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  1. 6 points
    Darcshadow is out newest Moderator - (Haumana beat him by a very short time lol) Thank you sir for agreeing to help us keep the forum safe from spam and keep the community a nice place to hang around
  2. 4 points
    I went to VM's youtube channel and whatched EVERY video, even the ones that didn't apply to me, and took a ton of notes. Rewinding and watching important parts over again. Then I upgraded to VM Pro and haven't looked back. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but it's a well thought out piece of software. It also has a number of features in Pro that are great when you're cutting multiple designs or copies. It seems to be focused on you running a vinyl business vs crafting. Just my 2 cents. . .
  3. 4 points
    I went thru old Seiki posts, where Slice brought this up on 2013. It was never answered. Others never answered either about it working with Master/Liyu. But It is listed in Vinyl Master Cut for $60. From The Vinyl Master website. And SCALP also lists it. But I sure wouldn't go all in on SCALP.
  4. 4 points
    I would like to be the first to welcome Haumana to the moderation team. This will give a a wide range of time zones for our mods and Haumana has been a member a long time.
  5. 3 points
    All, I just finished backing up my computers. When was the last time everyone else backed up their computer
  6. 3 points
    Hello, I hope this message finds you all well. I have found this Forum invaluable since buying a secondhand Cutting Plotter TYPE 721 that I have now repaired to working order. I would like to give thanks to everybody that gives advice or even just a reply as, without you, mine and many others endeavors would be so much more difficult. I am reading and learning more every time I read the content of this excellent forum and one day will hopefully be able to return some of my gained knowledge! Thanks for your time. Kindest regards and best wishes from the UK :0)
  7. 3 points
    If you're just doing a solid color, it'd be easier and faster to just buy some HTV in the desired color.
  8. 3 points
    It's probably pirated software then. And may have a virus Flexistarter is not FREE. I have not heard good things about Artcut. Your welcome
  9. 3 points
    I haven't visited the forum in a long long time... When I started years ago John was so helpful to everyone. truly a huge loss. RIP John
  10. 3 points
    As you can probably tell from the varied answers above there are usually several different ways to do things that ALL work fine. Nothing wrong with just making the whole thing and chopping out the part you want like motion effects showed. Pre-cut templates are nice too but require the extra skills which in your case means a few mistakes and do-overs. I did one once that I just applied the graphic over the area and let it hang off the edges and trimmed it before removing the app tape. If templates are small enough to scan I have made them with a piece of app tape or paper and scanned them so I had the perfect size. When you start getting to the size of a window where you import the pic and trace it from the pic you can easily get distorted if your angle of the pic is not perfectly straight. If you are just going for rough size and staying away from the edges like when doing business graphics on a car door or window then that works just fine. If you are trying to hit a perfect window size it will take a few tries and tweaks to get it perfect. There are car templates you can buy that the wrap guys use but I don't know how accurate they are and every wrap I have seen they cut things bigger and trim the excess so what does that tell you. Whichever way you go it will be a learning curve but learning through doing is the best anyhow. You can watch 1000 videos but until you have some hands on it only goes so far. I would suggest using a graphics software you either already know or one that everyone else uses or you'll be totally on your own. Inkscape you called INscape is a good place to start because its free and compatible with windows and mac alike. I don't use it myself but there are several who do. It is totally capable of doing the type of graphics you are looking at. No matter the design program you choose you will have some learning to do to get a cut-ready file. The design element of this craft is sometimes the achilles heel that some never make it past. It takes some willingness to practice and learn.
  11. 2 points
    I back mine up every month on the 1st. sometimes twice a month
  12. 2 points
    I am more protective of my personal photos from family and the trips - they are on about 4-5 different drives. I tried to help a professional photographer friend a couple of times when she lots precious photos - so a bit paranoid as those memories would be a horrible loss to be - especially as we get older and sometimes refer back even for reference to old photos. it isn't just about the work info. last year I documented a siding and window project that was to last 8 days and went 5 weeks - until I showed documentation that I was ready to do what I had to do - to get it done right. This year I am currently documenting a kitchen project that was to go 4 month and is now over 7 months and again that documentation got things back on track. I just document like we did at the prison in case we have to go to court - and has paid off. Tip-o-the-week do not go to a big box store for windows, siding or kitchen pictures at 5 months and now over 7 months we have 3 more days scheduled and if all goes well will be done. things like the under counter lighting falling down literally 10 minutes after the electrician left we unfortunately all to common. was 3 months with absolutely no kitchen Rant over - but again protect your document
  13. 2 points
    Thanks arty. I lost my HD last winter on my mac (after 8 years). Luckily I had most everything except a few invoices for a couple months on a back up drive but it motivated me to step up my game so I have a double external redundant set running now and did a single on my wifes mac too. Costco had 5TB drives for like $89 or something silly so I bought us each one and I already had a 1TB hooked up to mine.
  14. 2 points
    Just noticed the post on Banner John. SO sorry to hear of his passing. I too can say that he was SOOOO helpful to me when I first started . No question was "stupid" to him and he would encourage me when Iwoiuld get frustrated.He will be truly missed. RIP John.
  15. 2 points
    I agree with Dakota, VM may take more learning to switch over and will possibly cost more if you upgrade to Letter or Pro but is by far a better design and cut program. If you do go that route and do upgrade it I would go to the Pro level. There is also Expert but most of those tools come into play with printing.
  16. 2 points
    pretty sure silhouette studio will only send to the silhouette - scalp may be easier for your transition as it was originally designed for a cricut and oriented toward that market - Vinylmaster is very much preferred by most even though it will have somewhat of a learning curve - and you can upgrade to higher levels as you progress in your skills. I tried both and keep a copy of vinylmaster on my design computer along with my graphtec pro studio (which is private labeled flexisign)
  17. 2 points
    I would start the troubleshooting with a new blade.
  18. 2 points
    the 60 is where its at for the detail! lol
  19. 2 points
    I don't think Jaybyrd was ever able to get Signblazer to work with his Seiki. I think he tried them all. It is not listed. He used Flexistarter
  20. 2 points
    Inkscape is not cutting software. There is such a thing called Inkcut, but I don't know anything about it. And the driver needs to be on com 4 or below.
  21. 2 points
    The specs for the Titan SE says Roland compatible blade.
  22. 2 points
    Summa makes great cutters, wouldn't hurt to take a look at their SummaCut D-series. It's slot between Graphtec CE and FC. Some argue the SummaCut D series is above the Graphtec FC in terms of features.
  23. 2 points
    Well, it is not going to cut 28" W. . The specs say max cutting 25" 28" is the max media width. But there are not vinyl rolls 28" wide. Max Cutting Width 25" Max Feed Width 28"
  24. 2 points
    That video gave me a headache, listening to this guy yammering and babbling. If you are using Illustrator for design, just export the .eps and use VinylMaster or SignBlazer as your cut software. (As you would if working in INKSCAPE).
  25. 2 points
    I own/run a print/copy shop since 2002 on my own...so I can give you some advice. A lot depends on how many flyers they want and what quality they are expecting. Just like vinyl cutting ...the digital files are the biggest issue. Many customers think that files they created in WORD, EXCEL or even PowerPoint are acceptable for printing. Usually their centering is all off (especially on tri-fold brochures) and the layouts are in need of help. For small quantities we print inhouse on our very high end laser printer...for larger orders I prep the files (they have to be in CYMK with 300 dpi for photos) and send them out to wholesale print partners. Sue2