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    won't cut large correctly

    If you didn't ground it, then most likely it's not. Do a search on here on grounding the stand. It's pretty easy, just need to run a wire from the stand to a ground on the cutter. Baud rate is a comm thing, nothing to do with pressure. The reset button will reset it to 9600, so make sure that Inkscape is set to 9600 as well, that is the default in Inkscape as well I believe. I don't remember what the other settings need to be, I'll check when I get home tonight. The Serial Flow Control in Inkscape is default to Software, that may need to be different.
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    won't cut large correctly

    I may be the only one on here that uses Inkscape to cut with and I've never had any problems like you're describing. Only thing I can think of off hand is a comm issue. Double check the buad rates maybe. Could also be static possibly, do you have the cutter on a stand, and the stand grounded?
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    A-10 Warthog

    I was surprised to learn that the Gulf War was the first time the A-10 saw combat. Grew up with them flying around our house using the gas plant as target practice and I had always just assumed they had been around long enough that they saw combat at some point.
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    Race Car job

    The search bar is your friend.
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    Power Tag??

    UL is mostly an American thing and is not mandatory.
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    Signblazer elements/cutter problem, cant figure it out!

    Well it is true, rarely does the start of a cut actually start where the blade is positioned, it almost always moves first, I think that's what Skeeter was saying.
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    Having a real hard time installing on glass

    With some practice, you should be able to put a graphic that size on dry pretty easily.
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    Signblazer elements/cutter problem, cant figure it out!

    Sorry forgot to look at SB when I got home last night, I'll try and remember again tonight. FYI, you shouldn't loose any of your files when you uninstall the program. Always a good idea to back things up though.
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    Signblazer elements/cutter problem, cant figure it out!

    I use to use SB and never had a problem like you're describing and can't thing of any settings off hand that would need to be checked. When I get time tonight I'll look at my SB and see if anything jumps out at me for you to check.
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    Best software for auto signs

    Signblazer is good for basic stuff, and is free. It's both a cut and design software. Inkscape is a free design program, and can do nearly as much as the high priced design programs such as Corel, or Adobe. They all have a learning curve and some things are easier to do in one program than another, it all comes down to personal preference. I'm a big fan of Inkscape simply because it's free, and quite powerful, I have not been able to do what I needed using Inkscape although I know some things I've done can be done much easier and faster in other software. As Skeeter asked though, what do you have now? If all you're wanting to do is basic text most likely what you have will get the job done.
  11. Ha! Seems like every few months you hear about a car jacker that couldn't drive it away because it's a manual. Seems like a pretty basic job requirement if you're going to steel cars. What amazes me, I can understand never having driven one, but to not even know how just baffles me. Guess it just came naturally to me, I jumped into a friends car in high school and just took off, never had anyone tell me the first thing about a manual car.
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    Why does this happen when in vectorizer?

    Sounds to me it's knowledge, you have inkscape, which is a great free program that can do more than enough to get your feet wet, but like all software, it does have a learning curve and if you've never worked with vector art work before that learning curve is a bit steeper. Wrapping your head around vectors and how it all works is the first step. Start with something simple. Use inkscape and just draw some random shapes, maybe a circle, square, and triangle, all overlapping a little bit and in different colors. Save that file off as an eps then import it into VM, key word being import. You do not need to vector anything, the file you created in Inkscape already is a vector, so if you're using VM to vector it you've done something wrong. Once you figure out how to do this basic exercise it shouldn't be much harder to do what you are wanting.
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    Not near software need quick help

    Good to hear, hate to see cars never used to their full potential.
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    Trouble importing an .eps file into SCAL Pro

    I would guess it's probably has several raster graphics stored in the file. As Skeeter was referring too, just because a file is saved as an EPS, doesn't mean the image is a vector.
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    Not near software need quick help

    If it handles like a dream, all the more reason to take it to a track, a road track, and learn how good or bad of a driver you really are. Nothing humbles you more than spinning out in the middle of a turn for no reason other than your own mistake. Been there, done that...a few times.
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    Why does this happen when in vectorizer?

    I actually use Inkscape to cut. I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner as it is pretty basic and requires you to have a pretty good idea of how the system works. The main reason I use it rather than Signblazer is signblazer does not have an overcut option and the Inkscape feature does. As for your cutting issue with it cutting the entire design for each color, that's due to how you vectored it in Inkscape. When you vector using color in Inkscape, it layers scans of each color over, with the color on top the hiding the other colors. If you uncheck the "Stack scans" option it will separate out the colors. However this will also leave a gap between colors and generally results in a pretty crappy trace. The other option is once your trace is done to manually edit the image and subtract the layers in order to get only what you want shown in each color. This can be rather tedious and involves duplicating some layers then subtracting them from others. It is different for each image so the only advice is to play with Inkscape and get to understand the various tools under the Path menu.
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    Why does this happen when in vectorizer?

    I don't use VM but perhaps the red X through the black box is the issue. You mentioned in your other post you vectored an image in inkscape then saved it off as a png, is that the case here? If so, as stated in the other post, just save the inkscape trace as an eps and import that into VM.
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    DRV Error

    Even the best factory's, defective components slip through on occasion. Sucks that is happened to you, but should be covered under warranty.
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    Why is text so difficult??

    The font is an OTF font, I don't know Vinyl Master, does it support OTFs? I suspect it does not and that is why it doesn't show up in the lists of fonts. If that is the case then as Skeeter suggested you'll want to convert it to curves before trying to open it with Vinyl Master.
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    Opening EPS or SVG

    A local library has a laser engraver/cutter that I occasionally play around with and they have their computer setup with Coral Draw. I typically do my design at home using Inkscape and save it off as SVG and EPS. When I go to open either of the file types in Coral Draw the image usually comes in as desired but the page size is still the default size. Is there a trick I'm missing in either how I open the file or how I save the file to get Coral Draw to resize the page to what I had is set to?
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    Opening EPS or SVG

    Pixel, the problem is not the scale of the drawing, it's the drawing page was not set when opening the file, either EPS or SVG. Jb, That's what I ended up doing, but since I didn't remember the exact size, it was not a standard size, I had to download and install a portable version of Inkscape onto my thumbdrive so I could open the original file and figure out what the page size was.
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    Help with sign pricing

    Just a comment on the design, that tree looks kind of weird. Is that the look you wanted, or were you going for a yellow outline of the green tree?
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    Dust/dirt inside the vinyl

    What do you mean by dust/dirt IN them?
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    Using vinyl as printer for contour cutting

    You can also rework the design so that it works in other colors. Here is an example. The original graphic was black, but it doesn't look right in light colors since the black is also acting as shadows. Don't know what your image is, but you might be able to rework it in a similar fashion. Something else to keep in mind if you do the black vinyl on white and then contour cut it. Pulling the application tape off the black once it's on the white will cause bubbles and headaches so you'll want to leave it on. Which then means you'll need to adjust your blade depth and pressure to cut through the application tape as well as the white vinyl. Might also make pulling the application tape off when installing the decal a bit harder.
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    Opening EPS or SVG

    Thanks, I did the file open thing but it defaulted to the 8.5x11 page size. I'll double check it again next time I go and make sure I didn't already have a document open.