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Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:40 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: 'Origin Error' on a Roland Cx24

Replies: 3

Views: 2813

Thanks Lorraine, I did think it might have been something to do with the sun, and the fact that I was about to cut some T shirt film which isn't as dense as normal vinyls? I suppose the theory is that if the sun hits a sensor, even through the film, the machine thinks that there is nothing there? So...

Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:43 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: 'Origin Error' on a Roland Cx24

Replies: 3

Views: 2813

'Origin Error' on a Roland Cx24

Hi All My Roland which was working great yesterday has suddenly developed an odd fault that in the 6 years I've had this machine has never done before. Switched it on this morning and the cutting head appeared to sail past the right hand roller and then performed a strange bouncing up and down thing...

Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:04 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Driving instructor roof boxes?

Replies: 5

Views: 1034

Thanks Derek, a useful tool.

Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Driving instructor roof boxes?

Replies: 5

Views: 1034

Driving instructor roof boxes?

Hi, anyone know of a supplier of these things? I believe they are magnetic? Many thanks in advance.

Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wooden Hanging Signs

Replies: 2

Views: 493

Thank you Peter, I never thought of them. I've only ever used them for engraving plaques.

Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wooden Hanging Signs

Replies: 2

Views: 493

Wooden Hanging Signs

Hi Folks

Long time no post, though I occasionally lurk!

Anyone know of a good supplier of traditional hardwood framed hanging signs? I realise that I could make one up myself, but I don't have the machinery nor a lot of time. Many thanks in advance.

Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:07 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: i need supplier of metal hanging sign bracket please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1434

Thanks for the replies folks. Tradesignz seem to have a good selection, cheers Peter I shall speak to them, as per usual the job is urgent (before Xmas)!

Spooky

Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:00 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: i need supplier of metal hanging sign bracket please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1434

i need supplier of metal hanging sign bracket please?

Hi All, anyone know of a good supplier of metal hanging sign brackets? I've got the sign just need a bracket (metal work) to hang it off? Any help much appreciated.

Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:08 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: help please with heat and adhesive problem?

Replies: 19

Views: 3212

Thanks Martin, a lesson learned I think, though the tape went straight onto the dibond as soon as the backing was taken off so it should have been clean! Will certainly key the surface in future.

Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:04 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: help please with heat and adhesive problem?

Replies: 19

Views: 3212

Cheers folks, all good ideas. I did remove the backing off the dibond but I probably should have roughed it up a bit to give a better key. But because I was using 3m dual lock (expensive velcro) I knew that it already was a vhb standard adhesive. I reckon some thin panel pins at the bottom could be ...

Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:45 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: help please with heat and adhesive problem?

Replies: 19

Views: 3212

That's the sort of thing Glenn. But won't the double sided fail in the heat the same as the dual lock adhesive failed?

Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:42 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: help please with heat and adhesive problem?

Replies: 19

Views: 3212

Thanks Gavin, unfortunately I wasn't in there at the time so it's difficult to say! I used dibond because I thought it would stand up to the heat better than say foamex, which I reckoned would end up warping. That bit I got right. When I attached the dual lock to the back boards I double fixed it by...

Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:11 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: help please with heat and adhesive problem?

Replies: 19

Views: 3212

help please with heat and adhesive problem?

Hi Folks Slightly sticky problem has arisen for me of late. Was asked to put up a display of digital panels (3mm dibond) onto some boards that face out of some windows. There is not a lot of gap between the glass (about 30cm) and the boards and it is all sealed in, so it gets pretty hot in there whe...

Wed May 16, 2007 9:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Replies: 23

Views: 2979

Thanks Peter, nice photo. Is that one of those giant cutting mats or your shower wall! :wink:

Tue May 15, 2007 10:06 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Replies: 23

Views: 2979

Thanks everyone all good suggestions. Martin, it's funny that you said about rolling up the vinyl and working my way along the vehicle as that was probably what I would have done. Mind you I should use hinges more really I just got into bad habits like applying vinyl in sections or wetting the back....

Mon May 14, 2007 3:10 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Replies: 23

Views: 2979

Thanks Martin I think I understand what you are saying. Am I right in thinking that with a centre hinge I would start in the middle and work out towards the ends?

Mon May 14, 2007 2:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Replies: 23

Views: 2979

That's great Hugh, I can see it now and it makes sense. Thanks mate.

Spooky

Mon May 14, 2007 1:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Replies: 23

Views: 2979

Thanks Hugh, that sounds good, though I'm having a bit of trouble picturing it! Do you tape the whole strip on top or bottom or just in bits along the length? And the strip of tape (hinge) then goes right across the strip? Would it then be necessary to slit the backing sheet and peel the last 600mm ...

