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Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:27 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Routing Underlays For Zund Cutters

Replies: 1

Views: 590

Routing Underlays For Zund Cutters

Hi All. We use a Zund S3 Series Cutter / Router and I was wondering where to obtain a decent underlay / sacrificial mat - preferably on a roll. We have been using our old conveyor belt but it is now in tatters. I've heard that you can use 3mm MDF but we are not keen on this due to the negative reput...

Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Best UV flatbed Printer for direct to Correx printing?

Replies: 15

Views: 7665

To be fair, we were told about the curing time by the sales reps before hand. Sometimes customers are so "desperate" to get their boards that they do go out and cure "en route" - we've only had one major set back and I think that was caused by the applying of liquid laminate too ...

Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:52 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Best UV flatbed Printer for direct to Correx printing?

Replies: 15

Views: 7665

Hi Robert In the main the HP has been a fantastic acquisition though we have had a couple of problems with adhesion to correx - one nightmare job in particular. The only other issue would be the colours on the red side of the colour gamut - very hard to get a good strong red - but I'm used to the vi...

Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:19 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Best UV flatbed Printer for direct to Correx printing?

Replies: 15

Views: 7665

Best UV flatbed Printer for direct to Correx printing?

Hi - We currently use the HP Scitex FB500 for direct to rigid substrate printing and we have had pretty good results (overall). The bulk of our work is producing estate agent boards / builders boards etc - Most of which are on Correx (corrugated polypropylene). We have been offered a Vutek QS3200 at...

Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:16 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Replies: 26

Views: 12314

I never had a problem with graduations when I used Shiraz on the Mimaki JV3

Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:39 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Replies: 26

Views: 12314

Rasterlink V Shiraz V6

Firstly apologies if this has been covered many times in the past but I haven't been on the boards for a while. We have a Mimaki JV33 and use the Rasterlink RIP that came bundled with it. Previously we had a JV3 and before that a Jetsolver which we ran with the Shiraz RIP. Asking the engineers usual...

Wed Oct 10, 2007 2:54 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: why do i keep getting a JV3 Error 23 please?

Replies: 3

Views: 1999

why do i keep getting a JV3 Error 23 please?

Hi Been using a JV3 for about 6 months. Bought reconditioned full warranty (12 months parts and labour). The machine is great but we have been getting "Error23" ever since day one. Has anybody else had this problem? Despite my own (and AIT's) efforts we can't seem to get to the bottom of i...

Fri May 04, 2007 5:02 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: laminating - hot or not

Replies: 11

Views: 2938

Chris Wool wrote:hang on the esy taper brigade are on the way :wink:

but i like a bit of warmth with mine


Sorry don't get the "esy taper brigade" reference - not many of you out there with laminators it seems
Col

Fri May 04, 2007 4:55 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone advise if i should upgrade signlab please?

Replies: 19

Views: 6359

we have 5 signlabs running none are higher 5 rev12... my main reason for staying out is general layout for text input etc we prefer the old 4.95 layout. (daft probably, in know) . Not daft in my opinion Rob - 5 is great for vinyl work and I too preferred the 4.95 mode because you had lots more cont...

Wed May 02, 2007 2:33 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: laminating - hot or not

Replies: 11

Views: 2938

laminating - hot or not

Hi All
What is your preferred method for laminating your digital prints?

    Wet (once it's been applied to the panel)
    Cold lamination (prior to application)
    Hot Lamination (again prior)


Considering buying a hot laminator just wondered what you thought really

Col

Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rolls Roller

Replies: 8

Views: 1301

Thanks for that, Rob - wasn't going to go this year but might make the effort if they are there to demonstrate

Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rolls Roller

Replies: 8

Views: 1301

Cheers Rob - we are thinking of buying one but I really want to see one in action first. Do you know if there will be one at the show this year?

Col

Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rolls Roller

Replies: 8

Views: 1301

I meant the William Smith website really (didn't know it existed on this one). I did a search of the boards before posting and didn't come up with anything.

Is it any good then?

Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:47 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Rolls Roller

Replies: 8

Views: 1301

Rolls Roller

Just seen a demo (dvd) of the William Smith Rolls Roller application machine and wondered if any of you had seen one in action - if so what did you think of it. It looks a little cumbersome to me but it is definitely a good idea (given the amount of prints that end up in the skip at our place). Ther...

Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner Hemming

Replies: 17

Views: 4456

surely you're more likely to suffer a tear in the banner if the eyelet only goes through one layer though? Completely agree - I wouldn't recommend it for large banners but as of today we haven't had any come-backs (shouldn't have said that should I - I have just sent 21 banners over to Germany with...

Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New No smoking signs

Replies: 4

Views: 1164

Strictly speaking they are not English versions of the signs they are Welsh with English translation.

Image

Lovely innit?

Col

Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New No smoking signs

Replies: 4

Views: 1164

Hi Derek
Thanks - it's the design of the no smoking signs that baffle me - they have broken every rule of the beginner's guide to layout - and worse of all I don't think the design is ironic or clever it's just very, very bad

I will try to post one of the samples we have.
Col

Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:08 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner Hemming

Replies: 17

Views: 4456

I know this isn't clever (and certainly not something to brag about) but we don't bother hemming them. The banner material is very strong and we haven't had a single complaint. In fact I think the hem makes the banner look untidy (honest).

