With all of the deign potential Silhouette Studio already offers for free. The new Silhouette Design edition offers even more with the new eraser tool, shear tool, knife tool, rhinestone tool and the sketch tool. I've been playing around a lot with the new Design editon. I loved the fact it can open so many different types of files.
I think it is worth the $49.99. Remember, all of the future updates will be free! woohoo! I was slightly disappointed the new Design Edition software didn't have the layers option or the ability to open up PDF files. I wrote to Silhouette America; and guess what? They are working on adding layers and the ability to open PDF files.(happy dance :-)) The one thing I've learned about Silhouette America, they work hard for their customers and have the best support team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.
So, what do you think? If you would like to take a sneek peak of the new Design Edition you can check it out on my YouTube channel along with other helpful tutorials.