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Tue Jun 21, 2005 12:47 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: how do I get to cut the blue rectangle and the text out?

Replies: 9

Views: 3897

I'm not a Flexi user but most of the apps work in a similar way, somewhere I suspect is a setting for cut by colour or separation, deselect this - or ensure that text is curves/paths/outline or whatever the Flexi term is and then combine (not group) the wording shapes with you blue box, this should ...

Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How hot is it in your office / workplace???

Replies: 26

Views: 2072

I'm very close to you mayger in Lt. Chesterford, Essex, its a cool 81 F but I may have to get mobile air con out.
Alan

Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:58 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone help with cadet plus cut alignment problem?

Replies: 21

Views: 5314

I've had 2 small sticker jobs done on Cadets by 2 different suppliers and neither of them were aligned 100%, just about usuable - just. Do any of the print and cut machines align over a run of say 300 ovals 40mm X 25mm - would the last few align? - is print and an opos cutter a better bet?
Alan

Fri Jun 17, 2005 8:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: signs from india??????

Replies: 26

Views: 1878

We must remember that a large proportion of what we are buying now is made in India/China etc its just shipped over here in bulk by international companies first.
Alan

Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:57 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: council complaints over hanging sign

Replies: 12

Views: 1600

Rightsigns - I think you give these people too much credit, most of them should'nt be allowed out on their own let alone a job which may effect people.
Alan

Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:53 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Good Software suppliers

Replies: 9

Views: 1782

You can upgrade to Corel V12 from virtually any version, normally this will require either a previous version to be already installed or at least the disk (you will be prompted to put it in the drive at some point for varification) Version 8 or lower may require a number from Corel Services. V12 is ...

Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:39 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Need lots of t-shirt printing advice Please!

Replies: 13

Views: 3773

I must be doing something very wrong, cut logo - weed - apply and do 150 an hour, I'll have work a bit faster.
Alan

Wed Jun 08, 2005 6:19 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Don't you just love employees!

Replies: 49

Views: 3955

Not that I have any staff - arn't you allowed to shoot them, I'll have to rethink the business expansion plan.
Alan

Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:31 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 15

Views: 3107

I think the reason that Corel don't drop the eps filter is that it goes into the programme 'untouched' any programme that interprets the postscript may induce some problems ie bitmap line widths etc also this file would print correctly to a postscipt device and should include any embedded fonts, the...

Fri Jun 03, 2005 8:23 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with scaling & corel & signtools 3 p

Replies: 10

Views: 2992

Best guess is that the scaling in Corel is set wrong or you're in metres and not millimetres, I bet Trev B could help you further.
Alan

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:39 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: can anyone open a sit file?

Replies: 9

Views: 1792

A sit file is a compressed file produced by stuffit (usually MAC) so it may already be an eps or Illustrator depending on where it came from, a free expander is available from Aladdin Systems a google search should get their site.
Alan

Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:08 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 15

Views: 3107

I get this sometimes an eps which will import fine into Corel will not go into Signlab, this is a guess but I'm not sure that Signlab can cope with a level 2 postscript file, or change the file extension to ai or ps and try the Illustrator filter. I normally end up importing into Draw (V12) and then...

Fri May 27, 2005 1:50 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: MAC TO PC SOFTWARE

Replies: 8

Views: 1674

Use Transmac here as well, Crossfont from the same people is worth downloading too.
Alan

Fri May 27, 2005 1:48 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone tell me why i cannot edit this template please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1567

I don't have Illustrator but is it possible it is on a locked layer. Will it import into Draw?
Alan

Tue May 24, 2005 8:41 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone advise why Illustrator 10 takes a while to boot?

Replies: 7

Views: 1963

Looking at a another forum (tek-tips) the aiprefs file was mentioned a being possibly currupted and also the number of fonts in the fontlist file, apparently aiprefs and fontlist file can be removed/moved and Illustrator will rebuild them on startup. I'm not an Illustrator man though - just passing ...

Tue May 17, 2005 5:22 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help me create an effect in corel please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1747

Either do this in Photo Paint using feather option on a circle or in Draw place larger white circle behind smaller black circle and blend the 2. The more steps the smoother blend.
Alan

Sat May 14, 2005 8:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: HELLO & sending emails

Replies: 11

Views: 1175

From Corel you can 'publish to pdf' - most people have Reader. or get Jaws PDF Creator or similar (or full Acrobat but that is expensive) you can then print to a driver which will produce a pdf. From Corel you could export as jpg which will view in a browser but the quality may not be as good.
Alan

Tue May 10, 2005 2:40 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: .fmv file extension

Replies: 7

Views: 1598

FMV is listed in the Corel Draw (V12) import file type box as Frame Vector Metafile. It may be importable rather than openable how well it works is another question.
Alan

Thu May 05, 2005 8:25 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC600 Print head - who manufactures it???

Replies: 3

Views: 1160

The cartridges I think are the same (size/design not ribbon content) as my old Citizen Printiva colour printer so it is posible they are made by Citizen or whatever the manufacturing name for Citizen is as for cost you can be sure that whatever you pay in US it will be twice as much as here in the U...

Sat Apr 30, 2005 12:00 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Tangential cutter?

Replies: 29

Views: 7310

I have a Summa T750 Tangential cutter (3 years old) and a Graphtec FC3100 drag knife plotter (6 years old), both have their good and not so good bits. The Summa is NOT slow but to say the tracking is good for 8m and is better for small letters maybe a little over stated. The Graphtec tangential emul...

Thu Apr 28, 2005 8:57 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Does anybody have an easy way of sending jpegs?

Replies: 9

Views: 2377

I use full Acrobat and print to that which produces a pdf but there are many cheaper alternatives, I have used Jaws pdf Creator which came free on the front of a mag and that does the job just as well and retail is only £55 ish try www.jawspdf.com
Alan

Mon Apr 25, 2005 4:28 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i do automating spacing objects in corel?

Replies: 3

Views: 1149

Worth looking at www.oberonplace.com for loads of free and useful stuff.
Alan

Tue Apr 19, 2005 4:39 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can a pdf be imported into siglab or corel please?

Replies: 14

Views: 3970

I export as eps and then import into Corel. I'd be interested how effective Signlab is at importing a pdf fontwise, ie are the lettershapes retained are does it just latch on to any installed font on system?
Alan

Mon Apr 11, 2005 12:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: which 'freebies' work?

Replies: 8

Views: 818

I had loads of A6 pads printed, 50 sheets to a pad and I give these out to visiting customers or leave in the van sometimes with a decent quality pen. I reckoned that people would jot a number or note down, tear off and pass it on and it is surprising where these turn up and everyone needs paper at ...

Sun Apr 10, 2005 4:10 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Annoying artwork conversion

Replies: 14

Views: 2638

Just a thought but when you export as eps do you have the preview turned off, the preview is normally only used for positioning but can generate a proportion of the file size if its not needer for the rip don't include it. If the file were to be imported into Quark for example you would only see a g...

Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:26 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: corgi logo - colour reference?

Replies: 3

Views: 854

The new Corgi logo has a fountain fill in it but the Pantone no. is 144C. If you ask Corgi they will email you the logo in various formats and colour models including vector ai/eps ready for cutting, pdf is also there with full spec.
Alan

Tue Mar 29, 2005 3:17 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i get the rght proof for exoprting for litho?

Replies: 12

Views: 3252

Britchenko is right it will probably print ok and his advice of getting the printer to supply a print is sound. From my experience the Corel print preview is not bad in displaying the separations but make sure the colour manager is set right, mine is set for professional output and viewing the separ...

Tue Mar 29, 2005 1:54 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i get the rght proof for exoprting for litho?

Replies: 12

Views: 3252

Is this a cmyk leaflet or spot colour? How does it look in print preview, looking at the separated plates. A desktop inkjet is not the best proofing device especially if not postscript.
Alan

Wed Mar 16, 2005 9:31 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aircraft registration font

Replies: 5

Views: 2514

Using cast vinyl, its for a light/single engined plane. I suspect a good quality polymeric may be ok for this though.
Alan

Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aircraft registration font

Replies: 5

Views: 2514

I spoke to the CAA today and they had fairly flexible attitude in as much as the font needed to be a sans serif font easily readable and provided the sizing was correct that would be ok. I have seen ordinary Helvetica bold on aircraft so may well go with that. The stuff on the website is for guidanc...

Mon Mar 14, 2005 3:32 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Aircraft registration font

Replies: 5

Views: 2514

Aircraft registration font

I've been asked to provide aircraft registion lettering, I've got the spec. from the CAA website but does anybody know if there is an approved font in ttf ready to go.
Alan

Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:27 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab 7.1 version coming, is it an upgrade?

