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Editors' Review

by   / April 25, 2014

With Silhouette Studio for Mac you can create designs specifically developed for the range of cutting tools sold by Silhouette America, including scrapbook pages, custom clothing, decors, paper crafts, etched glass, and cards.


Snappy: Silhouette Studio hardly stutters. Working with it is smooth and hiccup-free. You can easily zoom in and out to work on finer details of your project without any problem. Projects are quickly saved in the application's .STUDIO format.

Compact interface: Every feature proves easy to access without having to dig into menus. The buttons for the lines, shapes, texts, color adjustments, and various other tools are conveniently pinned on the toolbars on top, on the left side, and at the bottom. A handy configuration sidebar appears as you work with some of the tools.

Scanner access and PSD file compatibility: If you have a scanner attached to your Mac, this application can directly access it. Just go to the File/Scan option. Also, you can open Photoshop projects with it.


Proprietary format: You can only save your projects in the .STUDIO format, which means that you cannot open them with other editing or design programs. There is an option to import files in PDF, but this is only available in the Designer Edition.

Nesting feature available only in the paid Designer Edition: A very useful function, the nesting feature rearranges images in a way that makes for optimal cutting and space efficiency.

Bottom Line

Silhouette Studio for Mac turns out to be a great design application that adequately covers the functions you need to create your design and finalize it with a Silhouette electronic cutting tool. However, because of its format limitations, it will appeal to you only if you are designing a project to be cut by a Silhouette cutting machine.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2.471

  • Newly pasted items are now selected as expected
  • New preference within Tools to decide whether newly pasted items should be selected or not - "New Shape Becomes Selected" is selected by default
  • Page width can now be set above 12”
  • The line effect spacing for hash patterns now successfully updates below 0.079 inches
  • Input fields no longer lose focus when a tooltip opens
  • Replicated objects no longer lose their z-order
  • Right-clicking an empty space no longer deselects all before opening the context menu
  • Fixed an issue where ‘Scale By’ was not scaling by the expected amount
  • Right-click “Show Registration Marks” is no longer greyed out
  • Advanced Fill Gradient handles can now be removed via a new right-click context menu or by the new 'x' icon
  • Line effects can now be opened in Standard Edition once saved
  • Terminology updates for file extension within the File > Open dropdown
  • Panel menu order has been updated
  • .Studio3 will no longer appear on the operating system’s title bar
  • Label for the "Enable Performance Improvement data collection" preference has been reinstated
  • The drawing area is now appropriately renamed when designs are saved to the Library
  • Silhouette Design Store and user-created files opened from the Library no longer appear as “data.xxxx” within the File > Open Recent menu
  • DXF files now import as expected
  • New Project Wizard is no longer truncated
  • Buttons are now greyed out correctly in the pop-up panel when no shapes are selected
  • Removed the unexpected blue box that appeared in the 'Restore Factory Defaults' window
  • Minor UI update to document tab toolbar
  • Line Effects panel can now be used by all users, not just those with a CURIO / CAMEO3
  • Fixed an issue in Line Effects panel that caused some effects to apply an emboss effect to the selected objects
  • Fixed an issue in Line Effects panel that caused the Spacing and Angle sliders to apply incorrect values
  • Closing a MacBook lid, while Studio is active, will no longer crash Studio when the lid is re-opened
  • Studio no longer crashes when cancelling the 'Restore Defaults Material' modal window
  • Studio no longer crashes if words are added to the dictionary after closing the first document tab
  • Accented characters will now display correctly within the Spelling tab
  • Selected dictionary section now displays correctly while the dark theme is in use
  • The Spelling tab's back button will no longer trigger the undo action
  • Spelling tab will now only compile of misspelt words for the document tab in use
  • Using the Eraser and Knife tools no longer cause a crash
  • Using the Offset feature no longer causes a crash
  • Using the features in the Modify panel now work as expected
  • Modified the Sketch Panel to include Emboss options
  • Added padding in Trace Panel to conform to SS Standard
  • Buttons that are ‘greyed-out’ now show correctly on Popup Panel
  • Added a scrollbar in the Updates section of the Preference Window
  • ‘Rotate By’ can now use negative values in Transform Panel


Publisher Silhouette America
Publisher web site
Release Date May 08, 2019
Date Added May 08, 2019
Version 4.2.471


Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory CAD Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Snow Leopard

Download Information

File Size 371.47MB
File Name silhouette-studio_v4.2.471.dmg


Total Downloads 21,283
Downloads Last Week 61


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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