UPDATE: (april 23, 10am PST)
Silhouette America has fixed the file and it can be opened in Silhouette Studio v2 again. Please click HERE to see the how-to.
Silhouette America gives away a free shape every Tuesday and this week was no exception.
Their "3D Tulips" is really cute but if you had downloaded it to your Silhouette Studio software, you may find yourself being asked to update to the infamous version 3 when you try to open it.
"The file you are attempting to access requires you to update your software."
Really? Did Silhouette America forget about the complaints that we had emailed/Facebooked/called in about? Sure, v3.0.343 fixes many of the bugs of the original version 3 (see my mini-review of v3 HERE and v3.0.343 HERE) but it is still buggy and not good enough. Many of us have installed the update(s) only to uninstall it as it simply could not compare to the easy-to-use version 2. Frankly, I am surprised that they would try to force the update on us!
I have always appreciated how Silhouette America listens and responds to their customers' concerns so for now I am pretending that this was a glitch though I can't help but wonder- is this a sign of things to come? Going forward, will we begin to see the Silhouette Online Store offer shapes that can only be opened in version 3 or later? If so, I really hope that they would indicate on the item description that the file cannot be used in earlier versions of the software. Then again, I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that they would fix all the bugs of version 3 soon so that we can all update our software with confidence. There are some nice features in the new software that I'd really like to use but until they get the program fixed, I'm sticking with version 2.
With or without their freebie.