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Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:07 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many hours per week do you work on average?

Replies: 35

Views: 4010

Re: How many hours per week do you work on average?

I now try and pace myself a bit better than I used to. Posted at 3.10am :o You still have much to learn Grasshopper. :D But seriously, yes, my opinion is still that we should all be able to earn a reasonable living inside a forty hour week. If we can't, then why do it? Better surely to get a job in...

Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Why is it.........

Replies: 24

Views: 2147

Anybody want five rolls of 1220 wide, colour matched to RAL 5007? :(

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:02 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Ready made reflective/chevron kit supplier

Replies: 12

Views: 1952

Hugh,

Select something from the drop down menu at the bottom.

I agree, it's not the best site in the world, but we bought a kit from them and the price was very reasonable indeed, and the service was excellent. We will use them again

Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

I've just got the text from O2 and mine's working now Jamie.



Rob, stick it in your ear. You can't wind me up. :D

Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Is this not one of the RIGOROUSLY TRIED & TESTED by professors and boffins of the phone world, in labs on super secret MAC-Island to ensure that there is never any crashes, faults or conflictions with the iPHONE apps... or have i missunderstood :roll: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: Yeah, you've mi...

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Hey Rob, you get my MMS? LOL Have you made MMS work John? When I try the scroll bar gets almost to the end, locks up, and I get a "Your message was not sent" error message. When somebody sends me and MMS I still get the text from O2 telling me to go to the web page and a password. Not hap...

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:11 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Ready made reflective/chevron kit supplier

Replies: 12

Views: 1952

Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:36 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A week of signs.

Replies: 29

Views: 5091

Shane Drew wrote:I'll buy one, let me know when its online Jill..

Me too. :D

if it works on a Mac

Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

John Wilson wrote:Well the 17th is here and no software update yet :(

Apple normally do a simultaneous launch worldwide.

Whatever it is Pacific time, is normally 6.00pm here.

Be patient my boy, be patient. :D

Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:32 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8958

I said I didn't want to start this argument again. :D

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:50 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8958

Owen Lees wrote:I do believe that FlexiSign is available on the Mac too


Yes, it is. And no bargepole is long enough.

But perhaps that's just me. :D

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A week of signs.

Replies: 29

Views: 5091

Jillbeans wrote:I knew someone was gonna say pole dancing.


Yeah. It had to be me, didn't it? :P

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Uncollected signs

Replies: 28

Views: 2780

Why should you store it any longer, sods law you'll get rid of it and then you'll get a phone call the next day saying they need it. I think there are laws relating to that sort of thing. It details the length of time you are required to hang on to uncollected goods, and details the steps you must ...

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:07 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: anyone know anything about pdf?

Replies: 15

Views: 2687

I'm with Martin.

I'd worry why my customer would want a high resolution file.

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:05 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: A week of signs.

Replies: 29

Views: 5091

Good stuff Jill, and thanks for sharing.

I'm not sure why the pic of you pole dancing got included though. :D

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:01 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8958

I'm with the boys above. If you're familiar with Photoshop, then Illustrator is the only way to go.




I don't want to start the whole Corel v Illustrator debate again here, but I reckon Illustrator is the way to go anyway.

Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Can you send a picture message on an Iphone yet? Wednesday. :D Peter, I agree with some of what you say, the proliferation of small pointless apps is one of my gripes. Hundreds of apps for calculating tips for instance. However, there is some really good stuff, if you look. Omnifocus is what I use ...

Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:04 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: regular vinyl or vehicle wrap??

Replies: 3

Views: 1264

Not 3-4 year vinyl on a van. Ever.

5-7 minimum, even on flat panels.

Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Wedding Pictures

Replies: 21

Views: 1688

Congratulations Andy, and best wishes for the future.

Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

im just a bit wary with a "phone" having too many apps applied or a sequence of apps applied that the phone reacts ill too. if this where the case, do the apple shops reformat it for you? Rob, Right from the outset Apple were very concerned about third party apps having an adverse effect ...

Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Rob, The apps are created by third parties. That's a good thing because they create many more apps for the more esoteric uses than would ever be written by Apple alone. In fact, isn't that the argument that PC users put up, that there are more specialist applications for Windows than MacOS? The same...

Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:54 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: what are your views on a media catch basket?

Replies: 15

Views: 4500

David Rogers wrote:.but where do you plan to weed & tape 15m in one go!


We regularly do a lot longer than that Dave.

Without boring you with the details, we can cut, weed and tape fifty metre rolls in one hit, and only cut them into individual decals as the very last operation. We find it faster that way.

Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Dave Rowland wrote:So in techi terms, How "Exchange" compatible is it and what does it cover.

The information says Exchange compatible Dave, but that's about all I can tell you.

I'm an Apple user, we plug stuff in and it just works. :D


Another vote for MobileMe. Fast, fun and fumble free. :P

Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: so what did it cost years ago?

Replies: 52

Views: 3091

Phill wrote:t cost me a farthing and I had enough change left over to go on a round the world cruise

You wuz robbed. :P

Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:20 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Sign-pricing software

Replies: 9

Views: 2731

Hiya Lee. Good to see you again mate.

Here's the link for both of you. :D

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=39035

Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: so what did it cost years ago?

Replies: 52

Views: 3091

Harry Cleary wrote:My eldest (8) asked me if 'everything was in black and white when I was young?' :( :( :(

Be fair now Harry.

Even today your avatar is black and white. :D




Marcella,

Three channels? LUXURY!!!!!!

Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:14 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Sign-pricing software

Replies: 9

Views: 2731

rustyjfk wrote:Thanks John, I was a bit rushed this morning when I posted the message!

No problem Simon.

The reason I suggested a search is that the discussion is recent, so the information on the thread is up-to-date.

Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

John Wilson wrote:Exactly, my iPhone is on it's last legs at the moment after I dropped it down the loo....... don't ask :lol1:

Mine got dropped out in the yard and run over by a van.

I think that happened next Thursday. :D

Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:44 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: what are your views on a media catch basket?

Replies: 15

Views: 4500

ight be handy only when I'm cutting off stickers every foot to save meters of vinyl hanging from the machine as even when the floor is clean it is possible for dirt to be attracted to the print That's different John. Certainly print needs keeping off the floor, but Martin is talking about cut vinyl.

Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Found out yesterday also that there will be no early upgrades on the iPhone with O2, only way is to take on another contract or buy yourself out of the contract They won't even allow us to buy the handset and bolt it on :evil: True, but that's what they originally said about the 3G, but it all chan...

Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:19 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: what are your views on a media catch basket?

Replies: 15

Views: 4500

We can run off some awfully long lengths of vinyl and I've never felt the need for a catch basket.

Unless your floor is filthy. :P

Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:16 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what can I do with my off cuts of vinyl?

Replies: 28

Views: 3861

Gert du Preez wrote:Only save offcuts if your country is ruled by Robert Mugabe or Tony Blair......

*rofl*

Nice one Gert.

Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:08 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Sign-pricing software

Replies: 9

Views: 2731

If you do a search Simon you will find quite a bit of discussion on pricing software.

Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: so what did it cost years ago?

Replies: 52

Views: 3091

I can remember four star petrol being at four and elevenpence halfpenny a gallon. and you didn't have to get out of the car in the rain. Actually Chris, it was me serving it while the customers sat in their cars.. :D I didn't have a paper round, but I was manning the fuel pumps from the age of seve...

Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: so what did it cost years ago?

Replies: 52

Views: 3091

Craig Bond wrote:I remember Diesel being £0.76 a gallon

Pah! Youngster.

I can remember four star petrol being at four and elevenpence halfpenny a gallon. :D

Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:44 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: so what did it cost years ago?