Mon May 14, 2007 12:31 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Replies: 23

Views: 2979

how can i apply a long vinyl band to van?

Hi Folks Have been puzzling over this for a couple of days. I know many on here are great advocates for dry applying lengths of vinyl directly onto vehicles. My problem is I have a approx 200mm wide strip of vinyl that has to be applied the whole length of a van (low down) on both sides. The client ...

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:40 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i source sliding brackets for signs?

Replies: 6

Views: 1928

Thanks both, that sounds promising. A 'U' shaped channel would do the trick, and I also think that the best way to attach it would be using VHB. It doesn't have to be very big as the sliding panels will only be approx 60 - 70mm deep by whatever width I decide to do the sign (approx 600mm). Next stop...

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:11 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i source sliding brackets for signs?

Replies: 6

Views: 1928

where can i source sliding brackets for signs?

Hi Folks I need to find some simple brackets which I can attach to the face of a sign (probably dibond) so the customer can then slide in changing opening times. If anyone knows of something that exists that can be purchased from a DIY establishment or have invented something themselves would be muc...

Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:00 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Sign Tray Fitting Questions

Replies: 20

Views: 4781

Pretty much the same as Martin. Though I tend to drill the tray in workshop, put the tray on the brackets on site, mark the holes then drill the bracket in situ' as it were. I only do this because if the wall is slightly out on the run it can effect your pre-drilled holes. I also normally rivet, esp...

Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help please cant get vinyl to stick onto glass?

Replies: 6

Views: 1412

Thanks for the replies. It is a mystery, but the shop wasn't a take away before I put the vinyl on, so he has only just switched on his fryer! There did used to be something on the window (paint not vinyl) but this was all cleaned off before I came in? I did give the window a good clean before appli...

Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help please cant get vinyl to stick onto glass?

Replies: 6

Views: 1412

help please cant get vinyl to stick onto glass?

Hi Folks Just thought I'd run this past you all. I have a customer (Fish & Chip shop), we have had real problems getting any vinyl to stick, or stay stuck to his large plate glass window! Started with a large piece of frosted vinyl, went on fine, came back the next and it was on the floor! Since...

Tue Dec 12, 2006 5:15 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Spare parts for plotters?

Replies: 1

Views: 998

Spare parts for plotters?

Good Evening All, Just a quick question, can anybody reccommend a good supplier of spare plotter parts? My Roland Camm 1 needs new pinch rollers (looking very tired). I could probably order from Roland direct, but I wondered if there were any other firm's out there that supply bits? regards, Spooky

Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Adhesive question?

Replies: 10

Views: 1816

Adhesive question?

Hi Folks

Very simple qustion, need to make up some 'A' type boards out of timber and dibond, any suggestions as to a good adhesive to bond the two together? Can't use self tapping screws as they don't want any visible fixings. Thanks to all in advance.

Spooky

Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Factoring?

Replies: 7

Views: 1276

Hhhmmmm, plenty of food for thought there, and plenty of good advice. I thank you all very much, looks like I'm just going to have to send the boys in instead! :wink:

regards, Spooky

Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Factoring?

Replies: 7

Views: 1276

Factoring?

Hi All, No I didn't go into hibernation or go on a world tour, I've just been incredibly busy since the summer hols :cool: . I hope you are all just as busy for it seems to be a boom time for signs at the moment! Which of course has its own problems of general cash flow and trying to prise money out...

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lockable Notice Boards supplier?

Replies: 7

Views: 1373

Hi Tim, In answer to your question - not bad. Just received a brochure from Standex this am. Their box looks fine and prices not bad. Have to agree that the SPL Groups stuff is of a high quality. As for the job itself, it's gone in front of the committee - that means that they'll want a race horse b...

Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lockable Notice Boards supplier?

Replies: 7

Views: 1373

Thanks David, I'll give them a try as well.

Spooky.

Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lockable Notice Boards supplier?

Replies: 7

Views: 1373

Thanks, Dave I'll give them a call.

Spooky

Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Lockable Notice Boards supplier?

Replies: 7

Views: 1373

Lockable Notice Boards supplier?

Hi Folks, Can anyone recommend a supplier of good quality lockable aluminium notice boards? It needs to be tough including the glass, as it's going into a public area where kids like to hang about! It will also need to be free standing on metal posts. Many thanks for any advice in advance. Spooky

Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Unethical or what?

Replies: 15

Views: 2039

PS Sorry, message for Hugh. I sent it as a pdf only. The other sign maker who did the work would have had his own vectors.

