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    keyspan and windows 8.1

    You could always buy a PCI serial expansion card for the computer, Newegg.com has one that works with Win8.1 for about $20.
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    can someone help me vectorize this

    ah Halloween, remember back in the day when we made our costumes.
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    can someone help me vectorize this

    na, it's ok, I knew what it was after taking a close look.
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    Charging for file conversions?

    I agree $20 is too low, but $80 per hour for your time seems a bit high to me.
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    InkCut for windows

    If you're wanting free, download SignBlazer and use it for your cutting needs.
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    MH-871-MK2 Acting Up

    With it starting to cut when you turn it on while connected to the computer then that would indicate that the printer spool on the computer still have the job queued and is sending to the plotter as soon as you turn it on. My understanding is the onboard memory of the plotter is whipped when it is turned off so the only way the plotter can plot that image when first turning on is if it is coming from the computer.
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    Best font for web addresses

    How about Highway Gothic. Good enough for road signs all over the world, should be good enough for a web address. As for hating to weed white, have you tried the white that has the blue liner?
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    Need help with new AI file

    FYI, I was able to open the original .eps with Inkscape.
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    Need a hand on this one

    It's just series of triangles, circles, and boxes, recreating it would be the easiest way then find a matching font. What have you tried and what were you having problems with?
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    Font Preview

    xpaperman, try running it a second time. It did that for me too, first time only found like 31 fonts, second time found 300 and some. Jburns, I like Fontview as well, but it doesn't give you an option to save a file off that you can edit and send out to someone to pick a font they like.
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    One note of caution on the HF cabinet, you put it together so there are lots of seams for leaks. It can be sealed up well but does take some time. For a little bit more you can get a single piece unit where the only openings are the doors. I purchased a Cyclone E500 and have been very happy with it. Very little dust gets out, and with the addition of a vacuum and air filter it is a very clean setup.
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    Direct plot to CE6000-60 cutter

    I don't remember much about it, just Google for plot from Inkscape and you should find it. I looked into it a year or so ago and found it very clunky and not worth the hassle.
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    Direct plot to CE6000-60 cutter

    There is a plugin for Inkscape to send files to cutters but it doesn't work very well and doesn't have any of the options for offsets and over cuts that you really need for precise vinyl cutting.
  14. Inkscape is an open source design package and works pretty flawlessly. What you are actually wanting is a cutting program. I've never heard of an open source cutting program, best you can do is the free SignBlazer download.
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    Never knew power point could remove backgrounds so well. That's pretty cool. SB can vector stuff but I've never had any luck getting it to work. I'd suggest downloading Inkscape (free) and play around with it. There are lots of tutorials on vectoring images in Inkscape, look through some of those and you will be able to do the above process with Inkscape.
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    Can Inkscape Separate a Vector Into Layers Like SCALP?

    Right, like I said, not all svg files are created the equally and different programs handle them differently. The big problem with open source stuff. Can you post one of these files though, I'd be curious to see exactly what it does when I open it.
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    Need help with photoshop image for vinyl cutting

    A .emf file is a raster image, which is what you started with. I do not know the Gemini CP program, but from what I'm finding online it should be able to imply open a vector file, no need to import it. Did you try to open the eps rather than import it? When you did try the import, did you click yes on the dialog box, and what happened after that?
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    Can Inkscape Separate a Vector Into Layers Like SCALP?

    Inkscape has the ability to layer, but if it doesn't happen when you open the file then that would mean the file was not saved in the svg format Inkscape likes. (note, not all svg files are they same, there is actually several different types)
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    Need help with photoshop image for vinyl cutting

    Sounds like you're on the right pat, I'm not sure why it is not working. You didn't mention deleting the original image before saving the vector file. Most vector files are rather small so if your saved image is to big to post I'm suspecting the raster image is still imbedded in the file. Try deleting that and then open the file in your cutting software. The file size should be quite a bit smaller now as well, if it is still not working try posting it here and we'll take a look at it. Thank you for trying and not simply asking someone to do it for you.
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    I haven't seen this in quite a few years !!!

    Was down to $1.78 in Fort Worth, last week, back up to the $1.90's now.
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    Keyspan Adapter not working

    Do you have the baud rate set correct? What happens when you click the test connection button?
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    Help required for sequence selection using Flexi Sign

    It shouldn't cut half a letter then move to a different letter, then come back, that's weird. The only way I would think that would happen would be if the letters were actually two separate objects. Typically a cutter would cut a full object/line, then move to the next. Some software you can tell it to minimize vinyl movement, or cutter movement, or cut in the most efficient manor but what you're describing sounds like a glitch some where.
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    Need this banner

    Yeah, I didn't convert the objects back to 100% before I saved it. Try this one. BannerRibbon.svg
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    Open Path

    Using Inkscape, the top left corner of the castle is composed of two individual nodes and the object is not closed. Inkscape doesn't support eps natively though, so the conversion process it does may not be an exact copy of what you see with your program.
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    I need help vectorizing this. Please!

    I don't know Illustrator but I would image there is a rather easy to use trace feature. Someone with AI experience can speak to that. I do know Inkscape (free) has a pretty decent auto trace that is easy to learn and for this image would likely produce a decent trace that would need little editing/cleanup.