:oops: Col

Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New No smoking signs

Replies: 4

Views: 1164

New No smoking signs

Hi All I would like your opinion on the new "illegal to smoke......" signs that are being handed out by local councils. I don't know if the design is council specific, and the version you see may be a true work of art, but the one I have seen looks as though it must have been the winner of...

Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:45 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: VersaCAMM: Cut on already printed media.

Replies: 8

Views: 2612

Not 100% certain I know what you mean but it sounds like you need the Roland "ColorRIP" to create the registration marks, though if you don't have a Roland Printer I can't see how this would help. I have created the registration marks in Signlab and worked out where they should be position...

Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:38 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Roland ColorRIP

Replies: 9

Views: 1917

Thanks for your help. I don't really use the software on a day to day basis myself because I tend to do all my printing through Shiraz on a different printer. I noticed that a print which should have been a perfect round had a flat edge and we have been trying to solve it ever since. Because the fil...

Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:24 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Roland ColorRIP

Replies: 9

Views: 1917

does it show it cropped in the rip? usually you get lines cutting across it to let you know the media is not wide enough? That's the weird thing. In the RIP preview it looks ok. After you rip the job and go to the queue / layout view it is cropped off (it prints as it looks too). I am baffled by th...

Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:57 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Roland ColorRIP

Replies: 9

Views: 1917

George Elsmore wrote:exactly what do you mean by clipped off mate?


If you send over a circle it will end up with a flat side (right side of image / far side of print as it sits on printer)

Col

Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:39 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Roland ColorRIP

Replies: 9

Views: 1917

Roland ColorRIP

We are currently having a strange problem with Roland ColorRIP - every job we send to print is being clipped off. This started when we sent over a circular print 710 dia. We assumed it was a vinyl width issue in the settings but then we discovered that it is doing the same no matter what the print s...

Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:15 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: do you have a licence?

Replies: 72

Views: 10310

destroy?????? I'll have you know I have a singing voice like nails scratching down a blackboard! :D Yes I often hear that sound (whenever the wind is in the wrong direction) I've wondered where on Earth such an ungodly sound could come from - thanks for clearing that up but please stop, it's windin...

Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: do you have a licence?

Replies: 72

Views: 10310

I'll just sing you all a tune instead then, shall I? (-music) Don't forget you need a licence to perform in public places so don't sing too loudly - and you are required to pay royalties to the writers of whichever song you decide to destroy. Walking through our workshops is like walking through a ...

Fri Dec 15, 2006 1:34 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Website design generator

Replies: 5

Views: 2115

I sway more to the "leave it to the designers" - the outputted work will go down with your signature on it (written or word of mouth). If it looks great then fine but....... ....the culprit will not admit to it being his / her own work if disparaging remarks are flying around (obviously wi...

Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:57 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Epson Pro Stylus 7800

Replies: 13

Views: 4478

We have the Epson 7800 but only use it to create artwork for our screen-printers (I know what a waste). Its a great machine - well, the black is good anyway......I hear it has other colours but I am yet to see them.

What do you guys use it for?

Col

Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: COLOUR VARIATION

Replies: 8

Views: 2182

Some monitors can be adjusted using the menu buttons (some have profiles that you can choose) but really it's not what you see on the monitor its what you KNOW will come off the printer. You can mess about with the monitor all day but it won't affect the colour of the output. (you could try printing...

Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:36 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: COLOUR VARIATION

Replies: 8

Views: 2182

Which software are you using? Are you printing with a RIP or something like Signlab? Your file shouldn't change just by copying it from one machine to another unless you are re-opening the file into a different colour model then re-saving it - and its pretty common for monitors to display the same c...

Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:46 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: why does Illustrator slice my files to un-editable sections?

Replies: 3

Views: 2232

why does Illustrator slice my files to un-editable sections?

Hi - Anyone out there able to tell me why Illustrator (9) randomly (and seemingly without warning) decides to slice your file up into un-editable sections from time to time. I have used Illustrator for years (I tend to use version 9 because CS used to cause problems with my RIP) and because this ten...

Wed Jul 05, 2006 9:24 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Can you convert text in Acrobat to curves?

Replies: 19

Views: 3809

Hi all Very familiar scenario - I have been through the Acrobat 7 routine - saving as eps, convert text to outlines etc - but it never seems to work. Tried the saving as PS too but still no joy. Very useful piece of software though. I always stress to our customers to convert all fonts to outlines p...

Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:56 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: how do i remove the background from a photo please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4654

Try creating a path in photoshop from the selected background (inverse selection first) then export the path to illustrator format. import the path into Signlab 7 (spit) and use it as a clipping mask. Not that I would go anywhere near Signlab with a photographic image if I could help it. or use Illu...

Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Estate agents fluted board supplier?