Spooky

Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Unethical or what?

Replies: 15

Views: 2039

Thanks for all of the above, very sound advice indeed. For me it is no longer about the money, it is the principal. I don't care if I'm not asked to quote on any future work, I probably would avoid it anyway. I agree with Chris in fact, I should have only quoted the job and not submitted the design,...

Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Unethical or what?

Replies: 15

Views: 2039

Unethical or what?

I’m sure that this has happened to others, but I would be interested to know what sort of things could be done to address the situation? Anyway, it boils down to the following. I was contacted at the beginning of last week by a firm that was desperate to get a sign up outside their new premises. App...

Thu May 25, 2006 2:52 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: are the sensors in my Roland camm1 cx24 working correctly?

Replies: 2

Views: 1437

Thanks Lorraine, I did check all those things and all was as it should be? After I first posted I did notice that the screws that hold the pinch roller lever were loose, so I've now tightened them up - hopefully that will have solved it? One thing that is for sure with machinery, is that if it can g...

Thu May 25, 2006 12:10 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: are the sensors in my Roland camm1 cx24 working correctly?

Replies: 2

Views: 1437

are the sensors in my Roland camm1 cx24 working correctly?

Hi Folks, A bit puzzled really, are there sensors in the pinch roller lever on the camm 1? My machine stopped mid-cut (very annoying!), and when I set it up again kept getting the message "Er: bad positin" (?). Did the usual things checked roller positions, cleaned sensors etc, made no dif...

Tue May 09, 2006 10:18 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: 610 wide cutters

Replies: 10

Views: 3734

Mine's the same Lorraine. Think it has a max of 584mm, again a Roland. I would be well peeved at anything below 500.

Spooky

Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:27 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how can i change an Illuminated Chip Shop Sign?

Replies: 4

Views: 2337

Sorry Martin, by 'laminated' I just mean transferred as a whole sheet which has been pre-cut. Maybe not the best description?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:06 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how can i change an Illuminated Chip Shop Sign?

Replies: 4

Views: 2337

Thanks for the reply Martin. Yeah, I do see your point about the dull lettering on top. I thought that the answer would be to precut the lettering onto the laminated transluscent vinyl, then weed it out afterwards so that the white opal was left showing through. As for a dark blue arylic opal I wasn...

Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:46 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: how can i change an Illuminated Chip Shop Sign?

Replies: 4

Views: 2337

how can i change an Illuminated Chip Shop Sign?

Hi All, Just a couple of questions regarding transluscent acryllic or perspex. I have a customer who's buying a chip shop, at present the sign at the shop is an illuminated light box (panatrim style) which is fitted with a yellow panel. He wants to change it to his colour of dark blue. Is there a da...

Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Using double sided tapes externally?

Replies: 5

Views: 1065

Thanks guys, very interesting. Think I'll give it a go and promise the client that I'll put it right if it fails! My main fear is water ingress between the sign and the rails, maybe some clear silicone around the edges would solve that problem?

Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Using double sided tapes externally?

Replies: 5

Views: 1065

Using double sided tapes externally?

Hi Folks Just wondered what peoples thoughts are on using strong double sided tapes like HDF externally? I've never really trusted it before, but I am thinking of using it to attach some rails to an external sign that will then be attached with clips to posts. Normally I would rivet through the face...

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:30 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: blank swing sign supplier?

Replies: 4

Views: 960

Hi there, I made something similar using 3mm aluminium which I laminated both sides with vinyl. I made a bracket for the top out of alloy angle from B&Q, which I pop rivetted onto the 3mm blank. The 'U' bolts at the top that you use to connect to the post can also be bought from B&Q in packs...

Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:54 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Car Roof Sign Boards??

Replies: 2

Views: 941

Thanks David That might work. However, some of the angles on corners etc are quite sharp (ie the tongue is a rectangular shaped extension at the bottom of the board), so a fairly fine routing tool would be needed to keep them square as opposed to rounded? Still reckon there must be a supplier of the...

Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Car Roof Sign Boards??

Replies: 2

Views: 941

Car Roof Sign Boards??

Hi Folks Hope someone might point me in the right direction? A car showroom I use needs some roof top signs supplied with various lettering applied. They have some, made from what looks like 4mm foamex panels, and I think have been die cut or routed into various shapes ie rectangular with rounded co...

Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:53 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outlines by Ingram's?

Replies: 6

Views: 1656

Thanks Dave, I will look into it further. Yep, I realise that I should also become a fully paid up member of these boards etc, though I tend to only make fleeting appearances, usually when I'm quiet (work wise) or bored. I can, and often do, go several months without paying a visit, but I shall join...