Replies: 8

Views: 2873

Speak to Ray, I've already told him of a couple within the last couple of weeks, one or two I've not mentioned from E6 that carried over.
Alan

Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:04 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Signlab 7.1 version coming, is it an upgrade?

Replies: 8

Views: 2873

May not be just a bug fix for V7 but has it fixed bugs that are in V7
Alan

Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:04 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Thermal Ribbons..sorce. Number plate Machine.

Replies: 5

Views: 1361

Try this, make a raectangle the same size as plate and fill the grey you want - convert to greyscale bitmap - goto bitmaps, colour transform - halftone, from the slider you can choose your dot size. I suspect your printer is not postscript, if it was you could change the dot size from the linescreen...

Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home or Shop - opinions please

Replies: 24

Views: 1832

I work from home but have a 30' X 18' garage with 8' high double door and a carport on the side of that for vehicles, a separate room for computers tacked onto that. Nice and cheap overheads wise and come the winter with snow on the ground I'm very glad only have to go the bottom of the garden. This...

Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:02 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Anyone use Easysign

Replies: 5

Views: 1335

Yes I do, alongside Signlab V7 and Corel Draw V12. I can't claim to be as clued up on Easysign as the others but I'll help if I can. (Easysign V3 vinyl design & cutting only - v4 basic only)
Alan

Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:48 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Mug Press wanted

Replies: 3

Views: 511

Lee, I was thinking about £400.00 + VAT if you are still interested can you email me
Alan

Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:47 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Mug Press wanted

Replies: 3

Views: 511

I have. Jarin Industries (Europa Leisure HF2200) www.europa-leisure.co.uk for full spec.
Alan

Sat Feb 19, 2005 12:27 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: keen cut opinions please

Replies: 11

Views: 2182

I use the Practik and although it is supposed to be marginally less accurate than the Javelin it is head and shoulders betters than a knife and straight edge and fine for Foamex (or similar). 10mm Foamex is hard work though, I went on to an Excalibur and that is fine on 10mm and even cuts Dibond. Ti...

Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:13 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me if windows 2000 will work with signlab?

Replies: 15

Views: 3851

Brian has summed it up, I would add that it isn't perfect as a duplicate won't retain this information and sometimes resizing may corrupt it. I'm rather hoping that Cadlink can get this right eventually as this would then be a MAJOR improvement rather than a good one. Signlab could do with a clone t...

Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:33 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me if windows 2000 will work with signlab?

Replies: 15

Views: 3851

Shadowing and outline are far far easier, replay - enabling a shape property to be transfereed to another ie shadow setting, welding a script letter and then being able to alter spelling and the result still welded and shadowed or whatever, being able to put specific icons on your worspace, improved...

Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:20 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me if windows 2000 will work with signlab?

Replies: 15

Views: 3851

You will notice a huge improvement with V7 over 4.95 especially if you use shadows and outlines and want to run multi instances. I only use Signlab for vinyl cutting and I wouldn't go back to 4.95
Alan

Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:36 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Cut path Help

Replies: 7

Views: 1610

Use the path as a powerclip shape. Powerclip the image into that and you can add an outline to that

Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:59 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me what the 'zoom open' tool is?

Replies: 2

Views: 1113

It was in V5 as well, never knew what it did there either. In V7 though it does have a use, normally everytime you open a file you get another instance of the programme, use zoom open and the file you open replaces (onscreen only NOT overwrites) the current file displayed so only one file and one in...

Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:56 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why after re-installing do i still not have a smart bar?

Replies: 7

Views: 2050

Must admit never had that go missing. I know with some programmes after a uninstal a folder has still remained, I have manually deleted that, rebooted then installed. This has cured problems but I've never had to do that with Signlab. Did you create a restore point before installing Illustrator?
Alan

Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:54 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why after re-installing do i still not have a smart bar?

Replies: 7

Views: 2050

Go to view tab - toolbars, are they ticked?. On the rare occassions Signlab has gone t*ts up the toolbars get switched off here.
Alan

Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:25 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone advise what are the limitations of Corel?

Replies: 27

Views: 6686

If you use the Type 1 fonts that also came with Corel you will find they export and import more accurately than the True Type versions especially at small sizes. Type 1 are supported in Windows 2000 and XP but will require ATM or similar in 95/98 etc. I use both Corel V12 (one of the best versions) ...

Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:37 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: rumble tumbs

Replies: 18

Views: 2715

Good work Steve, I bet your customer was well pleased. What is the font used for the 'Food made for you' line?
Alan

Sat Feb 12, 2005 10:25 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with corel toolbar problem please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2547

A good idea is to save your workspace so that if thing to go haywire you can easily import. (only takes a few seconds). Take note of what Trev B says he is probably more knowledgeable about Corel than all of us. Trev, can you get Cadlink to put in a 'save workspace' like Corels I've hade mine go a c...

Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:52 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: MAC to PC. need help/advice please.

Replies: 14

Views: 1004

Transmac from http://www.asy.com is shareware and that does have a size restriction if you register there is no ristriction on size, Crossfont (a font converter) is also downloadable from this site and between them I have always managed to convert any Mac file I've been sent. It actually works best ...

Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:56 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Sublimination T-shirt supplier?

Replies: 22

Views: 7981

Try www.europa-leisure.co.uk - They make excellent presses too.
Alan

Wed Feb 09, 2005 5:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i remove t-shirt lettering from garment?

Replies: 16

Views: 2758

Carrie I wasn't aware that Hot Mark from Victory had any specific shelf life, I can't find it on any blurb - did Victory tell you this and how long is the life?
Alan

Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Plugging stuff in - parrallel cables to pc?

Replies: 21

Views: 1838

DSI is right in as much 3 lpt ports is the ideal and although this set up worked very well on previous computers the card clashed with something in the new one (modem I think) therefore the network fix.
Alan

Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Plugging stuff in - parrallel cables to pc?

Replies: 21

Views: 1838

Had a similar problem to you Dewi, rather than buy switches I plugged the printers/plotters into a networked computer and printed/cut to those devices via the network. Cutting was done by having Signlab's plot spooler on the remote computer, printer is plugged in and set up as normal. (you may be ne...

Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:53 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are peoples opinions on the roland cm-500 good or bad?

Replies: 14

Views: 4887

Reading Rob's post it was totally different when I wanted a lcd for my Graphtec 3100 (dropped vinyl role on old one - doh) Graphtec were very very helpful, part in stock and delivered next day and told me how to fit it over the phone. Just had my 6 year old one serviced, engineer told me probably go...

Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: looking for 3m product not sure if its a tape or vinyl?

Replies: 5

Views: 1157

Not sure if this is the same company but Tekman (which supply double sided tapes etc) are on 01451 830044
Alan

Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:26 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: wanted cutter

Replies: 60

Views: 5294

I thought Art Systems on 0115 943 1404 were the Summa people, the guy who installed mine (via Edward Mathias) came from Liverpool I think and I'm near Cambridge. I have a T750 and have not had too much trouble setting it up, I do Know that that blade lateral angle can affect the cut alot though. Did...

Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:01 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: just a big thank-you too cadlink Support and Mr Hays

Replies: 2

Views: 1171

I think it is encouraging when companies/suppliers are seen to be active on these boards and emphasizes what a facility the ukboard is.
Alan

Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:41 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i remove t-shirt lettering from garment?

Replies: 16

Views: 2758

Obviously I very rarely make mistakes because us profeshunuls seldom do - but I found that by repressing if you were quick you could peel Hotmark off and pressing again would reduce the glue stain. Once corrected logo was put on you would not notice. This only really is true for small lettering and ...

Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:57 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Which vinyl to buy and where from?

Replies: 25

Views: 3577

I use Multifix 7000 series which I have always liked, I believe that Multifix is now owned by MacTac and they share a similar film face. Tried APA vinyl the other day (needed to match colour) must say a VAST improvement on how it used to be.
Alan

Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i remove t-shirt lettering from garment?

Replies: 16

Views: 2758

Victory have never said to me about the pressure causing the residue and I do use firm pressure but it only happens on the white, for me not a huge issue. Graphiflex PU is a similar product to Hot Mark it feels harder and thicker although it seems to cut and weed ok the main point is that the blurb ...

Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: anyone using remote networking?

Replies: 20

Views: 1942

I agree with elitesigns, wired is best including speed, wires not always practical though and wireless can be ideal for some. Outline seems to be struggling at the moment Cadet/Signlab/wireless I hope he gets sorted soon.
Alan

Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:59 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i remove t-shirt lettering from garment?

Replies: 16

Views: 2758

I have done but half that seems to do as good a job. On the occassions I have spoken to Victory they agree that a second press may be better. I am very pleased with the results. Yesterday I tried Hot Mark with Griphiflex PU, same file cut and pressed on same material using recomended temperature and...

Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: TIRED OF YOUR JOB

Replies: 12

Views: 1299

I agree, in this country you have to be either rich or poor if you're in the middle and an ordinary bloke/woman trying to make a living you're STUFFED. As for the parties I'm feeling very unrepresented at the moment.
Alan

Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: anyone using remote networking?

Replies: 20

Views: 1942

I use wireless for 2 of my computers (one of which is also wired to a third which is not practical to connect to the router) and I have the D-Link 604 router modem with D-Link cards in both computers. 1 computer is in the house, 1 computer in shed bottom of garden about 18 metres away. Having a comp...

Sat Jan 29, 2005 6:03 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: new eco jet 1 series

Replies: 2

Views: 1113

Different strokes for different folks, I always get on very well with Victory - worth haggling price wise though, have to do that with all suppliers though. Does anybody pay the published prices for vinyl in suppliers books?
Alan

Sat Jan 29, 2005 5:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i remove t-shirt lettering from garment?

Replies: 16

Views: 2758

I press at 170 for 18 seconds, allow to cool and remove backing then repress. This really pushes Hot Mark into the garment. I have a Jarin Industries/Europa Leisure press HF 4500 sports press (http://www.europa-leisure.co.uk) with Teflon coated head and repressing directly over the top causes no pro...

Sat Jan 29, 2005 4:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can i remove t-shirt lettering from garment?

Replies: 16

Views: 2758

I get the same thing with Hot Mark, mainly with the white. Rub the mark with your fingernail to loosen and then repress and it will go. My press has a teflon coated platten so a second press straight on is no problem, teflon sheet would work as well.
Alan

Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comparisons please with graphiflex with victorys hot mark?

Replies: 8

Views: 1531

I have spoken to Victory and there is a range of settings, I was just curious what settings work for other folk and if Hot Mark had been compared to other products. I like Hot Mark, other manufacturers have similar products and they evolve and improve if I could get the ease of weeding, opacity and ...

Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:44 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does signlab have tool bar problems?

Replies: 7

Views: 1678

I am always running multiple Signlab files, Corel Draw, Corel Paint and others at the same time with no problems at all.
Gorilla are your toolbars fixed or floating? floating ones don't seem to stick.
Alan

Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:39 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comparisons please with graphiflex with victorys hot mark?

Replies: 8

Views: 1531

Thanks for the replies, out of interest what temperature and time do you use for Hotmark?
Alan

Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: comparisons please with graphiflex with victorys hot mark?

Replies: 8

Views: 1531

comparisons please with graphiflex with victorys hot mark?

Has anybody compared the Graphityp-Graphiflex PU (the one you iron over) with Victory's Hot Mark. I have been using Hot Mark for ages and although it is very good you can't iron over it, the Graphiflex PU sample seems ok but you can never really tell durability wise until it gets in the hands of the...

Mon Jan 24, 2005 6:07 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4359

Glad you found your way here.
Regards
alan

Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:45 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with quick Windows/corel question please?

Replies: 21

Views: 4359

Trev, being nosey now are you the same Trev B that takes part in the Corel NG?
Alan

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:46 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: buying new equipment what do you recommend pc or mac?

Replies: 43

Views: 14763

Rob, rather than go to a large manufacturer is there no local 'computer shop' who will advise and build one for you. I always have my work machines built this way and not only do they seem quicker than the large store ones but the shop is there for advise and local if some thing does go wrong.
Alan

Sun Jan 02, 2005 8:41 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i deactivate simualte complex filled curves please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1380

On export to AI a dialogue box will come up and it will be one of the selections there. If you are trying to get rid of lines which can split lettering and shapes this should do the trick OR convert your text to curves and then break apart, middles of letters ie O & P etc will only display if yo...

Wed Dec 15, 2004 8:16 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: service pack 2

Replies: 6

Views: 1471

I thought you could uninstal the service pack for XP it adds a restore point or did on the computer I put it on, not done it on the work computer yet though.
Alan

Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guess I have the last laugh

Replies: 10

Views: 1551

I have lost jobs or had customers change for one reason or another and in some instances it has been a good thing because when they come back they very seldom ever leave again.
Alan

Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:15 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: club vr4

Replies: 113

Views: 29871

A cowboy to me is someone or company that doesn't care what they are doing. A new guy can care, he will improve and, to me, end up being more competition. This thread reminds me very much of a conversation I had with another signwriter many years ago when the 4b first came out, "bloody stickers, nob...

Fri Dec 10, 2004 6:42 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does signlab close down when changing font?

Replies: 21

Views: 5978

I see what you mean when floating, not a problem if new toolbar fixed though.
Alan

Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: test for me please!

Replies: 70

Views: 5903

Back to normal at the Essex - Cambridge border
Alan

Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: test for me please!

Replies: 70

Views: 5903

Still at .net here at the Essex - Cambridge border
Alan

Thu Dec 02, 2004 3:21 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: whats the best way of importing from corel 10 to signlab 7?

Replies: 4

Views: 1260

Look at the drawing in wireframe (Signlab) if it is a vector drawing then it is as good as it will get, as Marcella said Signlabs display is poor compared to Corels
Alan

Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Question???

Replies: 13

Views: 1572

I use Transmac and Crossfont, both from www.asy.com this will enable you to read Mac disks (virtually all types) and convert the files & fonts to pc format. The fonts can then be installed in the normal way.
Alan

Tue Nov 23, 2004 1:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: letter to prospective clients?

Replies: 26

Views: 1818

Dewi, I use laser film from Autotype called Delta film in HP 5000 - A3 laser printer for the use of making positive litho plates but it is ok for some screening work, to make the image very black I use an image enhancer from Imaging Direct, wipe it over the toner on the mat print side and then warm ...

Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:16 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Can anyone point me in the right direction with importing?

Replies: 4

Views: 1230

To avoid these construction lines when exporting from Corel make sure the option simulate complex filled curves is deselected (I don't have any selected and choose a low version of Illustrator)
Alan

Fri Nov 19, 2004 10:00 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl that will adhere to hi-refl motorway jackets?

Replies: 30

Views: 4011

Look at the Europa Leisure sports press HF4500 Tel: 01376 517717 - 2 different sized plattens which are coated so you don't need Teflon paper sheets.
Alan

Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:41 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Dongles........

Replies: 24

Views: 4686

Becky, I think wings is connected to Corel in some way but out of interest what made you change to pulse?
Alan

Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Font Management

Replies: 5

Views: 624

The pane on the left ie the catalogue will contain the fonts on your hard disk (once its found them). You can include other fonts from removable disks and you will be prompted to install and/or copy them to your hard disk to the folder of your choice.
Alan

Wed Nov 17, 2004 12:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Font Management

Replies: 5

Views: 624

No, when you first run Navigator it, it makes a catalogue of your fonts by searching the system so fonts can be in several different folders. When you run Font Navigator you have 2 panes, catalogue in left, installed fonts in right and you can drag the font/s from one to the other. If you use Corel ...

Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: signlab probs

Replies: 11

Views: 1479

I agree mostly with the other guys, your decision to upgrade may be made for you at some stage as I'm not sure if 4.95 will run correctly in XP perhaps someone from Cadlink can advise. Although I do agree mainly with the others I am glad that I did upgrade to V7.
Alan

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:20 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 5

Views: 1462

I think Signlab V7 does handle photos better than 5 but it is still not good if you compare to Corel and others.
alan

Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:17 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can you get vector file from .pdf's?

Replies: 11

Views: 3178

If the object in a pdf is vector then yes. Import into Corel Draw as pdf, if the pdf is too high a version you will get an error message, if you have full Acrobat open pdf and save as eps - fonts embedded (or postscript but fonts may not work) and then import that into Corel as eps or postscript int...

Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:06 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: how do you back up your pcs properly?

Replies: 33

Views: 8080

I suppose when you looks at the price of computers now a days and their spec. getting a 2nd machine is not such a bad idea any way. I get new kit every 3 years and the original becomes the spare on the network so stuff is still available and what was the spare becomes my kids games machine (although...

Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:01 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: how do you back up your pcs properly?

Replies: 33

Views: 8080

Dewi Ghost V9 comes with Ghost 2003 disk in the box as well, which does support earlier os BUT does not do incremental backups.
Alan

Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:53 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Dibond Sign Trays: Work in Progress

Replies: 30

Views: 3787

I like that script font on the opening hours, what is it?
Alan

Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:27 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: how do you back up your pcs properly?

Replies: 33

Views: 8080

For less than £40.00 you can get Norton's Ghost software which will take a 'snapshot' of your system to create a recovery disk. If you then have a problem put this back in and you can be back to normal. Ghost V9 also allows incremental backups and (I think) drive copies.
Alan

Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:37 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Overcutting

Replies: 14

Views: 3251

Changing direction in Corel is easy (look at toolbar at top) not sure about start point.
Alan

Wed Nov 10, 2004 6:29 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Overcutting

Replies: 14

Views: 3251

Changing the start point is easily done in Signlab. Go to node edit to display nodes - place cursor over the node you want to start - right click and move cursor to arrow icon. Node will then have direction arrow from it. You can change direction as well by dragging to middle left icon, this sometim...

Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:18 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Dongles........

Replies: 24

Views: 4686

Mike, can you not claim on your insurance? I know they won't cover software but surely a dongle is hardware worth arguing the point. As Cadlinks name cropped up I thought they charge about £70.00 for a usb dongle but that may have changed, be interested to know what the sign programme people do char...

Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:41 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does signlab close down when changing font?

Replies: 21

Views: 5978

Singlab is on version 1 build 3 I think. Becky make sure fonts are installed for Signlab and that tt fonts are installed with Windows, if you are using Corel 9/10 onwards Font Navigator which was supplied with it is ideal. With Corel press F8 while starting Corel and accept factory default workspace...

Sat Nov 06, 2004 9:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: accuracy of cutter - help

Replies: 7

Views: 769

I get this too with my Graphtec but never with my Summa which is a tangential cutter, never did know if a drag knife or a driver thing (Signlab) perhaps a pattern will emerge from other posts.
Alan

Wed Nov 03, 2004 4:47 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: New Business advice

Replies: 12

Views: 2438

For those using Corel, there are some excellent scripts at www.oberonplace.com which would help with tiling etc if your plugin did not support it. Sounds like the basic signlab Brian describes would be a good bet if starting out.
Alan

Fri Oct 29, 2004 5:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Broadband

Replies: 8

Views: 891

Hi Alan no missprint £14.99 inc vat - 1 Meg download - 1 gig bandwidth, plenty for email and file transfer. Even if you need more or go over the limit you just get charged I think £1.90 per extra gig upto a max of £25.99 a month (I'm going from memory here) Its on the home page http://www.plus.net a...

Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Broadband

Replies: 8

Views: 891

I just upgraded to a 1 meg connection and at £14.99 a month from plus.net its a gift
Alan

Wed Oct 27, 2004 5:23 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Accounts Software

Replies: 15

Views: 3110

Quickbooks does not require special stationery, you have the choice of printing on blank paper (all lines are printed as well) Pre printed stationery from Intuit, who do the software or your own design and you can alter where the numbers print so that they fit into your boxes. I suspect Sage and the...

Wed Oct 27, 2004 1:31 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Accounts Software

Replies: 15

Views: 3110

I use Quickbooks or more to the point my wife does and she reckons it is very easy. Don't confuse Quickbooks with Quicken.
Alan

Wed Oct 27, 2004 9:09 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Scanning & Vectorising - What software??

Replies: 6

Views: 1516

I use Signlab for vectorising and although it is miles better than Corel Trace it still needs editing and for some logos digitising on screen is quicker, I have to say Signlabs node editing is exceptionally easy and screen digitising is a doddle.
Alan

Tue Oct 26, 2004 2:45 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm speed setting

Replies: 7

Views: 2028

Col - this is just a bit of a guess, in Signlab you can alter the plotter speed etc from the plotter settings box and this will over ride what is actually set at the cutting plotter (this can be turned off from the ini file) does Signlab have this same control when printing and cutting to the Versac...

Tue Oct 26, 2004 2:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: signlab 6-7

Replies: 2

Views: 580

I think Signlab is a dog for large amounts of text too - always use Corel because it is so much better for this and the resultant drawing is so easy to put into Signlab for cutting.
Alan

Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Self-Employed or Employed or Both????

Replies: 11

Views: 1053

I agree with you Becky, being VAT registered is an advantage to me (I'm just self employed working from home) my customers don't care because they claim it back, I however claim the vat back on all my materials, equipment, fuel, services I buy in etc. I use Quickbooks for the accounts, Sage and simi...

Sun Oct 24, 2004 9:22 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help please with coreldrawv9 & EPS Files?

Replies: 9

Views: 2928

Yes you must use the postscript interpreted filter - but if you were to print your 'grey box' to a postscript device it would probably print as expected - to a non postscript device you would get a grey box or a low resolution preview which displayed. The eps filter only displays the preview and rel...

Sat Oct 23, 2004 5:36 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: What am I doing wrong?

Replies: 12

Views: 3377

Don't have Versacamm or Cadet of my own so don't know about opos, what I mean regarding Signlab is that Signlab puts the registration marks on then prints. After reloading use the jog function in Signlab, move the first mark that comes up over the first mark on the file and the plotter head will mov...

Sat Oct 23, 2004 9:24 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Versacamm or Cadet

Replies: 13

Views: 2366

I agree, very seldom do I buy hardware or software that works the way I was lead to believe.
Alan

Sat Oct 23, 2004 9:14 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: What am I doing wrong?

Replies: 12

Views: 3377

Signlab has a jog function that when combined with registration marks enables logos to be cut after they have been laminated. It is documented in help.
Alan

Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:32 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone advise with cadet & contour cutting problem?

Replies: 3

Views: 1336

can anyone advise with cadet & contour cutting problem?

Has anyone experienced this - Using a Cadet plus Troop Rip, eps files from Corel Draw V8. Exported eps with contour with correct settings, 1st print printed but did not contour cut - reset machine and computer. 2nd time printed and contour cut as expected, remaining jobs all printed but refused to c...

Wed Oct 20, 2004 5:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Glad I've got a spellchecker

Replies: 1

Views: 420

Isn't that how you spell it then?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 6:41 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: COREL 10 CRASHING

Replies: 3

Views: 409

Corel V10 was one of the worst versions I ever used but changing operating system to W2000 and then onto XP pro certainly changed it into something more reliable. Make sure you install the service patches and have plenty of memory - ram and free disk space. Install a postscript printer (any will do)...

Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:43 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can a pdf be dismantled & exported into signlab please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3389

Although a pdf can be opened, if you don't have the font it won't come over but if you have full Acrobat, the pdf can be saved as an eps (with fonts embedded - assuming they were to start with) import the eps into Corel Draw using the postscript interpreted filter - text to curves. In most cases you...

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:25 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there a printed manual included in signlab 7 upgrade?

Replies: 5

Views: 1677

From a vinyl point of view I wouldn't say the improvement was huge except multiple instances and no lag before cutting starts - can't speak regarding printing. I would say that I much prefere it over V5, and have had no stability problems and although it still needs some 'fine tuning' on the whole v...

Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:16 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there a printed manual included in signlab 7 upgrade?

Replies: 5

Views: 1677

I can cope with no manual but the help files must be very good to compensate. Corel don't include a clipart or font manual now but it is available to buy separately if required.
Alan

Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:39 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can a pdf be dismantled & exported into signlab please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3389

Not sure on V6 but in V5 under Distiller settings - security. You can make it so it cannot print/edit or do anything other than display, I think you can even put passwords on them.
Alan

Tue Sep 28, 2004 8:34 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Deals offered with inkjet?

Replies: 6

Views: 1359

I think one of the points of saving backwards is to retain text editing, I don't think this is possible with an export. It can be a pain here and I have only one Signlab for those with more than 2, 3 or more the prospect of having to upgrade all of them to retain the studio flexibility is enough to ...

Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:37 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: what is the best way of cutting photos in signlab?

Replies: 4

Views: 1341

If you want to edit your photo cut image try this - install Roland plotter and set it to file - cut your job to the Roland plotter giving the job a plt extension - import into Signlab (or Corel Draw) using hpgl/plt import filter - edit and save as normal.
Alan

Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Deals offered with inkjet?

Replies: 6

Views: 1359

You're not the first to say that, even Illustrator and Corel can save backwards
Alan

Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: how long's a piece of string

Replies: 12

Views: 1126

Just before and just after Christmas is definitely slower for me, it enables me to catch up and then start the year gently this may not be ideal for you though. Unless you have to take the 'leap of faith' I would delay until after the festivities.
alan

Tue Sep 21, 2004 10:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: t-shirt presses

Replies: 7

Views: 1262

A heat press also provides pressure as well as heat. I use Victory Hot Mark that requires 155/165 degrees and a fair bit of pressure so be selective of your material if only using a domestic iron.
alan

Tue Sep 21, 2004 5:16 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why does my characters type in multiples of one?

Replies: 7

Views: 1699

Try downloading from the ftp site.
Alan

Sat Sep 18, 2004 8:51 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Injet Tranfer Papers - Waste of time? or getting better?

Replies: 2

Views: 964

Might be worth looking at the colour laser stuff too, I use Magic Touch papers with a Panasonic laser printer and results are good. It is posible to print onto a special white vinyl(?) for coloured shirts. Magic Touch can give you chapter and verse on all the different papers and materials to print ...