Replies: 12

Views: 4884

Thanks for the suggestions:
George:- re Amari - I am not sure about their full sheet sizes but we find that their pre-cut 813mm x 610mm estate boards aren't the cheapest available.
John: - thanks for the info on Pyramid I will give them a call - keep em coming boys and girls

Col

Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:08 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Logo Design: Butchers

Replies: 28

Views: 4413

I thought we had overcome the "MAD COW" problem. Great design - I don't think I'd look pleased if someone was about to cut me up into little pieces and I think it adds a touch of humour which is sadly lacking on the high street. (Thumb definately needs re-attaching though).

Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:01 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Estate agents fluted board supplier?

Replies: 12

Views: 4884

Thanks - anymore? - there must be more than 3 suppliers out there

Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Image question

Replies: 9

Views: 2540

bit late with this one but try this site http://www.sxc.hu/ - Stock Xchng - register as a user and you can get lots of useful images FREE - some you have to ask permission for and the server is sometimes painfully slow but I have had some success on here.
Col

Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:48 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Estate agents fluted board supplier?

Replies: 12

Views: 4884

Hi George - Yeh thanks for that - have used Amari before (along with others) - they're not the cheapest around. I am looking for the most competitive supplier as our customers are always trying to trim the prices - (as if estate agents don't make enough out of a house sale).

Col

Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Estate agents fluted board supplier?

Replies: 12

Views: 4884

Estate agents fluted board supplier?

I am looking for a good (and cheap) supplier of fluted "corex" boards for screenprinting Estate Agents "for sale" signs. Either flat or welded T-Boards.
Any suggestions
Col

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:08 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Colorip

Replies: 4

Views: 2043

Roland Colorip

Hello all of you sign gurus We are using the Versacamm through the signlab rip, which is easy enough. I thought, in my foolishness, that I would give the Roland Rip a try. I have some "previously created" EPS files which won't import properly into Signlab 7. Now it could be me, (I am not ruling out ...

Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:30 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Is it possible to import a high resolution jpg into Signlab?

Replies: 5

Views: 1440

I agree with Brian - it does sound as though the reduced bitmaps option is checked - not much that you can do with it in version 5 though high res or not.

Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:39 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm speed setting

Replies: 7

Views: 1979

Thanks for that Just a quickie: how do you "up the speed". We haven't been using the Roland colorRIP but I installed it yesterday. Unfortunately I didn't get much time to play around with it. Managed to send one print over, using one of the profiles marked for speed, and found it to be much the same...

Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: signlab 6-7

Replies: 2

Views: 559

Hi - Just upgraded from 6 to 7 and find it much more stable (not to mention usable). Although I used it yesterday on a large amount of text, (the dreaded chinese menu), and found it to be very slow and cumbersome - reverted back to signlab 5 and sailed through it (I very rarily use e6 it makes me an...

Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:42 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm speed setting

Replies: 7

Views: 1979

Versacamm speed setting

Slow versacamm?? Nahhhh I can rattle out a 3m banner (2.2 sqm) in 26 minutes @ 720dpi, Variable, pass count 8 with a head speed of 760. The fastest I can get it printing a linear metre in just under 4 minutes Mark Hi Mark I am very interested in learning how to print at this speed - Are the setting...

Fri Oct 22, 2004 3:43 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Does anyone know if SignLab will work on the SX-12?

Replies: 10

Views: 2599

Sorry, I don't know what an SX-12 is to honest - is it like a Johnny Seven?
I think it will be compatible but it's worth asking

Fri Oct 22, 2004 3:40 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Versacamm or Cadet

Replies: 13

Views: 2252

How SLOW is the Versacamm??? - we have just bought one and find that the sales rep's boasts of 5sq mtr per hour at 720 is a load of e6. It is no where near as fast as our Jetsolver which is printing at over 2 mtrs per hour at 720dpi, which isn't quick I know but there is my point. We timed a .35 sq ...

Fri Oct 22, 2004 2:05 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Does anyone know if SignLab will work on the SX-12?

Replies: 10

Views: 2599

Hi - Out of the two options I would go for signlab 5. If you are only going to produce vinyl graphics it is the much better option - Signlab 6 was a disaster (I am now using Signlab 7 and it's much, much better). I still use version 5 now and again and find it quicker and less complicated than e6, a...

Wed Aug 18, 2004 4:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bonjour

Replies: 14

Views: 1508

what's the interesting story behind the name? (I'm nosey if no one else is)
Col

Wed Aug 18, 2004 9:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: broadband

Replies: 9

Views: 1182

It maybe me but I went on site but could not get past it wanting a referral ID How do you register if you want to? Mike Hi Mike - I got on ok without it asking for a referral at all - the referral number it shows on my screen in wwh1rpm - try that and see how far you get. also I think that somewher...

Wed Aug 18, 2004 9:38 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does this happen to anyone else in signlab?

Replies: 7

Views: 2163

Forbie wrote:I downloaded the update Revision 16


Revision 16? - That speaks volumes. Many thanks to all the unpaid, (and now probably hairless), Beta Testers from all of us here at Cadlink

Col

Wed Aug 18, 2004 9:22 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Opinions Sought

Replies: 7

Views: 1602

We use the much maligned "Jetsolver" and have been for over 3 years. At first it seemed to be a major problem, following all the maintenance routines, and I had quite a few spats with the sales rep - (who denied that this was necessary when asked prior to purchase). As it happens, the Jetsolver has ...

Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:32 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does this happen to anyone else in signlab?

Replies: 7

Views: 2163

Join the "I HATE E6" club - more members on the floor than a sex change clinic

Mon Aug 16, 2004 11:28 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PLUNGE

Replies: 17

Views: 3267

Pretty much what I figured (about sales reps anyway) - I am now thinking along the lines of another cutter with optical alignment and crop mark recognition instead of the versacamm

Thanks All
Col

Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: broadband

Replies: 9

Views: 1182

Hi John I use Spy Sweeper to wipe my pc of all the spyware that lands on my hard drive but it's pretty impossible to keep out all the invaders. However, I can't see how having your surfing habits tracked can affect you in any way other than directing particular advertisements towards you - I think i...

Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:50 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: kenningban

Replies: 8

Views: 1838

Looks great Jill - very Gaelic in a fairy tale, leprechaunish way - Strange how people become patriotic when they don't live in their country of origin anymore.
Col

Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: broadband

Replies: 9

Views: 1182

Hi Nik (& Mr Muckle) I do agree with you that you get nothing for free in this world, however I have signed up for this service because I can control spam, if and when it starts coming in. And there is no section of the sign-up that asks for credit card, bank, or any other information that could...

Fri Aug 13, 2004 4:47 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PLUNGE

Replies: 17

Views: 3267

The rip supplied with the Versacam is one of the best around . I find it very frustrating to get so many conflicting reviews on the VersaCAMM and the Colour Rip sofware supplied. Just had a conversation with 2 suppliers - one of whom doesn't sell the Versacamm - both of them rate the Roland Rip as ...

Fri Aug 13, 2004 1:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PLUNGE

Replies: 17

Views: 3267

at the end of the day, his versacamm prints may need laminated, so he has to take it out, laminate, re-align and cut. :wink: Thanks for the advice: I have just spoken to one of our suppliers and have been given the "advice" that the supplied RIP is " not up to much" and we would be much better off ...

Wed Aug 11, 2004 12:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PLUNGE

Replies: 17

Views: 3267

PLUNGE

Hi all - We are thinking of taking the plunge and buying a Roland VERSACAMM SP300 - We already have a wide format solvent inkjet printer which is pretty much going non-stop. The only problem is that it doesn't cut. We've seen the samples from Roland and they look pretty good - but they're not likely...

Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:36 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: High res image cd's

Replies: 2

Views: 1163

Try these two sites for images

http://www.sxc.hu
http://www.imageafter.com

Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Taking the p***

Replies: 6

Views: 1087

Very funny Marcella...........and to quote the late Kenny Everett, "All done in the best poss-ible taste"
I think I would flush :oops: with embarrassment if I had to drive around in it and it would pretty soon drive me round the bend. (stop it now)
Col

Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: A fixing question

Replies: 3

Views: 696

there are some heavy duty "Jubilee clip" type straps that you could use in conjunction with your saddles / brackets etc. With the aid of a battery drill I would think you could remove / refit the sign in a minute or two.
Col

Sat Jul 03, 2004 1:38 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can anyone enlighten to pros or cons for signlab or omega?

Replies: 15

Views: 3005

Haven't used signlab 7; I have used, and still use, signlab 5 - far superior to Signlab 6 (which gets very little use even though we upgraded 18 months ago. It is so full of bugs I feel like getting the pest spray out whenever I have to use it). If you are using it for vinyl cutting only then I can'...

Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Im Back!

Replies: 13

Views: 1586

Not tellin' unless you tell us where you've been for the last 7 months. You can't just come and go as you please you know
Col

Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: static cling in white

Replies: 4

Views: 801

not sure it's the stuff you are after but I am pretty sure that I purchased some white static cling from AIT (applied image technologies) if it wasn't them it was BP graphics. It was bought for large format printing and was quite expensive as it came on a 30 mtr roll
Col

Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:07 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think of this shop facia layout?

Replies: 10

Views: 2357

Your design and layout look great - the close up of the chameleon shows that you haven't scrimped on the detail - I can't help thinking the shop front needs some attention though but I guess that's not your concern.
Col

Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:44 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle signage: Chris Kirk Gardencare

Replies: 9

Views: 1755

Looks great - simple and effective and good use of colour
Col

Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Left or Right handed?

Replies: 20

Views: 1716

I'm pretty amazed at how close the voting is at the moment - perhaps lefties are more artistic than the rest of us. although there is only 18 votes cast at the moment (10 - 8)

Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Can't send Bitmaps anymore

Replies: 6

Views: 922

I can never understand why Signlab make it so difficult to export as a jpeg or the like. I do similar to Mort - Export as eps / ai then in Illustrator I reduce the size to less than A4 size across and "save for the Web" - it gives you choices for gif or jpeg. I use incredimail for email - that lets ...

Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sound Familiar?

Replies: 18

Views: 1567

Hi John - an exiled manc - I will let you off then. I remember the 63,000 gates for the derby matches at maine road - I'm showing my age now. First game I ever went to was City V Leicester (league cup first round) we won 4 - 0 and I was hooked, played them 3 days later in the league and won 6 - 0 (I...

Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sound Familiar?

Replies: 18

Views: 1567

Man U fan living in London - there's a novelty. I'm a Mancunian Blue, John - don't get to the games much now as I live in Wales, (they built the new ground at the end of my old street so it would have been pretty handy on match days). I was very glad when last season ended - it's just not good for m...

Wed Jun 23, 2004 12:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sound Familiar?

Replies: 18

Views: 1567

Jill - there are lots of grumpy scotsmen avoiding the football at the moment. (soccer to you - Euro 2004?......no Ah well it's a game we play over here - anyway I expect we will be the grumpy ones come Thursday evening (the English I mean)).


ps - did anybody pay the extra to watch you? :oops:

Mon Jun 21, 2004 5:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sound Familiar?

Replies: 18

Views: 1567

I had a guy stood at the bottom of my ladder trying to sell me accident insurance while I stood at the top balancing drills / hammers / screwdrivers etc. Talking with your teeth full of screws isn't easy at the best of time but I think he got the gist of what I was conveying as he swiftly moved away...

Sat Jun 19, 2004 9:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: JOB SHEETS

Replies: 9

Views: 1183

I'm with Leeroy on this. We have printed A4 Job bags and a rubber stamp with automated increment for stamping a job number. The bag front has a drawing space on 2 thirds the rest is taken up with job information. Underneath is the Invoice address and description / price. We also ask our application ...

Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:40 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: printed banner: kick boxing

Replies: 5

Views: 1270

Hi Rob Yeh - Thanks for that. I think you are definately right about the phone number taking up too much space. Couldn't put my finger on what was bugging me. I am quite happy with the rest of the design. As for the photo it was the only one the customer brought in so I may have to superimpose my fo...

Thu Jun 17, 2004 9:23 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: coleg llandrillo

Replies: 6

Views: 1119

Thanks Rob: It's about 15 metres total height - not too scary but it was quite windy so the cherry picker was dancing around a lot and the templates had to be stuck down very quickly. The Jetsolver is basically a converted Roland Hi-Fi jet - bought from AIT. We've been using it for over 3 years now ...

Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:35 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehil wrapping: Euro 2004

Replies: 7

Views: 2636

I am extremely impressed you have very talented staff. Is there a copyrite problem when reproducing current, high-profile images such as David Beckham and the euro 2004 logo? - just wondered. What time on Friday are you stripping it off then?
Col (splat)

Wed Jun 16, 2004 11:59 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: printed banner: kick boxing

Replies: 5

Views: 1270

definately less aggressive Freddie - I'll give you that. The question is.....who would you run away from first(?)
Col

Wed Jun 16, 2004 10:14 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: printed banner: kick boxing

Replies: 5

Views: 1270

printed banner: kick boxing

Hi - I would welcome your comments on this design I am working on for the local kick boxing school. The customer is worried that it looks a bit too aggresive - (perhaps I should show him in a tu tu)
What do you think
Col

Tue Jun 15, 2004 11:20 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: coleg llandrillo

Replies: 6

Views: 1119

Hi Stephen / Carrie Myself and one other fitter working from a cherry picker - the whole job took less than 5 hours to fit. That includes struggling with paper templates on a pretty windy day but other wise it was quite trouble free. The logo was awkward as it got windier the higher up you went and ...

Mon Jun 14, 2004 2:19 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: fabricated signage: coleg llandrillo

Replies: 6

Views: 1119

fabricated signage: coleg llandrillo

Just thought I'd post a job we completed a few weeks back. The letters are individually cut dibond. The logo at the top is printed from a "jetsolver", mounted onto white dibond and jigsawed out. Fitted with the aid of a cherry picker.
Col

Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: panel saws

Replies: 2

Views: 685

panel saws

We have just burnt out the motor on our panel saw and been told that you can't buy a replacement due to new health and safety laws (breaking time of blade etc). Any advice on a supplier for a brand spanking new panel saw (we got 12 years out of the last one - a milwaukee - but it was a bit like Trig...

Fri May 14, 2004 9:18 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Topic in house keeping monthly 1955.

Replies: 34

Views: 3291

Marcella, now you know ithat's not nice. Although I suppose it's to be expected coming from a place where the men wear skirts and the women wear the troosers (sorry Rob):lol: , but whilst we are on the subject..... Adam said he was feeling lonely and asked God for company. "I was thinking of creatin...

Wed May 12, 2004 2:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Euro English

Replies: 7

Views: 1019

Brilliant!!! :D

Wed May 05, 2004 11:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How's this for spelling?

Replies: 9

Views: 1099

FNICKUG AZMNIAG

Fri Apr 30, 2004 10:36 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there any keystoke to achieve the small 2 above the m?

Replies: 10

Views: 2968

I still don't know what "zoom open" does. Neither do I (not much help that eh) - I have been trying for ages to figure what it does - it's not mentioned in the manual or help files. My Tips: - CTR / Z (undo); CTR / Y (redo); F2 - turns off all but the current layer. CTR+click on any colour turns on...

Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:23 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Cadlink to charge for telephone support!

