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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.
  10. 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'.
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    ai file

    If you have Inkscape setup to open EPS files, you can try renaming them as an eps and then try opening them with Inkscape. It works quite often.
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    Glass etching

    One big complaint about the HF cabinet is that you have to assemble it which leaves lots of room for gaps and leaks. For a little bit more you can get a cabinet that is injection molded plastic which has no seams or places to leak outside of the holes that are suppose to be there. I have a Cyclone E500 it was about $75 more than the HF one, but I have been very pleased with it and didn't have to worry about trying to seal it up. As for compressors, both the ones you mentioned would work although the 3gallon is pretty small. For most blasting you'll be in the 40-60psi range. The larger the tank and higher the HP on the compressor you can get the better. Reason being, the larger the tank, the less often the compressor needs to run. The higher the HP, the faster the tank will fill. If the compressor can fill the tank faster than you drain it then you never need to stop. If the compressor is not fast enough, you'll need to take short breaks to let the tank fill back up. Not a big deal either as you are rarely blasting non stop. The other thing to note, the blasters all have a suggested or min. psi usage. That, for the most part, can be ignore. I believe mine says to run it at 100psi or something, but it works just fine as low as 25psi. The other thing you want to look at is a vacuum for the cabinet. Ideally a dust collection system with good filters, but a simple shop vac or household vac can be used to clear the dust in the cabinet. It can get dusty very quickly and be nearly impossible to see what you're working on.
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    Spy vs Spy

    You're basically wanting to do this. This is a simpler image but basically I duplicated the original, broke it apart and pulled out the silhouette, then expand it to slightly larger than the original and change it to white. Put it below the main image and above the black background.
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    Glass etching help

    The grit is mostly a matter of personal preference. The lower grit will give a more ruff etch look and the high grit will give more of a frost look. I like 120 as it give a good etch that has a bit of a "sparkle" to it. The higher grit will give you an etch closer to what the etching cream looked like, only better. A lot of people like the look of 180 as well. You'll just have to pick one and give it a try and go from there.
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    Slacking on the finished products

    Just a personal preference, I'd make the designs a little smaller so that they can be fully seen when views without the need to rotate the mug to see the whole design. Obviously some designs are intended to wrap around but The ROB for example, looks to big to me.
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    Glass etching help

    That is what I use with AO and have not had any problems. Black Diamond is a brand, are you referring to coal slag blast media? If so, that is most likely your problem, sand and coal slag both have a Mohs of about 6, which is about what glass is as well. To get a good etch you need to blast with something harder than what you are trying to etch. You should also try to avoid sand as it can be a serious heath risk if you do not have the proper respiratory equipment.
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    Glass etching help

    What are you using for a stencil, and what pressure are you running at?
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    Signblazer popup toolbar help

    I believe there is a setting someplace in windows that will force popups to open in the active window, but SB is so old, it still might not work. And I have no idea where that setting in windows might be. I only vaguely recall seeing it once years ago.