I am awaiting the arrival of my Silhouette Cameo machine. Yeah for me! I have been playing with the Silhouette Studio software. One thing I have learned is that you cannot use SVG files with the standard version of Silhouette software, however, you can convert SVG files to use with Silhouette Studio without upgrading to the designer edition. From here forward I will be posting my files in both SVG and DXF format so my Silhouette friends that use the standard version of Studio can cut them as well. DXF is a format that you can open, in cuttable format, in the standard version of Silhouette Studio. However, if there are SVGs out there you would like to use with your Silhouette Studio software, here is how you can convert them to DXF and open in Studio.
1. Download and install Inkscape if you do not already have it. You can download the most recent version for free here.
2. Launch Inkscape.
3. Open the SVG file you want to convert. (under the file menu, select "Open," and open up your SVG.)
4. Under the file menu select "Save As" and under the "save as file type" pull down menu, select "Desktop Cutting Plotter" (it is about half-way down.) When it asks you what type output you would like select "Use ROBO-Master type of spline output" and hit OK.
5. Launch your Studio software.
6. Go to "Open"under the file menu. Select "All files" from the file typedrop down menu. Find and select the DXF file you just saved out of Inkscape.
7. Viola, you can now cut it with your Silhouette out of your studio software or save it as a .studio file to cut later.
MAC USERS: SEE COMMENT FROM BANI BELOW FROM 2/5/13.
Thanks Bani for the insight for our Mac using friends!! (from my blog statistics I see there asre quite a few so this is invaluable information!!
There are a ton of SVG files out there and now you can use them with your Silhouette Studio software!!