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    CorelDraw 2019 (Mac?)

    Digging more into this, the Mac version is not one to one to the Windows version. I don't know what is missing. It appears much of the customizable workspace of the Windows version isn't on the Mac version. One person on the Draw forums called it a "play" version, which would be unfortunate. The version at https://coreldraw.app does appear to be Gravit based and just takes a web browser to run it. I don't know its capabilities, but know some of Gravit's. It appears to be able to save to CDR, Draw's native format, but I don't know if it can open it. It is being provide with 2019, and as far as I can tell requires you to have 2019 license, (full or trial.) It is being promoted as an out of the office app or a collaboration tool. Something to use in addition to Draw, not a replacement. I allows saving to the cloud, for what that is worth. I will get around to it in a few days and see what is up.
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    CorelDraw 2019 (Mac?)

    CorelDraw 2019 is out. Still can't find a way to upgrade with my subscription. Took them a month last time to get out instructions. This time, they claim to have a Mac version. I can't imagine they ported that easily. I am guessing the Mac versions but be much different than the Windows version. It might be based on Gravit as they bought them recently. I was wondering if anyone with a Mac has tried the trial. On the Mac trial download page they state under what is included: Main Applications CorelDRAW® 2019 – Vector illustration and page layout Corel PHOTO-PAINT® 2019 – Image editing Corel Font Manager™ 2019 – Font Exploration and management tool PowerTRACE™ 2019 – Bitmap-to-vector tracing (included as part of CorelDRAW 2019 application) Connect Content – Content finder (included as part of CorelDRAW 2019 application) CorelDRAW.app™ – online graphic design via web browser AfterShot™ 3 HDR* – RAW photo editor BenVISTA PhotoZoom Pro 4* – Plug-in for enlarging digital images They can't, (I think,) have ported all that. Maybe they did. So anybody know whats up? I just wan't to informed enough to explain to a Mac user in the future.
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    CorelDraw 2019 (Mac?)

    A guy on the Draw forums answered me.
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    Number outlines

    One of the features of CoreDraw that I love is their contour tool, both the regular and the interactive one. You set the steps, the width, hit apply then break apart. It is better than other tools I have seen for this particular chore. I know your asking about VM but if you do this often, it's worth a thought.
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    looking for tips and tricks on this vector

    When you said family member, I don't think copyright is a problem. I Agree with WildGoose that the trace result isn't bad. One way that might allow you to fine tune the results, but might take some effort is to get some tracing paper, a dark pen or marker, and trace it manually by hand. A lightbox helps. Scan that and try the auto trace again. When you are tracing by hand with the marker, only trace the outlines of the shapes, skipping any shading or hashing. This might in the end leave you with something easier to correct.
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    Inkscape has some support for CMYK, (none for spot colors.) But it is buggy, (some ICC profiles won't work correctly.) Worse, even if it were not buggy, the color profile can't be sent to anything most printers and print shops can deal with, like PDF. It can produce a color managed svg, but who knows what to do with a color managed svg? The common open source solution is to make the svg, bring it into Scribus, and produce a color managed PDF from Scribus. No fix likely to be coming soon. 1.0 alpha doesn't address it.
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    shape cut outs without spacing in between

    This extensions works some of the time. Good when you get a bunch of line segments from some file and want to connect them into a continuous path, (lots of dxf files for some reason.) https://github.com/fablabnbg/inkscape-chain-paths
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    Weeding suggestions

    Warm HTV weeds better. You could lay it on a warm press for a few seconds prior to weeding. Some $2 3X reading glasses help. I do it when I am wearing contacts as the near component of my bifocal contacts ins't as strong as glasses. No shame. I am oldish. Means I survived thus far.
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    Hello from another beginner

    Some people will advise you cutters and vector graphics are not hard. EzPezy they will say. I think they are on drugs. The good stuff. All of this is hard. Super hard? No. But hard enough. Inkscape, CorelDraw, Affinity Designer, Xara Pro, Gravit, what ever cutting software that doubles as design, and Adobe Illustrator are all a step learning curve. I will say I find, and have anecdotal evidence from others that CorelDraw is more intuitive for those just starting. Illustrator just swarms with options.
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    Hello from another beginner

    Inkscape too, is much more like CorelDraw in its node editing than it is like Illustrator. So if you are going Draw, (despite having a Mac,) practice in Inkscape translates over well. Some people run into a few difficulties getting Inkscape running on a Mac. Notably that it requires xquarz to be installed properly and that as Mac systems are high DPI displays, some of the gui in Inkscape might look funny. When they start using gtk3 I think this will be fixed. You can try a bleeding edge developer version if you have the DPI problem with your display, as I think dev versions are built with gtk3.
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    Best Vinyl to use for Polypropylene Bags

    Never done these bags, but polypropylene is going to melt around 330 F. This stuff has a low press temp compared to others, but have never tried it. Limited colors. https://www.cutterpros.com/specialty-materials-polybag-flex-for-polypropylene-bags I have a bit of brand loyalty gong on with Siser. On one of there forums they state this: http://www.siserna.com/heat-apply-htv-heat-sensitive-material/ Maybe someone else has actually done this.
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    Hello from another beginner

    CorelDraw won't run on a Mac unless your using emulation to run Windows inside your Mac like Parallels or Boot Camp. Just an interesting note Corel recently bought Parallels.
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    1973 Mazda RX 3 Graphics

    Unleashed Productions have MX5's but don't seem to have earlier ones. Maybe it would due. Some and I think this one are free. Others you have to buy their package. CorelDraw's Connect library has a 2004 one, if you have access to that. https://vehicle-templates-unleashed.com
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    What do you use?