Replies: 52

Views: 3091

Spot on Peter. 6s 8d is what I paid for The Young Ones. Still got it too. :D

I don't remember prices going up in the sixties and a single cost pretty much the same at the end of the decade as it did at the beginning.

Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:31 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: How would you guys do this?.

Replies: 11

Views: 3618

Just read the last bit - multiple copies. :oops:

I'd take the perspex out and do it on the bench.

Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:29 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrator - Text Drop Shadow

Replies: 5

Views: 2972

Cuttable drop shadows are an easy operation in Illustrator.

You need to learn how to use the Pathfinder commands.

Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:38 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Can we get the Apple interpreter in here? they are speaking in tongues again! :o :o :D Sorry Harry. If you hear a song being played, just hold an iPhone to the speaker and within seconds it will tell you the name of the song, the artist, what album it is taken from, a biography of the artist, toget...

Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: New iPhone 3G s

Replies: 52

Views: 7502

Got to wait until a week tomorrow John.

I've ordered the new handset, but useless O2 can't tell me when they are likely to have any. :(



PS. Tried the Shazam app? How the hell do they do that? :D

Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:00 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Help please understanding the prestige collections

Replies: 2

Views: 1186

Well, I'm not a T shirt printer, but I would guess that:-

3XL = XXXL
4XL = XXXXL

Or, huge, and fking enormous. :D

Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:26 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: UKSB member launches their own sign making book

Replies: 193

Views: 166005

Mine arrived on Saturday morning. :D

Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:23 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Inks on Mimaki JV3 - 160S

Replies: 4

Views: 2620

Scot J wrote:However - the quality on the JV33 is much better than the jv5 as there is no head-to-head reg to worry about.

That's interesting Scot.

So would you say that if I needed up increase print capacity I would be better off running two JV33s rather than one JV5?

Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:08 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night Blather Thread

Replies: 35

Views: 2573

Graeme Harrold wrote:Its enough to cover the essentials of life, so will work to keep active, have fun and pay for the good bits in life.

That's a lovely position to be in Graeme.

Enjoy mate, I'm sure you've earned it. :D

Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Big day for me tomorrow!! Installation of new Printer

Replies: 6

Views: 850

Well done Craig.

A good decision, and I'm sure you'll get on well with it.

Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Don't work too hard....

Replies: 35

Views: 2929

Lorraine Clinch wrote:Pete M looks like a Smurf. Don't know which one though!

A clue. :D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papa_Smurf

Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night Blather Thread

Replies: 35

Views: 2573

Peter Mindham wrote:I'll be out checking them on Monday A.M. !!! :D :D :D :D

You'll need good eyesight. They'll be halfway up the A1 by the time you get out of bed.

Hopefully

:D :D :D

Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:55 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night Blather Thread

Replies: 35

Views: 2573

Just to prove that retirement is not on the cards just yet, I've been out working this morning. Yes, I know, on a Saturday too. We had three car transporters needing the old graphics stripping off and new ones applied. None of my staff wanted the overtime (too well paid for the normal week I guess) ...

Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:11 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night Blather Thread

Replies: 35

Views: 2573

Peter Normington wrote:I only work to be able to be retired

I think we have similar views Peter, but my definition of retirement is not having to work at all if we so wish. Whether we choose to do so is a different matter.

Having the choice is the crux of my thinking.

Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday Night Blather Thread

Replies: 35

Views: 2573

Our wonderful government has put paid to any thoughts of my retirement any time soon. What might have been possible a couple of years ago certainly isn't now. It really p1sses me off to see that they have taken great care in providing for their own (and their mates on the public payroll) retirement ...

Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Don't work too hard....

Replies: 35

Views: 2929

Enjoy yourself Lorraine. :D

Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:08 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Colour coded van

Replies: 7

Views: 937

Martin, right I'm with you now. I don't really know what sort of vinyl to use on plastic mouldings although as stated by Gordon, and mentioned on the other thread, it needs to be for low energy surfaces. I don't think that the adhesive is necessarily more aggressive, it's that it needs a different t...

Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Colour coded van

Replies: 7

Views: 937

Martin,

Further to discussion on another thread, I'd be very interested to know how long the vinyl holds on to those mouldings.

Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: nice!!

Replies: 11

Views: 838

Air rifle or shotgun.

We don't have a pigeon problem any longer. :D

Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: OOOPS!

Replies: 7

Views: 570

What have you got against Range Rovers then Elsmore?


Seeing as I've just bought one!


:D

Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Duncan aka Signdog is now...

Replies: 19

Views: 1128

Congratulations Duncan, and welcome to the club.

Enjoy. Grandchildren are much more fun than your own kids. :D

Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:59 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl to car door mouldings

Replies: 13

Views: 1362

there are vinyls that will stick to mouldings, so if the customer is prepared to pay why say stuff them? Fair enough, perhaps I was being a bit harsh, and of course I would do it if the customer was prepared to pay, but they so rarely are, are they? "HOW MUCH?" goes up the wail, "I c...

Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: We got bored this afternoon.

Replies: 6

Views: 583

Dave Rowland wrote:that looks like the back end of the shuttle craft on the star ship Enterprise?

I'll take your word for that Dave. *hair*


:D :D :D

Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:43 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: vinyl to car door mouldings

Replies: 13

Views: 1362

Martin Parker wrote:yeah phil thats what i normally do but i was asked if a graphic could go over it instead of being trimmed

Nope. Stuff 'em.

Do it Phill's way. :D

Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: We got bored this afternoon.

Replies: 6

Views: 583

We got bored this afternoon.

So it had to be done. :D

Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:22 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: UKSB member launches their own sign making book

Replies: 193

Views: 166005

John Childs wrote:
Phill wrote:Their feedback and comments were invaluable allowing me to make changes to produce the current version.

Bugger, does that mean my copy is out of date? I'd better buy another. :D

Seriously, no problem Phill. It was a privilege. I was flattered that you should value my opinion.

Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:22 pm

Forum: Industry News

Topic: UKSB member launches their own sign making book

Replies: 193

Views: 166005

Phill wrote:Their feedback and comments were invaluable allowing me to make changes to produce the current version.

Bugger, does that mean my copy is out of date? I'd better buy another. :D

Seriously, no problem Phill. It was a privilege.

Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Are some vinyls better for reducing air bubbles?

Replies: 12

Views: 1759

As my learned colleague states above, there are easy apply vinyls available, but we prefer not to use them. Firstly our experience with them hasn't been good - shrinkage was one problem encountered - and secondly a fitter should be able to apply anything, so they all have to learn, and the sooner th...

Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:19 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Assaulted by customer

Replies: 30

Views: 3148

Cheryl Smith wrote:As a girly who does karate...Id like to be able to put him on his back before he got the first punch in...and in front of his mates.

There's exceptions to every rule Cheryl, and I think that's one of them.

I'd pay good money to see that. :D

Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:49 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What other uses have you made of the materials we use?

Replies: 27

Views: 2104

Dave n Rob Lowery wrote:I could write a book couldn't I Phill :lol1:


*rofl*

Tue Jun 02, 2009 10:43 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Assaulted by customer

Replies: 30

Views: 3148

Not fun at all. OK, so the guy who took a swing was an idiot, but his mates sound like reasonable people. They sorted him out and got you paid so their wishes would carry more weight with me. If they asked not to call the gendarmerie then I'd probably go along with that. A bit of a ramble, but back ...

Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Exam Time

Replies: 24

Views: 1677

Well done Nik, and congratulations. :D

Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:48 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Mimaki, Which ink config do you think

Replies: 3

Views: 1216

I don't really know about the colours Ian, but I've never had any use for white. Don't forget, though, that hot swapping cartridges isn't just for overnight printing or long runs. Even with the low useage you are going to have initially you will avoid a cartridge running out mid print and ruining it...

Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hottest day of the year so far

Replies: 20

Views: 1949

Only about 26 degrees here Shane, so not much in the great scheme of things, but very welcome. I didn't get the full benefit of the weekend because we were at a wedding and spent most of the time indoors. Typical. :( More of the same is forecast for today though so, work permitting, I might just get...

Fri May 29, 2009 12:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Have you heard any of these before?

Replies: 3

Views: 518

Yeah, heard most of them, but they missed the most common scam......

"Do this job cheap and there'll be loads more work for you."

Fri May 29, 2009 11:28 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Application Tape Dispensers - Box type

Replies: 9

Views: 1419

Is there a UK distributor or, maybe with the strengthening £/$ - better to order direct. As Peter said above, there is no UK distributor. You need to order direct. For the type of work we do, both machines are absolutely invaluable, and paid for themselves more in a matter of days rather than weeks...

Fri May 29, 2009 11:03 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

Thanks Debbie. I'll certainly have a good weekend thanks. We're leaving this afternoon for a friend's wedding, returning Sunday afternoon. That's going to be a serious drinking session. They're a great bunch of people and I know that I'm going to have serious stomach cramps from laughing too much. :...

Fri May 29, 2009 10:56 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

Thanks for the reply Stuart. I can't be certain of the exact age of our stock. Absolute maximum twelve months, but likely to be a lot younger than that. As luck would have it, I've had a phone call from Jez this morning, wanting to come and visit us next Wednesday. He's going to put some samples in ...

Fri May 29, 2009 10:51 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

John, that looks like polytape application tape. Its useless. Its sold as medium tack but is low tack at best I like the Oratape Clear, and the R tape clear. One of them is designed for graphics that need to be shipped. Can't remember which one though :oops: I don't know what polytape is Shane. :oo...

Fri May 29, 2009 10:33 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Importing jpeg from Mac to PC.

Replies: 5

Views: 1552

Sorry Earl, can't help, but I would say that it shouldn't matter which platform the file was created on. A jpeg is a jpeg whatever, and you may well have the same problem if the original file was created in Photoshop on a PC.

We open PC generated jpegs on our Macs all the time and have no issues.

Fri May 29, 2009 10:11 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

A picture is worth a thousand words......... This is the better of the two materials we have in stock. The tape is well squeegeed down but, as you can see, it's absolutely useless. I know that on this board suppliers recommending their own products is frowned upon, if not absolutely forbidden but, i...

Thu May 28, 2009 6:07 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: can anyone advise on printing with non genuine Mimaki inks?

Replies: 9

Views: 5238

I'm not keen on third party inks. If I have a problem with my printer I want to make one phone call and have it sorted asap. I don't want to listen to Mimaki blaming the ink, and the ink manufacturer blaming Mimaki. And all the while that is going on I am out of production, losing far more money tha...

Thu May 28, 2009 5:48 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vinyl for maxus quarter wrap. deep recesses

Replies: 5

Views: 1710

Jon Marshall wrote:Are you talking about the KPMF cast or the VWS?

VWS.

If I thought a cast was adequate for this job I'd use Avery 900.

Thu May 28, 2009 8:45 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vinyl for maxus quarter wrap. deep recesses

Replies: 5

Views: 1710

I wouldnt use KPMF on this type of application because i personally dont think its the best wrap for this type of application. i have tried solid colour wraps using it and found it to whiten when stretched to any real extent. dont get me wrong, has a very nice finish and handles well but just not a...

Thu May 28, 2009 6:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Ilkeston

Replies: 13

Views: 1324

Hiya Richard. :welcome:

Wed May 27, 2009 10:38 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Vinyl for maxus quarter wrap. deep recesses

Replies: 5

Views: 1710

Hiya Jay. It's not that Graficast isn't repositionable, it is, but it does have a high initial tack, which makes it perhaps not so suitable for the less experienced. Certainly I wouldn't worry about my fitters being able to apply it. Avery 900 is an equivilent, and maybe a bit easier to apply, but t...

Wed May 27, 2009 10:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Chinese copy Rolls Royce

Replies: 17

Views: 2130

John Thomson wrote:Perhaps the 'Tiger'?
http://www.bruneistars.com/Magazine/?p=5518

Ooooh. That's ugly.

I like it. :D

Wed May 27, 2009 10:15 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

Our clear app tape stock seems to comprise of some Doro 903, which they describe as a medium tack; and some with Q Tape printed inside the roll. I've no idea what that is, but the girls say that the Q Tape is better and lies flatter when applied. Stuart, I take your points on board. It's all a compr...

Tue May 26, 2009 11:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

Paul S Martin wrote:I have used the Metamark Range of Clear High Tack and that was soft and very good

Nice one Paul. We've got the Metamark rep calling in tomorrow, so I'll see if I can get a sample.

I'll also have words with William Smith.

Keep the suggestions coming folks

Tue May 26, 2009 11:23 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Van design completed

Replies: 29

Views: 8504

I know what you mean about the kerning, but I kind of like it spaced out :cool: Oh yeah, Ibrar, nothing at all wrong with spaced out, I like it myself. But the spacing between the numbers should be consistent and you've left the spaces either side of the "1" larger than between any other ...

Tue May 26, 2009 11:17 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

John who do you currently use for clear? Can't remember. :oops: I'll ask in the morning. :D This problem cropped up about eighteen months ago and at the time I enquired of our normal suppliers, but nobody could supply a high tack. Lots of lows, and a few medium tack, but that was about it. I didn't...

Tue May 26, 2009 3:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear app tape - Hi tack

Replies: 23

Views: 2140

Clear app tape - Hi tack

I could do with some suggestions for sourcing high tack clear app tape. Our usual suppliers seem to be falling down in that area. :( The normally available stuff doesn't stick to the vinyl very well. It's alright for stuff we apply ourselves, but anything we have to send out looks horrible and I'd l...

Mon May 25, 2009 11:51 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Van design completed

Replies: 29

Views: 8504

And I would have adjusted the kerning on the phone numbers.

A fault with dtp fonts is that they have too much space on either side of the "1". Closing them up makes all the difference to appearance.

Sun May 24, 2009 12:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: How uncomfortable would this be ladies?

Replies: 27

Views: 2303

are you ladies talking about Shanes "grandma" link? I say good for her, at least it looks like its her own body, so why should she not dress like anybody else on the beach? old geezers do it all the time, why do you ladies find it unaceptable that a woman should do so? Can't agree Peter. ...

Sat May 23, 2009 5:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Whos watching you?

Replies: 8

Views: 945

What I do in my house and my bedroom is my business, no one elses, as it is not a public space. But if I venture out into the street, I do so knowing that it is a public space. Ooh, I can have some fun with this one. :D Shane, I could argue that what you do in your bedroom is a matter of public con...

Sat May 23, 2009 3:53 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: scaling strokes problem

Replies: 6

Views: 2950

BC4 Signs wrote:if there is ....Im not sure where to locate it

Well, I'm sure a Signlab user will be along later, after the sun comes up, to point you in the right direction. :D

Sat May 23, 2009 3:45 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: scaling strokes problem

Replies: 6

Views: 2950

In Illustrator, in the preferences drop down, there is an option to "scale stroke weight"

Does Signlab have something similar?

Fri May 22, 2009 7:52 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Bike fairing design help please

Replies: 44

Views: 10081

Would probably work on clear Peter.

As you're going for a fade anyway it doesn't really matter that the inks aren't completely opaque.

You would probably need less transparency than you might think, but can always try a small sample first.

Fri May 22, 2009 11:01 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Mactac vinyl Opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 836

John - we get good prices from Pyramid. Who do you get your prices from? Allprint Supplies. I've not looked at a price comparison because we only buy two colours for a client who specifies 9800, but I'll try Pyramid next time we need to order. As it stands, Allprint want to charge us roughly double...