Replies: 12

Views: 2489

what about those folk that don’t just get it? I mean those that always have bother. :roll: Kev - I have been using signlab for over 10 years. I use photoshop. Illustrator. Corel Draw. Autocad. I have been working with computers and design software for around 20 years. Signlab e6 is filled with anno...

Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:37 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Jobs around the teesside area...

Replies: 1

Views: 530

Hi Skeet
I did some work up in teeside last year and we had to sub some work out to a company called "Peterlee Signs" (they did a great job). Give them a try I'm sure they won't mind me giving out their name.
Col

Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:14 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: which one should i upgrade to signlab or flexisign?

Replies: 38

Views: 9411

Hi Brushman - What don't I like about e6? - I sat down with my signlab rep and shown him about a dozen things that just don't work or don't work properly. Text input: you don't have the same control over the compression (I once threw out a challenge to all on the site to create a single paragraph to...

Wed Apr 21, 2004 12:42 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: which one should i upgrade to signlab or flexisign?

Replies: 38

Views: 9411

Hi Dex - re the Signlab 5 with dongle. I have used signlab for years and I openly admit to hating version "e6" with a passion (I may have mentioned this before). Signlab 5 however is clear of bugs, easy to use and is not aimed primarily at the printing side of sign making so I would definately go fo...

Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: DONT try this at home!

Replies: 36

Views: 3120

What type of drill bit was it Rob? I drilled my own finger once whilst fitting a couple of signs, (in a bookies office full of betting types). In the true fashion of a "macho man" I silently left the building with, what I hoped was a polite smile on my face but probably more resembled the stifled sc...

Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Magnetic Flexi Rulers

Replies: 6

Views: 1067

I made my own - created a ruler graphic in Signlab, exported as eps and printed on our solvent printer. Stuck it onto foamex then taped (double sided) some pieces of magentic vinyl onto it. Works a treat for vans when you are on your own.
Col

Wed Mar 31, 2004 11:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK Show Update & Signlab 7

Replies: 20

Views: 2068

Hi Heyskull - I've still got a gnasher badge but I am keeping it (I have to leave the kids something in my will). Sold out of "I hate e6" badges but I have a few t-shirts left (extra - extra large only I'm afraid)
Col

Wed Mar 31, 2004 8:35 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign UK Show Update & Signlab 7

Replies: 20

Views: 2068

Hi Heyskull (real name?) - Join the "I hate e6" club (I'm a founder member)
Col :evil:

Mon Mar 22, 2004 10:56 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Award : Routed MDF

Replies: 11

Views: 2451

fantastic

Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:47 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Stained Glass Window Graphics

Replies: 10

Views: 2125

Jillbeans wrote:......... You can get your mail in your boxers ....
:o
love...Jill

I didn't know you could get Boxer shorts fitted with letter boxes.....do they sell them in Top Shop? :wink:

Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:41 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Fire Truck Graphics : Various Signs

Replies: 12

Views: 1877

Great stuff Jill - there's not enough of that type of work being done nowadays, (in the uk at least), it's all sticky backed plastic and digital prints - how I yearn for the days of the multi-coloured overalls and the smell of turps....... :D Now where did I put my sable brush........
Col

Wed Mar 17, 2004 4:05 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4484

.........a screen resolution like Illustrator with signlab now that would be perfect in my opinion Goop It would take more than an improvement in screen resolution to make signlab e6 perfect - personally I think they should have left version 5 alone (except maybe to make it compatible with XP). The...

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:34 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4484

I've always found the jaggy edged appearance a bit annoying but became accustomed to it - Signlab, up to version 5, is a great piece of software. After that it's filled with bells, whistles, gizmos, gadgets, (and possibly the kitchen sink). None of which work properly - Try the decorative border and...

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sales Prevention Officer

Replies: 28

Views: 2846

I had a lady walk in the office just before Christmas. She wanted some lettering on a car and I asked her which car it was. "I have it with me", she said, and walked back outside - I followed with my pad and tape measure. She opened the boot and produced a box containing a pink "Barbie" sports car. ...

Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:55 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why is there inconsistent Kerning within signlab6?

Replies: 5

Views: 1629

4.95 text layout is not available in e6 as it is in ver 5xx so unfortunately that isn't the solution. I think there is a natural kerning button on e6 but I don't know how useful it is.

Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sales Prevention Officer

Replies: 28

Views: 2846

Is there a pantone reference for the spilled blood of (hardly) potential customers? I had a guy once who said "It's this colour" and promptly slit his wrists to show me - It took me ages to match up the colour and of course by that time he had no use for any sign (except maybe a headstone) :wink: Col

Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sales Prevention Officer

Replies: 28

Views: 2846

That's more like it Ken - I'm off to B&Q to get some visk ... visqu .....plastic sheeting

Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:38 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why is there inconsistent Kerning within signlab6?

Replies: 5

Views: 1629

Go back to Siglab 5 - I can't stand "e6" personally - there are more bugs in it than in my back garden (I can't tell you how many that is though as they keep running around when I try to count them). The tutorial CD is a good laugh........until you get the bill. I think to be fair to e6 - the kernin...

Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sales Prevention Officer

Replies: 28

Views: 2846

talk about timing - as soon as I posted my last message the door opens and in walks two grinning buffoons - armed with print outs of a "DESIGN" they did in Microsoft Word. Even better timing - my printer decides to chew up the vinyl it's printing on so I had a genuine excuse to palm them onto somebo...

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sales Prevention Officer

Replies: 28

Views: 2846

I agree with Phill and the Basil Fawlty approach - I get the occasional time waster and you can spot them as soon as their lips part - if not sooner. Nothing annoys me more. :evil: Ken - I admire your professionalism but some of them really do need beating with a dead tree or having a garden gnome i...

Wed Mar 10, 2004 11:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: New Signs Spotted

Replies: 23

Views: 2954

"........The sawn down 'h' symbolises the dawn of a new horizon, space for aggrandizement. The'o' suggests endearment, like grandfather, head on one side listening intently to every word of his siblings suggesting suitability for children, and old codgers!......." I'm impressed Martin you sure you'...

Fri Feb 27, 2004 4:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who owns what?

Replies: 40

Views: 2810

Hi Cabbage (great name) I don't know for sure but I think the owners of the company that you worked for hold the copywrite on any design that you came up with whilst in their employ - (unless you have a contract stating differently). I could be wrong but I know from previous experience that if you i...

Fri Feb 27, 2004 3:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi there, new here

Replies: 14

Views: 1401

Hi Paul - Good luck with your move (I'm still using a Spectrum 48+)
Col

Fri Feb 27, 2004 2:25 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does anyone know how to export fountain fills into adobe?

Replies: 4

Views: 1283

Cheers Alan - my next step was to try Corel. I rarely use Signlab for colour work but part of my job is to work with the files created by other signlab users in our company who pass their work over to me for colour correction and to add the bells and whistles.
Col

Fri Feb 27, 2004 1:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Shocking

Replies: 17

Views: 1859

I now make the apprentice do it, I tell him that I have a dodgy ticker and that my hair stylist has advised me that my "do" can't take the strain any more. He, (Billy, the apprentice), never stirs my tea properly either so I from now on I will make sure he's holding a cuppa as he does it - thanks fo...

Fri Feb 27, 2004 11:24 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does anyone know how to export fountain fills into adobe?

Replies: 4

Views: 1283

does anyone know how to export fountain fills into adobe?

Hi All Anybody out there know how to export fountain fills / graduations etc from signlab into illustrator successfully - I end up with a black solid colour. I have tried native illustrator (ai) and eps exports but to no avail. Pretty pointless designing in Signlab if you lose all the information wh...

Thu Feb 26, 2004 4:36 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 7

Views: 1916

Hi Most MACS save the file without the filename suffix (.ai / .eps) - if you rename them with the suffix you might have better luck. The disc has to be PC compatible but I'm sure you know that. The fonts are a problem, as Henry says, so fonts must be converted to outlines. I also find that native il...

Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I don't wanna ruffle too many feathers but...

Replies: 17

Views: 2123

Hi Jill (cool picture is it you?) What do you think about the redundant "www" at the start of (almost) every web address. I reckon we should make signs in short hand - it would save on vinyl costs AND weeding time. What about "01745 812448 SIGNS" for a company name - learn the company name and you'v...

Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:00 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: tip: how to put shortcut on working with another page

Replies: 22

Views: 4327

signlab exporting

Hi All Anybody out there know how to export fountain fills / graduations etc from signlab into illustrator successfully - I end up with a black solid colour. I have tried native illustrator (ai) and eps exports but to no avail. Pretty pointless designing in Signlab if you lose all the information wh...

Wed Feb 25, 2004 1:49 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: tip: how to put shortcut on working with another page

Replies: 22

Views: 4327

signlab 6

e6 works for me too. why don`t you wait a bit longer and upgrade to Signlab 7... can`t be long know. who knows it might be timed for release for the UK Sign show. Hi Becky Did you ever use signlab 5? - I can't believe you find E6 to be ok - There are so many bugs and annoying little quirks in it. i...

Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:28 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Top Secret Digital printer

Replies: 4

Views: 2094

I would think that you would have to have a lot of (potential) customers to use the 2 sets of ink per month. I use a Jetsolver which is slow in comparison to the printer you have described - the quality though is excellent. We keep the printer relatively busy but don't use anywhere near the amount o...

Tue May 13, 2003 10:25 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Help, this version of Signlab is driving me potty!

Replies: 16

Views: 11600

Hi I'm thinking of starting up a "Signlab e6" UN-appreciation society would anybody out there like to sign up. I've been using Signlab for over 10 years and have always thought it to be a great (but expensive) piece of kit. We now have 3 copies of Signlab e6 here and everybody using it (including my...

Thu Apr 10, 2003 2:48 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does signlab 6.0 allow you to revert to the old 4.95 text?

Replies: 22

Views: 6107

e6 and text

Thanks Tony - just tried it and it seems to be right (I had tried left clicking the button but didn't think of trying the right - doh!!)
I really should learn to read user manuals
Col

Thu Apr 10, 2003 1:31 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does signlab 6.0 allow you to revert to the old 4.95 text?

