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Downloading And Installing Your Silhouette Software

If you’re new to Silhouette and need help with installing the design software, this is the post for you! It’s important to install Silhouette Studio® or Mint Studio™ on your computer before you connect your Silhouette, as it makes the setup process easier.

What Is Silhouette Studio® And Mint Studio™?

Silhouette Studio® and Mint Studio™ is the industry-leading, multi-faceted design software that puts designing right at your fingertips. Within the software, you can create your own designs, store them, and purchase ready-made designs from our ever-growing community of designers in the Silhouette Design Store.

Both Silhouette Studio® Basic Edition and Mint Studio™ are available for free online. There are two ways you can install Silhouette Studio® or Mint Studio™ on your computer:

Some of the Silhouette machines do not come with an installation CD and require you to log on to the silhouette website to download the software.

Paid Editions Of Silhouette Studio®

The software available on is the free, basic version of Silhouette Studio®. You can purchase upgraded versions of the software here.

Installing Silhouette Software On Your Computer

We’re going to be installing Silhouette Studio® on a Mac®, but the steps are very similar for installing on a PC or installing Mint Studio™.

Download Software From Website

  1. Navigate to
  2. Select your operating system Mac® from the drop down menu under Silhouette Studio® or Mint Studio™.
  3. Click “Download.” Once the software has finished downloading, click to open.

Your download speed will vary on your internet connection. I’m using Google Chrome as my web browser, so keep in mind that your download might show up differently if you’re using Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Follow Directions To Install Software

  1. Follow installation instructions as prompted by your computer.

There will be some differences between installing the software on a PC or a Mac®, but each operating system is very good at taking you step by step.

You will need administrator permission to install the software. On personal computers, this is usually your regular login information. If you are not an administrator, you will have to get the login information to continue with the install.

  1. Read through the license agreement and click, “I Agree.”

Register Your Machine

You must register your machine if you want to use the warranty or access the free exclusive shapes that come with your purchase. To register your machine:

  1. Fill out the form provided. All fields are required to complete registration.

Please note that your Silhouette’s serial number is located on the back (not bottom!) of your machine.

  1. Select “Register.”

If you’ve already registered a machine,you can skip this part by selecting “I’ve Already Registered” or “Later.” If you choose “Later”, and you haven’t already registered a machine, don’t forget to come back and do so, otherwise your warranty will not be valid.

Once you have finished registering your machine, you will see the main screen for Silhouette Studio®. You are ready to create!

Checking For Updates

There are two ways to check for updates—using your Silhouette software or manually downloading the update from

Updating Using The Software

The update checker can be found in the menu option “Help > Check for updates…”

You can also set your Silhouette software to automatically check for updates. To automatically check for updates:

  1. Select the Settings icon in the bottom right hand corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. Click “General” from the list of options.
  3. Set how often you’d like your software to check for updates. “Always,” “Daily,” “Weekly,” or “Never.”

Updating Manually Using The Website

To update your software manually:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Select your operating system Mac® from the drop down menu under Silhouette Studio® or Mint Studio™.
  3. Click “Download.” Once the software update has finished downloading, click to open.

From there, follow the installation prompts on your computer. You’ll be updated to the latest version of the software.

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How To Use Vellum On A PC

[Last updated July 2020]

If you're a self-published author, you've probably heard of Vellum by now.

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It's the wonderful formatting software that Mac users gloat about when they inform you that it can't be used on a PC.

But what if you dislike Macs as I do (see my archive post here as to why) but still want to use Vellum on a Windows device?

Up until now, the bad news was that the creators of Vellum have no intention of releasing a PC version.

Listen: Beautiful Ebook Formatting with Brad Andalman from Vellum on Joanna Penn's podcast here

But now there is a simple way around that problem – and it doesn't involve hacks, scams or geekery.

By the way, this blog post is available as a FREE PDF download for easy printing, annotation and note-taking:

Introducing MacInCloud

You can now use pay-as-you-go services which give you access to a virtual Mac.

This allows you to have a personal, private space on a Mac which you don't own, giving you direct access to Vellum on a PC.

The service that I use is called MacInCloud:

Other services are available, but this is my personal preference for ease of use and pricing.

I've never tried any other MacInCloud type services, that one just worked for me straight away and I'm very happy with what they provide.

Vellum comes ready downloaded in MacInCloud, which also helps make the process even simpler if you're not keen on tech-wrangling.

If, for some reason you don't have access to Vellum when you login, get in touch with MacInCloud support at or download it directly from the Vellum website.

