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  1. darcshadow

    Font Setting Help

    If you're wanting to be able to show various font options and how the word will look in them I use a program called FontViewer, http://www.ampsoft.net/utilities/FontViewer.php. It allows you to view all fonts on your computer and gives you the option to define the same. By default it is just the name of the font but you can easily set it to what ever you like. There are tons of other font viewer out there, this is just one of the first ones I found that did what I was looking for.
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    Need Help With Size Problem

    I'm not a flexi user so I'm just guessing here. The red around your text, is that just because it's selected, or is that a stroke around it? In some design programs, when you select something that has a stroke, the size that is displayed does not include the stroke. Could that be what's giving you different size readings?
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    Trouble converting PDF into SCAL 4 pro

    Your problem is that the PDF file is more than just vector images. The text is a vector but the actual image is a bitmap image. Not sure how SCAL handles it, but Inkscape you simply open the file, then you'll need to select the graphic. For some reason the graphic is part of a group although it's the only object in the group. You'll need to ungroup it before you can trace it.
  4. What exactly is it that you're doing and what results are you getting? The second screen shot above looks good and you just need to click the trace button.
  5. What do you have the pressure set to? Do you have the blade set correctly? Is the cutting strip still good? Is the blade holder properly seating and secure?
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    MH721 MK2 LCD Display comes up blank

    Should probably stick to low range. Speed is one of the big killers of precision.
  7. I don't believe there are drivers for the FC3100. Since it's only interface is either a parallel port or a serial port you're simply talking to it over a standard comm protocol. So long as you have a working serial port on your computer, the USB-2-Serial adapter, and you have your software set correctly, Port number, Baud rate, HP-GL language, it should work. Did you use the usb-serial adapter and cable with the mac? Just trying to rule out the adapter/cable as the problem.
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    MH721 MK2 LCD Display comes up blank

    If it only works when the cable is plugged in "just right" it could be a simple bad solder joint on the connector/motherboard. Try reflowing the solder on that connector. Since it's a new panel and cable, my next suspicion would be the display chip on the motherboard. You'll probably have to replace the entire motherboard.
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    SVG/ Logo Issue

    Interesting, what software is that?
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    SVG/ Logo Issue

    The words had a stroke applied to them. Strokes are a visual thing and do not cut as they look. In order to get a stroke to cut, it has to be converted to a path first. These are the terms used in Inkscape, not sure if the same terms are used in SCALP or not. Inkscape is a free design program, well worth downloading and playing around with.
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    Fonts And How To Add??

    Font's are individual files, you just have to find the one you want and download it. There are places that sell collections of fonts and some software programs install fonts, SignBlazer has a pretty nice collection of fonts. Once the font is installed on the computer any program on the computer can access it, including Graphtec Studio Pro.
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    SVG/ Logo Issue

    I too opened the OP SVG file in Inkscape, there was some funkyness with the text. There was two letters on top of each other and one set of them were symbols in Inkscape. Which is some how related to clones. So I had to select all the text, unlink it from the clone, then welded it. There was a weird problem with the first A around the saw, the lines overlapped in a couple of placed but when I did the unclone and weld it fixed the problem. Also, be aware, that the words around the saw blade will not cut the way the look. They will cut as a solid color, if you want a hollow text there's more work that will need to be done. Attached is my edits to make it cuttable diy makers art.svg What program did you use to conver to SVG? I don't know SCALP, but PDF is a vector file and I would expect SCALP to be able to open/import it. So you shouldn't have needed to convert it to SVG.
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    Incomplete cuts

    Have you grounded the stand/vinyl? Could be a static issue.
  14. Does the cut software control your force? And is there also a force setting on the cutter? If so, and based on your description, I would assume the copy button is repeating the design, but not the cutter controls, such as down force and using what ever is set on the cutter itself.
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    New to vinyl. Just got a fc 7000 75

    I'm a fan of Inkscape as well, it's an extremely powerful FREE vector design program. Keep in mind, it is for design, not for cutting. It is possible to cut from it, but that is not what it's good at.