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Gray.Hodge

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Post Sun Sep 08, 2002 8:14 am

Vinyl Master Pro

I've been using Signlab since 1986 and never have I been tempted to using anything else - until now.

VMP has an impressive range of features at first glance, I'm trialing it at present.
Can anyone tell me anything negative about it?
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Michael.

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Post Sun Sep 08, 2002 10:45 am

SNAP!

I too am trialing a version of Vinyl Master Pro!...and you're right - it looks bloomin impressive at first glance.

Still, I do like me' old Signlab...bit like a fifth limb...but I suppose we should always be open to new ideas eh!

more soon
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Gray.Hodge

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Post Sun Sep 08, 2002 10:48 am

True Mike, I spent about 2 hours today looking around it. I'm finding some things a bit clumsier - like sizing an auto template. The demo makes it all look fast and easy but in fact not all functions are really intuitive as first thought.
I will play with it further.
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jsco59

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Post Sun Sep 08, 2002 1:08 pm

I've been using VMP for a couple of years now. Great program with great tech support from Shaun Morrell. Have any questions, ask and he will answer. They've just released the new version... I'm still on 2.5b.

If you can't make a bunch of money using VMP, you might as well get into a new line of work.

There are (or were with my older version) a few things that you need to do to overcome some glitchy situations, but they are so minor.

I highly recommend VMP.
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Gray.Hodge

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Post Sun Sep 08, 2002 2:25 pm

That's good to hear, maybe you could answer one question?
In Signlab if I want to import a photo of, say a building, I can measuer from point to point, alocate a measurement and size the whole thing up accurately.

Is there such a function in VMP?

I tried opening a template for a vehicle and sizing it up. The help file seemed confusing to me on that score.

It does have some nice functions that I really wonder why Signlab have not included in their latest and most expensive upgrade.
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jsco59

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Post Mon Sep 09, 2002 4:50 pm

Gray,

In response to your question, YES, you can import a picture and lay your work over the picture.

I use a digital camera (an old, out of date, low resolution - but it works fine camera) to take pictures of buildings, existing signs, vehicles, you name it. Let's say we're doing a vehicle. I take side shots of the vehicle and take a single dimension from some area, like the width of the door. Upload the photos to your computer and import the photo to VMP. Make a box that is the same width as your door dimension. Make it a contrasting color to the photo. Bring the box to the front or top layer. Select your digital picture. Grab the upper (or lower) left or right corner. Press shift while dragging the corner to a larger area. You may have to zoom out. Size the photo according to the door dimension. When the width of the door and the "box" match, your photo is exact size.

Now you have an exact template to work on.

If you are working with a building, do the same thing. You can even take an angled shot of the building and then "fit" your design to the angled shot.

Use the print function to output the sketch. Create a template with your business name and info... print the sketch and present it to you customer. I have had MANY, MANY customers tell me that they chose my design on PRESENTATION ALONE even if my price was higher than the other guy.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.
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Michael.

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Post Mon Sep 09, 2002 6:34 pm

Watch out Brian!

...an eerie silence falls over the group as the pointer slowly rises... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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...if that pointer hits the red - your post gets binned! :wink: :P
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Phill Fenton

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Post Mon Sep 09, 2002 8:09 pm

Gosh - I got sent a demo version of Vinyl master as well.

What a coincidence :wink:
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Joe McNamara

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Post Mon Sep 09, 2002 8:52 pm

Hi all,
I've been using VMPro for over 2 years now and I love it!
Very easy to use and amazing value in comparison to some of the other sign programs available. I showed it to Mike the shed when he came to visit my place and he was impressed by it!
It has a great "nesting" feature for cutting so you get the max out of your vinyl..try the demo...you'll like it.
Cheers
Joe
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Gray.Hodge

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Post Mon Sep 09, 2002 11:50 pm

Thanks Jeff, what you said is what the hepl file said also. There are certainly a swag of features, altho I would miss the measure tool of Signlab, I use it daily. The box method you mention seems a clumsy work-around, but there are many otehr mice things to make up for that it seems.

On price- we pay $499 Aus for the program which is 186 pounds, so I guess we get a good deal :)
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jsco59

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Post Tue Sep 10, 2002 2:00 am

Gray:

I mentioned the "box" idea because I'm lazy. It's much quicker for me to simply make the "box" x by y and then size the picture to the box. THERE ARE dimensioning tools and they are good. You could accomplish this either way.
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Lee Attewell

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Post Tue Oct 01, 2002 4:58 am

VMP Are coming...VMP Are coming...They're trying to take over the World. I've just got a trial copy too, looks good
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Martin Pearson

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Post Wed Oct 02, 2002 11:47 pm

I must have upset someone because I havent been sent a demo version of VMP. !!!!
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Shaun Morrell

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Post Thu Oct 10, 2002 1:17 am

Hi Martin

E mail your postal address to shaunmorrell@future-1.com and I'll send one out to you...
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vision

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Post Fri Nov 15, 2002 5:57 am

I have VMP & love it! The program is definitely worth the money. However there is one major problem that I have with the program & that is gradient fills! The fills appear as white blocks that cause viewing problems of your design.
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Shaun Morrell

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Post Sat Nov 16, 2002 1:12 am

Thanks...

Hi Vision

Thanks for your comments. The gradient fill feature was put in some time after the core of the program was written for those wanting to do airbrush previews etc. The white space you’re referring to should only be a problem if the gradient fill is over a coloured background or other pic etc. There are tricks to overcome this but they are a little long-winded to discuss here…

Right now we’re working around the coffee pot on V3.0 and have a much more advanced version of gradient fills and soft shadows etc., which are more in line with programs like CorelDRAW, Quark and Adobe products… In fact the whole program is being updated…

So this will soon be a distant memory… :D
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Martin Pearson

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Post Fri Nov 22, 2002 12:49 am

Shaun, thanks I now have a demo copy of VMP, I think it took about 3 atempts before I got one so there are two copies lost in the post. First immpressions it looks quite good, some of the features seem much better than the software we are using at present. I will play about with it as and when I get time.
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Shaun Morrell

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Post Sat Nov 23, 2002 12:30 am

If you need anymore assistance you know where to find me! :o

Thanks,

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