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    Portable Hd suggestions?

    Are you moving the drive around a lot, or just wanting a backup that is not installed in the computer? If moving around a lot you might want to really look at a SDD. No moving parts so the drive can take a pretty good beating with no worry of failure. They get pretty expensive though when you get into the terabyte range. You might also consider an external enclosure that you can then put what ever hard drive you want in it. Or even a multi drive enclosure that you can setup as a raid drive. That way if one drive fails you can still recover most, if not all of your data.
  2. That'd be my guess as well, a raster image saved in an eps file. Happens quite often. Open the file and then zoom way in on it. Do the lines stay nice and crisp or do they get blocky? If they get blocky you have a raster image.
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    Need some help with this one

    Not having any luck finding this font with the online tools. Anyone recognize it?
  4. Don't save the file as a PNG, that is a raster image so you're forcing your cricut to revector it and that is where you are loosing your detail. I believe Cricut can import ai files, but if not save the file as an eps or svg and import that into Cricut.
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    Need some help with this one

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    How to cut just the outline of 2 color font

    It's a bit tricky to explain in text so attached is an example of the steps I'd use in Inkscape. I assume Flexi has similar abilities/tools.
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    Cutter Missing small corners?

    Correct, not a feature in Signblazer. Best bet is to find a different cut program that has that feature. Unfortunately I have not been able to find one that is also free. The best I've come up with is to use Inkscape to cut with. Not an actual cut program, just an option that has been added so it doesn't have all the extras that cut programs have, but it does have an over cut option.
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    VM not connecting with a longer usb

    If you're wanting the cutter that far away from the computer I'd suggest switching to the serial connection. You can go like 50' or so with a serial cable and not having the hassle of dealing with the cheap USB chipsets is so worth the cost of the serial cable and interface card.
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    If the replacement is doing the same thing that would point to the software rather than a hardware problem. Even the cheapest cutters can be tuned to give good square corners. If ARi's cut is at the same scale as what you're trying to do your cutter should be able to handle it. Make a simple square in your cutter software, a 1" square would be fine, then cut it and examine the corners. Post a photo here and let us look at it. But if the corners are rounded add a little bit of offset, say 0.2mm. Cut again and look at the corners. If they're still rounded add a little more offset. If you go over 1mm and still rounded corners then you have something else wrong. Also, I know you said you set your blade depth correctly, but double check it, and maybe post another photo of that as well. And lastly, a screen shot of your cut and offset settings in your program might shed some clues for us as well.
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    EPS conversion problems

    With inkscape, once you trace the image and delete the raster image that is all that you need to do, there is no need to convert the vector image to paths as it is already a path. If you want to see what the cutter will cut you can view it in wireframe and that will show you the paths that the knife will follow. I've not used Sign Cut, but skarekrow says it prefers SVG, which is what Inkscape works with natively so no need to save your file off as eps, just save it as an svg. It can also be helpful to open your raster image in something like photoshop and clean it up there prior to tracing it. The closer you can get the raster image to a simple black and white image of high resolution, the better your auto-trace will be.
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    How much would you charge

    So say 1.5 hours, what do you pay yourself per hour? $50? Then you're looking at $75 in time plus cost of mirror and vinyl.
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    Backing for White Oracal 651 other than blue?

    Be aware though, white on white is very hard to see, especially with application over it. I think you're over thinking it.
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    MH871-MK2 detailed cuts issue

    Cutting fine detail is difficult even on high end cutters, the MH is the lowest of the bunch so getting anything too small on it may not be possible. Be sure you have your blade depth set correctly, dial in your offset, and if your software supports it, add a bit of overcut, 1-2mm should be enough.
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    Registration Mark Woes

    Yeah, I just make them as part of the design. I don't use VM though, and someone that does may have a better way to do it in VM.
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    Registration Mark Woes

    You could just make your own registration marks. I use a simple diamond.
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    Pattern upside down Cutting with Laserpoint 2?

    I do not use SCAL so I have to ask, why? It would seem to me, if the design fits on the matt it'll cut just fine on the cutter. I am making the assumption that SCAL only cuts the design and doesn't "cut" the entire matt. Ie, if you put something at the bottom of the matt and it is only a few inches tall, when it is cut the top of the design will be at the edge of your vinyl.
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    Import from Illustrator

    Layering the black and blue over the green is much easier than trying to cut an outline and get it to line up perfect.
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    Cutting with TWO Programs

    Yes, you can use as many different cut programs as you want. If you want to cut with SB one time and VM the next that will work just fine. As slice suggests though, when working in SB, I'd suggest saving off your files as EPS that way you can open them in virtually any other cutting program in the future.
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    Import from Illustrator

    This is what it looks like when I open it with Inkscape, is that correct? You are going to be cutting this, correct? If so there are a few things I'd suggest changing to make laying easier. First the green outline around the B. Rather than an outline make it a solid background, minus the white holes. Once you've done this, you can delete the green portions inside the lightning bolt. Next you'll need to adjust the blue portion to leave a gap between the B so that the green will show through. Here is how I would configure the file for cutting. Also, FYI, your green outlines were strokes and as such would not cut how the look. Strokes are a single line, in order for them to cut as they look you need to convert the stroke to a path. lastly, I would also recommend a green outline for the white cutouts of the B. To me it just doesn't look right with green online every place else. BclawZ.eps
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    You can also give Inkscape a try. It's a free vector program that is quite powerful considering it is free.
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    Cutting with TWO Programs

    Yeah, you can use as many different cutting programs as you want. The cutter doesn't care.
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    Spaces between vinyl pieces

    651 is a calendared vinyl and will shrink more so than cast (751, 951). I'm not familiar with VinylMaster but it sounds like you have the tools you need with the outline module. My guess is your image is a group, you'll need to ungroup it and break out individual colors then select each section one at a time to do the outline thing. If you could post the file you're having issues with people might be able to give you a more step by step instruction set.
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    Way WAY to much blade sticking out. MZ Skeeter has posted dozens of times the correct way to set the blade depth, do a search for it and follow her instructions.
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    Using Cricut Vinyl

    In most cases, thinner vinyl is typically better.
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    Need help with putting a vinyl layer on a magnet

    I've not dealt with magnets, but would putting the vinyl on the table upside down and applying the magnet to the vinyl be a possible option? I know putting app tape on that way, put the app tape on the table and lay the vinyl onto the tape, can be quite a bit easier some times.