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  1. Wildgoose

    Rectangle with rounded edges

    So I'm trying to understand your question. Are you saying that you HAVE the rounded rectangle (previously created) and want to ADD a second one without rounded corners and then cut them both? Do you want to cut them at the same time or separately? If at the same time are you wanting a "compound shape" with the inside one being a hole in the outside one? Or two separate colors and therefore two cuts? Maybe a screenshot of what you are working on would help to understand what you are dealing with.
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    Linotype Font Size Issue

    I find so much difference between various fonts that I build a box the size I want the text and make sure it fits one time then I know what font size to use for that file. Additionally very few letters are all the same size regardless of which font. So it's all realative.
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    YEA! I got a new computer

    Needed to drain a little off the top for tax purposes and failed to convince my significant other that I needed to replace my perfectly good cutter (which I also failed at last year about this time) so I upgraded my old 2010 iMac for a spanking new one. I opted for all the bells and whistles on this one (short of investing in an iMac Pro, those things are a bit above my budget). Loving the new machine! My old 2010 was maxed at 16gig ram and all it would hold but the new one has double that so she's like a sports car. I went one step father and also invested in Illustrator CC which I have said I would never do. I was having too many font related crashes in Illy as I upgraded my old iMac and it sounds like that's what happens with CS5 and CS6 as the new Mac programs have some issues somewhere in there. I still have the old one and just handed it down to my wife so it's still in the house should I need it. Hers went off to one of the college girls who could put it to use. So it's sort of like early Christmas for me here and I have a smile on my face right now.
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    Titan 2 Contour Cutting Problems

    Probably some gremlin in the driver that is messing it up. Good work around with the box.
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    First Cut

    I'm with Skeeter. A cutter is a cutter and the same very basic setup is necessary as a user no matter the cutter from top of the line down to the bottom rung. I realize that they don't also sell you the knowledge to use them, you have to figure that part out. A cutter is a specialized tool. The use of a cutter is more a craft or a trade than something like using a printer or a laminator. I am self taught as most on this forum. There may be a class you can pay for somewhere (although I have not seen one) but most of us on the forum here figured it out on our own. To be honest, it's not rocket science and while a little confusing at first if you have some patience you can do it. Set the Blade depth (also sometimes called blade exposed) This is not to be confused with cutting depth, this is just how far the blade sticks out of the blade holder. Set the speed parameter which I personally recommend being set at 1/4 of the max speed for your cutter. You can speed up or down from there. Videos of other cutters help with what speed you should run. I am not a fan of running too fast but some people run flat out max. Set the down-force or blade cutting pressure. THIS is what actually determines how deep you cut into the vinyl. It is best to start low and work up so that you don't cut all the way through your vinyl and carrier and brake a tip on your blade (and damage the cutting strip) Set your blade offset. (should have been set roughly based on the recommendation that came with the cutter. These vary a bit but I think a standard blade will be around 0.35 to 0.45 mm but each cutter is different. My current high end cutter has my normal blade at about 0.35 and my heavy duty 60deg blade at 0.90mm so there can be a lot of difference. This value is basically the distance from the true center of your blade to the blade tip that is ground a ways off from center so that it will work like the castor wheel on a shopping cart as the cutter drags it around the cut job. It has to compensate for the distance as it goes around corners to keep the cut in the right place. Possibly set Overcut. This is a little bit of distance that the blade travels after the end of a given object is cut so that the stopping point connects with the starting point. Most cutters do NOT need offset but it is usually an option to allow users to tweak things if they are finding that their cuts do not complete. It is usually no more than the same number that the offset was. That is about all there is to any cutter setup. Doing this one step at a time and making sure it is as spot on as possible makes ALL the difference in the quality of the cut. Little things like ignoring the significance of the very first one (Blade Depth) have surprisingly big consequences. I am attaching a couple pics of helps that may benefit you and future searchers.
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    Question on copyright infringment

    I absolutely guarantee they have some money invested if they actually filed a trademark. A client of mine has a cool logo and is working on getting it trademarked to use for other uses than for what he currently does (hard to explain without divulging his logo which he would not want me to do since he is in process of obtaining TM). Anyway, talking to him, it's a long and drawn out expensive process depending on what level or aim of trademark you are going for. It's truly one of those things that the rich get richer in a lot of cases because those who may have come up with an original idea do not always have the means to do something substantial with it. pawdell - theoretically you could pursue some sort of substantive litigation due to provable copyright infringement if it's clear cut enough. If it's just a trademarked word group, good luck, not likely but if it involved word ART or some graphic specifics that they took from your design you could be entitled to some real coin. I am one that does not agree with the practice of trademarking a saying. I think that's bs but I don't get to be in charge. (for good reason!!!! Ha ha ha!)
  7. I agree with Nudy649, the handles are susceptible to wear and may start to fail as they get worn. I have heard of people who carefully drilled out the worn holes and replaced the pins with the new sized pins but that would depend on your level of ability to make modifications. I don't know that replacement parts are available for handles and such on the budget presses but maybe there are.
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    Multi Colour Issues with Illustrator & Sign Cut

