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Thu May 09, 2019 9:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign making in different countries

Replies: 10

Views: 644

Re: Sign making in different countries

I too have noticed that over the years while holidaying in Portugal, Spain and Majorca. Little or no stand out jobs you would stop to admire. Florida had some good stuff though. Dont know the reason to be honest

Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Replies: 21

Views: 1649

Re: Sign & Digital 2019 whose going?

Went last year and wasnt bowled over so gave it a miss this year. Not sure how relevant these shows are anymore. If youre serious about buying equipment, its all available on the net anyway, videos and reviews. Many longer established outfits like ourselves probably have all the equipment we need an...

Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Well after TEN weeks of chasing by phone and email, After "Holidays" Funerals x 2" and other excuses i threatened court. Amazed but they have paid me back. Im happy with the result but my god why not just pay it back straight away and not give yourselves such a bad name. Did you get ...

Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Its one of the down sides of the internet, chancers can appear as reputable on their websites. Thankfully there are forums like these where others can be warned.

Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Interesting graphics on Ford M-Sport van.

Replies: 8

Views: 1216

Re: Interesting graphics on van.

Martyn Heath wrote:Hi guys. Found this van and was curious as to how the graphics were done.
I'm assuming all freehand with wrap cut? surely not precut what do you think


Freehand using cutting tape Id say. Nice job

Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:40 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

update So theyve arrived. ordered PDF 1 4 off PDF 2 10 off PDF3 10 off Got PDF 1 10 off PDF 2 4 off PDF 3 10 off So although i have 24 panels not the right quanities. Thought id use the 4 that have come to start the job. ordered 297mm x 420mm items arrived 590mm x 420mm so not correct size. Looks l...

Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Jean Oakley wrote:Yep rung almost every week and been told loads of stories. They have promised (again) that I’ll get it Monday but I’m not holding my breath

A guy called Mac by any chance

Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Have you paid in advance by any chance

Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Just my luck to have found those twats. Still learning after 35 years

Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Andy Thorne wrote:Hi Kevin, yes we do supply letters to the trade but I believe forum rules prevent me from saying who we are as it's advertising. (sorry)

Rob says it’s ok so can you pm or email for future reference Andy ?

Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:32 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Bugger ive just ordered a couple of hundred pounds worth of panels from these people. That was a week ago and ive not yet recieved my order. Should i be worried? You might be ok if you get original order right but in my experience, forget it if you have to get a problem sorted. Horrible people to d...

Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Cant find an address for them but heres the website I contacted them from.
Are they the same? http://www.smart-group.co.uk

Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Re: Trade supplioers and the downside

Hi Any. They were an outfit called the smart group..don’t know if you ever heard of them. Incidentally, for future orders, do you supply that type of lettering to the trade?

Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Replies: 32

Views: 3143

Trade suppliers, the downside of buying from them!

Through the years Ive avoided trade suppliers like the plague, preferring to do most of our work in house. However got a nice job recently, with potential for a nice profit, set of brushed aluminium letters with 15mm return for a church building. Anyway to cut a long story short, paid in advance, re...

Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Vertical Board cutters, advice needed please?

Replies: 24

Views: 5314

Re: Vertical Board cutters, advice needed please?

Bought the 2.5m keencut steeltrak at sign uk this year. One of our best ever purchases at under 3k. Cut and v groove loads of composite and our female staff cut tons of correx boards daily, no bother. It rarely sits idle for more than an hour

Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:46 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Vehicle outlines - alternative to Impact?

Replies: 5

Views: 788

Re: Vehicle outlines - alternative to Impact?

Its funny but over the years Ive always used photos of clients vans to superimpose graphics on. Looks better and customers prefer it to the vector type finish with any vehicle outline library

Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:53 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Van shelving alternatives

Replies: 4

Views: 989

Re: Van shelving alternatives

Popped into the transport show that was in the nec same day as sign uk specifically to check out shelving options but had little time so only saw a couple. Impressive modular systems but a lot more than I’m willing to spend. What have you guys done, built your own, got kits or some of these modular...

Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:59 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Van shelving alternatives

Replies: 4

Views: 989

Van shelving alternatives

Popped into the transport show that was in the nec same day as sign uk specifically to check out shelving options but had little time so only saw a couple. Impressive modular systems but a lot more than I’m willing to spend. What have you guys done, built your own, got kits or some of these modular ...

Sun May 06, 2018 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: LED letters mounted onto stone, advice please?

Replies: 3

Views: 989

Re: LED letters mounted onto stone, advice please?

Sign will consist of four letters mounted between two windows on second floor of a building. Exterior is an old stone wall so only want to feed one cable through wall. Considering fixing letters to lengths of grey channel and hiding cables in the channel. Stone is rough and high enough that channel ...

Sat May 05, 2018 7:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: LED letters mounted onto stone, advice please?

Replies: 3

Views: 989

LED letters mounted onto stone, advice please?

Have a set of Back-lit PVC letters to mount on a stone shopfront. Want best method for disguising wire connecting each letter. Any tips ?

Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:15 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Works gone crazy- how do you manage your time

Replies: 7

Views: 1387

Re: Works gone crazy- how do you manage your time

Sounds very like us a couple of years back. Upgraded our printer to one we could trust to print through the night unattended and the big one was installing a flatbed applicator. We’ve also a small crew but have more than doubled our production capabilities. Also sub out any time consuming installati...

Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Big shout out for Mounters Mate

Replies: 6

Views: 1332

Big shout out for Mounters Mate

Morning all. This thread is good timing for me. Shortly need to replace my roll to roll laminator. Gonna have a look at sign uk but that mounters mate looks The business. My main question is as follows. We would generally laminate two 50m rolls per day. Can the mounters mate do this comfortably unat...

Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Replies: 38

Views: 3872

Re: Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

Ill be attending on the Thursday for about four hours. Couple of items to buy

Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Small Bad Debt - Worth the Hassle

Replies: 34

Views: 8054

Re: Small Bad Debt - Worth the Hassle

Fitted a 24ft x 4ft dibond panel some years back on a warehouse in three panels. Didn’t get paid despite several attempts so arrived at warehouse on a Saturday evening when I knew client wouldn’t be around and removed the middle panel. He called to me on the Monday and had the brass neck to hurl abu...

Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone else want to kick me this week?

Replies: 13

Views: 2891

Re: Anyone else want to kick me this week?

Just going to have to let off a bit of steam. Every customer im dealing with at the monment are doing my head in. Doing lovely artwork that they are so happy and excited about only for them to contact me saying another company has quoted £150.00 less for the job and would i like to lower my price? ...

Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Small Bad Debt - Worth the Hassle

Replies: 34

Views: 8054

Re: Small Bad Debt - Worth the Hassle

I put Great faith in texting such clowns. Text him day and night, multiple times per day. He may get fed up with his phone constantly buzzing and eventually pay. Even if he doesn’t, you’ve the satisfaction of knowing you’re probably driving him mad

Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Help loosing my Motivation

Replies: 22

Views: 3740

Re: Help loosing my Motivation

I find how you spend your time away from the workshop during your time off can be a great motivator. This year, I’ll have had two holidays abroad and a long weekend away with my family. Spaced out roughly every three months it gives me a great opportunity to recharge the batteries. I also don’t do r...

Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:58 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What Vehicles do you use?

Replies: 24

Views: 5361

Re: What Vehicles do you use?

Renault master lwb here. Can fit our 13fr steps in back with no need for roof rack. Also use it for my private driving, extremely comfortable

Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How to approach this type of enquiry?

Replies: 9

Views: 2581

Re: How to approach this type of enquiry?

I always try to determine a ball park figure for their budget first. Regularly get customers
Looking for van wraps when that's either not what they want at all or they have no idea what a wrap will cost. No point wasting time on artworks if the customer hasn't the cash

Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:48 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Replies: 5

Views: 2343

Re: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Time is the problem Ewan. I'm unlikely to get one that quick. Need it for a job in morn

Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:58 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Replies: 5

Views: 2343

Re: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Problem Martin is I have my illustrator on my MacBook which doesn't have a suitable port to plug the old serial cable from the plotter in

Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing rail for sign boards

Replies: 5

Views: 1718

Re: Fixing rail for sign boards

We get that from sign and digital over here. They have a uk office but there will be many other suppliers I'm sure. We use 3m cab tape to fix it and maybe a couple of discreetly placed screws for large panels also for extra security

Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:11 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

Replies: 5

Views: 2343

Reinstall of flexi 7.5 on old pc

I use flexi purely for plotting illustrator files on a gerber fastrack plotter. Old pc has crashed and will need to reinstall flexi this week. Will be a delay of a couple of days as I wait for scanvec to supply me with user name and password which I mislaid years ago. In meantime, is there a free pi...

Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:05 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vehicle graphics - Straight or not?

Replies: 14

Views: 4216

Re: Vehicle graphics - Straight or not?

I use two magnets and a piece of string, Run a plumb line the length of the van, levelling it till Im happy.
Fit all graphics level with plumb line. Its never let me down, hope Ive explained it properly

Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Looking for Printer advice and views please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2889

Re: Printer advice

Must agree with Denise. If you have enough work to keep a printer going, I'd be looking at the new option

Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:11 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Looking for Printer advice and views please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2889

Re: Printer advice

Assuming both machines are similar price, the three month warranty would be a major factor for me. Id also make sure what items are covered in the warranty in writing. Heads are the most expensive part and would need to be included in my opinion

Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Looking for Printer advice and views please?

Replies: 10

Views: 2889

Re: Printer advice

A couple of years back when upgrading from our old seiko, I had the opportunity of a couple of second hand machines. After much soul searching, I decided to gp an extra 5k for a new Roland rf640. Great decision.Zero problems. From past experience, and kind of repairs can be ridiculously expensive an...

Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:45 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Bevelled acrylic letters with stand offs

Replies: 5

Views: 1854

Re: Bevelled acrylic letters with stand offs

Weve done a lot of this type of work on our cnc for many years. Only requirement is the right software and its dead easy

Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Saturday work, good or bad idea?

Replies: 8

Views: 2011

Saturday work, good or bad idea?

Im at this game for more years than I care to remember. In the early days, I worked Saturdays as a way of catching up with slow jobs as production methods werent what they are today. Every year I swore I wasnt working Saturdays anymore as I watched on in envy at civil servants etc having their nice ...

Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:21 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: When a hardware supplier becomes a printer...Is it fair?

Replies: 26

Views: 5900

Re: When a hardware supplier becomes a printer...Is it fair?

We have same thing here but said company have lost a lot of material sales from me over the years for their greed

Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:01 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: 3 month old contravision - jetwashed?

Replies: 10

Views: 3342

Re: 3 month old contravision - jetwashed?

I always laminate contravision. Learned the hard way. If customer doesnt want to stump up the extra, they can go elsewhere

Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Computer masters, question for you!?

Replies: 14

Views: 3655

Re: Computer masters, question for you!?

As I use adobe cloud, the files I need are always available. Can check them on my phone when out of office as always have a visual of all my work there too. Can be invaluable

Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:53 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign & Digital UK 2017... whose going?

Replies: 59

Views: 18857

Re: Sign & Digital UK 2017... whose going?

Not going to make it unfortunately but curious to hear views of others who've attended

Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:11 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Signs, Before and After.

Replies: 19

Views: 5009

Re: Signs, Before and After.

Doesnt bother me seeing crap work, in fact I prefer it. Ultimately means more customers will come to reputable sign people based on the quality of our work rather than price. Its the only kind I'm interested in anymore

Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:43 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Replies: 12

Views: 3767

Re: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

I've steeled on that one Phil in the 2.5m version. Would have ordered at sign uk but not travelling now due to the unfortunate events at Westminster. Wife not happy to fly to uk at moment.

Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:55 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Replies: 12

Views: 3767

Re: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Thanks Dan. Had originally looked at these but as 90% of our cutting is correx, it's overkill for what we need and a big price difference too

Re: Dan Osterbery: "my Mounters Mate is an excellent addition to the family" +VIDEO

We bought a lamidesk a year back and its made life so simple. We preferred it to competing models to to its automatic foot operation. No problem finishing an 8 x 4 in three minutes

Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:58 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Advice needed on artwork designing

Replies: 12

Views: 3497

Re: Advice needed on artwork designing

Adobe suite user here too. Great value for the small monthly outlay. If I were you, I'd outsource until You get to the point where you have too much printing work to make it viable anymore and you won't have to worry about monthly equipment repayments putting pressure on you. Very easy to get sold o...

Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When you want to strangle the competition

Replies: 19

Views: 4825

Re: When you want to strangle the competition

Unfortunately the ones who most need to heed that advice will choose to ignore it and carry on with their daft business practices

Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: When you want to strangle the competition

Replies: 19

Views: 4825

Re: When you want to strangle the competition

Loballers have always been around. Many signmakers arent good business people and explains the daft prices. In my years at this game, Ive probably seen thirty sign businesses come and go, mainly for similar reasons. Crap prices, eventually cant pay for machinery, rent, taxes etc and they move on. Us...

Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dumping awkward customers and the subsequent harmony

Replies: 8

Views: 2521

Re: Dumping awkward customers and the subsequent harmony

Simon Worrall wrote:Perhaps these awkward customers can be handed off to the cheapo competition currently being discussed in another thread, thus killing two birds with one stone!

Oh if only it was that simple Simon

Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:44 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Dumping awkward customers and the subsequent harmony

Replies: 8

Views: 2521

Dumping awkward customers and the subsequent harmony

After over three decades in the business, I found myself, a couple of years back, being increasingly by a handful of regularish customers.They were either slow payers, arrogant rude or in a couple of cases, all of the above. Took a while to get their accounts paid up and then subsequently dump them ...

Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:04 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Replies: 12

Views: 3767

Re: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Thanks Philip. Roughly how much is that unit? Its the 2.5 one I need. Think they were doing really good specials on those last year at sign UK but I wont make it this year unfortunately

Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Vs. Second Hand Equipment

Replies: 11

Views: 2949

Re: New Vs. Second Hand Equipment

Laminator is equally as important as the printer and they cost a fraction of the money. Once again I'd recommend new

Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:15 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Replies: 12

Views: 3767

Wall Mounted Cutters 2.5 metre

Looking at buying a wall mounted cutter in next two months. Local supplier does the Apollo make. Ill be using it 90% corribord cutting, the rest being composite and 5 or 10mm pvc. Anyone got any experience of these or other suggestions?

Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Vs. Second Hand Equipment

Replies: 11

Views: 2949

Re: New Vs. Second Hand Equipment

If you can, new is only way to go. With a printer for example, there's no way of knowing how well a machine was looked after. I bought a second hand cnc about fifteen years ago. Didn't cost huge money but I got maximum three gears out of it before having to bin it. Bought a new acts at that point an...

Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:15 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Just great -Wrong size vehicle...

Replies: 9

Views: 2913

Re: Just great -Wrong size vehicle...

Oneof the reasons I only work from photos and not vehicle outline stuff

Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Rollsroller 540/220 installed

Replies: 7

Views: 1953

Re: New Rollsroller 540/220 installed

We bought a lamidesk some months back. Opted for it because of the fully automated foot pedal operation. Love it. Saves hours off our working week. Will pay for itself in first year easily

Tue May 10, 2016 2:12 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Useful sign related plugins for illustrator

Replies: 6

Views: 2064

Re: Useful sign related plugins for illustrator

Shinycore had a terrific plug in for Illustrator called pathstyler pro.Great for bevelled text. Unfortunately they only developed it up to cs4. They still sell the thing but it wont work with cc version and they dont reply to emails anymore

Sun May 08, 2016 9:45 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Useful sign related plugins for illustrator

Replies: 6

Views: 2064

Useful sign related plugins for illustrator

was browsing through the cc library of plugins for illustrator and there are many dozen pages. Most not useful for our industry.Got me thinking, have any of you guys got suggestions on useful plugins that enhance or make or job easier

Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2016 - Who's going?

Replies: 66

Views: 8359

Re: Sign UK 2016 - Who's going?

Just back. Almost missed flight this morning. Missed last couple of ones, is show getting smaller. Adobe workshops were great

Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Flatbed Laminator - Need to buy one - Supplier & Advice

Replies: 10

Views: 2988

Re: Flatbed Laminator - Need to buy one - Supplier & Advice

Have just ordered a lamidesk so will be able to give my opinions in a few weeks

Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who's going to Sign & Digital UK? Where to stay?

Replies: 87

Views: 14181

Re: Who's going to Sign & Digital UK? Where to stay

Might make the trip over after missing a few years. New Roland printer being installed in next two weeks so curious to see what new avenues that might lead to

Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:26 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Versa Express RF 640 - some feedback please?

Replies: 0

Views: 1361

Roland Versa Express RF 640 - some feedback please?

Have just ordered one of the above machines. Understand they are relatively new but would appreciate feedback from those of you using one

Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: More of a business question than a sign question

Replies: 5

Views: 1958

Even with the short turnaround times Boyd, could you sub some of the work. Surely there is someone with a large flatbed printer maybe that can get some stuff out quickly for you. I also would worry about all eggs in one basket. My client base over the years is made up from hundreds of clients which ...

Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Do you stick your company name on jobs?

Replies: 19

Views: 4303

We always do. The garages that sell the vans do as do the body builders or spray painters that have worked on them. If customer doesn't like it he can always remove it later

Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Recycling roll up banners??

Replies: 9

Views: 3379

I never replace. We buy those units for about 14 euros. Whenever asked I explain 90%of the cost is the printed section. A bit like reusing cortex, not worth the hassle

Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: I love my Customer When...

Replies: 39

Views: 8790

Love mine, majority years in business, , never haggle, almost all pay by cheques as soon as job is finished and never bounce. Lot to be said for being a lifetime in this business

Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:22 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: When England win, you win!

Replies: 2

Views: 894

Print max know what they're doing. Not a cats chance in hell of England winning world cup

Fri May 23, 2014 10:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Out gassing advice

Replies: 8

Views: 1653

I've always used a take up roll. I'd normally allow 24 hours before laminating but with daft deadlines I have regularly printed, laminated and mounted same day. Have had no problems over the years. I suppose it depends on inks used, vinyls and heat ventilation in printing area

Thu May 08, 2014 7:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Over Laminating

Replies: 12

Views: 3090

Can I as ask the question, why would you not laminate? I can't think of any situation except cheap election stuff, only required for a few weeks, where it would make any sense

Tue May 06, 2014 10:04 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Over Laminating

Replies: 12

Views: 3090

Always always laminate

Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What's the best bit of kit do you have?