Fri May 22, 2009 10:42 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Mactac vinyl Opinions please?

Replies: 8

Views: 836

The 9800 is as good as any calendered vinyl, but overpriced here.
:(

Fri May 22, 2009 6:43 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: GCC Sable cutter. Please help with software.

Replies: 5

Views: 4137

Right. I'm not sure what you're looking for now. :D We use Illustrator for everything, including outlines, shadows etc. Fair enough, it's not the one click operation that it should be with a dedicated sign programme, but easy and quick enough once you've had a bit of practice. The Illustrator plug-i...

Fri May 22, 2009 3:54 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: GCC Sable cutter. Please help with software.

Replies: 5

Views: 4137

Good morning Spike, and welcome to the board. An introduction in the Say Hello forum would be appreciated. If you're familiar with Illustrator, can you not get a driver plug-in to run your GCC direct from that? Have you tried the GCC website? I'd be very surprised if such a thing wasn't available.

Thu May 21, 2009 1:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Swine flu Palaver

Replies: 29

Views: 2169

I'm with Phill, I think Swine Flu's been overly hyped.

oink oink

Thu May 21, 2009 1:08 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Bike fairing design help please

Replies: 44

Views: 10081

I like that Aidan.

You've got me wondering whether to pimp my bike.

I'm in a bit of a stealth mode at the moment. :D

Wed May 20, 2009 12:09 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: State Of Emergency in South East Queensland :(

Replies: 20

Views: 2210

Sorry to hear that Shane.

On the bright side - it might kill all the spiders.

I've just finished the book you kindly gave me, "See Australia and Die", and I find it amazing that there is anyone left alive there anyway. :D

Wed May 20, 2009 11:40 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Flexi software for sale

Replies: 5

Views: 994

Kevin Flowers wrote:Might help give someone a clue

Thanks for that Kevin.

Looks like John's just got himself a bargain. :D

Wed May 20, 2009 10:47 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Flexi software for sale

Replies: 5

Views: 994

If I had any clue whatsoever as to what it was worth I would have posted up a price. :(

PM on it's way. :D

Wed May 20, 2009 8:45 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Flexi software for sale

Replies: 5

Views: 994

Flexi software for sale

I've got a copy of Flexi Starter for Mac, which is surplus to requirements.

It is complete in box, as we received it. That's programme disc, fonts and graphics disc, instruction book and, of course, the all important dongle.

No reasonable offer refused.

Tue May 19, 2009 9:00 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrtator step and repeat

Replies: 12

Views: 6040

Jason Davies wrote:Hi John, sorry old school cmd is the Apple key.

I know Jason. I was looking at a new keyboard at the time though, and saw the Apple key had been replaced by CMD. It was the first time I'd noticed. :D

Tue May 19, 2009 8:14 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: There's a helicopter in my workshop!!!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 4008

Thanks for the comments folks. Helicopter might be a bit of a loose description. It is a very tatty end-of-life shell, with no mechanicals. Even then I don't think all the bits came from the same original machine. It's purpose is to be taken to various events as an aid to fund raising, at which it i...

Tue May 19, 2009 4:09 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: There's a helicopter in my workshop!!!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 4008

Another one.

Tue May 19, 2009 4:06 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: There's a helicopter in my workshop!!!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 4008

There's a helicopter in my workshop!!!!!

This is a bit different to our normal fare. :D

Tue May 19, 2009 12:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Nottingham

Replies: 13

Views: 2212

Hiya Steve. :D

Tue May 19, 2009 10:44 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrtator step and repeat

Replies: 12

Views: 6040

Jason Xuereb wrote:Once you've done what John said once you can hit CRTL + D to just keep doing it.

Good tip Jason. Thanks.

On a Mac it's CMD + D though.

Tue May 19, 2009 9:45 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrtator step and repeat

Replies: 12

Views: 6040

The way I would do it is to use the "move" command. Select the artwork you want to repeat and press the "Enter" key. A dialogue box comes up where you specify the distance you want to move, then press "copy". That leaves the copy of your artwork selected so, from there ...

Mon May 18, 2009 8:17 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: roland versacamm,mimaki cjv or uniform cadet

Replies: 4

Views: 1903

Well, you're going to get as many opinions as there are posters on this thread. From my limited experience, if you want to be able to deal with any job that comes through your door, a Mimaki running full solvent is the machine to have. In my circumstances, separate print and cut machines is the way ...

Mon May 18, 2009 5:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from manchester

Replies: 13

Views: 1366

Hiya Sam. :D

Sun May 17, 2009 6:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent Waste?

Replies: 33

Views: 8849

Have a word with your friendly local garage. Ours goes in their waste oil tank.

Sat May 16, 2009 5:40 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Songs that bring back memories

Replies: 33

Views: 2085

came back from a club very early one morning I found myself locked out Those were the days, eh, Martin. :D Fortunately it never happened to me. Primarily because the house door was never locked. Cars too. They were all left out on the drive with the keys in the ignition. :D I don't very often get n...

Fri May 15, 2009 10:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Songs that bring back memories

Replies: 33

Views: 2085

Here's another. What a night that was! :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD3ovfZXO5Q

Fri May 15, 2009 10:35 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Songs that bring back memories

Replies: 33

Views: 2085

My early life was one long soundtrack.

So many songs remembered for different reasons. Some sad, some romantic, and many recalling the good times.

Here's one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL7vh74bx7c

Fri May 15, 2009 6:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dang! Missed it!

Replies: 11

Views: 3207

Harry Cleary wrote:Very hard to get a competent idiot these days though. :D

Oh I don't know.

Our village seems to have it's fair share.

Come and choose one. :D

Thu May 14, 2009 9:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Dang! Missed it!

Replies: 11

Views: 3207

George Elsmore wrote:pick on George day is it :cry:

Wot ! Again ?


:D

Thu May 14, 2009 9:43 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My First van

Replies: 29

Views: 7311

Matthew Greer wrote:If i closed the kerning in on the RB it would of blended into each other.

Nothing wrong with that Matthew. We do it all the time. Some letter pairs can offer a challenge.

If it looks right, it is right. :D

Thu May 14, 2009 9:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hi - Conspic 3m diamond grade

Replies: 7

Views: 950

Peter Normington wrote:the same as your suppliers

Nah, a lot less than that because your suppliers won't honour anything. They'll find a way to wriggle out.

Thu May 14, 2009 9:29 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My First van

Replies: 29

Views: 7311

Hiya Matthew.

I think you've filled the panels a bit much. Should've left a bit more empty space around the graphics.

Otherwise, not much wrong with it at all. A good first van.

Don't let Jill see the "Tel" though. :D

Thu May 14, 2009 11:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who remembers Pam Ayres?

Replies: 24

Views: 2081

apostrophae'. That's very good. You've redeemed yourself. Now all we need to do is to educate people that the plural of forum is fora. :D the scary thing, as you shouted my name i was -for a brief second- back in school and half expecting to hear a board rubber fly past! :D: Got a strict schoolmist...

Thu May 14, 2009 10:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who remembers Pam Ayres?

Replies: 24

Views: 2081

POTTER !!!!!!!!!

What's that apostrophe doing in "remembers"?

As a signmaker you should know better.

Hang your head in shame, and amend the header immediately.

:you:

Thu May 14, 2009 10:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who remembers Pam Ayres?

Replies: 24

Views: 2081

Nicola McIntosh wrote:my fave was mcgonagall

Was he the bloke who wrote the one about the Tay Bridge disaster?