Tue Feb 28, 2006 4:59 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outlines by Ingram's?

Replies: 6

Views: 1656

Thanks Cheryl, I will investigate Impact. I may be wrong but I think it costs the same as the Ingram package (approx £100)?

Regards, Spooky

Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:22 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outlines by Ingram's?

Replies: 6

Views: 1656

Vehicle Outlines by Ingram's?

Hi Folks, Had a mail shot today from these people (Ingram's) trying to sell me their CD with over 3600 outlines. Anyone out there use this Cd? If so is it any good, and how does it compare to Impact's (think that's the name)? Need to update my vehicle outline software as it is a bit out of date and ...

Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:04 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help me please with some photoshop problems?

Replies: 20

Views: 4784

Hi Nancy, I'm fine thanks. Do you like my photo, I'm a bit washed out I'm afraid - some say I'm as white as a sheet!! :wink: Speak soon, Spooky PS: By the way, I decided to go down the CS2 route, I like what I've seen so far but it is difficult to find the time to play around with the software and r...

Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Boring trade articles...

Replies: 4

Views: 836

Thanks Janice. The magazine does look good, a bit more informative than most I have come across. We have a trade supplier over here in blighty that can supply it to me if I want it. However, I just checked their brochure and they are asking a whopping £8.20 for a single issue or £47.25 for 6, there ...

Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:01 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help me please with some photoshop problems?

Replies: 20

Views: 4784

Nancy, like the new photo. Have you changed your hair stylist?

Spooky :cool:

Thu Feb 23, 2006 3:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Boring trade articles...

Replies: 4

Views: 836

Boring trade articles...

Just had delivered latest copy of the Sign-Link publication. Inside was what I thought would be quite an interesting article, or in their words an 'Essential guide to Sign Making Software' solutions. Apologies if the author is a regular user of these boards, but I have to say that it was the most dr...

Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:14 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5182

Peter The problem I have experienced has only occured to recently created files in XP? As yet I haven't tried just cutting as displayed, I doubt it will improve anything? I will try the overlay weld procedure and see if I have the same problem. Have not as yet done one since my upgrade? regards, Spo...

Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:59 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5182

Hi peter, That is strange, but I have also noticed some slight changes to the way SL runs in XP. Apart from the problem of not being able to undo/redo, which as said above is now fixed. Another odd thing that seems to be happening is to do with welding? On certain graphics the precut warning of 'thi...

Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:45 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5182

Well just to let you know I have tracked down my virtual memory settings which were set at 720 mbs. I set them down at 500, and rebooted, though and behold it seems to have cured the undo/redo problem! It's great when these things go right, I just hope that it doesn't have a detrimental effect on so...

Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:01 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5182

Hi Alan

Yes I do now have 1 gig of ram and am running XP Pro. So how do I change the recommended virtual memory settings in XP?

Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:35 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5182

Thanks Marcella, that might be a good idea, but that sort of thing makes me a bit nervous! Must be a more simple solution to this you would think?

Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:05 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Replies: 13

Views: 5182

why does the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer work?

Just had my PC upgraded - more Ram, faster processor etc so that I could run some more powerful graphic software, in this case I am now using Adobe CS2. However, I have just noticed that the undo/redo function in SignLab no longer works? This is very odd to say the least. Now I know that the functio...

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:46 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Alan

Also meant to say that I have not had any real problem running SL V5 on XP. If anything it has run better on XP than when I used to run it on 98, which was always crashing?

Cheers, Spooky

Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:43 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Just to add to the debate, as far as I am aware the education version is the same as the commercial version. Alan may be right in that it might not have some of the documentation ie manuals? However, I believe that if you have a child in full time education then there is nothing stopping you buying ...

Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:09 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Alan Don't mind the black & white issue on importing to SL5 as I only cut vinyl. I'm not into digital printing (farm it all out!). What do you mean by 'OS' problems (please excuse my ignorance)? Also I have seen boxed versions available on ebay (already), though they claim that they are 'Educati...

Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:08 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Rodney, thanks mate. Now where's that credit card, the last time I saw it, it was hiding in the corner of my workshop waving a white flag! :wink:

Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:11 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Like the sound of that Rodney, all I'm really after is a fairly quiet life! I don't care much for the finger crossing, white knuckle ride of 'will it import or won't it'! I don't want to spend the rest of my day trying umpteen different ways of attempting to open a file! I just want to import it, op...

Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:17 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Thanks Nik, sounds nice and simple, what about going the other way ie exporting from Corel to SignLab?

Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:12 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

Thanks Dave, but I can't really afford to go the adobe route. I also want to stay clear of their upgrade treadmill if I can! My PC was just over 18 months old, and was starting to become obsolete - scary!! Anyway, I've always thought that Corel Draw had the least problematic filters? Be pleased to h...

Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:39 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Replies: 27

Views: 8783

can anyone help with this corel X3 question please?

Hello All Now that my PC is newly upgraded (hence my forced absence for several days!), I have the latest processor, 1 gb of ram, new mother board because apparently my old one couldn't run the new processor!! Incidently, what a scam this PC upgrade business is, the upgraders decided I should also h...

Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:09 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how does corel draw 12 compare to previous versions?

Replies: 16

Views: 4449

Hello Steve, thanks for the advice. My PC is returning to its maker this weekend where I shall ask that latest service packs are all upgraded. I have to admit that I am very lazy when it comes to that, I go to the Microsoft site and go cold when I see the list and download time (still on dial up - b...

Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:24 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how does corel draw 12 compare to previous versions?

Replies: 16

Views: 4449

Ryan, that sounds good. I also saw similar deals on Amazon? By the way does anyone know what is the best PC system to run the programme without causing upset? I currently use XP Pro, have 512 meg of ram (which I think is a bit light) and I think my processor is Pentium 2 though I would need to check...

Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:09 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how does corel draw 12 compare to previous versions?

Replies: 16

Views: 4449

Ryan

I am also thinking of buying Corel 12, and reckoned the price would drop once this X3 version appeared? Would be very grateful if anyone could point me in the right direction where I could purchase the software on a reasonable deal - 'cos put bluntly I'm a bit skint! Thanks in advance.

Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:37 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Having trouble to hook up new cutter

Replies: 11

Views: 4673

Marko, that does not look very pretty, is that circuit board cracked in the middle?

Good luck

Spooky :cry:

Wed Jan 25, 2006 10:44 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Having trouble to hook up new cutter

Replies: 11

Views: 4673

Marko Those buttons with arrows should definately move the carriage left and right and operate the roller beneath the carriage (up and down). If they don't then you have a problem with the machine regardless of being hooked up to your PC. In other words, you should be able to set the machine ready t...

Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:19 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me why i cannot see imported eps files?

Replies: 10

Views: 3296

Thats true Dave, but can you manipulate a pdf file?

PS I'm not a techie as you may have guessed, just a signmaker that likes things to work - no questions!

Regards, Spooky :wink:

Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:01 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me why i cannot see imported eps files?

Replies: 10

Views: 3296

Hi David, let me know how you get on, because I am having exactly the same trouble with SignLab and am thinking of buying CorelDraw. I won't bother getting it if it doesn't solve the problem! I believe Illustrator 8 and below all work fine with SignLab but the later versions don't. I think it has so...

Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:46 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Having trouble to hook up new cutter

Replies: 11

Views: 4673

Obvious question really, but did it come with all the software with the drivers on it etc? If not, does the supplier have a website where you can download the drivers? Apologies if that sounds a bit lame but I've never heard of the plotter make before?

Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:17 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone tell me how to cut from corel please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1920

can anyone tell me how to cut from corel please?

This may seem a dumb question, but it has been a long time since I used Corel Draw (4 I think!). You used to have to convert to curves then export it off to a piece of cutting software! Is that still the case or does it now have the ability to cut direct from Corel? I am considering getting the late...

Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:24 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: is adobe ilustrator CS2 a good signmaking tool?

Replies: 23

Views: 5793

Bart, it's N-A-N-C-Y not N-Y-N-C-A!

Yours, A. Pedant

PS Thanks, Nancy I might try that 30 day trial idea could be the answer.

Yours Spooky :cool:

Mon Jan 16, 2006 3:13 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: why is my Roland cutter making an awful noise please?

Replies: 16

Views: 5098

Lorraine, mine also does that, CX24 and it won't slow down even if you set it up in SignLab to slow down! It is quite noisy but not too bad, but the only screeching I've had was with the roller getting jammed once - very bad noise but OK when freed up.

Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:56 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: is adobe ilustrator CS2 a good signmaking tool?

Replies: 23

Views: 5793

PPS Almost forgot - I'm fine. How are you today?

The Spookster

Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:53 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: is adobe ilustrator CS2 a good signmaking tool?

Replies: 23

Views: 5793

Thanks Nancy. You're winning me around to CS2. Love to see your files and anything else you would like to send me :wink: Think I might end up getting both, unless the arguments heavy in favour of one or the other. Can Corel handle all the imports thrown at it ie from Adobe users, anyone? Regards, Sp...

Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:27 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: is adobe ilustrator CS2 a good signmaking tool?