Replies: 15

Views: 2500

My squeegee

Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:58 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van done by hand

Replies: 8

Views: 3340

Yes and no. I can paint a vehicle far more quickly (for me anyway but I'm fast) than I can p!ssing around with vinyl. You can make a lot of $$ doing specialty vehicle lettering and pinstriping by hand. Unfortunately what was once a good market for me is now saturated by hacks. agreed Jill, but a pa...

Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:30 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Van done by hand

Replies: 8

Views: 3340

Hand lettering is a difficult art to master. Many years now since I've used that method. Given prices companies charge for vinyl lettering vans and the ease of removal when trading in, I don't believe there is a market anymore for hand lettering. Even after years of practice, it's still painfully sl...

Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed on Signage Boards?

Replies: 5

Views: 1390

Dibond also for me. Minimal site work required. Probably half hours fitting. For me, the more of the job I can complete in the workshop and less on site the better

Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:19 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: £4000 Gold Ferarri Vehicle Wrap for Kick Boxing Champ

Replies: 13

Views: 5869

One of many reasons I've never bothered with the full wrap stuff. Too many poor jobs out there being done at stupid prices. Twelve months later, there rubbish. Far too much work in the sign industry to be had to get involved in the wrapping rat race

Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:54 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Carvagio sign blanks

Replies: 2

Views: 1905

Carvagio sign blanks

I bought some of the Carvagio sign blanks many years ago from Magco plastics in Dublin. They no longer stock them. Wondering has anyone come across a supplier?

Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Gold leaf effect vinyl

Replies: 3

Views: 1292

Apparently there is a product called Avery double gold which seems to be the only one
Gold on both sides. Have any of you used this or have 5 metres available.
So far can only find a us supplier selling a roll at 200 dollars. I'll probably never use this again so just want to buy enough for this job

Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:07 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Gold leaf effect vinyl

Replies: 3

Views: 1292

Gold leaf effect vinyl

Trying to source a gold leaf effect vinyl. As it's for a glass facia sign were working on, the gold effect needs to be on adhesive side and be a long lasting vinyl also.
Supplier in Ireland preferable but UK would do if transport costs are not ridiculous

Mon May 13, 2013 7:32 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Errors plotting to Gerber GS15 plus

Replies: 7

Views: 2501

kevingaffney

Thanks lads. Will attack it with the oil in morning.progress report to follow

Mon May 13, 2013 10:50 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Errors plotting to Gerber GS15 plus

Replies: 7

Views: 2501

Thanks Chris. Yes, the first few lines and curves are fine then the lunacy. I wonder if anyone has a similar setup and could check port settings.

Mon May 13, 2013 9:35 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Errors plotting to Gerber GS15 plus

Replies: 7

Views: 2501

Errors plotting to Gerber GS15 plus

I only occasionally use my gerber edge setup. Switched from using the advantage software to flexi 7.0 because of a bug in my advantage software. However using flexi, when contour cutting to Gerber GS15 plus, it cuts erratically. Sometimes completes half a metre then cuts in odd places. Other times a...

Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:52 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: What machine did you start out with?

Replies: 25

Views: 10285

I started out with an epidioscope projector and a set of brushes. Doubt if that piece of information will interest too many today Yes but is that completely true Kevin or did you start out with some brushes & a couple of pots of paint & the projector came along a bit latter once you had ear...

Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:01 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: What machine did you start out with?

Replies: 25

Views: 10285

I started out with an epidioscope projector and a set of brushes. Doubt if that piece of information will interest too many today

Fri May 25, 2012 12:21 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Do you post-heat vinyl wraps on vehicles?

Replies: 12

Views: 4705

Before enrolling for a course, there are many instructional videos on youtube which would give you a basic knowledge before attending any courses. There is certainly tons more to wrapping than what you'll pick up on a forum

Thu May 17, 2012 9:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Contra-vision opinions

Replies: 16

Views: 6194

I've had same experience with contra not lasting on vehicles beyond nine months. The laminated stuff is so expensive, I doubt if many customers would want to pay the cost. It's the only type of work I now steer well clear of unless my back is absolutely to the wall

Thu May 17, 2012 9:45 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Is anyone using Illustrator CS6?

Replies: 40

Views: 12835

Haven't upgraded yet, but I'm torn between the subscription service or the normal method. When I do, it'll be more due to the fact files sent to us will be increasingly prepared in cs6 so I ll feel sort of compelled to upgrade. The present suite is so powerful, it's difficult to imagine many new fea...

Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:27 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Ipad2 64gb or 'other' tablet??

Replies: 13

Views: 4979

iPad 1 user here but only for another two weeks until the release of the 3. I think using iPads or Android tablets is down to personal taste. There will always be advantages with one over the other. I go with all mac stuff but only in last 3 years. My reason, I like the more secure apple software wh...

Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Thomson : Acrylic iPad stand

Replies: 23

Views: 6327

Can I have one here too please. Great job

Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A frustrating job that i am doing just now...

Replies: 10

Views: 1633

How about suggesting a logo to cover area that has www on it. That would balance out sign. If they haven't already got one, you could cut from a waste piece of dibond or foamex and fix over the area you need to cover. Im sure customer would be happier to pay for an "extra" rather than whol...

Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where do I stand with this one?

Replies: 28

Views: 4053

kevingaffney

They are in the wrong legally. They've used your work and haven't paid for it. We once had a customer like that refuse to pay due to the design which he approved. We gave the client the option to return the sign and call it quits. He refused citing he'd already installed it but wasn't happy with it...

Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where do I stand with this one?

Replies: 28

Views: 4053

Whereas it is a lesson learned, I would have one last try at getting a part payment. Even though your company is no longer trading, they may give you a cheque in your own name as i'm sure they wouldn't have the original invoice. Failing that, I would surely strip the vans just for the satisfaction o...

Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed urgent please.

