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The designing capability that comes with Cricut has been a hot topic ever since Cricut launched its cutting machines.
Designing power like embossing, scrapbooking, and any other craft carried out by Design Space has not been without criticism. Some of the issues have included slow loading speed, freezing altogether, crashing, or totally not opening.
These problems annoy the majority of users, especially when they set deadlines for their projects.
Today, we`re discussing common Cricut design space problems and fixes.
How to Fix Cricut Design Space When It’s Not Working
Design Space is critical software. However, Cricut added some infrastructure capacity which appears to have created some short term instability.
The new infrastructure aims to play out well in the medium to long term. The only problem is that the Design Space is crashing, loading slow, and at extreme extent, not opening.
If the above issues describe your problem with Design Space software, there is a smarter way to go about it. Let`s dig a little deeper into it.
1. Slow Internet
Slow internet connection is the mother cause of problems with Design Space. The software calls for excellent internet stability.
An unstable internet connection, with spikes and dips, causes problems working with the software. The simplest solution is to move your cutting machine closer to your modem.
As in video streaming, you always need an excellent download speed. However, you can’t ignore the upload speed and still stream well.
When it comes to Cricut Design Space, you`ll need both the upload and download speeds to be good. The software needs to continuously send and receive data when you are working on your designs.
Cricut recommends a minimum broadband connection of 2-3 Mbps download speed, and a minimum of 1-2 Mbps upload speed.
Should your upload and download speed be lower, and you believe that it is responsible for your problem with Design Space, reach out to your internet service provider. It might require you to change your modem to the one that offers the required speeds.
2. Computer Problem
Your internet speed might not be the issue. You can move to the next possible problem which might be your device—PC, Mac, tablet, iPhone, or Android.
Each device must meet some requirements to function optimally. We`ll dig into each.
If you`re a Windows user, your PC needs to meet the following condition to operate with maximum convenience:
- Have a Windows 8 or a more current operating system
- Your machine should have an Intel Core series or AMD processor
- You should have a minimum of 4GB RAM
- A minimum of 50MB free disk space
- Have a free USB port or Bluetooth connection
If you`re using an Apple computer, your device must meet the following requirement to work conveniently with Design Space:
- Have a Mac OS X 10.12 or more current operating system
- A minimum processor speed of 1.83 GHz
- A minimum free disk space of 50MBs
- Have an open USB port or Bluetooth connection
Your device might have met all the computer requirements above, but you might still be experiencing inconvenience working with Design Space on your Cricut machine.
Here are more issues that might be inconveniencing you to finish your project:
Running tons of background programs while you`re trying to use Design Space can be a reason for your problems.
At times, you might want to do more than one thing at once. You might be downloading the latest movies, streaming music on YouTube, or maybe uploading footage to your YouTube channel while trying to make a design on Design Space.
Depending on your computer capabilities, it might require you to stop running some of the background apps to operate smoothly on Design Space.
When you turn off background apps that you are not using, you speed every operation up.
Even More Solutions for Higher Computer Speed
There might be other reasons that slow your computer down. But here are solutions to the most likely slow-computer problems:
- Clear cache and browser histories
- Find out the activity of your antivirus app and execute an update if necessary
- If you`re a Window user, update your drivers
- Partition your hard drive
- Execute a malware check
All this aims at solving speed problems with your computer and simultaneously solve the “Design Space not working” issue.
3. Browser Problem
Your browser might be another possible cause for Cricut problems.
Cricut officially specifies that regardless of the browser you`re using, it must be in the most recent version. It cuts across to all browsers—Firefox Mozilla, Microsoft Edge, or Chrome.
And suppose one browser is not working, try other alternatives.
4. Imported Images Do Not Look Right
Sometimes you might upload an image only to find it has gaps or isn’t uniformly colored. This is usually a problem with the layers.
To resolve such error, hit the Ctrl and A buttons simultaneously to select all the features of your design. Next, adjust the fill color to transparent.
This undoes the hidden color layer that might have been causing the design problem. Once your design is clear, you can carry on with the edits.
5. Reach Out to Cricut
Suppose you try all the above alternatives but none works, don`t panic, reach out to Cricut Customer care. The fastest and reliable way is to call them.
Cricut themselves agree that they added some features to capacitate the Cricut machine even more, but it appears to have created short term instability. They go ahead and say that their team is working on the glitch.
If you find no solutions for the problem from above, a good option is to reach out to the manufactures for the way forward.
It is normal to experience some problems using Design Space as a beginner. Some Cricut design problems are easy to identify and straightforward to fix, while others might require expert assistance.
However, as you get more experience using the machine, trying new features, you`ll be able to troubleshoot nearly all of these problems.