When you select an image and place it on the mat, all the layers are placed at the same time. This is a great feature. Since I a new at this, I love it. It separates all the layers on to different mats. Makes it easier for me. On my E2, I never quite got the hang of layering my images or getting the sizes right.
You can move the images around on the cut preview screen. That means you can load your mat up with different colour cardstock and just keep selecting which layer you want to cut. This I really like.
Dragging the middle left arrow to the right horizontally flips the object. Dragging the right middle arrow to the left flips the object. Same goes for bottom middle arrow, but it flips vertically. Regrettably the shape also stretches while you're flipping... so I'm not sure how functional this is.
You can select multiple images from the carts/image library and insert them onto the canvas at the same time
There's a score line image that you can insert onto your shape. Unfortunately.... that image currently says it's unavailable. Hopefully it will be available soon.
And in my opinion, the most important "pro" to some is the ability to import svg, dxf, jpg, gif, png and bmp image files and cut them on the Explore. This was one of the main reasons I decided to purchase the Explore. Still working on figuring out how to import and clean up my graphics. I think I just need some practice.
You MUST be connected to Design Space via the Internet in order to use it.
Internet speeds on DS are kinda slow. I hope that this does not continue. I am hoping that this was just due to the unveiling and thousands of us crafters were flooding their servers.
Ipad App is not available yet.
You have to ungroup images/text before you can use Hide Contour.
You have to ungroup images/text to weld. I liked it better in Cricut Craft Room. When two images only have to touch each other and they are automatically welded. It was a bit easier. Especially for newbies like me.
You can't unweld. That really needs to be changed. I don’t want to have to start all over again if I decide I don’t want something welded.
There is no offset function. There should be an offset function. Makes it easier to create shadows.
There is no Align function.
There is no crop tool
There should be a way to insert a straight line (rather than shrinking a rectangle).
You can't cut images that have gone outside the mat boundaries. I
Can't move images that you don't want to cut off to the side of the canvas as they are placed back within the cutting boundary.
The middle left handle doesn't move the image to the left, it stretches it.
Right clicking doesn't show you which font/image you have used. But the layers box will tell you the name of the cartridge
There are no cutting boundary indicators on the canvas so you won't know something is too big or goes outside the cutting boundary until you click the Go button