darcshadow

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  1. Another little thing, under the users avatar, there is no space between the work Location and the location being displayed.
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    New Forum Feedback

    How did you do it in the old forum? I do agree the unread content is a bit bulky. I also have not yet found a way to go to the first unread post. The links either take you to the first post of the topic, or the last post.
  3. Nope, no change. Clearly it's something on my end. No worries though, I can copy and paste and post images and several other things with the new forums that didn't work for me before so I'm not really complaining about some missing icons.
  4. Will have to check from my home pc. Firewall here at work might be blocking something.
  5. Yeah, I'm using IE. Here's what I see.
  6. Not really a problem per say, but the notification and message icons at the top of the screen are either the same color as the background, or are not being loaded on my screen. Didn't even realize there was an icon there till I got a notification of a liked post.
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    Is this it?

    When clicking on the view unread link, is there a way to jump to the first unread post of the topic that I'm not seeing? I'm really going to miss that function if it's not there anymore.
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    Is this it?

    Looks like the only option is the "unread content" link in the top right. Feel is certainly different, going to take some time to get use to for sure.
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    Tumblers

    Yeah, I was a bit surprised how easily the stainless steel showed scratches and wear so the powder coating will prevent that. The next one I'm going to do will be a non transparent color with a second layer on top. It'll be a test to see how well the design holds up since it will have a bit of an edge to it, that in theory could chip. I believe powder on powder will hold up well. I will also make one with a negative space design to see how well the powder hold up on the steel alone. I suspect I may need to put a clear coat over that one to get a long lasting design.
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    Death of the Forum

    Oh, I'm agreeing it'll can be a mess and take some time to get up and running as desired just that the size of the database shouldn't play into it. Unless the new system is not compatible with the existing database then having to convert data into a form the new system can use could take quite a bit of time.
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    Death of the Forum

    Database size doesn't typically affect the easy of a forum update. Updates rarely touch the database and just modify the user interface. Occasionally updates make a significant change though that causes the current style to not be compatible and it can take a good bit of time to get the forum to look the way you want.
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    Tumblers

    Yes, the yellow and pink are transparent/candy colors so anything under it will show through. The black shows through better on the yellow than it did the pink.
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    Tardis landed in Macon, GA

    Didn't realize that was still on. Watched season 1 and it just didn't pull me in. Just felt like an X-Files knock off to me.
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    Tardis landed in Macon, GA

    Wonder what percentage of people driving by know what the TARDIS is, or for that matter, what a blue police call box is.
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    Tardis landed in Macon, GA

    ha! that's awesome.
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    silhouette cameo to vinylmaster images import?

    I'm rather surprised no one has ever created a converter tool. People create converters all the time for proprietary files, I've never looked at a .studio file, but I wouldn't think it would be all that complicated to reverse engineer. Guess maybe there isn't a large enough demand for it.
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    Having some trouble opening this file in sb?

    Do you have any other editing software outside of signblazer? Open it in something else then just copy and paste into SB. And as Mz Skeeter asked, were you trying to open it, or import it? SB will not open eps files but it will import them, assuming they are the older format of eps.
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    Tumblers

    Second go at a tumbler. Used vinyl as mask to lay down the black, baked it, then put the yellow over. I'm really pleased with how well the black shows through the yellow, much better than the pink did. Using 631 as the mask, but it's a bit tricky. Let it bake too long, try to take it off while the cup is too hot, or after it cools down and the adhesive doesn't want to come off. Have to find that sweet spot of warm but not too hot and the vinyl peals off easy but have to be quick cause the cup cools pretty quickly. I also think my toaster oven may be too small to do these. I think I "burnt" the yellow a little. You can't really see in the photo, but there is some discoloration of the yellow that I believe is because it was too close to the heating elements. And I know the image is copyrighted and all but this is just for my pleasure and Dodge has enough of my money, they can give me this little thing. ha!
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    Tumblers

    You'll want a booth of some kind as well to put the part in while you're shooting the powder. I just use a large cardboard box with a small fan in the back to pull air through the box and keep the powder from drifting back toward me. Not the best setup, but it didn't cost me anything and works well enough for now. My goal is to build something eventually and put laminate on it so that it is smooth and easy to clean. There is a good amount of powder "wasted" that if you have a clean surface and clean brush you could reclaim about 80% of the wasted powder and reuse it. I also just picked up an IR thermometer to better know what the temp. of the item in the oven and adjust the oven as necesary. The toaster oven doesn't do well at regulating it's temperature when I stand it on it's side to fit the taller items in.
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    Tumblers

    The Eastwood kit is what I have. It's only $90 right now and does a decent job for hobby type stuff. Most parts also need to be blasted to clean them up prior to powder coating so you'll want a blaster cabinet, and then you'll need an oven to back the parts in. For now I have a large toaster oven but I'm keeping an eye out on craigslist for a cheap/free oven to stick out in the garage. Powders are pretty cheap to, $15-$20 or a pound and you can do a lot with a pound. Like vinyl the real cost of powder coating is the initial hardware cost and then just time, the actual product is really cheap.
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    Is there an easy way to vectorize?

    As others said, don't trace a font. From the image you posted however, looks like you also need to tweak your trace settings. It appears you were using either Color Quantization, or one of the Multiple Scans options. For a simple black and white image you want to use the Brightness cutoff. I usually start my threshold to 0.65 and the adjust as needed. Tweaking the items on the Option tab can help as well. But getting a good trace of a font is nearly impossible.
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    Vector Art

    Don't know how vinylmaster works but in Inkscape I'd duplicate the cart then inkscape a box behind it and then use the difference tool, called punch in some software, and subtract the card from the box. then just delete the left over portions of the box that I don't need. There may be a better/easier way, but without seeing the vector file it's hard to say.
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    some vector files for everyone to use

    Grabbed them, thanks.
  24. The bad firmware/checksum error is a plotter thing, nothing to do with windows. Have you tried downloading the firmware update again? Those error messages would indicate that the file you are trying to load is corrupted, or being corrupted during the load process.
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    Laser Light

    Maybe tell us what cutter you have.