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  1. I played with the beta some, but it had some strange behavior, so I ditched it. I think it may have been sharing some settings like directory locations with the 1.0 install, not sure. I just renewed a few days ago for a year. I would like if it transfered over, but can live with out it. I talked to them, (via chat,) a few days ago about a CorelDraw 2017 plug in. They said they should have it by the end of the month. I might try the 2.0 again then and see if it honors my subscription code.
  2. If you have a SignCut Pro subscription, will it translate to 2.0?
  3. One thing often overlooked, is the software. That is, cutters must take vector graphics. If you plan on hitting the ground running, but don't know anything about vector graphics, you will stall at the gate. For some, its just a few days to get the hang of it. For others months. Just count that hurdle in your equation.
  4. When I said manually, I meant drawing lines in the artwork it self, not via the weed tool in the cutting software. That is I would do it in Inkscape or CorelDraw or Illustrator. Not sure I was clear there. Obviously, if your using the cuttings softwares weed tool, you want it to work. I was just giving a last result to fall back to.
  5. Near the top of the eagle head, it looks like an open path. This could account for the weed lines going through the eagle's face. Not sure what is going on with the letters. I don't have SCALP and am not sure if it's auto weed line adding ability. One could just manually draw weed lines.
  6. whats a nozzle pattern print show?
  7. I think they use the cario engine now and or poppler internally to import eps in Inkscape, (no longer ghostscript.) Maybe you could go Inkscape to pdf, pdf to artcut. Postscrit, .ps might do it. A simple design as eps shouldn't be a problem. You run into problems with eps with advanced effects like transparency or gradients. Maybe you could post one of the eps files that is failing in artcut. We here could take a look for something obvious.
  8. The place I used to live and work was in Belfry KY, next to Williamson. It was Massey Coal. The key to everything seems to be finding your niche.
  9. I worked at a place once upon a time that made a pile of dough doing reflective decals for a coal mine. It was printed and cut on a Roland Print Cut machine onto white reflective adhesive vinyl. Also, plain cut vinyl on reflective aluminum plates. They needed all sorts of exit signs, something called a "Man Door" sign. Road signs, (stop, speed limit, ect), vehicle identification numbers, machinery operation instructions and safety warnings and so on. They liked hard hat decals that were reflective, but it wasn't as much money in that. We also did corporate stuff for them, like embroidered polo's and hats. One of the challenges was interfacing with their purchasing order system. Everything had to have a unique code. Just thought I'd mention it, if your in that niche and can find some underground operation like a mine to approach, it could be sweet.
  10. Vinyl stretches and shrinks somewhat. After it is cut, tension might be relieved and causing it to contract. Precision can be lost. Compounded it for heat transfer vinyl where the heat might cause distortion. Compensating in your design can help, designing with some give. Sometimes you can make a base color and lay on top of it. Cutting squares or diamonds as registration marks can help.
  11. Setting origin to a specific place is handy. But it would seem to me there are ways to save vinyl even without it. If you have a piece of vinyl for some reason is stripped to backing paper to one side, and want to cut where the vinyl is located, other than changing origin, seems you could just trim it with scissors and use the default origin. It is still good to know how to set the origin. If I have something expensive on the cutter, (say reflective,) some type of nesting option is great. Nesting is available in some cutting software. It groups all objects into the tightest space to minimize vinyl use.
  12. What software are you using? In vector software, there are boolean operations one can do on shapes. They are often named differently. CorelDraw calls them Shaping tools. Illustrator calls them Pathfinder. I think Inkscape calls them boolean tools. If you make a rectangle, say 10x8 like you suggested. Place it over the pattern, you should be able to use one of those boolean operations to cut out the shape, (think cookie cutter.) It might be called intersection, or trim depending. It might be that you mean something totally different, but that seems what your asking.
  13. Not a paint expert. But I do know if you look at the formula and it has something like "stain guard," that is often TeflonĀ®, (polytetrafluoroethylene,) mixed in. Vinyl slides ride off that shortly.
  14. Can you give an example? A picture of something you are trying to accomplish? The way I think about it is if I wan't to cut an arc, I design an arc in my design program. That might be a dedicated vector design program like Inkscape, Illustrator or Draw. The cutting software itself might have design abilities. Maybe you are asking how to arch text. What software are you using?
  15. How old is the blade holder? A bad one might account for what you are seeing. Maybe there is a bit of vinyl clogged inside it. Hard use and one can go bad in a year. More for light use.