You can spot Vellum on your virtual Mac by looking for the distinctive icon in the main menu:

The great thing about Vellum is that you can set up a first test book for free and you only start to pay for it when you need to output the finished files in EPUB, MOBI or PDF format.

Using Vellum Software For Windows Devices

To get started with using Vellum for Windows devices, click on the menus at the top of the MacInCloud website.

Select Pricing [1] and then Pay-As-You-Go Plans [2]:

My recommendation is to go for the Pay-As-You-Go option, it's only $30 for 30 hours of use … that's a lot cheaper than having to fork out for a Mac!

To get started, click on that green Sign Up button.

At this stage, you may find yourself overwhelmed with possibilities and options.

Ignore all the tech speak, geekery and power-ups and just opt for the default selections, with just one possible change which I'll mention below.

Sure, you can turbocharge everything if you really want to, but I've been doing just fine for several years using just the basics.

Here's what I'm using:

This is what the page looks like after you click on the green Sign Up button – if you want to, you can just go ahead and pay if you want to, but there is one setting I might change from the default.

The setting I might tweak is the server location, you can see how I switched it to London in the image below because I'm based in the UK – just select the closest location to wherever you're based in the world:

Before you commit to paying, just make sure you have the PAYG button selected at the bottom of the page [1], I recommend paying $30 at one time because the credit lasts a long time and then confirm everything by clicking the blue Next button to proceed:

That's it, just payment to go and you're on your way to using Vellum on a PC:

Once you have paid, you will be sent a confirmation email, complete with your login details:

Connecting Your Virtual Mac

Now you've set up your account, head back to and click on the Login link:

This is the sign-in console:

You will be taken to a web page which looks something like this – I have obscured personal information for obvious reasons:

To proceed, click on the link on the left-hand side of the page in the PAYG area (highlighted in the image above):

Click on the Actions button (highlighted in the images above and below):

Click on the Connect Now link and complete the second sign-in form  with the details from your account email:

I know that seems like a lot of steps when you see it written down on the page like that, but it really is very simple once set up is completed, when I'm refreshing Vellum files I log in and log out several times and it's no problem at all.

PC Users Beware!

You will now be able to access your virtual Mac - hurrah!

Not so fast ... there are some peculiarities of a Mac which you need to know.

1: Your Windows keyboard won't work quite the same as it does with your PC.

The biggest problem is that you'll need to use the " key to write a @ ... which you'll do every time you enter an email address.

2: The other really annoying thing about Macs is that you can't CTRL A/CTRL C/CTRL V to cut and paste.

On a Mac you use the CMD key instead of CTRL ... and we don't usually have one of those (grrrrrrrrrrr).

As we're not using a Mac all of the time, it'll just mean that you have to type in passwords and the like manually.

Preparing To Use Vellum On A PC

This might take a little getting your head around.

When you're logged into MacInCloud, you have simultaneous access to two computers; your own PC and this virtual Mac.

I find it much easier to flick between the two using a two-screen set-up, but if you just use the one screen on a PC or laptop, you'll have to manage as best you can.

Before we use Vellum, we have to link the computers in some way, to enable us to move files easily between our virtual Mac and our own PC.

When you save files on your virtual Mac, it may appear like you're saving them onto your own PC, but your not, they're on a virtual drive.

Now, the cheap and cheerful way to manage this is to create your EPUB, MOBI and PDF files on the virtual Mac, then email them back to yourself.

You can do this, there's no reason at all why not, and it may be a lot simpler if you only have one or two books.

All you need to do is to open up a browser on your virtual Mac, sign in to your email account, and send yourself emails to enable you to move files between your PC and virtual Mac account.

I have more than twenty books, so that doesn't work for me.

To get around this problem, you need to use a free cloud storage solution, so that you can save files on your virtual Mac which will immediately synch-up on your main PC.

The most commonly used are Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

All three options have a free, basic account.

Here are the web links to register for free accounts:

Google Drive:



I don't have space in this article to explain the ins and outs of how to use cloud storage, but I can set out the basic principles.

I'm hoping that you already have at least one of these cloud-based back-up systems - if not, how are you making sure that you never lose your valuable work?

When you log in to Dropbox on your virtual machine, you will be able to 'selective sync' files - that means you choose what's copied between your own PC and your virtual Mac.

Please note that I do not provide support for any of the content on this website, so please use YouTube videos or the guides for each service to figure out any issues you run into.

Remember, you can always email files from your virtual Mac to your PC, so that's always your fallback position if the tech proves too much for you.

Whichever cloud storage solution you use, you need to download the software onto your own PC and also onto your virtual Mack.

You then need to synch the folder where you save your Vellum files.