Replies: 22

Views: 6107

text compression

Thanks for that - it's one way to deal with it but it doesn't quite give you the same flexibility that you had previously. If you had a paragraph of maybe 12 lines and only the top line and the sixth line were compressed to 90% - the rest were at 100% you couldn't do it unless you un-grouped the ent...

Thu Apr 10, 2003 10:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamex fitting question

Replies: 10

Views: 2406

FOAMEX BOWING

I've fitted many foamex panels straight to fascias and walls and though it isn't the best way to get a professional appearance sometimes it's necessary (if the customer won't pay for a frame for instance). Make sure the foamex is piloted - slightly larger than usual and don't screw the fixings in to...

Thu Apr 10, 2003 10:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: My first shopfront design please help

Replies: 5

Views: 1752

panel joints

When having to use more than one panel it's better to rebate the join using a router (or rebate plane). If you make the rebate approx 13mm wide (top overlapping bottom and visa versa) and exactly half the depth of the panel (2.5mm) you should get a good join. The panels should be held together with ...

Mon Apr 07, 2003 12:55 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does signlab 6.0 allow you to revert to the old 4.95 text?

Replies: 22

Views: 6107

e6 text editing

I think Cadlink screwed up big time removing the old 4.95 text editing option. Even corel draw has a separate text editing screen if you prefer to use it. If you are working with a very long line of text you have to zoom out to try to highlight all or some of it - which makes it very hard to select ...

Thu Mar 20, 2003 11:39 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what flooding technique do you use?

Replies: 9

Views: 2643

squeegees

Hi - the favourite method used here is as Fat Bob says (with the meths and water) we also spray the gloss side of the vinyl when it's down with water & W\U Liquid and smooth down with a rubber squeegee (as used by screenprinters) - the "fairy" acts as a lubricant and stops the rubber from sticki...

Tue Mar 18, 2003 10:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Gateshead

Replies: 2

Views: 990

wedge

Hi FB
Try these people - I used them recently - very good lads indeed, I'm sure they'll do the job for you

Peterlee Signs & Graphics
0800 980 2734
0191 5870021 (tel / fax)

Mon Mar 17, 2003 3:03 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Spellchecking on this Forum

Replies: 13

Views: 2336

we've all been there

Because of the many times that passers-by shouted "oi it's spelt wrong mate" I intended to get a "T" shirt with "I know, It's spelt wrong" on the back - this was when I was a full time fitter. After numerous occasions of finding that they were actually telling the truth I decided not to bother and t...

Mon Mar 17, 2003 12:32 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Factory Signs : British Steel

Replies: 15

Views: 3155

It's a trick of the light

Well, Robert, we actually did both signs; The British steel (I'ts not off centre by the way - it's a trick of the light- honest) AND Corus . The initial job was done 2 years before Corus bought them out so we had to remove the Brit Steel one and put up 3 Corus signs. Costing it was not as bad as you...

Fri Mar 14, 2003 5:34 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: what are peoples thoughts of mug/press & mugs?

Replies: 3

Views: 1596

what are peoples thoughts of mug/press & mugs?

On the topic of die sublimation - I was thinking of getting a mug press and possibly a flat heat press for tiles etc.
Have any of you gone into this and found it at all profitable?
Is it easy to set up?
How do you market your product?

Col

Fri Mar 14, 2003 5:01 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Factory Signs : British Steel

Replies: 15

Views: 3155

Factory Signs : British Steel

Hi all - I thought that in light of the news that Corus could be closing one of their remaining sites in the uk I would show you the signs I made and fitted at Shotton Steel works (Deeside, North Wales) which could be the unlucky one which has to close it's doors. The signs were all hand cut (by me ...

Fri Mar 14, 2003 10:11 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: where can i buy felt applicators?

Replies: 4

Views: 1751

where can i buy felt applicators?

Hi Just reading through some of the older posts and happened upon the "Which Applicator to use" - posted by Robert (no suprises there) - The one which interests me most is the FELT applicator, which sounds great but I have yet to see one -(You must understand that we are working out in the...

Mon Mar 03, 2003 4:11 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: what does everybody else think about signlab v6?

Replies: 24

Views: 6980

Signlab e6

The point about signlab (e6) is that unless you buy the full blown software package, the additions or changes to the interface create more problems than they solve. If you need to work in full colour - as most of todays clients want you to - then you have to switch to Photoshop for manipulation of p...

Thu Feb 27, 2003 10:34 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: what does everybody else think about signlab v6?

Replies: 24

Views: 6980

what does everybody else think about signlab v6?

Just thought I'd say hello to all you sign-aracks:- Is it just me or does anybody else agree that SIGNLAB 6 is VERY annoying? - I liked the bells and whistles that were demonstrated to me only to find that I didn't get them with my particular package - So it's back to using Illustrator and Photoshop...

Wed Feb 26, 2003 2:22 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: used plotter needed

Replies: 5

Views: 1509

used plotter needed

Hi - I'm on the lookout for a used plotter in good working condition (preferably 610mm wide min) - will consider a print and cut machine depending on price and location

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