Replies: 5

Views: 1123

I use all Adobe now, Illustrator and Photoshop. Prior to switching it was flexi. Still use flexi on the large format. It is the least painful way of making the pc to mac switch. If you need to move old files to the mac, you can always save them in illustrator format and import as you need each one

Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed urgent please.

Replies: 5

Views: 1123

Went similar route a couple of years back. You may find simplest solution could be to continue using the pc to run your plotter and use the mac for allotter work. I have old pcs runing plotter, router, edge and my wide format. One program only on each specific to each machine. All design work done o...

Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:05 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Letter to prompt debtor to pay up????

Replies: 5

Views: 1458

I find you need to be careful with this type of letter. On the odd occasion it may work but as often as not will get a clients back up. Personally I prefer to make endless phone calls, send endless emails and texts to the point of becoming a real pain. Will often send a succession of texts, maybe ev...

Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:32 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Signapp - The UK's first smart phone Sign Application

Replies: 48

Views: 32523

Sorry sweat heart, i really do need to think before i type! :lol1: What phone are you running Kev? once i get these couple of alterations done it might be a good idea as you suggest. Sweetheart much better. Anyway i have an iphone4 and ipad so can test on both if you like Rob You may be aware of it...

Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:06 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Signapp - The UK's first smart phone Sign Application

Replies: 48

Views: 32523

Do you need any beta testers Rob. Ive done a couple in the past. And less of the darling please

Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:53 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Signapp - The UK's first smart phone Sign Application

Replies: 48

Views: 32523

Well Rob, are we getting closer?

Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Which is the best heat gun.

Replies: 11

Views: 4972

Bought two of those Evolution ones recently. One was knackered straight out of the box. The other lasted about an hour. Rubbish. Just got one from Wurth which we're trying at the moment. Not cheaply made in China which is why I suspect the usual brand name ones are breaking so frequently nowadays I...

Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: To Laminate or not to laminate???

Replies: 14

Views: 3050

We always laminate regardless how long a job will be in situ

Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:26 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Signapp - The UK's first smart phone Sign Application

Replies: 48

Views: 32523

Great Rob. Will it be universal for iPad as iPhone only apps can look poor running on iPad. Makes me think how far technology has progressed in past four years

Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:25 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Just loaded my own wrapping video!

Replies: 21

Views: 8001

Terrific work. Approximately how much did the material cost for that job?

Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:38 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Website Copyright Infringment

Replies: 21

Views: 4518

I don't understand why the webmaster is getting the blame. If someone designed a site for me using a competitors photos, I would spot it instantly and pull the site until the site was properly. That other sign company is 100% wrong and I would follow them. Despicable business practices on their part...

Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hmm, problem customer, what would you do?

Replies: 98

Views: 21091

I would make a point of calling in to her shop every time I'd pass by. Only takes a couple of minutes but surprising if the client sees how serious you are, they usually pay up in my experience. Usually best to start off with a nice approach on initial visits I find

Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Website Copyright Infringment

Replies: 21

Views: 4518

Reminds me a little of some of these franchise operations that have a website showing images of work done, none of which may have been done by the local franchisee but by someone likely to be in a different country with a lot more experience in the area. Talk about misleading advertising. Personally...

Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:29 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9125

The only reason people run windows on a mac is if there is not a mac version of their software on the market eg Coreldraw, Quickbooks. The advantage to the platform is that all operating systems will run on it if required with no loss in performance. Also, its worth comparing the quality of software...

Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:10 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9125

You may have had a bad experience with a mac Andrew?

Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:34 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: New computer needed - Mac or PC?

Replies: 29

Views: 9125

Another point often forgotten, macs have a great resale value. Easy to check out, have a look on ebay. PC's on the other hand, have little or no resale value

Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:12 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Options where to pick up good secondhand camera

Replies: 2

Views: 962

Options where to pick up good secondhand camera

Have spent some weeks tracking nikon d60 type cameras on eBay. Bit of a lottery and prices soar on last days of auction naturally. Looking for reliable online shop some of you may have dealt with in the past where I would have a comenback if anything wrong. Don't want to spend the cash on new gear a...

Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Applying vinyl to windows - What do you use?

Replies: 8

Views: 1730

One of the simplest jobs. Only tools needed felt tipped squeegee, blade and roll of one inch tape for hinging. Saw some sort of a roller contraption at sign uk at a laughable price. Was a couple of hundred quid I think and probably cost a fiver to make

Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help implementing a better proofing process please?

Replies: 17

Views: 2530

The problem I have found down the years David is that even if a client has signed a proof with a misspelling or wrong number, I will still try to remedy at no additional cost. There is no point in getting paid a second time and losing a customer for life maybe. Even though it may be their fault, the...

Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:59 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Does anyone install windows on Apple mac to run VersaWorks?

Replies: 24

Views: 9106

Alan Drury wrote:I think Robert says it all. Buy a MAC if you want one but don't kid your self that you NEED one.
Alan D

I agree there Alan. There are lots of situations that a cheaper pc will do fine. I use some pcs and some macs. Where only a couple of apps are running at a time, the cheaper machine is spot on

Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:17 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Does anyone install windows on Apple mac to run VersaWorks?

Replies: 24

Views: 9106

Alan Drury wrote:Did I read that right: £57.00 for a mouse, those MACS are such great value.:)
Alan D

They are a quality product as is all Mac stuff but then the people that use it know that already

Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:19 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Does anyone install windows on Apple mac to run VersaWorks?

Replies: 24

Views: 9106

Think they just figured out a better way of doing it Robert. You should probably treat yourself to a new mouse after five years lol

Fri Jun 10, 2011 5:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Printing Rollups - No Lamination

Replies: 11

Views: 1851

Same as Robert, we never laminate. Rollups are relatively cheap here and wouldn't justify laminating. Never had a problem either. Only tip, I always give them a strong 24 hours to fully cure, less chance of damage when fitting into device

Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:33 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Does anyone install windows on Apple mac to run VersaWorks?

Replies: 24

Views: 9106

I wondered about that too. I've been right clicking on a mac for the past eighteen months. Maybe some of the other posters are doing something wrong?

Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:34 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Does anyone install windows on Apple mac to run VersaWorks?