    Looks like your actual file is probably not prepared correctly. The B in the above does not have the inside of the letter which likely means that it was not expanded? I'd have to see the actual file. Are you expanding the letters before sending them to the machine or are you letting the plug-in do that? You always want to expand all letters and any stroked lines to outlines. Verify that the B still has the inner parts of the letter in the file and temporarily change the color of the inner parts to something other than the other colors in the file. They may need to be moved up in the layer stack to be above the main letter. You may have inadvertantly placed them on a different layer altogether which will prohibit you from allowing them to interact with each other. Once they are on top and within the same layer and either in the same group or all parts not in any special group then you can select all three parts of the B and use Command+8 on mac or Control+8 on a pc to create a compound path. Text will generate properly when you turn them into outlines and you should not have to do this unless you have done something to separate them (most likely released the compound paths in the file which is indicative of all these letters missing the inner parts) Alternatively you can place the missing parts on top of the main letter (B) and use the minus front to create a compound path however if there are more than one piece as in this case then the two or more parts have to themselves be made into a compound path using the same command+8 operation. It sounds confusing but isn't once you understand that by creating a compound path you are telling illustrator that you want the group of objects to be considered one object.
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    Vinyl not sticking

    The spec on Stretch has be modified to up to 320 for 20 seconds now. They were having too many occasional failures and changed that last fall. I asked them of that was a change of adhesive and should I continue with my older stuff at 305 and they said no just crank the heat and dwell time up on all of it.
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    Shelf life of wall decals with application tape applied?

    According to Oracal the maker of the HT55 they say the tape has added adhesive thickness to allow it to get down into the matt finish a bit better and thus help with transfer rather than that it is extra tacky. I have used the HT55 and it was ok but matt finish is a PIA regardless of the tape. My 4076RLA worked about the same IMO. Medium tack paper is good but if you have smallish elements it may not hold them well and they may stay on the carrier. Conversley too high tack and it can be an extra pain to remove the tape after the install. Paper tape doesn ahve the advantage of being able to be wet down with a spray bottle and help remove but don't do that if you have water soluable vinyl like 631. I stopped doing wall installs. Can't bid them high enough to make any money. They are almost always a trial. Bear that in mind when you sell consumer install work. If they are putting them on a wall they may have a bad experience that has nothing to do with your product but you will get the blame.
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    AI or Inkscape plugin compatible cutters

    haumana are they running on a windows or mac platform?
  12. Wildgoose

    Shelf life of wall decals with application tape applied?

    Is your vinyl the lower grade or higher grade stuff? The low-grade I think they call mono-meric is what we call Calendared here in the states and the higher end stuff is called Cast. Cast will withstand the shelf a bit better than the cheap stuff. I don't know the answer to your question as to how long you CAN store them, at least not anything that the manufacturer would agree with. But for the record I have stored some things for a long time and they still seemed ok. Years even, but they were not something I was selling to anyone. They were all stored with paper tape though. The clear usually has more trouble especially with temperature changes it can "tunnel" easier than the paper will. Most of us use paper.
  13. Wildgoose

    AI or Inkscape plugin compatible cutters

    Summa will. Both with the SummaCut plug-in and the SignCut plug-in. I need liked the SummaCut as well as I did SignCut and I design on the mac which the SummaCut does not support so I stuck with SignCut. I do not use the plug-in however but cut from a different computer altogether. Both programs are also able to operate stand alone without being just a plug in.
  14. As mentioned above, your cutter may have more dificulty on drift than a higher end machine. I would definitly pre-feed (pre-jog) any work you do and you will have better luck. You should also take a look in Vinyl Mster in the Vinyl Spooler menu in Cut Options tab there is a box you can check called Cut In Strips (at least there is in the Pro version). I have not used this but I beleive it is a user defined amount of length that gets cut and then moves on to the next zone as it goes down the length of a project. I use a different cutting utility that has similar. It may help you on longer projects to overcome the inherent drift (called off-tracking) that happens on the budget machines. I used to have a budget cutter and occasionally battled this with my cutting program (SignCut Pro) which calls this feature "step-by-step cutting". My experience was that it really helped in long but simple jobs, but if the design was complicated (like with a bunch of text) the cutter didn't have the accuracy to cut parts of a bunch of letters and then try to come back and finish the other parts of the letters when in the next zone. But on long large graphics the slight misalignment at the step points was not so bad that it caused issues and I was able to cut some fairly large sign elements. This is one of the benefits of the higher end cutters. IF you find yourself doing enough to justify an upgrade it saves a lot of stress and mistakes. I have cut designs as long as 22 ft without problem with my new cutter. I have shifted to HTV on shirts moslty now but still benefit by being able to cut hundreds of copies of a logo without a tracking problem or static or memory space.
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    Vinyl for vehicle lettering?

    751 is one of the "Cast" family of vinyl and a better choice for going on vehicles and metal bins. It will handle to expansion and contraction much better and last several years longer as well. 651 is a good product for temporary work but is of the "Calendared" family of vinyl which is made completely differently. What you describe is considered permanent and the added expense is nominal. On the cutter I'm with the majority as well. Yes the SC is a touch more up front but from seeing literally thousands of posts we see a lot more user complaints and problems with the MH. Will it work? Probably. There are several on the forum who either started or still run the MH. They tend to be pretty tech savvy either by nature or from forced need. You will at least get a good education. Just don't say we didn't try to steer you up one level.