Wed Sep 08, 2004 4:05 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: what is this error "The MPS parser is unable to parse t

Replies: 21

Views: 5989

Try converting text to graphic first and make sure it is not a complete path ie each letter can be a path but not the whole text string, maybe too many nodes.
Alan

Wed Sep 08, 2004 4:02 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: tip for creating shadows with Signlab

Replies: 2

Views: 1035

Go to node edit you will see an arrow pointing from a node in the direction of the path. Place cursor over that node and a right click and hold down for edit icons, drag to icon showing circular arrows (middle left)
Alan

Wed Sep 08, 2004 8:56 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: tip for creating shadows with Signlab

Replies: 2

Views: 1035

tip for creating shadows with Signlab

I when putting a shadow on text or object with Signlab and you find a bit dropping off try this, covert text to graphic and on the letters concerned reverse the path direction. Shadow should now draw correctly.
Alan

Wed Sep 08, 2004 8:50 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i reduce nodes when i use contour cut please?

Replies: 2

Views: 1168

On simpler object put an outline on and convert that to object. Nodes are curves not small straight lines, can be erratic on some text though.
Alan

Wed Sep 08, 2004 8:47 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Shine on Polo-Shirt

Replies: 7

Views: 1291

If you have a Jarin Industries/Europa Leisure press a teflon sheet may not be required because the top platten in teflon coated anyway. I often double press and have never used a teflon sheet.
Alan

Tue Sep 07, 2004 1:47 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Folex laser sheets.

Replies: 8

Views: 1979

I use Autotype Delta film from Imaging Direct 01296 630111. They also do a film enhancer which when warmed makes the image very black, a bit pricey but is slightly more effective than white spirit. I use the film for litho printing work.
Alan

Mon Sep 06, 2004 8:49 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: has anyone got any views on signlab 7 and how good it is?

Replies: 3

Views: 1012

I don't have Flexi so can't comment on it, I do have Signlab V5/E6/E7 though and I much prefere V7 to V5 although E6 users may not notice too much different (I speak about vinyl cutting only as no printing is done here) It is difficult to list all the things that I find better but if you want to men...

Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Email Artwork

Replies: 14

Views: 1629

I use Acrobat - more flexible than Corel's own export as it is more like printing. Jaws pdf creator is a cheaper option but with Acrobat you can export a pdf to eps therefore if people send you a pdf you can convert it for cutting.
Alan

Fri Sep 03, 2004 1:26 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Need help which one to buy?

Replies: 15

Views: 3900

I have a Graphtec FC3100 - 60 and a Summa T750 pro with OPOS. Both perform very very well, I think the Graphtec is better at setup and especially when loading smaller bits of vinyl, runs very straight, the Summa pulls vinyl through as you need it (Graphtec may do this now) which is good. Cut quality...

Sun Aug 29, 2004 11:16 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me why signlab 5 weld don't on XP?

Replies: 15

Views: 4176

Not so much the version but the revision I have revision 6.3 of version 5 and the ordering seems ok. I also have 1 gig of ram and the undo doesn't work unless you alter memory settings nor does multiple instances. I think you may be able to download revision updates, not sure. An upgrade is worth it...

Sun Aug 29, 2004 11:08 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: what would be your wish list for signlab tools?

Replies: 4

Views: 1374

Good idea, Corel does this (along with many) there are many functions in Corel that would be very good in Signlab ie text handling in general which I think Signlab does poorly
Alan

Sun Aug 29, 2004 11:05 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutters with OPOS funtion.

Replies: 8

Views: 2716

I have a Summa T750 with OPOS, I have not used it to any degree as yet but the chap who installed the cutter demonstrated it in my workshop and the accuracy was spot on. He used both the Wincut driver which came with the cutter and from Signlab V5 which has an OPOS driver for the Summa.
Alan

Sat Aug 28, 2004 5:18 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me why signlab 5 weld don't on XP?

Replies: 15

Views: 4176

I think this was a problem with V5 with W2000 and XP but only on the early revisions, workround is to change the colour order on the pallette first , that colour order should now be right at weld time.
Alan

Mon Aug 23, 2004 3:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who makes stencils?

Replies: 3

Views: 637

Who makes stencils?

I have had an request for a stencil approx 1000mm square, suitable for repeat marking of sacks, the stencil to be made of something that will take repeated spraying of paint and handling, are there companies that specialise in this sort of thing (I'm in Essex - relatively local would be good)
Alan

Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:11 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: PLUNGE

Replies: 17

Views: 3382

From what I understand even full solvent printed items can require laminating in some instances, so if this is the case - printing then laminating and then putting into another machine for contour cutting is the only option. I have a Summa with OPUS and although I have never really got to grips with...

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:52 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Question about Magicut Paper

Replies: 5

Views: 2050

I get the same thing mainly on white. After speaking to Mat at Victory he suggested temperature of 155 -165 at 20 seconds - firm pressure. I use the hotter setting and the residue (mainly on backing edge) is reduced. Only seen to have it on white though.
Alan

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:48 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: what side do you paint your shadows?

Replies: 10

Views: 5009

I was always taught to do a right hand shade. For me it always 'fell' right with the brush, I don't think there is a right or wrong just personnal preference.
Alan

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:44 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i add an area onto a photo please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4162

Robert, Corel Draw doesn't have a magic wand tool but Corel Photo Paint (part of the suite) does. If you have a bitmap in Draw double clicking should launch Paint - after bitmap editing, closing Paint will put the item back into Draw. Draw has only a few bitmap editing function. For those needing a ...

Mon Aug 09, 2004 4:42 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Question about Magicut Paper

Replies: 5

Views: 2050

I tried it some time ago and if the same stuff comes in sheets and I think is ink based. For me it was not as good as Hot Mark which is available from Victory Design. It was some time ago though so may have improved.
Alan

Fri Aug 06, 2004 5:55 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: information: free patch 3 has been released for signlab

Replies: 5

Views: 1483

You may well already have it if it is a recent buy. with Signlab open, go to 'help - about Signlab, with that open press alt r . If it shows build 3 I think that is the latest. Version Number 7 and Revision number 1 remains unchanged. (Information courtesy of Ray at Cadlink when I asked the same que...

Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:22 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does this happen to anyone else in signlab?

Replies: 7

Views: 2230

Came across this the other day (may not be your problem though) Using some postscript fonts and probably some VEF ones which were conversions. When applying shadow, with or without outline part/s of the shadow will drop off - convert letters to curves and with node edit reverse the path direction of...

Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:11 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: what are the benefits of using singlab 7?

Replies: 4

Views: 1288

I have been a longtime user of V5 and decided to move when I bought a new computer with XP Pro. I was after V7 and because that was a little way off E6 was supplied in the meantime. V7 is now used as the main sign production software. From what I understand the main advantage of V7 is the new Cut Ma...

Thu Aug 05, 2004 1:11 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: information: free patch 3 has been released for signlab

Replies: 5

Views: 1483

Thanks, will it be on the ftp site too, I couldn't see it.
Alan

Wed Jul 28, 2004 2:46 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: *.PLT Files

Replies: 7

Views: 2512

Signlab and corel Draw will both import HPGL *.plt files and Signlab will also import Advantage/Omega *.plt files.
Alan

Tue Jul 27, 2004 4:39 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Business Accounts

Replies: 15

Views: 1435

If you are self employed just have a personnal account, if in credit banking is normally free, keep your bookwork tidy, providing the taxman can see the money coming in and the money going out he won't care what account its in. Tidy bookkeeping will save on your accountants bill as well
Alan

Sat Jul 24, 2004 1:53 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Need help from the tradional pros please

Replies: 4

Views: 3401

Glass gilding is normally done by painting a black outline of the letter/logo on the inside of the glass and when dry applying loose leaf gold leaf cut into pieces on a gilders cusion and applied with a gilder's tip and water size. Obviously the leaf can not be cut to exact letter shape therefor the...

Thu Jul 22, 2004 8:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: how much would you quote for 100 off domed 50mm stickers?

Replies: 4

Views: 714

Unless there 1000s of them and you can automate the production I would have thought £6.50 for 4 was a very competitive price.
Alan

Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:57 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i export an AI from Sign lab to Coreldraw please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2033

By turning Corel's manager off the display should be closer to Signlabs display, I agree some sort of management would be required if for print output then the print device may have a profile to use with the manager. I suppose depending on which version and modules you have in Signlab display may va...

Wed Jul 21, 2004 8:32 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how do i export an AI from Sign lab to Coreldraw please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2033

Have a look at the colour manager in Corel and make sure it is turned OFF.
Even if colours are off use Corel's 'find and replace' function to change colours easily.
Alan

Tue Jul 06, 2004 8:36 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: could anyone tell me what Flock film is please?

