Friday, September 16, 2011

Add Cricut Digital Handbooks to your iPhone and iPad

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One of the things that I love about my Gypsy is how portable it is. I can take it to the doctor’s office, my children’s sporting events, road trips… anywhere. While I love my Gypsy and all its features, one thing I really missed was having my handbooks. When I first got my Gypsy I had a bag that I carried my handbooks in with me. Soon, as I acquired more cartridges (lol… not that I buy them all the time… right hubby)… the idea of taking the handbooks with me any longer became too much of a hassle.
Then… I learned that Cricut .com had ALL the handbooks in digital format on their website. I have an iPhone so I could look them up. But connections aren’t always that great in doctors’ offices or at Cross Country meets. Then I realized that you could download the handbooks in PDF format and sync them to your iPhone. So that’s exactly what I did. I’ve created a tutorial to show you the process if you are not familiar with it. Feel free to skip to the steps that you need to if you already know how to do this. But this is how I did it from beginning to end. I’m still pretty new at this whole blog thing so I did the best I could to show you images of what I did. Feel free to ask questions and as always… please leave a comment. J

1.)    Go to Click on the “Information” tab at the top of the page.

2.)    Click on “Cartridge Library” This will give you a complete list of ALL the Cartridges that Cricut has to offer.


3.)    In the “Handbook” column, click on the “view” link for the cartridge that you would like to download. A separate window will open with the digital handbook.

***Notice, there are some cartridges that do not have a digital handbook yet and some of the Lite Cartridges only have a picture of the insert.***

4.)    Scroll to the bottom RIGHT hand corner of your screen. When your mouse hovers over the corner of the screen a small toolbar will appear. Click on the icon that looks like a disk.

5.)    A “Save As” screen will appear. Choose the folder location where you want to store you PDF handbooks. You can choose a folder and then add “New Folder” as I have. I’ve named mine “Cricut Handbooks – PDF Files. Edit the name to how you want it to appear in your iPhone. As you can see the Cheerful Season  Creative Memories cartridge has a default name of “”. Alter this to your choosing. Remember… this is how it will be listed in your iPhone.

***The iPhone app will list your titles alphabetically under the “Titles” view. So if you want to keep your Cricut handbooks separate from you may want to carefully decide how you want to name them. ***

6.)    Next you will need to open your iTunes and connect your iPhone (or iPad) to your computer.
7.)    In the top left hand corner click on “file”. In the drop down menu click on “Add file to library…” (I was unable to get a pic of this)

***I went through and opened every handbook and deleted the extra pages with the different languages on them. If you want to do this, you will want to do it before completing the next steps***

8.)    The “Add to Library” dialogue box will open.
9.)    You will now locate the folder you saved your handbooks in and open the files to add to your iTunes

10.) With your iPhone connected to your computer, click on your device (as you see in photo, mine is named “Angie’s iPhone 4). Choose your iPhone.

11.)Click on the "books" link at the top of the page. Check “sync books”. You can then choose to sync “all books” or “selected books”. If you choose “selected books” as I have, you will need to check the books that you want to sync.
12.) After you are finished selecting your books (pdf handbooks), click on “sync” in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Now all you have to do is wait for your iPhone to complete it's sync and then all your Cricut handbooks are now mobile and ready to take along anywhere your iPhone will go. 
I hope this was easy to understand. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Have a great weekend!! J

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