Installing Designer Edition Plus & Updating to the Latest Version of Studio

Wow!  That is just about all I can say to the response to the newest update for Silhouette Studio!  Its clear that many of you have been waiting for this feature to be able to open your embroidery designs in Silhouette Studio!  Me too!  So glad we can finally do this!

Since I’ve sold tons of these upgrade Codes, I’ve had a lot of questions.   Most of them are the same, so I thought I would just put out a post with information about the update & how to download, install and update your software.

The latest version of Silhouette Studio is now 3.6.039.   In order to see what version you are running, you should check in the top menu bar.   I am working on a MAC — so it may be a little different on a PC — but pretty much the same.  Go to Silhouette Studio –>About Silhouette Studio.  When you click on that, this window will open.

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Here is where you will see what Version of the software you are running.  Mine is currently at the most current version 3.6.39.  (You will also notice that I am running Business Edition — if you don’t have Business Edition, you won’t see the BE).    If you are not running this version, then you must download the latest release.

To do that, go to Silhouette America Software page.     Scroll to the bottom of the page & look for this UPDATE link.   You will notice that there is nothing that says PLUS or Designer Edition Plus — it is just the latest release of the Software.

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Select either MAC or PC, depending on which computer you are using.   Then (with Silhouette Studio closed), install the newest version & re-open Silhouette Studio.

Now, to clarify –  there are 4 tiers of Silhouette Studio – since this upgrade has been posted.

– Basic Silhouette Studio – Free
– Designer Edition – $49.99
– Designer Edition Plus – $74.99
– Designer Edition Business – $99.99
If you are running the Basic version (never purchased any upgrade) – then to have Plus – you will need to purchase the $74.99 version;  If you are already running the Designer Edition – you only need to purchase the upgrade (for $24.99) to the Plus version;  If you are running the Business Edition, you only need to upgrade your software to the most current version to unlock these features.    Any higher version will come with any features that are unlocked from lower versions.
Once you have updated the software, and purchased the appropriate Activation code, re-open the Silhouette Studio.    Go to “Help” –> “Update Silhouette Software”.   Mine is greyed out because it has already been done & there are no further upgrades.    But, you should be able to install your code here.

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At this point — you should be done & ready to open embroidery files!!   There are also additional rhinestone features – -but we will talk about that later!

Now — there have been some people who have emailed me & said they get the message “Incompatible Code”.  So, I contacted Silhouette Support and here is the response I received:

 The error she lists is related to users putting a license key in  an improper order, possibly over top itself. Likely, she applied the key properly, but is not seeing the features because she needs to update her software. The DE+ features will not show unless they on v3.6.039 or above.

So — all that being said — If you have applied the code & updated to version 3.6.039 — try to go ahead & open an embroidery design.  If it opens in your Silhouette Studio Software – -then you are all set & ready to go!!  There is nothing that actually says you are finished, or upgraded to DE Plus.

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If you purchased a code from me and continue to have problems — please email me at — and I will work with you to resolve it!

Hope this tutorial helps!   Now, I know that many of you are wanting tutorials on how to use this new feature — those are coming!  But, I need a little time — hang on & it will be up later this week!!

If you would like to purchase an upgrade code —

Click here to purchase the full Designer Edition Plus – for $74.99

Click here to purchase the upgrade from Designer Edition to Designer Edition Plus for $24.99 

Hope you have an awesome day!  Happy cutting and until next time– Hugs, Terri



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  1. Just wondering is there anything else new that we will get with Plus? I have Embird software which already saves my embroidery to svg format for cutting machines and it was a free add on for Embird so don’t see $24+ unless there is something else other than cutting embroidery patterns. Thanks in advance for letting me know.

  2. If you have Cameo on two different computers, can you use one code to update both of them?

  3. When I put into the 16 digit code to upgrade I get a message that says Incompatible Licsense (1). What should I do now. Jamie

  4. I cannot seem to download the new DE on my mac. Any suggestions?

  5. This may be a duh question but if you already own the designer edition but want to upgrade to the business edition with the plus can you do that with one upgrade?


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