Cutting with Sandy McCauley
    There are detailed manuals and tutorial for Sure Cuts a Lot 4 & 5.  These are some of the best I have seen.  Since eCAL is very similar to SCAL, it is helpful for eCAL 2 users too.
  • Craft Edge SCAL and eCAL Tutorials and Tips
    There are many tutorials available on their website.  Again, many of the SCAL tutorials are valid for eCAL.
Helpful Facebook SCAL & eCAL Groups

Here are a few of my favorite eCAL/SCAL and general crafting Facebook groups, which are great resources for ideas and help!

ECAL & SCAL Facebook Groups

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