That way, when you create your EPUB, MOBI and PDF files in Vellum on your virtual Mac, save them to your OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox area, they will magically synch up on your own PC.

OneDrive Sync Guidance

The guide to synching folders with OneDrive is here

This is where you folder sync between your PC and your virtual Mac in OneDrive settings:

OneDrive support:

DropBox Sync Guidance

The guide to synching folders with DropBox is here

This is where you folder sync between your PC and your virtual Mac in Dropbox settings:

Dropbox support:

Google Drive Sync Guidance

The guide to synching folders with  Google Drive is here

This is where you folder sync between your PC and your virtual Mac in Google Drive settings:

Google Drive support:

Having this cross computer synchronisation set up enables you to easily move a file from your PC over to your virtual Mac, and once you export your files from Vellum, so long as you save them to a folder on your Virtual Mac, they'll immediately appear on your PC.

You're now good to go - you really can use Vellum on a PC and it's very easy to do.

Vellum will output your beautifully formatted files into your designated MacInCloud folder, magically transferring them over to your PC via Dropbox, and they'll be all ready to upload to Kindle, Draft2Digital, Smashwords, Publishdrive or wherever it is you intend to list them.

And next time somebody says to you that you can't use Vellum on a PC, you can smugly smile and congratulate yourself that you were clever enough to figure out a workaround without having to go through the ridiculous expense of buying a Mac 🙂

Actually Using Vellum Software For Widows Devices

This is what it looks like on your PC - remember, what you're seeing here is a 'portal' which allows you to work on a virtual Mac.

I have indicated the Vellum icon so you know what you're looking for:

Using Vellum On A PC FAQ

Q: I can't figure something out, can I email you?

A: No. I don't provide any support for this free page, the information is shared as a favour to fellow authors.

I'm far too busy writing books and processing them in Vellum to deal with individual queries.

Q: I don't know how to use Vellum - help!

A: Lucky you! Vellum has an excellent support area here:

Q: The information provided on this page is brilliant! How can I ever thank you for saving me hours of time and headaches?

A: That's so nice of you to say so 🙂

You can thank me by buying Vellum via my affiliate link, at no extra cost to you:

Alternatively, you can support this website via Buy Me A Coffee:

Whilst I'll be very grateful, I still won't provide any one-to-one support.

Q: Is Vellum really as good as people say it is?

A: Yes, without a doubt. It has revolutionised my life as an indie author. It saves me hours messing around with files. I love it and I'm sure you will too.

Q: Didn't there used to be a video guide on this page?

A: Yes, but it was out-of-date and I'm too busy writing books to bring it all up-to-date.

However, you can still watch it on YouTube.

Remember, it's out of date, so some things will have changed since I originally recorded it.

It will, however, still give you a sense of how it all works even though some things have changed.

Q: Do you have a tutorial on how to use Vellum?

A: Not yet, but let me refer you to this YouTube video which was recorded by Joanna Penn:

Also, this article from the Reedsy blog is useful:

Last updated June 2020

Please note that I do not provide any support for the information on this page. This page includes affiliate links for Vellum, because I use and love the software.

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Ready for a bit of extra Vellum?

This video walkthrough shows you how to add store links to your Vellum files.

In this video, I am using Vellum on a regular PC 🙂

How I adapt a Vellum file for a BookBub promotion to promote buy-throughs.

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How To Use Vellum On A PC

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How To Use Vellum On A PC ... The Comprehensive Guide To Using The World's Best Formatting Software Without The Expense Of Buying A Mac!

My name is Paul Teague and I'm a self published author, writing crime and thriller novels, science fiction and dystopian stories, and non-fiction books.

When I started self-publishing, my first headache was working out how I was going to format my stories and get them ready for publishing on Kindle, Kobo, Google, Barnes and Noble and all the other outlets that indie authors use.

Because I'm a little bit geeky, I was able to make my books look great by playing around with the HTML code.

But that took me a long time it was a very haphazard way to work ... and frankly I was always on the lookout for something better.

I listen to a lot of podcasts, read many blog posts and consume a lot of books on writing and when I started hearing people talk about the Vellum software I was frustrated to hear that you could only use it on a Mac.

You see, a couple of years ago I bought a MacBook Air and decided that we didn't really get on together.

I struggled with my workflow on a Mac, kept at it for six months or so and then decided to give it to my wife and return to a regular PC.

When I heard so many self-published authors saying that Vellum was great - dead easy to format books - and that it was a huge timesaver - I started to get frustrated that the software wasn't available to use on my PC.

Macs are expensive and can be a bit frustrating for PC users and it's a lot of money to spend just to be able to access one piece of software however good it is!