Replies: 3

Views: 968

I use Hotmark film from Victory and Flock for either Victory or The Magic Touch. Hotmark is very thin allowing very small letters to be cut, once pressed on shirt very difficult to feel, almost becomes part of the fabric - flock is much thicker and may need a blade set at a different angle to cut pr...

Mon Jun 28, 2004 6:51 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Web Design Software

Replies: 6

Views: 1021

Try Namo Web editor 5.5 - www.namo.com
Alan

Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:36 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: information: signlab 7 patch 2 release

Replies: 4

Views: 1169

I think it IS professional releasing a patch so soon. You can test software till the cows come home but its not until real signmakers doing real jobs on loads of different systems on a daily basis do the real flaws become apparent, the fact that some of these are addressed so soon gives me confidenc...

Thu Jun 17, 2004 2:04 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does anyone have any updated comments on signlab V7?

Replies: 6

Views: 1352

Fair comment David, having never had MDI I have not appreciated the restrictions it would have made. I'm glad Cadlink read and respond to the Signboard. Can you make us aware of patches as and when they are available?
Alan

Wed Jun 16, 2004 2:49 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: exporting from coreldraw as an eps

Replies: 4

Views: 730

It is not uncommon for eps files to be very large especially if you have used high resolution images and effects. Make sure that you are using a common colour model ie if Pantone - everything Pantone - if cmyk everything cmyk, don't mix it may not separate the way you expect. From Corel you can do a...

Tue Jun 08, 2004 8:55 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Signlab/gerber edge help....please

Replies: 11

Views: 2247

Signlab has a jog function which I think is supposed to compensate for vinyl skewing and stretch, I'm not an expert but this may be a direction to look.
Alan

Mon Jun 07, 2004 6:40 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Can any body help with using the Ginsu Knife in SignLab?

Replies: 5

Views: 1194

Easysign has something similar to the ginsu knife called pagination and you can set an overlap - ie basically tiling but the bits remain separate so next time you go to the job you could cut just 1 half exactly as before. Frank is it possible in Signlab? (any version) although tiling works well this...

Mon Jun 07, 2004 9:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Keencut

Replies: 27

Views: 2495

Victory Design at 01246 570570 sell Keencut products. Only some of the Excalibur models have the additional head for Dibond/hardboard/glass, model 5000 has all as standard the others I think are options.
Alan

Sat Jun 05, 2004 8:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Keencut

Replies: 27

Views: 2495

I know what you mean Dewi, and although maybe not the first thing I'd buy if starting out I would not want to be without it now.
Alan

Sat Jun 05, 2004 8:50 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: how do i convert Russian font characters in Signlab?

Replies: 5

Views: 1435

Can you get the file into Corel as text? if so export from there as AI or EPS converting text to curves, this will import into Signlab for cutting/printing. I use Corel as a bridge when confronted with outside files as it invariably handles them better than Signlab.
alan

Fri Jun 04, 2004 8:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Keencut

Replies: 27

Views: 2495

I have a Keencut Practik (1500mm) and an Excalibur 5000 which will do Foamex upto 10mm and Dibond to 2-3mm (never used it for Dibond so best check this). Both are excellent machines and have made cutting much easier and quicker. Keencut offer plenty of advice and parts, should you need them easy to ...

Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:33 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: another coral draw question ?

Replies: 3

Views: 764

Yes and no. To shadow something use the extrude function under the effects tab but although good for print not good for cutting. Drop shadows are different and can easily be done by duplicating the text/object - moving to new position - changing colour - putting to back and then welding/trimming as ...

Tue Jun 01, 2004 8:35 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does anyone have any updated comments on signlab V7?

Replies: 6

Views: 1352

Thanks JSK - I wondered what zoom open was for, I've been opening 2 or 3 files then turning off multiple instances from the options tab, how dumb am I?. Multiple page opening would have been far far better, in fact I would have thought that is the obvious way to do it. Draw and others do display muc...

Mon May 31, 2004 11:02 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does anyone have any updated comments on signlab V7?

Replies: 6

Views: 1352

does anyone have any updated comments on signlab V7?

Just took delivery of and installed Signlab 7. On first looking only minor tweaks from E6 (looking from Vinyl cutting point of view) Multi instances work ok now but clumsy compared with Corel which is multi page. Anybody else with comments?
Alan

Mon May 24, 2004 4:00 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: what version of corel draw should i use and why?

Replies: 10

Views: 2620

I use Corel Draw V10 alongside Signlab E6. V10 for me running Win 98SE was hopeless in W2000 and XP Pro, not bad at all. Providing you have a way to cut from Draw ie CoCut/Win Cut or similar Draw will serve you very well, some shadow effects and Weld options may be better with sign programmes but yo...

Fri May 21, 2004 3:31 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I knew I shouldn't have tried XP!

Replies: 8

Views: 1088

I know XP is the future but I had less aggro from Win 2000.
Alan

Fri May 21, 2004 3:29 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Which plotter?

Replies: 5

Views: 1638

I have a one of the older Graphtecs and a Summa t series which also can be fitted with a drag knife holder. The Graphtec is better with small lettering and also has "tangential emulation" which is very good for thick stuff ie. reflective and flock, if the CE has this - go with the Graphtec, apart fr...

Tue May 18, 2004 12:18 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: how can i stop getting too many nodes when contouring?

Replies: 11

Views: 2338

Have you tried cutting it anyway, if the contour was put on the shape actual size, the contour may cut ok. I think some cutters have some sort of smoothing built in.
Alan

Tue May 18, 2004 12:13 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: People that don't pay..

Replies: 30

Views: 4105

I know what you mean Brian, a customer of mine told me of his method which he used with good effect, he got hold of the court form, filled it in with the customers details setting out the amount including court fees and interest, then faxed to his customer who would not pay with a note saying unless...

Thu May 13, 2004 2:33 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone help me with engraving a solid letter?

Replies: 5

Views: 1367

I have a Roland PNC 2100 PNC (For Sale anybody interested) and I always used the Banner Fill option in the Plot menu.
Alan

Mon May 10, 2004 8:41 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter plugin for Illustrator?

Replies: 14

Views: 3299

I've just been to the Graphtec site and under support there are loads of Windows drivers for various Graphtec plotter models and os, is the GCC Puma a Graphtec compatible model though?
Alan

Mon May 10, 2004 5:25 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter plugin for Illustrator?

Replies: 14

Views: 3299

I always think of a plug in as something that puts a function/s within the base programme and a printer driver you just print to a cutting device as opposed to a printer.
Alan

Mon May 10, 2004 8:54 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: why do i get the 'cannot open file' when saving work?

Replies: 7

Views: 1622

Try importing the file rather than opening. Ive not come across this myself with Signlab but this does sometimes help with Corel Draw files (might be worth noting for future reference)
Alan

Sat May 08, 2004 9:22 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Which Software and Why!!

Replies: 8

Views: 2161

Vinyl = Signlab E6 - Easysign V3 - Corel Draw V10
Typesetting = Corel Draw V10 - PagePlus V9
Image editing = Corel Photo Paint
Web = Namo Web Editor V5.5
Acrobat V5
Utilities = FileEx - Transmac - Crossfont
Alan

Thu May 06, 2004 6:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Vehicle Template - Mercedes Vito

Replies: 7

Views: 2083

Rob, I think it is a brave man who takes the vehicle outlines and cuts letters without checking measurements, badge positions etc. - or perhaps I'm getting cynical in my old age.
alan

Sat May 01, 2004 8:53 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The car you drive.....

Replies: 57

Views: 4718

I sold my ferrari - couldn't get a roof rack and it towed like a pig, as I slip into middle age a Citroen Synergy does well. Doesn't have the same ring as a microlight does it.
Alan

Sat May 01, 2004 8:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what did you want to be?

Replies: 12

Views: 1372

Left school on a Wednesday (1974) started work as trainee signwriter the next day - 4 years training - 9 months on the books - 1 self employed but working for same bloke all the time - the rest on my own. Not very varied is it? I should get out more.
Alan

Fri Apr 30, 2004 5:07 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: is there a corel plugin to cut direct from Corel 9?

Replies: 11

Views: 3280

I downloaded the Signtools 3 Demo and have tried it with Corel V10 on W2000 - parts worked ok - drop shadow/with outline but the blocking shadow just gave me an error message. I suspect it is scripts that streamlines and automates functions that Corel can do. I think Co-Cut pro (now available appare...

Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:40 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Cadlink to charge for telephone support!

Replies: 12

Views: 2539

Corel have a news group where people post specific questions which are generally answered by other users, apparently Corel do monitor this and chip in with some of the more technical stuff but generally the "how do I" stuff gets answered by users thus assisting the novices and people who struggle an...

