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  1. Not a Graphtec user here, but sounds like he's wanting to hit a button on the machine itself. So unless there is a setting in the machine itself not to return to home after a job I suspect using the copy button on the machine will not work the way you want. In the software, does the cut screen stay up? Could you just hit cut again or something on the computer? That's how I do it with VM.
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    My subs almost up !

    Depending on what all you're doing, Inkscape might be an option to look at. It is free and extremely powerful. I think I've seen on here mention where it is closer to corel than AI in learning how todo stuff, so will probably be a pretty good learning curve as well, but it's hard to beat the price. Inkscape also works well on WIndows(hate the term PC, all computers are PCs unless they are a mainframe), Mac, and Linux.
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    Cutting Mat/6mil acetate

    6mm? That's nearly 1/4". I don't believe any vinyl plotter can cut something that thick. Now if you mean 6 mil, 0.006", that would might be doable.
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    Font help needed

    If you fill in the white space, Whatfontis.com comes back with BenderSolid.
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    Beginner Question

    Follow Mz Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth and then cut as slow as possible to start with, gradually increase speed to something you are happy with and still getting good cuts. Over cut and offset may need to be adjusted as well. What vinyl and cutter? they are not all created equal and if you have a MH or other low level cutter cutting 1/8" letters may simply not be possible.
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    HTV GLITTER VINYL

    Have you followed Mz Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth?
  7. You could try Inkscape if you need something in a pinch. Inkscape is not designed as a cutting program but it does offer that ability and is not terrible to use. As a hobbiest, I used it exclusively for several years for cutting.
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    Pix Max help

    I think you may still have too much blade exposed. If you can see the blade in a photo, you probably have too much. You only need about 3 mil (0.003") sticking out.
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    Engstrom Graphics - Demolition Derby Signs

    That is actually one of the Confederate Navy's flags which was based on the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia which was led by General Lee. The battle flag was actually a square rather than the typical 3x5 rectangle. I just like to spread accurate yet useless information.
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    need help finding font

    asking you to load stuff when you click the download button or after you extract the zip file? If it's when you click the download button you are probably not clicking on the correct download button. Often times what looks the obvious button is not the real button you need to click, it's an ad of some sort. You have to pay close attention to download the actual file you want. If you can't do it or find it on the web page you're looking at, go to a different web page that offers the file.
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    Engstrom Graphics - Demolition Derby Signs

    Which one, there were 6 of them.
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    Vinyl colors

    I bought the starter pack like 5 years ago and I still have most of those colors left. I mostly use that vinyl for blasting and powder coating mask and use the Oracal that I bought later for any real jobs. Later when I got into HTV I learned my lesson, I have a stock of a few colors I use often then just buy the others as needed. I do always buy extra so I have enough to do a few extra designs if I mess up, or the customer decides they want more.
  13. Check your cutting stripe and make sure it's not damaged.
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    Blade Depth

    The thickness of a buisnes card .020" is about 10 times too much blade. Oracal 651, for example, is only 0.0025" thick. So you only need that much blade sticking out to cut through it. Any more than that and you are cutting into your backing material. Mz Skeeter has posted hundreds, if not thousands of times the correct way to set your blade depth. Follow her guide and you'll be cutting great right away.
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    Cutting PDF Help

    Which two circles are you having problems with? I opened it with Inkscape and everything looks good as well. I did notice some of the shapes have a stroke to them but that shouldn't cause them not to cut. Also, I don't know if it's just the way Inkscape reads a PDF but there are a lot of layers to the design. For cut vinyl the less layers the better. If your program is using the multiple layers I would suggest punching parts of the design through the other colors to reduce the layer count. This design is 3 colors and can rather easily be done in 2 layers. I would make gold the base layer and just cut one big circle. I would the punch the text through the blue and layer the blue on the gold, and do the same with the white.