Replies: 24

Views: 9106

I can only vouch for the parallels part. Latest version is excellent. I use it mainly to run quickbooks accounts program. Great to have the best of both worlds. When people look at the supposed extra cost of a mac, they tend to overlook the great bundled software included rather than a bundle of 30 ...

Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice needed o making Door Signs please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1142

We would usually use the vista sign range of stuff for this. Very professional looking and not at all expensive

Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:48 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

I have a hosting company where I had an old website hosted, it redirects now to the mobileme one. Ill keep an eye on this and I can always host my new one with them if need be. Would be a bit of a pain David, sort of handy to have everything the one place. Suppose this is the price of progress or wh...

Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:13 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

Hi Dave. They've already extended my mobilme until June 2012 at no cost. Received email this morning explaining everything will just transfer to the new service. I actually looks pretty good, take a photo and it appears on all devices. Wont see this lad moving

Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:17 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

Dave I'd have to say that site looks ok but is the opposite to what I believe a website should be. There's not an image to be seen so doesnt tell me anything about the whole idea really. Couldn't imagine that concept selling anything but maybe I'm wrong. Is there a reason there are no images[/quote...

Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:59 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

That's the point I was making Gavin. Whether we agree or disagee with the idea of some companies not supporting flash isn't relevant. Why bother including itnon a site at all, it's not necessary and limits the amount of devices a site will be visible on

Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:53 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

www.chleire-haven.com no advertising for signs so should be ok here :D Dave I'd have to say that site looks ok but is the opposite to what I believe a website should be. There's not an image to be seen so doesnt tell me anything about the whole idea really. Couldn't imagine that concept selling any...

Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:37 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

I know only the issue of outsourcing your web design to someone else. Had two sites "professionally" done in the past three years. Cost plenty and I was never more than probably 60% happy with either. The web designers I've dealt with listened to my ideas and then went off and mainly did t...

Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:50 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

I see your point Robert, but my point is why not write your website in a way that can be accessed on all devices rather than some. It's not going to cost the op anything more. I certainly don't want to open the mac PC can of worms cos everyone has their preferences there. Personally I spend more tim...

Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:58 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

Not sure Dave if it's a case of a big company challenging world wide standards. Flash is poorly coded, leading to computers running hot when on flash hungry sites. Batteries last about half as long and mobile devices that can use it, really struggle with terrible battery life. I think adobe need to ...

Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:57 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: advice on have creating a website plase?

Replies: 44

Views: 20671

My only worry there is you say everything is done in flash. Flash is rapidly becoming outdated as it won't run on any apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. In my opinion that's a big slice of market you'd miss out on. Did mine in iWeb, dead easy and runs on everything as there is no flash

Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:38 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: advice, veiws on my new van design please?

Replies: 21

Views: 10564

Problem I see with that designs is it's not obvious what you do. The graffix message is lost. Problem with us being in the sign game we have to produce something extra special

Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:43 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Pantone charts/CMYK etc

Replies: 14

Views: 3377

Lorraine, colourconfidence.com is the people I've dealt with for my Pantone bridge swatches and a spectrophotometer. If you're printing and you don't have these swatches, you'll get caught out eventually and it could cost you a lot more than the cost of the charts. Also make sure your profiles are p...

Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:27 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: New Irish supplier Needed

Replies: 12

Views: 2719

Print Solutions my choice for many many years. Another major advantage, if youre into digital printing, they have a great guy called Gery who does all their ink calibrations and can advise on suitable materials for each printing job. I find that service invaluable

Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:40 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: why do printers have a sepertate rip computer???

Replies: 4

Views: 2665

Mainly because ripping large files is so demanding on a computers resources, it's not practical to try running other processes as well as the rip. However, I run a plotter off the same PC as my printer with no issues

Thu May 26, 2011 11:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Had A break in at the unit

Replies: 12

Views: 2789

We use MobileMe. All my customers are sent an email with a final artwork so even in the event of losing files and backups, I could still track jobs from the email attachments I sen out

Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:27 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Pathstyler pro plugin

Replies: 1

Views: 1510

Pathstyler pro plugin

Downloaded pathstyler pro plugin for illustrator a couple of days ago.
Thought I'd make you guys aware of it if you already aren't. It's a thirty day free trial and the special effects are stunning.
Thought you might like to have a look

Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:28 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Mail Program is sending .sit files

Replies: 13

Views: 4134

Hard to see what he's doing there Harry. When I send files to anyone from my mac t's in pdf format. I just choose which type of file from illustrator and attach it. Can't see why he can't do that

Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:11 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: The new iPad, anyone buying one?

Replies: 33

Views: 12344

I think Shane, like with the iPhone, and we know what a success story that is, a lot will depend on the apps that will develop for the iPad. The way I see it, if a cut down version of illustrator and photoshop was available for it, the iPad could prove very useful as an on site design tool. You coul...

Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

Replies: 17

Views: 2189

That's the point I'm making Nigel. All customers are different and need to be dealt with in different ways. If you're doing work for a semi state body, a local council or health, do you look for a deposit? Answer is you can't in that case. It isn't always feasible to get a deposit and looking for on...

Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

Replies: 17

Views: 2189

This thing can work two ways though. Met a client yesterday who was looking for a load of dibond signs. Got the order, but during discussions, he revealed he didn't have a proper company logo despite being in business over twenty years. I offered to design him a new logo for free. He was hugely than...

Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:48 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

Replies: 17

Views: 2189

That's all very well insisting on a deposit, but unfortunately a lot of our competition out there re quite happy to provide free artworks to clients, so unfortunately we often have to take a chance and do the same.
It's a sad fact, but many clients put absolutely no value on our design time.

Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

Hi Craig. Nice to see someone eventually getting the point of my post. You can probably save yourself some time and legal expense by checking with your internet service providers. I think you'll find they all take a dim view of spamming and may block service if reported. However, I'll be curious to ...

Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

OK I started this topic so it's probably time to end it. Why do some people on this board feel comfortable with supporting marketing tactics that are clearly illegal. Do you draw the line at robbing fonts, designs. Clearly newcomers probably need educating re their marketing strategies. However I'm ...

Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:22 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: rip and print in flexisign

Replies: 14

Views: 7990

Now you know the situation Brian, if you buy a legitimate version, you shouldn't have any more problems and if you do Scanvec Amiable will be able to sort it

Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:54 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: rip and print in flexisign

Replies: 14

Views: 7990

Do you realize Brian, the rest of us wouldn't have to pay so much for our legit software if people didn't use cracked versions. How are legit sign companies supposed to compete price wise with those that effectively software

Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:27 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: rip and print in flexisign

Replies: 14

Views: 7990

You could try clearing preferences. If that doesn't work try reinstalling flexi as it may have become corrupt

Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:45 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: is it worth printing business cards on a versacamm?

Replies: 6

Views: 1607

With the trade prices we're quoted for printing business cards, it's not worth printing them yourself at all. Every Tom, (oh i swore !) and Harry is doing them for nearly nothing

Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:12 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Apple Air Book

Replies: 28

Views: 9801

Hi Cheryl. You can use software like parallels. This allows you to run windows alongside the mac operating system so you can install any pc software you like. The only downside is you then have to go down the route of anti virus software once you install windows. We use illustrator and it really is ...

Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:44 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: rip and print in flexisign

Replies: 14

Views: 7990

I've been printing using flexi rip for five years now version 7.6. It does throw up the odd error which you learn to work around. One problem I've found is a file greater than 150 mb will regularly stall during ripping. Remedy is to scale size back to less than that. Files with a transparency also s...

Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

Graeme. Good point, I will check that one later tonight. Thanks Dorian for the link. Rob, that's fair comment but my main complaint is how a large franchise can advocate illegal marketing strategies. I don't blame a new franchisee doing whatever is required to generate business but surely they shoul...

Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

They actually did with me. However I tried to unsubscribe but continued to receive it. How dumb anyway to send this to your competition with links to a website showing pictures of completed work in the UK, and not one job these local guys had done themselves. Talking about looking professional

Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

Ok Robert. Leaflet drops are NOT illegal.
Unsolicited spamming IS. There is a difference. It's ok for these Franchises to operate under one set of rules while the independent sigmaker is supposed to stay within the law. Unbelievable logic

Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

Interesting point Phill. Where do you draw the line with what is acceptable behaviour? It's clear where Signs Express do.

Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

Hi Craig I've checked with other business colleagues and they have also received unsolicited emails from Signs Express. Blanket emailing even with an unsubscribe button, is illegal and not even ethical. Perhaps, your members should be informed of this as it calls into question their business practices

Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

Sorry Phil
Unsolicited emailing or spamming is strictly against the law.
Doesn't say much for the professionalism of start up businesses being encouraged to do this to the point of being supplied with the necessary list and templates to carry this out

Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New signs express shop email policy

Replies: 44

Views: 5492

New signs express shop email policy

We have a new signs express shop in midlands in Ireland. They have persistently been spamming local businesses with unsolicited emails. I know this for a fact, because even my sign company has been sent several. Is that normal practice for Signs express franchises? Where do they get their mailing li...

Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:03 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Apple Air Book

Replies: 28

Views: 9801

Switched from years of pc use to a macbook pro 15" three months ago. Best business move I've made. Love the thing. Illustrator and Photoshop fly on it.
Nice addition to have my favourite music in the background on itunes without messing up performance on the machine

Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:48 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: icc profile

Replies: 4

Views: 730

My ink an vinyl supplier carried out calibrations for me. Unbelievable difference in quality and ink usage since. I never switch suppliers now even if I was offered free vinyl. Just not worth the hassle

Tue Apr 01, 2008 7:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: has anyone had failures with 3m 50 series vinyl?

Replies: 1

Views: 557

has anyone had failures with 3m 50 series vinyl?

Have just had a query from a fellow signmaker re 3m 50 series vinyl. He uses it extensively and has recently had issues with it failing on livery after only a few months. Personally I only use Avery so could'nt comment. Has anyone else had any issues

Wed Jan 23, 2008 2:36 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Flatbed printers - recommendations / advice?

Replies: 21

Views: 6930

We have been using one of the Graphtec machines shown by Rob for almost two and a half years now. Through much experimenting, I can say conclusively the most efficient way of working is to print to vinyl and mount to sheets using laminator. In the long run this proves much quicker and cost effective...

Tue May 09, 2006 12:02 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: is there other software like Flexi/SignLab support AXYZ?

Replies: 10

Views: 3151

I use flexi and export as .ai file into toolpath software. Mainly prismatic lettering and works perfect.

Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone Working Holiday Monday?

Replies: 28

Views: 1677

Working today but all gigital printing and cnc work. It'll be well worth it cos I'll be able to take a day at the end of the week for some golf. Times like these, I appreciate being self employed

Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:57 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: can anyone tell me why mimaki JV3 printing with banding?

Replies: 11

Views: 10197

Could also be a heat issue. We always let vinyl warm up in machine for at least an hour before printing with room heaters on. will print all day, no probs. Anything else and banding is guaranteed

Sun Apr 09, 2006 7:16 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do you set up a job?

Replies: 22

Views: 2075

I have several subdirectories for different types of work ie hanging signs, facia signs, vans etc. When a customer calls to look at samples, I call up relevant directory and show them a slide show of the particular type of work they wanted to see. When saving a file, I give it a full description lik...

Thu Apr 06, 2006 1:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: On line shop under construction

Replies: 1

Views: 302

On line shop under construction

I see Rob the online shop is under construction. I've wondered, have you any plans to distribute clip art cd's at any time through this section. There is some wonderful stuff available in The States like the Broadway clipart collection. There does'nt seem to be distributors for a lot of this stuff i...

Fri Mar 31, 2006 5:50 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Images for old hanging pub signs

Replies: 2

Views: 905

Thanks Hugh. Good idea only pub is 4½ hours drive away. I won't be fitting finished signs, they will be sent by courier.

Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Images for old hanging pub signs

Replies: 2

Views: 905

Images for old hanging pub signs

Has anyone come across a good cd of a collection of old paintings suitable for reproducing on hanging pub signs and murals. The type of thing I'm looking for is a group of people eating or drinking in a restaurant or pub surrounding. Of course they would also need to be royalty free

Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:25 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: is there a major difference between flexi & other progra

Replies: 7

Views: 3643

If you got to Scanvec Amiable website they sell training videoa I think for Flexi. If you have the time it would be worth your while brushing up on one of these. Its pretty easy to grasp anyway, I also use 7.5

Fri Sep 09, 2005 12:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Wm Smith & Rolls Roller Flatbed Laminator

Replies: 2

Views: 768

Any idea of a rough cost of one of these things. Looks an expensive piece of kit

Sun Sep 04, 2005 11:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: MY LAST DAY IN THE TRADE

Replies: 27

Views: 3109

This is really frustrating to see people with 20 years experience in the trade and tons of ability having to move on to work in other areas. While the computer has been a fantastic tool for most of us, unfortunately it has allowed people with little ability or experience to jump into the sign game. ...

Mon Aug 29, 2005 11:31 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics - Agribuild

Replies: 22

Views: 4270

I've used a simple solution for getting at high areas on front of van. This only works where you have a roller door. I allow door down to a level a little above the height of the van. I then place aluminium ladder against door at roughly same angle as front of van. I then drive in van to within abou...

Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:16 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: anyone seen any CNC Routers that have caught their eye?

Replies: 26

Views: 14550

As mentioned, nearly all my work is 3d. Use Flexi for design. Toolpath studio is 3d software supplied with machine. It imports files saved in illustrator format with no probs. However the package is a almost identical to Signlab, with all the design features. Someone using Corel would easily adapt t...

Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:00 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: anyone seen any CNC Routers that have caught their eye?

Replies: 26

Views: 14550

I agree wholeheartedly. Have a Milenium 2 years now. Use for nearly all prismatic lettering. Totally hassle free. AXYZ are an excellent company to deal with. Cannot recommend them highly enough.

Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Football Pitch Advertising Signs

Replies: 19

Views: 5095

Have done lots of these over the years. 3mm dibond is the job and if it has to be replaced we always use new dibond. Will not entertain the idea of stripping down panels. We usually charge the advertiser directly. That way they can claim back the vat. The sports people then charge the advertiser a y...

Sun Jun 12, 2005 8:09 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: "Chalkart" signage: sunny's restaurant

Replies: 14

Views: 1910

Picked up software myself at Sign UK. Excellent images that have the appearance of being handpainted. Well worth the money. Think there are some new libraries coming out from Knomad

Sun Jun 05, 2005 6:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: advice please how do i apply tint to windows?

Replies: 23

Views: 6005

I'm 21 years in this business and I stay a million miles away from window tinting. It's a different trade and certainly not worth the hassle. You could make fifty correx signs while tinting a car, lots less hassle and a lot more profit

Fri May 06, 2005 8:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: replace panels or use existing?

Replies: 9

Views: 904

Depends on what customer is willing to spend. If he does'nt mind paying for new perspex, then go that way. You'll save a lot of time on cleaning down the old stuff anyway

Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:07 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What backup does everyone use?

Replies: 15

Views: 4226

Very much full time. About 75% of our business is repetitive safety signage. Continually using same files to produce these. Often go a couple of weeks without having to produce a new flexi file

Thu Apr 21, 2005 12:37 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laser level opinions please?

Replies: 20

Views: 2665

A tip I use when getting a level on astras or vans like them is to run a narrow piece of masking along the side of the van. This I do by sight only. Sometimes takes three or four goes to get it right. Anyway the idea is all graphics can be lined up with this strip ensuring everything is running at t...

Wed Apr 20, 2005 2:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: bad payers

Replies: 27

Views: 2421

A couple of years back, I fitted a 24ft * 2 ft aluminium sign on a warehouse for a new customer. After a couple of months, lots of promises and no money, I headed to his premises, took down the middle panel and brought it back to my workshop. He then rang me, hurled lots of abuse at me. I explained ...

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK 2005

Replies: 259

Views: 27291

Found the show a little dissappointing this year. Beginnining to think a visit every second year is definately enough to keep up with new products. Did anyone wonder why so many machines were lying idle. Can't really see the point in going to the bother of exhibiting machines with reams of paper jus...

Wed Apr 06, 2005 10:36 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: What backup does everyone use?

Replies: 15

Views: 4226

What backup does everyone use?

Having used every form of backup down the years, from floppy, zip drives, cd writers, memory sticks, I eventually bought myself an 80gb external drive. There only about 100 euros now and I have to say well worth the money. Have about 40 mb of work accumulated over 11 years and also all fonts copied ...

Fri Apr 01, 2005 6:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Marketing strategy advice/ideas please

Replies: 7

Views: 1016

Tahnks for all the advice guys. I must admit I am now leaning towards the idea of employing a graphic designer, perhaps part time initially. I may then take on some of the marketing myself in terms of mail shots. As has been mentioned here, us sign guys know best who we want to sell to and what we w...

Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Marketing strategy advice/ideas please

Replies: 7

Views: 1016

Thamks Rodney.
How would you calculate salary, commissions etc for a rep. Are there companies that will look after the marketing on a commission basis

Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Marketing strategy advice/ideas please

Replies: 7

Views: 1016

Marketing strategy advice/ideas please

After 21 years in business, I'm planning a considerable expansion over next twelve months. Have just completed new buildings and awaiting delivery of flatbed printer in the next few weeks. My question is, should I outsource the marketing, or indeed can that be done or rely on mail shots which I have...

Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Greetings from Tipperary Town in Ireland!

Replies: 13

Views: 1534

Hi Eddie

We're based in Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath. Same as previous posts, hope uou're better than solas. Loads of companies here taking on agencies for printers etc. with no knowledge of service, stocking of parts. Buy all my gea4 from UK, can't go wrong. Last purchase from AXYZ routers, fabulous service. Con...

Sat Mar 26, 2005 1:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Engraving forum ?

Replies: 27

Views: 1891

Great idea. I use my cnc mainly for prismatic work but don't do nearly as much engraving as I would like. Definitely think some inspiration could be had from an engraving forum. Looking forward to it

Wed Mar 23, 2005 1:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Haggling for better prices

Replies: 20

Views: 1585

You should'nt have to sacrifice quality by haggling. Theres no reason, if for example you prefer Avery vinyl that you can't get a discount from your Avery supplier. After all, if for example you buy 100 grands worth of materials in a year and you negotiate say a 5% discount, that an extra 5 grand in...

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