Thu Apr 29, 2004 6:59 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Cadlink to charge for telephone support!

Replies: 12

Views: 2539

Take this for example, you have your Signlab for 1 year plus, been using it with no problems, you buy a new computer with new operating system, install ok but will not cut. In theory to get it going is (assuming dealer can't help) is £195.00 at worst or £35.00 for that one off call. We can only hope...

Thu Apr 29, 2004 4:34 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Cadlink to charge for telephone support!

Replies: 12

Views: 2539

For those wanting to ask that one off question it is going to be very, very expensive. I wonder if the dealers are going to be abliged to follow, so will the first port of call be the dealer or Cadlink and will the dealers be privvy to the technical behind the scenes stuff that Cadlink obvious are. ...

Wed Apr 28, 2004 8:25 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 10

Views: 3210

If truth be known most of us are only using a fraction on the softwares capability. I use Signlabs "align to baseline" alot now, but only twigged how it worked it last year, and I still don't know what "zoom open" does. It would be interesting for others to chip in with functions they have just disc...

Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:36 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 10

Views: 3210

Highlight 2 letters from your text string, left click on superscript icon on top tool bar, right character will move. Right clicking on icon will give size and position options.

Alan

Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Banner display stands?

Replies: 6

Views: 849

Try Boldscan 01823 665849

Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:59 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 10

Views: 3210

Good tip from Big G. Signlab does have superscript etc though.
Alan

Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:15 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Any thought on Vinyl Master Pro??

Replies: 6

Views: 1716

I had a demo disk for VM, seemed pretty good but Signlab for me is still a bit slicker. Try and get this demo disk www.future-1.com
alan

Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How much would you charge?

Replies: 64

Views: 9581

I agree with Martin to a point. If a sign company is efficient, knows their software well and has minimum overheads it is even possible they make more 'back pocket' profit from £225 than another large and clumsy company charging £450. There are many variables.
Alan

Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:47 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 38

Views: 9561

To Outline, perhaps I should have said I find E6 miles better than V5 at text to arc and I do prefer Corel Draw to Illustrator as do many others, for the print work I do I could'nt use Illustrator and for the sign work, Illustrator has no advantage and doesn't warrant the extra money - my opinion bu...

Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:21 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 38

Views: 9561

Just thought I'd mention Signlab E6 is miles better that V5 with text on arc
(Easysign - better still)
Regards
alan

Sat Apr 24, 2004 9:03 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: how do i copy/trace in different sign programmes?

Replies: 11

Views: 3212

Corel has Corel Trace and Illustrator I think has similar both will convert bitmap to vector for cutting. You will get vastly superior results from Signlab. You will have to do some node editing to get the perfect shapes you require, again Signlab is easier with arguably the best node editing functi...

Fri Apr 23, 2004 8:34 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 38

Views: 9561

I'm sure Brian can sort you out with an upgrade. Signlab V5 will work in XP, the problems I came accross were easily sorted, depends a bit on your workflow.
Alan

Wed Apr 21, 2004 4:28 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 38

Views: 9561

Very curious now as I couldn't try the text thing perhaps you could send the challenge to me if you have time, I have always thought the text control in signlab was weak as well. Everything else you mention either worked or could be made to work. V7 should come soon so I'll see what has changed, I d...

Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:32 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 38

Views: 9561

Its very interesting reading other people's views, I like E6 and prefere it to V5, I much prefer Corel Draw to Illustrator and I use it for typesetting with output to imagesetters and lasers as well as signmaking (text handling for large amounts of text is better than Signlab) but I suppose it depen...

Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:13 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Library 2004 Edition

Replies: 22

Views: 4154

I have used both, next time round I will upgrade with Impact and doubt if I will bother with Ingram ever again.
Alan

Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:07 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 38

Views: 9561

I have never used Flexi but I understand it to be a excellent package. I am in the process of upgrading to Signlab 7 and have E6 in the meantime and I have to say if I had known how much better E6 was compared to V5 I would have made the jump sooner. You have to compare version to version as they se...

Sun Apr 18, 2004 11:27 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does signlab 4.95 work with win xp?

Replies: 7

Views: 2639

Your choices are not that good then, upgrade and enjoy. If you have any access to V5 - change fonts to graphics and switch off preview and they may well open in 4.95. A note on upgrading from V4.95, if you use Type 1 fonts in your work you will find sizing changes when opening in higher versions. Alan

Sat Apr 17, 2004 12:26 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: does signlab 4.95 work with win xp?

Replies: 7

Views: 2639

Even running V5 on XP is not without some "quirks" I always thought V5 was a good improvement on V4.95 - E6 has bits that are much better than V5 and I can't wait for the V7 box to arrive, my advice is to upgrade and take advantage of the extra features and benefits that a modern programme and OS ca...

Mon Apr 12, 2004 9:45 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Printed Wrap : My own van

Replies: 11

Views: 2030

I'm impressed, I would love to learn how to wrap, might even be prepared pay money to learn (and I am the meanest man in Essex) never had the bottle to try - well done I hope it is something that becomes a good earner for you. The trouble with the demos I see at shows is that they always seem to cov...

Sat Apr 10, 2004 9:38 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone tell me why i cant import eps. or ai. correctly?

Replies: 2

Views: 1103

Just a note on signlab 5 and XP. I have 1Gb of ram on an XP pro machine and if XP manages the memory - undo doesn't work. Apparently this is a known issue and can be resolved by reducing virtual memory page size. I turned mine off and everything fine exept I can only run one instance of Signlab, hen...

Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:56 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Plotter Technologies-Profile Series- drivers/advice

Replies: 3

Views: 1970

Your plotter is listed in Signlab (Plotter Technologies 700sp) and I seem to remember some models having an interchangeable head (drag/tangential) so try a Summa or Houston driver if a proper one is not available, mind you if you can change the language it uses on the plotter itself - HPGL/plt as in...

Tue Apr 06, 2004 4:35 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Did I break my plotter :(

Replies: 15

Views: 2769

How long is your cable? I don't think parallel cables should be more than 3m - Serial connection maybe a better bet.
Alan

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:09 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Can anyone recommend a van?

Replies: 13

Views: 1392

I've got a Citroen Dispatch - bigger than an Escort, smaller than a Transit.
I've had it 6 years, no problems. (Crossing everything I've got 2 of now)
Alan

Tue Apr 06, 2004 9:05 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Did I break my plotter :(

Replies: 15

Views: 2769

Dewi, if you have no luck with settings I wouldn't be put off ringing Graphtec, from past experience they are very approachable and will talk you through stuff over the phone. I dropped a roll of vinyl on my plotter and broke the LED display (doh) They sent me the part (in stock) when it arrived nex...

Sat Apr 03, 2004 7:49 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Heat presses

Replies: 10

Views: 2724

Re: heat press

Sorry not being obstructive but varies between 140 and 200 degrees.

No need to be sorry, your use is more varied than mine and I take onboard your comments, I'm interested in any pitfalls I may encounter.
Alan

Sat Apr 03, 2004 8:53 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Heat presses

Replies: 10

Views: 2724

Good point about sublimation printing, I don't do that so never a problem. I use Victory's Hotmark or Magic Touch Flock - do multi pressing all the time, no sheet no problem. I have never experienced scorching either, what temperature do you use. You are right about the service, Geoff and Kevin very...

Thu Apr 01, 2004 8:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Sign uk expo

Replies: 101

Views: 6074

Was it me or did I miss the Europoint stand. I was looking forward to meeting you guys - still maybe next year. Signlab 7 looks a bit good compared to my V5 expecially on XP Pro, didn't realise how big the Versa camm is, a lottery win wouldn't last long there would it.
Alan

Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:02 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi to all.

Replies: 7

Views: 913

Welcome Barry, look forward to seeing you here regularly. A trip to Sign UK this week could be useful to you
Regards
Alan

Sun Mar 28, 2004 6:45 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Heat presses

Replies: 10

Views: 2724

Dewi, have a look at the Jarin Industries/Europa Leisure presses, they have a Teflon coated head so don't require paper sheets - much easier for double presses/multi colour work.
May well see you Wednesday.
Alan

Thu Mar 25, 2004 9:53 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: LASER PRINTING - CUT MARKS

Replies: 8

Views: 1961

Not sure what a sp-300 is but could you manually create the marks, put into position and save a template? What software do you use?
Alan

Sat Mar 20, 2004 9:34 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: t's and hot press

Replies: 5

Views: 2064

UKLeisurewear (0800 220955) for garments - good choice, excellent service, competitive prices and Jarin Industries/Europa Leisure (01376 517717) for heat presses. Their presses have Teflon coated heads so you don't need separate sheets - much better if double pressing, good choice of presses too. Alan

Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:40 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Does anyone have solution of the problem of .plt files?