Replies: 23

Views: 5793

Thanks for all your replies, especially Nancy's! :oops: I already use SignLab which some of you may have known from previous posts. The problem as many will know are the import filters which are as much use as an ash tray on a motorbike! I am weighing up the benefits between Adobe Illustrator CS2 or...

Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:11 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: is adobe ilustrator CS2 a good signmaking tool?

Replies: 23

Views: 5793

is adobe ilustrator CS2 a good signmaking tool?

Just wondered if anyone has used this software, and is it any good as a tool for a signmaker? According to Adobe it's very good, but they would say that wouldn't they! Comments from any users greatly appreciated.

Spooky

Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:02 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: why is my Roland cutter making an awful noise please?

Replies: 16

Views: 5098

Not sure about this, but could it be something jamming your rollers? Does it go through the normal set up OK or is it from the moment you switch on? It is hard to know because there are several possibilities? Sorry can't be more helpful, have 2 Rolands myself and odd things happen on them from time ...

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:15 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can you export coreldraw files into pdf's please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2122

Thanks All. Life is good :wink:

Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:05 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can you export coreldraw files into pdf's please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2122

Sounds interesting Lorraine, is that Cute as in that's it's name or is it just cute! :o

Fri Nov 18, 2005 11:33 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can you export coreldraw files into pdf's please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2122

can you export coreldraw files into pdf's please?

Hi All Am thinking of purchasing Coreldraw to help me get around the problems I have been experiencing using SignLab's filters for .eps's etc. I was wondering if Corel has a facility for turning files into pdf's on it? It struck me as something that would be useful when emailing proofs back to clien...

Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tinted Window Film - Application queries?

Replies: 4

Views: 1416

Sorry Joe I missed your reply post, thanks for the tips, it's going to be fun!

Sat Nov 12, 2005 9:12 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tinted Window Film - Application queries?

Replies: 4

Views: 1416

Thanks Joe. I wouldn't worry too much about me making a mess of it, you haven't seen the boat :lol1: I will try and make sure that I put it on the inside of the glass, though it'll take the customer about a week to clean the paint splatters off! Sounds like the only thing I've got going for me is th...

Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:59 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Tinted Window Film - Application queries?

Replies: 4

Views: 1416

Tinted Window Film - Application queries?

Hello All Have been asked by a customer if I can fit some window film (he's supplying the stuff) to a boat that he's restoring. Reading past messages and replies, I gather that this stuff is best on the inside of the window? The problem is that in all honesty the boat is a bit of a wreck (glad I'm n...

Tue Nov 08, 2005 3:58 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does importing eps. & ai. files look invisible?

Replies: 17

Views: 4004

FAO: Frank @ Cadlink Really would appreciate some help on this Frank. Now I also think that the export/import problem has something to do with text and not pictures. As I successfully exported an ai file as a picture then imported it back again, with no problem. Then tried to do file containing text...

Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:27 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does importing eps. & ai. files look invisible?

Replies: 17

Views: 4004

Thanks Dave, I have heard this said about using Corel to do the export/import before. Does anyone know the best place to purchase Corel from these days, haven't seen it about much recently?

Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:09 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does importing eps. & ai. files look invisible?

Replies: 17

Views: 4004

Thanks Shane, my Adobe owning friends seem to be able to open them as well?

Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:59 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does importing eps. & ai. files look invisible?

Replies: 17

Views: 4004

why does importing eps. & ai. files look invisible?

Hi All Don't know if this is something that others have come across, but my filters in SignLab seem to be acting real weird. This, by the way, appears to be a hit and miss problem but now seems to be getting worse. Basically, SignLab imports or exports .eps or ai files and they are 'invisible'! They...

Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:48 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are peoples views on the Roland Printer/Cutters?

Replies: 9

Views: 5104

Roland PC50

Hi Julie Just come across your post as I don't visit everyday! Beware of the Roland PC50. I speak from experience and it is not a great printer/cutter. I was a little bit duped into buying mine, I was shown only the things it could print well in demo's! It was a lot of money for me at the time and I...

Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:42 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: is there a way of lighting a clear perspex/acrylic sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 7452

Thanks for the ideas, it all sounds pretty fiddly and expensive? My main problem I can see for the customer is that she wants to put it outside on a wall at eye level in a place where kids can sometimes hang around - I give it about 3 nights before it's gone or busted! Cheers All.

Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:01 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: is there a way of lighting a clear perspex/acrylic sign?

Replies: 10

Views: 7452

is there a way of lighting a clear perspex/acrylic sign?