    I use CorelDraw and Inkscape. CorelDraw it is easier to limit colors. Draw has a different kind of fidelity for how detailed to attempt the trace and how much to smooth it out. Inkscape has better brightness threshold settings. It's stacking ability ins't all that great for making cut ready images, but good if your going for a more photo-realistic effect. Inkscape's autotrace is complex, takes a great deal of dealing with the settings. Draw is nice in that it has many bitmap tools built in, if your trying to tweak the bitmap before tracing. It has a color mode to b/w that can make line art. Works some times before an autotrace. It used to be that Inkscape could not do center-line traces and I only had Draw, but now there is an extension in Inkscape that allows it. The Inkscape centerline trace has more options to fiddle with, making it more versatile and harder to use at the same time. Draw's does reasonably well without all the settings. But center line trace is needed rarely. Like others have said, the bezier pen is the most reliable. Yes it is not push button easy, but it really does not take long to get good at the bezier tool. At first it is awkward and unintuitive. Sometimes it is a combination of both the autotrace and the pen. Sometimes, a dark pen or marker, some tracing paper, (a lightbox if you have it,) and a scanner make an autotrace go much better. Autotrace is not, and probably won't be unless some deep ai network is created, going to ever be more that 15%, manual trace is were it is for now. I don't know I would call that extra work, just normal work. Par for the course.
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    What happened to all-silhouettes.com ?

    Well that sucks.
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    eps files viewed as thumbnail??

    Sagethumbs works here on most of them. Is ghostscript working? Try gsview on one and see if it displays it. If it does, ghostscript probably is working and sagethumbs should too. Eps files can include a prievew, which I think sagethumbs goes to first. But is there is no built in preview, that is when ghostscript is supposed to step up and make one. http://www.ghostgum.com.au/software/gsview.htm
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    SB designs to PNG file

    If no bitpamp output in SB, export as eps and use Inkscape to render it. It is free. That dimension and dpi is going to be over 80mb. Might have to wait a min or three for it to render.
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    Seike SK1350T 54"

    Never tried Artcut. But if Mz Skeeter says it is junk I am inclined to believe her. However, if it does cut, and just sucks at design, then I might be inclined to keep it and get better design software. I am partial to CorelDraw, but Inkscape is free and does everything you could want for a cutter.
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    HTV Bubbling and Wrinkling on 50/50 blend

    I wasn't aware of what a Cricut Easy Press was. I found a video. It's a big hand iron. I change my opinion, to 1) It's probably the big hand iron not being a conventional press. 2) It still might be something to do with shrinking, but maybe a little of the shrinking and the lack of consistent pressure/heat on your iron.
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    Illustrator to VinylMaster

    I will paraphrase the others, and hopefully clarify. Vector file formats can have bitmaps embedded. Thus a vector file can contain non vector components, which obviously your cutter can't deal with. If you have all vectors in your vector file, exporting as a bitmap and then going through the autotrace process again to make vector again is a bad practice. If you have all vectors in the long run you will be much better off using those and not doing the vector to bitmap to vector autotrace dance. Autotrace can fail on an epic scale at times. Best not to count on it and find a better workflow. It might have worked this time, might work the next, but it is foolish to think it will work every time. Maybe in Illustrator you were using some bitmaps and autotrace is the only option. But Illustrator has an autotrace. Why not trace it there and have all true vector before going to VM?
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    HTV Bubbling and Wrinkling on 50/50 blend

    What comes to mind first is the shirts are not pre-shrunk and washing/drying is causing them to shrink. The shirt shrinks but the vinyl doesn't, thus wrinkles. Worse in 100% cotton, but a 50/50 blend can shrink too. Maybe you could find a supplier offering pre-shrunk ones. Pre-shrunk shirts aren't necessarily pre-washed. Some kind of machine is involved in pre-shrinking. You could try pre-washing yourself, but maybe this isn't optimal. Second thing that comes to mind is they got the shirt right from your press quickly and washed them quickly, (the same night.) HTV does better after it has cured for a day or two, the adhesive hardening and sinking into the fibers. Lastly, the brands involved come to mind. What brand of shirt are you using? Some shirt brands are more shrink prone. Thicker HTV while being inferior hand tends to not wrinkle as much. I wonder if normal EZ weed would be better here than EZ weed stretch. Sweaters are not performance material, (for athletic wear,) which EZ weed stretch is meant for.
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    New guy here and ofcourse I have an issue

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    Having a hard time

    Nothing to add about your contour cutting problem but screen shots are really easy. Hit alt+printscreen, goto this website https://onpaste.com, hit ctrl+v, click the "i", get an imgur link. Then there is no distortion problems with taking a camera picture. There are dozens of other utilities too, I like the onpaste one as it produces a shareable link to the screenshot quickly.
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    What are we meaning by the term nesting here? I take it to mean fitting a number of objects into a given area so as to minimize waste of material, say vinyl. If that is the type of nesting you mean, is everything ungrouped? Will the objects you are trying to nest actually fit in the nesting area?
  25. No vector graphics really has a crop tool. That said, CorelDraw has a crop tool. What I mean is vector graphics lend themselves to boolean operations to change shapes, (path finder in Illustrator, Shaping tool in Draw.) Crop is something you do to raster images, not vector ones. That said, Draw does have a thing that will crop vectors, erasing nodes. It can go sideways at times. It also has PowerClip, which is a more versatile way to do clipping masks than others. It also, unlike say Inkscape will do an actual crop on a bitmap. Draw has several bitmap tools built in. If in Inkscape you set a clip, then do "Make bitmap copy" it is pretty much a crop.