Thu May 14, 2009 10:37 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

Craig Brown wrote:How come I'm the only one who drank Orange Juice all night but you get a picture of me looking half cut and with Ian's Cider bottle in front of me... (?))

Just lucky, I guess. :D

Thu May 14, 2009 6:56 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Recessed areas withthe 3M 85 Series

Replies: 3

Views: 1178

Don't do it Tom.

Consider the cost of rectifying forty vans when the 85 series fails. And it will. Could your business stand that sort of loss.

Use the correct material, and charge accordingly.

Wed May 13, 2009 11:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who remembers Pam Ayres?

Replies: 24

Views: 2081

Harry Cleary wrote:My favourite poem is by Spike Milligan

Mine too.

[ahem]

Return to Sorrento

I must go down to the sea again
To the lonely sea and sky
I left my vest and socks there
I wonder if they're dry.

Tue May 12, 2009 10:40 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Interesting concept for alternative graphics

Replies: 15

Views: 1824

Hmmmmmm.



:D :D :D

Tue May 12, 2009 10:33 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vehicle Outline CD.

Replies: 9

Views: 2768

Impact.

Check the link on the home page. :D

Tue May 12, 2009 10:21 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

Peter Normington wrote:One of Jill at a special place

Blenheim?

Tue May 12, 2009 5:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Arrrghhhhhhhh !!!!!

Replies: 13

Views: 1798

Oh dear.

Looks like my aversion to high street shops, and dealing with the public, is vindicated.

Tue May 12, 2009 4:23 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: What I got up to in a field this afternoon

Replies: 12

Views: 2434

Nice Phill.

But wouldn't it have been easier to apply it in your workshop?

Tue May 12, 2009 10:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Need to vent

Replies: 27

Views: 2168

Hi Cameron. Thanks for the input. It is appreciated. My problem was not transport damage, but rather no delivery at all. What I was told was happening was that our stuff was being sent to the wrong depot for onward shipment. Nottingham instead of Leicester I believe. What I would have expected to ha...

Tue May 12, 2009 9:35 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Hexis Vinyl

Replies: 5

Views: 1023

Hi Kevin.

We use a bit of Hexis, to get a specific colour, and it is a reasonable material.

We are unlikely to change our preferred material from Avery though.

Tue May 12, 2009 9:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Need to vent

Replies: 27

Views: 2168

sounds like you all need to put your concerns in writing. I'm sure the company executives would be happy to hear your concerns. Putting them in writing with dates and references should inspire them to investigate the claims. It would be easier for them to pin point any problems too, especially if d...

Tue May 12, 2009 12:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Need to vent

Replies: 27

Views: 2168

Its easy to knock a supplier for one mistake, I have had a few problems with europoint. but at the end of the day, they have done their best to make ammends, even offering to send the goods by cab to us, I really dont think it fair to dis a company on one incident, before they have had the chance, ...

Mon May 11, 2009 11:34 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Need to vent

Replies: 27

Views: 2168

Europoint made a lot of mistakes, so we stopped using them. Recently they've been trying to convince us to start buying stuff from them again, so we thought we'd give them another chance. Placed the first order and got a phone call to inform us that because we'd not bought anything from them in the ...

Mon May 11, 2009 11:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Honourable members of parliament?

Replies: 10

Views: 817

Phill wrote:I think it was John Childs that once said to me "you should know better than to trust anyone wearing a suit" :-?

Hmmm, yes, it's sounds like something I'd say. :D

I agree about a coup. I reckon things have gone too far to be salvaged by normal processes. :(

Mon May 11, 2009 10:55 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Never judge a book by its cover!

Replies: 45

Views: 4219

Shane Drew wrote:I can see some hate mail coming from our American cousins though :wink:

Yeah, well, they never could spell properly. :D

Mon May 11, 2009 12:35 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: impact graphic solutions vehicle outlines

Replies: 16

Views: 5592

if you don't use sign lab I have no idea but the principal must be the same. I would think it is the same Lynn. Certainly is in Illustrator. All the Impact drawings have a line that goes all around the painted vehicle area. Just select that (I normally go for the roof as well) and change it to your...

Sun May 10, 2009 12:04 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17810

have used Flexi for 6 years & love it (all but print manager) i think it is the best cut vinyl program and an average print design program. To each his own Kev. I wouldn't knock Flexisign, after all, I've got a copy I'd dearly love to sell, it's just that I think it takes a very simple job, con...

Sat May 09, 2009 11:33 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17810

Owen Lees wrote:i think I'll check out the serial converter.

The Kingston USB/serial convertor gave flawless service in the days when we we used serial plotters from iMacs.

Sat May 09, 2009 11:30 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17810

Owen, The Illustrator plug-in that you get with a Graphtec plotter is a cut down version of Flexi. So you should be familiar with that and be able to work it no problems. As I said, I hate FS with a passion, and that was the reason we dumped a perfectly good Graphtec and converted to Mimaki. To me, ...

Sat May 09, 2009 11:17 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17810

Owen Lees wrote:With a plug in - like the Graphtec one?

Yeah, that'd work, although we use FineCut because we have Mimaki cutters.


Stuff SL or FS (God, how I hate FS) just design and cut from Illustrator

Sat May 09, 2009 11:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hob Nobs

Replies: 10

Views: 842

Nicola McIntosh wrote:who gives a fluffy duck about biscuits :roll:


:shutup:

Sat May 09, 2009 11:12 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17810

When we used Shiraz we cut from Illustrator.

Sat May 09, 2009 1:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anybody help please

Replies: 5

Views: 828

BrianGreen wrote:. the place i normally get materials from is not open Saturdays.

Yes, well, you were always going to struggle with that. I don't know of any supplier open on a Saturday.

Unless they are small windows and you can get away with cheap cr@p from the likes of Halfords. :(

Sat May 09, 2009 12:55 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: can anybody help please

Replies: 5

Views: 828

Brian, I'm not too sure of what I'm talking about here, but nobody more knowledgeable has answered, so, for what it's worth......... I think there's a bit of overlap with the products. Mirror film is what it says on the tin - a mirror like effect. Of course, by reflecting light, it does have the eff...

Sat May 09, 2009 12:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What Shane Drew is up to in the UK

Replies: 44

Views: 4396

Oh dear.

Not too bad of a disasters I hope.

Wake up refreshed and deal with them then.

Regards
John

Sat May 09, 2009 12:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Northamptonshire

Replies: 16

Views: 1501

Hi Ben, and welcome.

From the northern wastes of Northamptonshire. :D

Fri May 08, 2009 10:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hob Nobs

Replies: 10

Views: 842

Absolutely disgraceful. There is no way that HobNobs should be a legitimate expense.




Jaffa Cakes, on the other hand..........


:D

Fri May 08, 2009 7:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: LORRAINE'S Friday night Hot Topic!

Replies: 35

Views: 2142

Don't know Lorraine, but it happens to me too. :D

Fri May 08, 2009 12:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

George Elsmore wrote:did you carry me or did i manage under my own steam :oops:

No not carry, just a little steer in the right direction was all it took. :D

Fri May 08, 2009 10:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

George Elsmore wrote:were me and yam last to bed John??????

Just about George. :D

Fri May 08, 2009 6:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

Anybody take any photos in the night club?

No?

Excellent! :D

Thu May 07, 2009 9:45 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from FLorida

Replies: 14

Views: 1071

Hello Doug, and welcome.

Hope you enjoy. :D

Thu May 07, 2009 9:16 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: A Basic Question from a Newbie

Replies: 11

Views: 5028

MattS Dawson wrote:It will just be very basic one colour stuff initially and then if I am feeling brave then move on to two colours.

You'll be fine with that Matt.

As David said, black and white originals if possible but, if not, as high a contrast as you can get.