Time and time again I heard indie authors saying how great Vellum was but that PC users couldn't access it and I even heard interviews with the creators of the software saying that they had no intention of making it available on PCs.

Then one day I remembered a service I'd used some time ago when I was building software services of my own and it occurred to me that it might work with the Vellum software.

So I dug through my old emails, reminded myself what it was called, logged into my old account and took Vellum out for a spin.

To my great delight I found out that it's really easy to use on a regular PC.

All you need to do is to access a service known as MacInCloud - which you can run on your regular PC or laptop - and you're away - you can actually use MacInCloud without having to buy an Apple device.

When I discovered how easy this was to do, I created a blog post on my blog at, and I shared it on social media, via my podcast and with all the indie authors that I know.

This was such a game changer that I wanted to shout about it from the rooftops so that no self-published author ever had to go through the struggles that most of us have to endure to format our books.

I had a lot of views on that blog post, and I'm delighted to say that many people have shared it in forums, Facebook groups and on social media.

But every now and then, somebody will get in touch who needs a little bit more help than I can give in that fairly rapid demonstration video.

That's why I decided to create a detailed training programme called How To Use Vellum On A PC.

The training videos walk you step-by-step through the entire process from accessing and installing - then setting up MacInCloud - to selecting the best cloud-based service to use to move files seamlessly and quickly from your virtual Mac environment to your own PC.

I also give a walk-through of how to use Vellum in the virtual Mac environment, save the mobi and Epubfiles, then move them over to your regular PC machine so that they can be uploaded to Kindle, Kobo, Google, Barnes & Noble and the rest.

I put absolutely every step that there is into this training programme so that nobody needs to go rushing off to buy a Mac and everybody - and that includes all PC users with a reasonably up-to-date system - can access this fabulous software without having to disrupt their author business.

Vellum is quite simply the best formatting software that I've come across so far as a self-published author and believe me I really have tried them all, from the free tools to the paid options, nothing is as easy, classy or as speedy as Vellum.

By the way, I should say that this training is not sponsored by - or endorsed by - the creators of the software, or by MacInCloud ... neither does it involve cheats or hacks.

I use a fully licensed version of the software - it's such a good tool, why wouldn't I want to pay the creators to use it? It saves hours of my time!

An even better, Vellum now has a software option for paperback books!

I believe that this is a complete game-changer for the self-publishing industry.

In the past I've formatted my own paperback books and it's a job that I absolutely hate.

It's time-consuming, fiddly, technical and I'm usually left wanting to tear my hair out after spending hours and hours trying to tame the eccentricities of a very long Word document.

I've also paid to have my paperback books formatted and that's a much better option but it's expensive and I'm paying up to a hundred dollars per book.

It took me five minutes of trying Vellum on my PC to decide that I was going to buy the software outright because I was instantly convinced of its time-saving benefits and the quality of the e-books that allowed me to put out.

And now, with the paperback version, there really is little choice for independent authors, it's got to be Vellum every time.

The good news is that if you own a PC or laptop that runs on Windows you no longer have to be left out in the cold.

You can access the Vellum software to format your books as mobi or EPUB files - and now in paperback format - without having to get involved in buying a brand-new Mac with all the associated expense that goes with that.

Please help yourself to my free walk-through video and I hope that you will find enough information in their to enable you to start using Vellum on your own PC.

But if you do need that little extra bit of help, the video training programme is there with all the step-by-step technical demonstrations that you will need to be using this amazing piece of game-changing software within the next hour.

I've kept the price really low so that so that nobody has to be excluded from this deal - all PC users can now get stuck in and see what they've been missing!

So get started straight away .. check my walk-through video for free then try out Vellum for yourself.

By the way, if you haven't used Vellum before, it comes ready installed in MacInCloud so that you can actually take it out for a spin before parting with any cash.

It's only when you actually need to format the book and produce the EPUB or mobi files that you have to pay, you get a really good chance to take this out for proper spin before you're committed to spending money.

I really do urge you as the self-published author of several books now to give Vellum try… I have put most of the formatting software products through their paces and this is the one that I settled on within minutes of using it it's that good.

So save time, frustration and energy by using the amazing Vellum software on your existing PC without having to upgrade to expensive new kit or completely disrupt your author workflow.

This is how I format my own books this is not theory, this is what I do every time I publish a brand-new book.

Enter the incredible world of Vellum today and experience the effortless book formatting that was previously only available to users of Macs.

I have put everything that you need inside this step-by-step training to enable you to get started today.

Before long you'll see that there's no looking back when you use this software and you will soon be joining all those Mac users in enthusing about Vellum.

You soon be wondering how you ever managed to format your books without it.

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