Replies: 8

Views: 2124

Can Omega not export as EPS or AI?
Alan

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:41 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4692

Just a note I spoke to Cadlink the other day and apparently V5 (rev 6.3 at least) is compatible with XP
Alan

Wed Mar 17, 2004 9:42 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: is there training available for signlab E6?

Replies: 17

Views: 4692

I use Signlab and Corel together, finding that the pitfalls in Corel are Signlab's strengths and vice versa. If you use some of the scripts from http://www.oberonplace.com & http://www.isocalc.com with Corel many signmaking features are enhanced. For menus or anything with loads of text I use Co...

Wed Mar 10, 2004 6:28 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Misbehaving Plotter

Replies: 2

Views: 1078

Is the Fastrack a rebadged Mutoh? if so maybe look to Mutoh for help. Just a thought - if you slide the pinch rollers to accommodate different widths of vinyl is there a micro switch or magic eye that could be damaged? just guessing.

Tue Mar 09, 2004 5:47 pm

Forum: Summa Cutters

Topic: Does anyone know what driver I need too cut from corel 10?

Replies: 3

Views: 2808

I thought the Summas were bundled with Wincut. If it is 3.1 (I think) it will put a button in Draw - ensure eps export has text set to curves. I have used this and it works very well. Also check out http://www.oberonplace.com for vba scripts that will help no end ie tiling - n up - n along and numbe...

Tue Mar 09, 2004 9:32 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: im in great need of a logo revamp please?

Replies: 35

Views: 6859

In Corel Draw use the Powerclip function, very powerful and flexible.
Alan

Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:06 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Roland Engraver

Replies: 0

Views: 556

Roland Engraver

I have a Roland engraver Camm 2 PNC 2100 with floppy disc buffer and Postscript engraving fonts for sale. Bed is approx 200mm X 140mm. I use it directly from Signlab and can be seen working. I am situated on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border.
Any sensible offers? email: info@adsignwriting.co.uk

Alan

Fri Mar 05, 2004 9:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What Make of Plotter do you use?

Replies: 15

Views: 2319

I use a Graphtec 3100 - 60 and Summa T750 with opus. Each one I like for different reasons but both are excellent. Run on Signlab

Mon Mar 01, 2004 9:41 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 7

Views: 2027

In addition to previous posts - if you receive MAC discs of any discription go to http://www.asy.com and download Transmac and Crossfont , these will enable you to read their disks and use MAC fonts. If they have a *.sit extension you can use Alladin stuffit expander to extract file (free to downloa...

Sat Feb 28, 2004 3:22 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: need help tinting vehicle windows?

Replies: 8

Views: 2103

Vinyl Corporation do it 0115 930 1133 or try Hexis
Alan

Fri Feb 27, 2004 2:18 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 4

Views: 1376

If you have Acrobat - print to Distiller - open/import pdf in Illustrator or get Jaws pdf creator (with editor less than £80) and do same thing. Export as eps - import into Corel Draw with either eps or interpreted filter - publish to pdf from there and import into Illustrator. Intall Postscript pri...

Mon Feb 16, 2004 6:02 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Which Vinyl Cutter/Plotter?

Replies: 10

Views: 3264

I have a Summa T750 pro and an Graphtec. The Summa has Wincut which when installed puts a cut button in Corel and this works very well. If you are cutting card etc then have a second look at the T series of cutters as a tangential cutter may suit you better, that said the Graphtec has thick mode or ...

Wed Feb 11, 2004 6:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: YET ANOTHER ALAN

Replies: 17

Views: 2016

Welcome from 1 Alan to another. I'm new too and already I feel comfortable, good bunch here - helpful and enthusiastic.
Alan

Wed Feb 11, 2004 5:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finishing off a banner - the edging!

Replies: 10

Views: 2271

Boldscan do a trade finishing service, might not be worth it by the time carriage is taken into consideration though.
Alan

Wed Feb 11, 2004 9:27 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

I find that I am upgrading software as much for the better import/export filters than the main programme. Corel's postscript interpreted filter has come along way and now often is the bridge between incoming disks and files and Signlab/Easysign. Bob is also right about Acrobat or similar (Jaws pdf C...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 8:50 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

Regarding Pantone support for signmaking not a big deal I was listing it as something else that Corel's filter did. For PDF I use Acrobat and printing to the Distiller produces pdfs made of hundreds of lines, an eps distilled is fine but not as handy. Other eps issues - an eps which opens in Corel/I...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 5:31 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

I have ran multiple instances on Win 98 and Win 2000 machines with very little stability problems, having said that I have never changed workspaces both have been kept the same. Corel on the other hand was complete pig in 98 and moving to 2000 cured 95% of stability problems in general, to me 2000 i...

Tue Feb 10, 2004 9:38 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

If they bring in better eps and AI import and export filters and support pdf properly I may do, if they just tart up and rearrange what is already there than my money will go to Easysign and Corel. Out of interest does anyone know if Cadlink or any other software company look into this newsgroup or ...

Mon Feb 09, 2004 7:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Cutting shaped business cards with my plotter?

Replies: 18

Views: 3547

I could post a phone number of a guy on the Essex/Herts border who makes cutting formes and will happily take a Corel Draw file. Don't know how practical a big hammer is though.
Alan

Mon Feb 09, 2004 9:53 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

I am a huge fan of Signlab and have been using it since I upgraded from Sign Studio in early 90s unfortunately it, along much software is written by programmers and not signmakers therefore we are given what they think we need. To be fair it must be very difficult but if Cadlink were to have a newsg...

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:12 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

Not sure what having 3 or 4 instances will have on your memory but I always have 2 of Signlab along with Corel and others open, I am on Win 2000 at that definately makes a difference on stability over Win 95/98. There are many functions in Signlab that don't seem to be used as regularly as I would o...

Sat Feb 07, 2004 10:32 am

Forum: Signlab Software

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

Replies: 22

Views: 4528

tip: how to put shortcut on working with another page

Forgive me if this is common knowledge - Signlab V5, brilliant as it is does not support more than one page to overcome this partially so you can work on a design while another completely different one is cutting - Put a Signlab shortcut on the desktop, left click on it once to highlight, press the ...

Thu Feb 05, 2004 5:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: *** SIGN-UK *** 30 March - 1 April 2004

Replies: 26

Views: 2650

I'll be there probably on a Wednesday, may have a spare seat if anybody is near Saffron Walden, in Essex
Alan

Wed Feb 04, 2004 5:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: mirror ?

Replies: 4

Views: 1388

In Corel - have your image display correctly and ONLY mirror it in print preview window. Did your dyesub inks come with any colour correction software if so check for mirror function there.
Alan

Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:13 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Excellent Utility

Replies: 2

Views: 1084

Excellent Utility

Just thought I'd share a usefull utility I use with my Windows programmes rather than bang on here visit www.cottonwoodsw.com . Works brilliantly Signlab. And for those who use Corel Draw and want additional features from scripts try www.oberonplace.com and ww.isocalc.com
Alan

Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:09 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter question

Replies: 6

Views: 1784

If you speak to Harry at Edward Mathias he will probable give you chapter and verse about cutters/blades and everything else regarding cutting textiles. Incidentally if you are after a Summa D1400 with opus I see Victory have an ex demo up sale.
Alan

Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: pantone references

Replies: 7

Views: 2461

I think Ritrama do some vinyls which are Pantone matched I think. Try Application Tape company on 01706 633043, 184 is listed.
alan

Tue Feb 03, 2004 6:50 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter question

Replies: 6

Views: 1784

When you say automated turn I assume you mean tagential as supplied with Summa cutters. I have a Summa T750 with opus and I have to say it is very good and along with WinCut that came with it I can cut directly from Corel Draw (I use V10). I still like my Graphtec 3100 though which has tangential em...

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:50 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Which method do i use for outlining?

Replies: 15

Views: 4441

I think my wife would sympathise with yours, when we go shopping she looks in the windows I look at the fascias.
Alan

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:46 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: "A board" questions

Replies: 6

Views: 1327

For a real solid A board which is exceptionally well priced try Street Signs and Displays 0n 01254 260124
Alan

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: whats the best way to remove reflective vinyl?

Replies: 12

Views: 2035

Its a right pain removing reflective vinyl and if I know that in the future I will have to remove some I'm putting on I'll even put conventional vinyl on first. If there is a method of removing I would love to know too.
Alan

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:24 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: A major step forward

Replies: 19

Views: 1954

I am surprised you have reservations about Corel, in the right hands Corel has features that will save your bacon even if you do have a pukka sign programme particularly if you often get eps or pdf files from other parties. I also think that having a full version of Acrobat is an essential nowadays ...
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