Good luck.

Thu May 07, 2009 5:52 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: A Basic Question from a Newbie

Replies: 11

Views: 5028

It's not a cutter problem though Gareth, it's converting a bitmap to a vector file thing. (I think) :D Matt, Illustrator has the Live Trace function and you need to learn to use that. Be warned though that, depending on the image, results can vary from iffy to diabolical. All these things work best ...

Thu May 07, 2009 12:47 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Happy Birthday Elsewhere!

Replies: 25

Views: 1367

Many Happy Returns George. :D

Thu May 07, 2009 12:46 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: 3D visuals

Replies: 9

Views: 2354

Dave Harrison wrote:My customers are lucky if they get anything other than a basic illustrator layout until I've seen the money :)


:yes1:

Spot on. :D

Thu May 07, 2009 9:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

Dave Rowland wrote:Peter M, look a new profile pic and your still not smiling

Ah, but beneath that gruff exterior beats a heart of gold.

I'll twist his arm into a new avatar today. :D

Tue May 05, 2009 2:14 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17810

I really like this Mimaki - and for the small amount of contour work we do right now (which obviously can change!) its not worth getting a p&c machine. Hi Owen. It's not the amount of print and cut that you do which should influence the machine you buy. It's the amount of laminating. If, like u...

Tue May 05, 2009 11:39 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

Derek Heron wrote:just got the message from gareth he has a baby girl this morning 8 oclock

Yay!!!


:dance4: :dance4: :dance4: :dance4: :dance4:

Congratulations to all concerned. :D

Tue May 05, 2009 11:01 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Why are my Illustrator gradients changing to rainbow?!!

Replies: 5

Views: 3555

I've not had that happen before.

Stabbing in the dark here Jon, but have you made a new swatch for your gradient?

Tue May 05, 2009 10:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Has your turnover dropped?

Replies: 18

Views: 2215

Turnover is down, but I've not put that in the poll because we are probably not representative of any general business trend and I wouldn't want to distort the figures. The reason for our lower turnover is that this time last year we were in the middle of quite a large one-off job, which had no chan...

Mon May 04, 2009 10:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from London

Replies: 19

Views: 2059

Hiya Harpzz, and welcome.

Sun May 03, 2009 11:54 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Photoshop onto illustrator

Replies: 10

Views: 4840

Just pulling your leg John, Yeah, I know. :D The Corel version I had was 9, and I only bought it because our local council insisted on using it, and didn't understand the "save as Illustrator" command. The files never opened up correctly though. I do think that, with software, it is easy ...

Sun May 03, 2009 12:56 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 1st Full wrap (and the reason I missed SignUK)

Replies: 43

Views: 8515

Nice job Warren.

You have every right to be proud of that one.

Sun May 03, 2009 12:45 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Photoshop onto illustrator

Replies: 10

Views: 4840

Ian, Corel was made for the Mac platform too, years ago. It couldn't break the Adobe stranglehold though, and was ceased. Alan, I agree that most files from professionals need altering, for me, so that they cut, because designers don't understand cut lines. At least, with Adobe, I can open them all ...

Sat May 02, 2009 2:06 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Photoshop onto illustrator

Replies: 10

Views: 4840

I appreciate that it will be a big learning curve Ian, but I'd go with the Adobe products. We get files from customers, design agencies and marketing companies. Never had a Corel file yet. They're always Illustrator or Photoshop. I know I'm going to get slagged by hordes of happy users for this, but...

Sat May 02, 2009 1:39 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Photoshop onto illustrator

Replies: 10

Views: 4840

Although there is a bit of overlap, basically Photoshop is a bitmap editing programme, whereas Illustrator is a 2D vector drawing package. The two are very tightly integrated. I've got the opposite problem to you. I've been using Illustrator for twenty years with no problem but now, with the advent ...

Sat May 02, 2009 1:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: busy day

Replies: 35

Views: 2478

Congratulations on your new home. :D

Sat May 02, 2009 1:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Batman strikes again!

Replies: 15

Views: 1149

Re: Batman strikes again!

The police weren't happy about my "vigilante" action No, they wouldn't be. You're doing their job better than they can. But I see it slightly differently. We delegate responsibility for keeping the law to the police (amongst others) and if they don't do it to our satisfaction then I fail ...

Fri May 01, 2009 5:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: The official SIGN UK photo thread

Replies: 169

Views: 20931

John Wilson wrote:I think it was more the Rangers sticker on the back of his ID badge that put that smile on his face :wink: God knows where he got it from as it was there before I seen him :lol1:

I might know the answer to that. :P

Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:09 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How LARGE can a Pana(style)trim frame / panel sign be ?

Replies: 12

Views: 1583

Re: suspected crazy guys at the show

Peter Normington wrote:Well pc world, curries and B&Q, and many ohers, use stretch face systems,

Yes, but they use proper flex face systems.

I think what we're talking about here is a flex face in a Panatrim frame.. I don't see how that could work.

Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: sign&digital uk exhibition / who will be there?

Replies: 19

Views: 1720

Jillbeans wrote:Oops!
It's already tomorrow!

No it isn't. :D

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:30 pm Post subject:

Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:52 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How LARGE can a Pana(style)trim frame / panel sign be ?

Replies: 12

Views: 1583

That's better. With composite you don't have to worry about the expansion you have with acrylic, which would be considerable at that size. I think you'll be fine. What are you mounting to though? If possible, I'd prefer to fix the composite panels to the building, then add some strips of aluminium a...

Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:46 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: First time wrapping

Replies: 18

Views: 5802

the roland dg course is £600.00 pounds each, is it worth it? Depends. :D If you want to make a career out of wrapping, then it will probably be the best investment you can make. Iif you just want to wrap your own race car, then you'd be better forgetting the course and getting a professional to do ...

Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:14 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Latest catastrophe to overwhelm mankind

Replies: 36

Views: 5625

And why do all these scares involve things that I like eating? Cows, chickens, and now pigs.

Why can't we have Mad Broccoli Disease, so that I can legitimately refuse to eat it? :(

Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:19 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: multiple page pdf

Replies: 7

Views: 1540

Don't use it myself, but this should be what you want.

https://www.hotdoor.com/multipage

I use other HotDoor products and they are well made. I couldn't live without CADtools.

Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Aussie signmaker captures inappropriate use of foam!

Replies: 4

Views: 776

Bletchley Park?

The little Aussies are both safely tucked up in bed now. :D

Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:21 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: which one works best with roland corelx4 or cs illustrator?

Replies: 3

Views: 1075

I don't think it matters.

Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Basic training

Replies: 24

Views: 1656

Jillbeans wrote:Are there helmet laws in the UK?

Yes. You have to wear one. And it must have the right sticker to say that it meets minimum safety standards.

I've got a spare if you fancy a blat around Birmingham. :D

Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Basic training

Replies: 24

Views: 1656

Well, let's hope the weather is good next Wednesday, then both Peter and myself will be at the NEC on our bikes. :D

Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:30 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Jill, you're gonna hate me for this!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 3476

Jillbeans wrote:What's to hate?
No brush script and no "Tel:"....
I do stuff like this on a daily basis.
Love....Jill

We're making the "Approved by Jill" stickers as we speak. :D

Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:27 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Jill, you're gonna hate me for this!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 3476

Since Jill didn't ask, what do you call that "thing", car, truck or just "auto"?. Hi Tony. I know the terminology is different on your side of the Atlantic, but that's what's known over here as a van. Vans fall into two categories here, those that are designed as commercial vehi...

Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:39 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrator training???

Replies: 7

Views: 3529

Re: Illustrator training???

Dan Osterbery wrote:apart from a book!!

No, you've got it all wrong Dan.