Hello All Does anyone know if there is a way of lighting a clear perspex/acrylic sign so that it looks like it glows? I sort of remember seeing something like this somewhere but I can't for the life of me remember where! I have a feeling it was a wire suspended job that had an external light source ...

Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:07 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Help Needed - Desperate! Trouble with Roland Cutter!

Replies: 10

Views: 4972

Well it looks like it could well have been the sensors then. Cleaned them up, moved the machine and today it's chucking it down, more like a proper British summers day, all should be well! Thanks to all.

Regards, Spooky.

Sun Aug 21, 2005 4:23 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Help Needed - Desperate! Trouble with Roland Cutter!

Replies: 10

Views: 4972

Thanks to all the replies. Left the machine in a huff this morning and went off to do a job. When I got back I tried it again, and though and behold the machine works fine (it's a CX24 by the way). I have a little theory, and people can tell me I'm spouting dogs testicles if they want! When I went t...

Sun Aug 21, 2005 9:40 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Help Needed - Desperate! Trouble with Roland Cutter!

Replies: 10

Views: 4972

Help Needed - Desperate! Trouble with Roland Cutter!

Hello All Went to do some cutting this morning using my little Roland Camm 1 (incidently cut fine yesterday?), and the blooming thing won't load up at all. First got the error message "Origin Error", and a horrible noise as machine tried to set in start position. Messed about with the lead (right ha...

Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond and Pizza Ovens!

Replies: 7

Views: 1114

Thanks Folks,

I shall try a test piece for a few days, the heat is just for a few seconds at a time (oven door opening and shutting) so should be Ok on the Dibond.

Cheers All,

Spooky :cool:

Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond and Pizza Ovens!

Replies: 7

Views: 1114

Thanks, simon

No steam as such, just can get a bit hot when they open the oven door to put in and take out Pizza's. I guess I'm asking how does dibond cope with a bit of heat? Cheers

Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dibond and Pizza Ovens!

Replies: 7

Views: 1114

Dibond and Pizza Ovens!

Hi Guys and Gals My local chippie asked me to do a blackboard for their 'Specials' and the only place in a crowded shop where it could go was above the Pizza Oven (situated in a wall). Rather naively I slapped a bit of blackboard vinyl onto foamex and put it on the wall above the oven. As you will h...

Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Laser leveller thingy!?

Replies: 2

Views: 497

Laser leveller thingy!?

Remember several weeks ago that folks were talking about laser levels on this board. Just like to point out that have come across one in the latest edition of Screwfix Direct, not sure if others have seen it or if it is any good. It is a 'rotary Laser Level' and comes with it own tripod! The price s...

Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:23 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can the filters in signlab be re-loaded?

Replies: 15

Views: 3078

Thanks Frank, I kind of get the problem. I'll have a word with my client and see if they can send me the thing as an earlier version ai file.

Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:21 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can the filters in signlab be re-loaded?

Replies: 15

Views: 3078

can the filters in signlab be re-loaded?

Don't know if anyone has encountered this or even if it is the filter? Anyway here goes, I seem to have problems importing 'some' eps files into signlab. I go to 'import' select 'import eps' the file I want to import is shown in the box, I then double click it and the file does not open on the scree...

Fri May 20, 2005 4:10 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i buy swan neck lights for signage?

Replies: 4

Views: 2164

Thanks Happydavid. I'm sure we must have a CEF around our way. I would be interested in any tips on fitting. Also interested to know if other signmakers fit electrical products themselves or do they use professional sparkies? I thought I heard that there is now new legislation that requires all elec...

Fri May 20, 2005 3:16 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i buy swan neck lights for signage?

Replies: 4

Views: 2164

where can i buy swan neck lights for signage?

Hi, and many thanks in advance. Anyone know a good supplier of these brass/gold swan neck lights that go over the tops of signs and illuminate them?

Fri May 20, 2005 9:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: corrugated building how to fix signs !!

Replies: 16

Views: 1720

Self TappingTech Bolts are the best. If you have a good supplier of fixings in your area they will stock them. Failing that ask any builder they will know the local supplier as they use them all the time. Cheers

Sat May 14, 2005 4:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Spare Wheel Cover Problem?

Replies: 6

Views: 773

How do they do that? I'll keep an eye on it.

Sat May 14, 2005 11:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Spare Wheel Cover Problem?

Replies: 6

Views: 773

Thanks, Cutler's lovely people very helpful.

Fri May 13, 2005 10:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Spare Wheel Cover Problem?

Replies: 6

Views: 773

Spare Wheel Cover Problem?

