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  1. Why not just create a small 1" square test box and use that to dial in the adjustments?
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    Corel or Adobe

    Both have trial options, perhaps you can convince them to let you download and install both to evaluate.
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    Wrong EPS format

    I tried opening it with Inkscape and all I get is the overall shape.
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    usb / serial problems

    If you're using the RS232 connection be sure you have your baud rate set correctly.
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    It's the new way to do software. Why design and test something when you can just release it to the public and let them test it and tell you what would make it better.
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    usb / serial problems

    Is there any markings on the USB-Serial adapter? Kind of looks like a TrippLite one, but hard to say since they all look pretty close to the same.
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    How Do I Layer Without Overlaps

    I know this works in Inkscape, and I believe SignBlazer will do it as well. If you don't want to have to manually delete the little pieces that will be created by the above process, you can select the cross, break it apart, the select the silhouette of the cross, punch that through the wings, then combine the cross again. Note, in Inkscape, when you punch through the object doing the punching is deleted so you'd want to duplicate it before punching through. I do not believe that is the case in SignBlazer.
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    Such a newbie problem- but I need help

    Are you trying to do contour cutting with a MH cutter? They do not have that ability so the only way you could do it would be to get very lucky manually lining everything up and even then, if 1/16th of an inch is an issue, the MH cutter will have a tough time holding that tolerance over to great of a distance.
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    cannot seem to open a file in SignBlazer

    Another option if you don't want to convert svg to eps, you can open the svg file with inkscape, to a select all and copy, then past the image into SignBlazer. That's typically how I do it.
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    Vinyl & light question....

    I just received a sample chart from Oracal and they have two types of vinyl that let light through, Transparent (8300), and translucent (8500). Transparent is the kind you can kind of see through and looks a little like stained glass. Translucent looks like normal vinyl and is designed to be back light. I think the 8500 would work for what you're wanting to do.
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    Need help with this fire station logo

    Maltese cross, the center portion of the logo. Seeing how that appears to be an official logo for the Garland Fire Dept. if you're making something for them, they should be able to provide you with the image.
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    Oratape HT55

    From the description of the tape on the Orafol web page "Extraordinary low adhesive power" I'd say you have the wrong type of tape. You want a medium to high strength for working with matte vinyl. HT95 or MT95 would probably work much better.
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    You need a serial or a null modem cable to go from the Tripp Lite to the cutter. Your cutter should have come with a cable, connect it to the Tripp Lite adapter and your cutter, if not, the manual should tell you what kind you will need.
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    Is it worth it?

    Are you wanting to do a single graphic that is larger than your machine can handle, or just a large sign? Most signs can be broken into smaller pieces and put together on site with no worry of seams. It'd be kind of like layering, put some alignment pieces on each section then just line them all up as you build the sign and pull off the alignment pieces once done.
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    High heel, need help

    The grey background would cause some problems with auto trace. You'd need to edit the image in a photo editing program and remove the background. It'd probably also be a good idea to try and edit the photo down to three colors, black, orange, a your background color of choice, white would probably be best. This would be a good image to practice manual trace on.
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    Bella Donna Font

    Like this
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    Bella Donna Font

    These pages you found, did they have a big attention getting button that says something like download now? If that's what you found and clicked on that's the problem, you didn't read the page close enough. If you scroll down the page a little more you will find the real link to download the font directly. Those big attention getting buttons are not your friend.
  18. You want to tape the bottom layer. Even using the parchment trick, if you don't have the base in a fixed location it'll make keeping things lined up a pain.
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    High heel, need help

    I don't know LXI, but what did you try and why was "wrong" with the results you were getting? This image looks like it'd be pretty easy to trace. Manual trace would be pretty easy to do and an auto trace should produce decent results as well.
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    High heel, need help

    Sandy, you asked for help, but didn't indicate what you tried, what software you're using, or the results you got that you were unhappy with. Were you actually looking for help on how to do it, or just someone to do it for you?
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    Slacking on the finished products

    Which is why customers should not be designers. ha!
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    black to white

    Busterbaby, your post above showing your results from the break apart is what Inkscape does as well. I simply had to edit the result on the right to complete the shape and remove the white area of the face and pizza box.
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    black to white

    Don't know SCAL, but in inkscape, select the image, duplicate it and move it off to the side to make working with it easier. Then break apart, union all the parts, change to a color you can see on your screen (red), add a stroke(red), and slide the whole image back over to the original and send it behind the original. Now adjust the stroke size to get the desired outline. You will also need to do some node editing to make the red fill the face but that's pretty quick and easy.
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    Ticking me off. Cutter Stops

    If you think the USB connector on the cutter is going bad, and you already have a Keyspan, why not just use it rather than go through the hassle of trying to replace the usb connector?
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    Can you use a USB extension cable with SignBlazer?

    Another option for long USB runs, there is a device that will convert USB to a cat-5/cat-6 cable and allow you to run nearly 200', then convert back from cat-5/cat-6 to standard USB. And if you need to go even further, you can get one that converts to fiber and run nearly 1500'.