I've actually gotten used to the Design Space finally after a call to customer support and figuring things out on my own, no thanks to their semi-shitty help PDFs.
Anyway, I agree with you 100%. They are trying to sell people their image libraries online through their Design Space as their up sell. I have no use for their libraries though, so they won't be getting a penny from me for them. My sole reason for getting their machine was to do custom work with my own images. I did find a solution for my problems though, I had to use SVG files to get what I wanted done. Using bitmap images to do what I wanted was basically like banging my head against the wall until I pass out. So, I'm now getting things done with the Explore and installed Inkscape
, to hopefully learn how to use it.
Their Design Space needs some updating though. They're lacking a lot of features that could make handling layers a lot easier. I think most of the crafters out there don't know shit about Photoshop and therefore don't realize what they're missing in the editing features of decent software.
As for their knife, it seems to do a good job with card stock but I suggest getting the deep cut blade for anything thicker. As a precaution I bought their deep cut blade and the German Carbide blade. It did mutilate some of full sheet sticker paper but only a little. Of course, it could be that the mat was losing it's stickiness. I've since bought two replacement mats for when I need to change it.