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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:42 pm

Software for running plotters

Use Signcut 2 but it seems rather buggy, and after recently getting a replacement bank card our subscription hasn't been able to renew, and there's zero after service to be able to sort it so figured we would look for something else.

What does everybody else use for their vinyl cutting? Seems to be a lot of rubbish on Google :rollseyes:
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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:48 pm

Software for running plotters

Machine make and model?
I have Summa. Comes with plug in Coreldraw and Adobe illustrator. Cuts with its own WinPlot. Very straightforward.
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Post Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:54 pm

Re: Software for running plotters

She's an old girl, but she runs straight and true... It's a Roland Cammjet 540

So no such luxuries as a plug in, do designs on illustrator and then previously just sent PDF over to Signcut, we use Onyx Rip Centre for contour cutting though so I guess we could create cut paths on illustrator, and then print to file rather than physically print through Onyx, and use this to cut vinyl, bit fiddly mind.
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Post Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:21 am

Re: Software for running plotters

I run two Summa plotters through dedicated sign software - Flexisign - never any issues.
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Post Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:50 pm

Re: Software for running plotters

Have you looked at the illustrator plug in? Shouldn't make any difference how old your plotter is, don't know about plugins but my plotter is listed in vinylmaster & its a gerber FC400 so guessing at least as old as your machine :lol: :lol:
Same as you, machine still plots well & small issues oer the years have been easy enough to fix :lol: (probably shouldn't have said that, tempting fate a bit) :rollseyes:
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Post Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:41 pm

Re: Software for running plotters

No not heard of the illustrator plugin Martin, how does that work?

Sounds a better option! :claps:
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Post Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:35 pm

Re: Software for running plotters

Looked into the illustrator plug in, it's pretty dismal for Roland machines going off the reviews so left that.

Ended up purchasing Easy Cut Studio, another waste of time as doesn't feature Roland CJ500 as a preset or recognise any connection.

Sign Cut 2 had no issues in connecting at all, just their means of renewing a subscription puts you into an impossible paypal loop that essentially doesn't allow you to renew, tried to contact their support but as with a lot of these software set ups it's none existent.

We do have Sign Cut 1 which lets say fell off the back of a wagon, layout looks exactly the same as Sign Cut 2, so would love to use that, but unlike Sign Cut 2 it doesn't list USB under Output Devices / Ports, so you'd think a driver was needed but those CJ500s didn't come with drivers, they just run (as it did on Signcut 2), anybody any experience / suggestions on how to get Sign Cut to recognise a USB? Would a Keyspan adapter potentially solve this?

Thanks for any help

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Post Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:07 am

Re: Software for running plotters

For sign making, I wouldn't consider anything but Signlab. Been using it since version 4 through to 9+ It just works!
It comes in modules also, so you can buy it relatively low priced and just add modules as and when you grow.
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Post Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:47 am

Re: Software for running plotters

I've no experience of any of that software, but have you installed the driver for the plotter onto the computer?

That may be why it's not showing the connection on the software.

Had similar niggles when we moved from OSX to windows a few weeks ago.

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