They need to be able to read if they're going to make it in the sign game. :P

Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Basic training

Replies: 24

Views: 1656

Jeremy Howes wrote:Me too, perhaps with your logo and contact details along the bottom, it would make an inexpensive light hearted freebie for customers.

Well, I had to Goggle "freebie" to find out what it meant but, yeah, good idea.

Mouse mats maybe?

Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:03 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Jill, you're gonna hate me for this!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 3476

Well, you let us off lightly there Jill. You must be in holiday mode already. :D Nope, no Brush Script and no Tel, but it is Avery 700 series. Adrian, I'm not sure on the brown fade material, but it is very flaky and powdery. We reckon it's a toss up as to which is worth more, the graphics or the va...

Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:15 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Jill, you're gonna hate me for this!!!

Replies: 21

Views: 3476

Jill, you're gonna hate me for this!!!

One of our recent jobs.

Despite Pete's very best efforts he couldn't talk the customer into any better layout. He knew what he wanted, and wouldn't be budged. :(

On the bright side, we've done about fifteen of them, so they should make a worthwhile contribution to the beer fund at SignUK. :D

Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Basic training

Replies: 24

Views: 1656

Basic training

This text was unmercifully stolen from a friends workshop, and now adorns ours.

I wonder if anyone will take any notice. :-?

Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Somersaults from a tree on a bike?

Replies: 5

Views: 682

Marcella wrote::o I can't ride a bike in a straight line! :oops:

Take a bit more water with it! :D

Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:59 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: cutting strip supplier

Replies: 2

Views: 1477

My first enquiry would be to the good folks who made the cutter. :D

Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Never judge a book by its cover!

Replies: 45

Views: 4219

Phill wrote:Apparently she's had a top secret makeover by Gok Wan

I'll send Jenny. :D

:peek:

Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: German style numberplate embossing and hot stamping machines

Replies: 11

Views: 3019

I can't attach it here, but check out DVLA Form V796.

Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: German style numberplate embossing and hot stamping machines

Replies: 11

Views: 3019

Peter Normington wrote:I am not certain but I think embossed number plates are now illegal except on vintage vehicles of a certain age

Especially German (or French) ones.

Unless, of course, you are putting them on a German registered car.
Bit of a limited market I would have thought. :D

Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: laying garden steps

Replies: 16

Views: 2024

I think a lot depends on your ground Brian. My patio just had a layer of sand thrown down, then levelled, with the slabs laid on top. If your ground is softer than mine, then you might need a more substantial base. The beauty of laying on sand is that if, in a few years time, they have settled and a...

Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:38 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for vinyl!

Replies: 52

Views: 4800

I didn't think copyright laws come into effect unless you were trying to trade or sell something under the trading name. which i am not I'm just printing off words in the same font as that of the manufactures logo ;P Doesn't work like that Gareth. I think you need a bit more research in that area. ...

Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for vinyl!

Replies: 52

Views: 4800

Garethed90 wrote:1.8, in a bike :o whats the hp on it ??

Not many - it's not that sort of bike. From memory 128bhp.

My small bike is only 1.5 litre. Still a six cylinder though. :D

Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for vinyl!

Replies: 52

Views: 4800

Garethed90 wrote:small engine :o what engine is in your car lol..

Yeah, small, for a car.

Even my bike's got a 1.8 litre six pot. :D

Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for vinyl!

Replies: 52

Views: 4800

Yeah but when you've got a 3.2 V6 under the bonnet its hard not too :lol1: Well, yes. With an engine that small you have to thrash it to keep up any sort of progress. :D 120 C ? Is that what the spec sheets say? We heat vinyls to that sort of temperature on the sides of vans, never mind on brake bi...

Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:46 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for vinyl!

Replies: 52

Views: 4800

Good old Google. :D "By definition, DOT 3 fluids must have a minimum dry boiling point (measured with 0% water by volume) of 401F and a minimum wet boiling point (measured with 3.7% water by volume) of 284F." http://www.stoptech.com/tech_info/wp_brakefluid_1a.shtml So caliper temperatures ...

Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:41 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Looking for vinyl!

Replies: 52

Views: 4800

Peter Normington wrote:How hot does a caliper get?

I don't know Peter, but it can't be ridiculously hot because if the brake fluid boils, then no brakes.

Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:38 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: HAPPY DAYS

Replies: 51

Views: 7523

Re: HAPPY DAYS

George Elsmore wrote:NUFF SAID :D

Wot they done then George?

Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Never judge a book by its cover!

Replies: 45

Views: 4219

Is that Andy's big sister?

Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: abducted by aliens

Replies: 25

Views: 2163

I've just had a premonition that I'm going to be abducted tonight. :cool:

Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:33 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Spandex - Fuel Surcharge.

Replies: 9

Views: 1099

Peter Cox wrote:My suggestion is to tell them to stick it up their ar*e they are rob dogs anyway. I would give up the trade rather than line their pockets

Aw, come on Peter.

Why don't you get off the fence and tell us what you really think. :D

Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:56 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone else heard from Reverand John Smith?

Replies: 66

Views: 24344

Phill wrote:when in reality there must be one or two Reverends out there that are honest and trustworthy.

I'm sure you're right Phill.

I'll keep my belt firmly buckled though. :-?

Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from Northants

Replies: 16

Views: 1420

Am I dreaming, or has the thread title changed?

Whereabouts in Northants are you Emily?

Can't help with sub but, if you want to see how cut vinyl and digi print works, I'm sure we could give you a quick guided tour.

Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:46 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Brighton!

Replies: 16

Views: 1489

Hi James. :D

Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:54 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hello from Northants

Replies: 16

Views: 1420

Hello Emily. :welcome:

Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Avatars/Profile Pictures?

Replies: 9

Views: 1122

I'm saying nothing. :D

Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:53 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: iPhone users - Good apps?

Replies: 27

Views: 2614

The downside of Daylite, as far as I can see, is that you need to be in your office to sync. With an iCal, Contacts, OmniFocus and MobileMe combination it's all synced immediately wherever you are. That's a bit too useful to me to consider changing to Daylite. It's not cheap either is it? I would ne...

Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: iPhone users - Good apps?

Replies: 27

Views: 2614

Aitor wrote:Daylite is the best CRM app for macs.
Better than OmniFocus?

Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: iPhone users - Good apps?

Replies: 27

Views: 2614

Nothing to do with signmaking, but......

The Sky+ app allows you to programme your Sky+ recorder from your iPhone.

Brilliant if you forget to do it before you go out, or on holiday, or whatever.

Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:29 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: great sign *hic*

Replies: 9

Views: 1008

It's a lot nicer than the sign I saw on holiday recently. :D

Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:02 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Replies: 21

Views: 3438

I use the print to .ps (postscript) and then use Acrobat Distiller most of the time. Does the free Acrobat viewer not work on pdf's created with Illustrator CS3/4? I've never paid attention to that. Yes, using the "save as pdf" option, Illustrator generated pdfs open fine in the free Acro...

Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:12 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Replies: 21

Views: 3438

Re: Things I don't understand about pdf's

Secondly an increasing number of customers are sending info as pdf's created originally in illustrator/photoshop cs2, 3, and 4. We only have illustrator/photoshop cs(1) and cannot break open the file in this or corel 12. Do we have to buy cs4 in order to simply open the info for vectorising, printi...

Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:05 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help New WorkShop Designs

Replies: 14

Views: 5254

Dermot,

Not every individual forum allows attachments. This is one of those, and it is not a problem at your end.

To be sneaky, and get around that limitation, you can use something like imageshack to host an image.

Rob probably won't like it, but I won't tell him if you don't. :D

Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:58 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help New WorkShop Designs

Replies: 14

Views: 5254

Hiya Dermot. Neil's looks like the sort of layout I'd like. Half the ground floor for fitting, and the other half for making. I'd keep all the printers and cutters on the ground floor so that I didn't have to keep humping rolls of vinyl upstairs, and the finished product down again. If you either ha...

Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on the use of a copyright logo please?

Replies: 4

Views: 708

If you do a search you'll find some quite lengthy discussions on copyright. Jason is technically correct but, for what it's worth, and right or wrong, this is my take on it........ If you are whacking out Autoglym logos and flogging them at car boot sales, or on eBay, basically making a profit from ...

Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: BSGA membership

Replies: 10

Views: 1122

I don't know much about the BSGA, but I would tread warily, as I do with anything of that sort.

There would need to be a lot more tangible benefit to membership than an obscure reference to an "accredited organisation".

Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:03 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Colour matching gadget

Replies: 12

Views: 1889

Chris Wool wrote:yep SOD the colour wheres the bike :D :wink:

In my garage, with it's mate.

And, according to my iPhone, it's Cool Grey 11. :D

Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Colour matching gadget

Replies: 12

Views: 1889

M Brown wrote:John, have you got an iPhone with this app on and does it realy work

Yes, I've got it, although I've never used that function.

I'll try it out, but it might have to be on Monday. Weather forecast is good for tomorrow, so the bike beckons. :D

Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Colour matching gadget

Replies: 12

Views: 1889

If you've got an iPhone, then £5.99 will buy you this.........

http://www.code-line.com/software/colorexpert.html

Take a photo with the built in camera, select the area of the picture you want, and it will give you the Pantone number.

Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:16 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday night fun? where did it go?

Replies: 42

Views: 2736

Nicola McIntosh wrote:
Ian Jenkin wrote:or is Scotland on a time delay?? :lol1:


:lol1: :lol1: no its called booze delay :lol1: :lol1:

nik

Glenfiddich Mean Time. :D

Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who's better looking, Phill or Peter

Replies: 39

Views: 2788

Phill wrote:Thus inadvertently exposing that you are in fact a closet "Cliff Richard" aficionado :-?

No, not really. I just know a bit about commercial vehicles.

Although, in the bus field, I bow to the superior knowledge of Marcella. :D

Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who's better looking, Phill or Peter

Replies: 39

Views: 2788

Phill wrote:You mean like Routemaster double deckers

No.

Like the AEC Regent III RT. :D

Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Friday night fun? where did it go?

Replies: 42

Views: 2736

Warren Beard wrote:erm, if people never wore clothes as part of everyday life what sports would you avoid playing and why ?

I don't know about sports, but I'd keep away from the laminator. :o

Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:06 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: HELP! Pantone cmyk values

Replies: 3

Views: 903

Re: HELP! Pantone cmyk values

M Brown wrote:Patone 234 a pink/magenta he says its C6 M100 Y0 K26
and
Pantone 3145 greeny/blue he says its C100 M0 Y19 K23

My Pantone Color Bridge chart give them as:-

PMS 234 = C18 M100 Y4 K18
PMS3145 = C100 M11 Y28 K20

As printed on the chart, both are a reasonable match.

Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what does a trillion look like!!

Replies: 8

Views: 697

John Singh wrote:Can anyone work out how much each individual would get if each person was to receive an equal share?

But that's not the issue John. The money doesn't exist. It's debt.

So everybody owes their share.

Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:06 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what does a trillion look like!!

Replies: 8

Views: 697

Frightening innit? :o

Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:17 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: T shirt printing advice, any money in it

Replies: 31

Views: 5610

so if you stick £1000 in the bank for a year..you will get approx 0.1% interest on it ( if you are careful which account it is in)...........or in real terms £1.00 or you could buy a machine that even if it did nothing for 12 months would save you £62.50 in tax.........so if you have £1000 that you...

Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:50 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Which printer? for a starter in digital printing...

Replies: 18

Views: 5029

Another vote for Mimaki.

:D

Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:24 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Guide anyone

Replies: 1

Views: 481

Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Thanks To Impact

Replies: 7

Views: 907

Nobody ever hear of back-ups?

I broke a disc once, just by putting it back into it's case. But I'd already copied the whole thing to my hard drive and so didn't need to bother Brian.

(angel)

Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Jury Service

Replies: 69

Views: 12336

I think that jury duty should be confined to pensioners. 1. They have the time. 2. Being older, and hopefully a bit wiser, we should get better verdicts. 3. They can do something useful to earn their state pension. There is a case for making the unemployed do it, and thereby make a contribution to t...

Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:55 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: T shirt printing advice, any money in it

Replies: 31

Views: 5610

That's standard accountant's advice, which I've never fully understood. Round figures here, so don't pick me up on that, but..... Spend £1,000. You are then allowed to depreciate that by 25% in the first year, so that's £250 set against your profits. Tax of 25% on that £250 is £62.50. So, the result...

Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:14 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Which Plotter?

Replies: 7

Views: 3169

Don't know about the Razr (I thought that was a Motorola phone) but from the rest there isn't much to choose.

My preference would be the Mimaki, but that has little to do with the cutter, more the software that drives it.

They will all do a good job for you.

Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from belfast

Replies: 24

Views: 2692

Phill wrote:Wishy washy sandal wearing hippy liberal :lol1:

I know. :D

Am I wrong though?

:nana: :nana: :nana: :nana: :nana:

Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from belfast

Replies: 24

Views: 2692

I've been thinking some more about this. The fact is that we ourselves rely on other signmakers to do stuff that we're not geared up for. Screen printing is one example that comes to mind, and sometimes, like yourself Gareth, we are disappointed by the time it takes to get stuff done. The same used ...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:59 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from belfast

Replies: 24

Views: 2692

when i dropped the bodywork in the the sign place, i could wwait a couple of weeks for it to be done. That isnt really fair! Find a different sign place Gareth. :D That's not as flippant as it sounds. Many of us specialise in different things. Mine is fleet graphics and I must admit that I'm not ov...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:20 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Clock change

Replies: 7

Views: 772

Jillbeans wrote:We already did that over here three weeks ago.

Yes, I fell foul of that Jill.

Landed in Las Vegas with an eight hour time difference from home. Woke up next morning to find out that they changed the clocks that very night. :D

Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:18 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I think we need more sign makers in the uk

Replies: 30

Views: 3711

I am new to the sign business and I resent the fact that most start ups get tarred with the same brush - that we are only in it to make a quick buck, some beer money etc. or that we are on this forum to steal the experience of the seasoned sign makers without giving anything back. The bitterness an...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:34 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Clock change

Replies: 7

Views: 772

Clock change

Don't forget to alter the time in your profiles to GMT +1.

Those in the UK anyway. :D

Mon Mar 30, 2009 11:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Jury Service

Replies: 69

Views: 12336

I've never been called up but, to be honest, I wouldn't mind doing it. It could be a nice easy couple of weeks doing something different. The problems arise if you get involved in a complicated trial that goes on for months and months. It used to be fairly easy to get out of, and the standard joke a...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Performing rights society and PPL

Replies: 75

Views: 23535

John Cooper wrote:Hmmmm, do I detect a radio amateur de GW0ACH/GW8VBV dah di dah

You might.

de G4RUS

:cool:

Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:10 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from belfast

Replies: 24

Views: 2692

Hiya Gareth.

£150 for a fairing? Sounds about right. :D

Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:54 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: CAMM 1 pro 1860 perforated cutting problem

Replies: 5

Views: 1824

How's the cutting strip?

Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:32 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I think we need more sign makers in the uk

Replies: 30

Views: 3711

this thread sounded familiar....spend less time ranting about new signmakers - and more time improving your game/business to remove the need to view them with any real concern... get a loyal customer base by being the best (quality, service, value) and they'll stick with you...and recommend you. Th...
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