Hello to all and thanks in advance. I have been asked to supply a semi rigid wheel cover to go on a spare at the back of a Transit Motor Home. The wheel is obviously smaller than the normal 4x4's you see around, does anyone have any ideas where I might trace one of these down?
Regards, Spooky.

Thu May 12, 2005 10:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Autoglym Tar & Glue Remover...

Replies: 19

Views: 2345

Autoglym Tar & Glue Remover...

Just like to say thanks to all who responded to my original post regarding the removal of residue glue. Purchased a small container of Autoglym Tar Remover from my local motorists DIY store following the advice given in the post. I have to say it's the absolute dog's whatsits. Tried it out in front ...

Wed May 11, 2005 5:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Doctors Surgery "in/out" Boards

Replies: 3

Views: 710

I made one once out of 3mm foamex, it wasn't easy and I probably wouldn't do it again, but it is still up on the doctor's door and they still use it 5 years on so it can't have been that bad!

Tue May 10, 2005 12:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Poor customer service!!

Replies: 10

Views: 1511

Fortunately, mine is also not a huge amount. It is just very irritating in that it is the time it takes to sort these things out. Also I have to put a lot of emphasis on customer service as my location is fairly rural and any customers I get I have to make sure I hold onto them! It is a real bone of...

Tue May 10, 2005 11:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Poor customer service!!

Replies: 10

Views: 1511

Poor customer service!!

Has anybody else out there in Sign Land suffered at the hands of Victory Design? Trying to get a credit note out of those gimps is like getting blood out of the proverbial stone! I'd use Grafityp if I could be convinced they are any better... anyone care to vouch for them, or anyone else? Cheers in ...

Thu May 05, 2005 3:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cleaning old residue glue

Replies: 26

Views: 1630

Thanx folks I'll try 'em all! Actually, I also inherited this stuff from a shop fitting mate of mine - it's made by Wurth (Netherlands) has no English on the tin but it translates to 'Industrial Clean' and is in an aerosal. When sprayed it smells 'orangy' so it might be the same as the 3m stuff?

Thu May 05, 2005 10:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cleaning old residue glue

Replies: 26

Views: 1630

Thanks for that. By tar remover do you mean something like jizer?

Thu May 05, 2005 10:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cleaning old residue glue

Replies: 26

Views: 1630

Cleaning old residue glue

Hi and thanks in advance. Anybody got any tips of the best way/product for cleaning old glue residue left on vehicles after removing vinyl? Have used petrol in the past Ok but don't like storing it, also had some expensive chemical that was rubbish can't remember the name. Cheers

Thu May 05, 2005 10:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laser level opinions please?

Replies: 20

Views: 2661

jag leveller thingy

Also been interested for a while in these things. Would be interested if a good price could be negotiated?

Wed May 04, 2005 3:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bump Top GRP Signs Supplier?

Replies: 6

Views: 951

bump top signs

Signmaster are really top people - very helpful.

Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:41 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: how do i import eps & AI files into SignLab please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1955

Thanks for that advice, I'll try renaming them first. The client says that he converts them to paths, and that Illustrator 9 is supposedly cross platform ie Mac to PC, though I might ask him to send me files in v7 or below. Really appreciate your offer Henry, if the above does not work I will gladly...

Thu Feb 26, 2004 3:33 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: how do i import eps & AI files into SignLab please?

Replies: 7

Views: 1955

how do i import eps & AI files into SignLab please?

Hello Everyone, This may well have been covered in the past so apologies in advance as I don't visit that often. However, I have a Graphic Designer client who works currently with Adobe Illustator v.9 on a Mac, whereas I use SignLab on a PC. Anyway, I'm having a devil of a job importing .eps and AI ...

Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:57 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Problem using Windows XP?

Replies: 8

Views: 2138

Problem using windows XP

Thanks again Mort, managed to download from the site you suggested, though the instructions of what to do next are not very clear? The file is sitting on my PC's desktop at present, not sure if I drag and drop it into my printers folder or what! Tried to run the printer wizard in XP but I don't thin...

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:49 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Problem using Windows XP?

Replies: 8

Views: 2138

Prblem using windows xp?

Thanks Mort. Simple question - where can I get these updated drivers from for my Roland machine on XP? I just used the drivers for my machine which come with SignLab? Maybe they are out of date? Thanks in advance. Spooky.

Wed Nov 05, 2003 11:18 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Problem using Windows XP?

Replies: 8

Views: 2138

Problem using Windows XP?

New poster on this board so hello to you all! I have recently had to upgrade my PC and it came with XP fitted and running. Have managed to load all software including SignLab and all seems fine, apart from a slightly annoying occurance when operating my Roland cutter. In a nutshell, the cutter/softw...

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