One of the biggest problems Cricut users face is issues with Design Space functionality. It has tendencies to run really slow, freeze completely, or just does not even want to open. It can be really frustrating when this happens because all you will want to do is get working on your project and not have to deal with these technical problems. In this section, we are going to provide you with what to do if any of these things happen to you while you are working in Design Space. For the most part though, Design Space does have really good software and functionality. There are a few features most people would like for them to be added, but on the whole, the site works really well for the majority of the projects you are going to want to complete. The biggest problems that users of design space face are the crashing, slow loaded, total freezing of the screen, or not even loading up at all. Now, we will take the time to look at ways you might be able to fix these issues on your own so you can get back to crafting in no time at all.
The biggest cause of problems within Design Space is likely that you have a slow internet connection. This program, unfortunately, requires good and consistent upload and download speeds that some of us may not always have the fortune of having. If you have any inconsistent connections with dips and spikes, you may experience issues with the Design Space software. If you need to get a better and more consistent connection, consider moving your computer and Cricut machine closer to where the modem is located in your home. The closer you are to the modem, the better connection and consistency in speed you will have. Unfortunately, Design Space needs both of your download and upload speeds to be at top performance, as you constantly need to send and receive information from the system as you are working on your design.
If you think your internet connection is the problem, the first thing you will want to do is to run a speed test. Running a speed test is easy to do and it is free with services like Ookla. The Cricut website specifies that you need the following requirements in order for your Design Space to run well and consistently. You will want a broadband connection with a minimum of 2-3 Mbps of download and a minimum of 1-2 Mbps of upload. If you have extremely low results, you will want to contact your service provider to figure out what could be causing or contributing to your internet problems. It might be that you need a new modem in order to get better speeds. Switching out the modem is a really easy process, but it is a pain to have to wait for it to arrive within a few days. Your internet provider should give you a variety of different options to choose from in order to get your internet up to the speeds you need for your Design Space connection to be strong. If they are not willing to help you, it’s possible for you to look into getting a different internet provider available in your area.
The second thing that could be causing problems with your Design Space could be your computer. If you do all of the internet tests and your problem is not there, it might be with your computer, tablet, or mobile device you are using to run Design Space on. There are minimum requirements of your device to run Design Space effectively as well. There are a few basics you will need in order to run Design Space successfully. If you have a windows computer, you will need to be running on Windows 8 or later. You should have an Intel Core series or an AMD processor. You should have at least 4GB of Ram available and at least 50 MB of disk space free. If you have more than that. it is even better. You should also have a USB port free and available to plug into for your machine or at least have a strong Bluetooth connection to connect. If you are an Apple user, you will have different requirements. You should be running on Mac OS X 10.12 or something that is even more recent. Your CPU should be at least 1.83 GHz and you will need 4 GB of Ram. You will also want 50MB of free space to download the program.
If your computer has all of these capabilities, then it’s possible you have too many background programs running at the same time you are trying to work with Design Space. If you are trying to watch Netflix, surfing Facebook, or Skyping with your mom, it is likely that you are trying to accomplish too much at once. You will benefit from closing some of these programs in order to get your Design Space running at better speeds. Sometimes, even if you are not trying to do 5 different things at once, closing all unnecessary programs can help you speed up your Design Space functions. This is probably accurate for older computers as well. Sometimes, you will just need to focus on Design Space fully until you can get your project designed and cut!
There are a few other things that might help with your Design Space connection. If you have already tried all the above and are still out of luck, there are a few more things you can do. First, you should clear your cache and history. Sometimes, if you have a lot of memory taken up by this, it can slow down your upload and download speeds. Then you will want to check and make sure that your anti-virus software is up to date and if not, you should update it. Then you can also update your drivers, defragment your hard drive, and run a check for malware. These tests should all help with your speed on your computer or it could also fix the problems you are having with Design Space altogether.