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  1. Thank you Mz Skeeter for that informative screenshot. At least that's a start for pricing. However, I can't fathom getting charged for cutter width! Are they kidding? WOW! Vinylmaster (pick your version) looks better and better all the time...
  2. This link has some windows 8, 8.1 and 10 information that may be helpful to installing the driver. https://support.uscutter.com/support/solutions/articles/14000030240-mh-mk2-driver-download This is the main support page for the MH: http://www.uscuttersupport.com/mh-series-vinyl-cutter-setup.html
  3. I saw a parts on Aliexpress (at least for a CP2500). I got my second pinch roller there a year ago or so. Might want to do a search. Aliexpress is reputable, I've bought lots of stuff from there over the years. I see there is no motherboard now, but they did have some. They do have a power supply... Here's the link I searched out. https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20170727122054&SearchText=copam Perhaps contact these guys: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Original-Motherboard-With-Serial-or-USB-Port-for-All-Copam-Vinyl-Cutters-CP2500-3500-3050-4050/107033_32401526384.html
  4. So it's been a month now since they officially launched SignCut Pro 2.0 final (since June 16, 2017). Their new SC2 website STILL doesn't have prices up, a shopping cart, or mention that the dongle edition of 1.9x DOES NOT SUPPORT SignCut 2.0 (saw this blurb buried on the SC1 website). So I think that means the SC 1.9x dongle holders are out of luck with 2.0. Not that I have a SC dongle or anything, but still, if I had one, I'd be mad since it says "lifetime" (lifetime meaning only for 1.96.7 it seems...LOL!) All in all their new website is such a mess that I can't see how they're getting any sales on 2.0 except on repeat customers whose licenses have expired. I can't believe this company has taken such a nosedive after launching their new product. There is no sales information on the 2.0 website. If anyone can find a price, let me know because I've been through every page and link on it and found nothing of value... They also do not have an export plugin for Coreldraw 2017 and SignCut 1.9.7 yet...Probably won't either and instead push 2.0.
  5. Corel has finally officially released Update 1 on 7/20/2017 for Coreldraw Graphics Suite 2017. This is a MUCH needed update and improves stability and operation. Release Notes On What's Fixed: http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/patches/cdgs/2017/update1/ Direct Download (76.9 MB): http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/patches/cdgs/2017/
  6. One thing to keep in mind when using these trace tools is to keep your node count down as much as possible. Trace programs introduce a whole soup of extra nodes. Not only will the large amount of nodes increase file size, it will slow down your cut jobs too time wise. You will end up having to manually clean them up or else you can get stacked nodes over top of one another which can lead to unexpected double cuts. This is a factor when sending out artwork for CNC cutting of letters for example. Double cuts on a CNC will most likely destroy the substrate at that particular area and lead to an expensive re-cut. Trust me, I know this from experience...clean up your artwork after using any trace tools and use as little amount of nodes as possible for curves. Trace programs are a great starting point (and I like them), but go through your traced artwork very carefully afterwards...
  7. I'm using 2017. I quite like it. I do use a drawing tablet and it works fantastic with 2017. In fact, I use my tablet way more now to the point my mouse drawing skills are getting rusty. There was a serious bug in early 2017 release for selecting and editing text from pre 2017 CDR's to the point what when zoomed in on the text, your selection highlight made it impossible to know what text you were selecting to edit. Some text would simply vanish too. There is a 2017 (19.1.0.419) update patch floating around on the Internet that solves this problem however and greatly improves speed on opening the programs. Why Corel hasn't officially released this update (and I'm NOT referring to the Hotfix 1 update either) on their own English North American support page for 2017 is disappointing however...the update was distributed on an official foreign Coreldraw web page however so that's how I know about it. With the 19.1 update 2017 is working very well and stable for me now. Before this update 1 "service pack" I would NOT recommend it at all though...
  8. I posted this elsewhere but Cutting Master 4 plugin has been released (since June 2017) http://www.graphtecamerica.com/cutting-master-4-download-windows It supports Coreldraw 2017.
  9. Cutting Master 4 plugin which supports Coreldraw 2017 is out now. http://www.graphtecamerica.com/cutting-master-4-download-windows By the way, in my opinion, this is one of the major drawbacks of staying on the "latest version" treadmill that's pushed hard by Adobe and Corel. Your workflow essentially stops until your cutter vendors get around to updating their plugins. For this reason alone, I don't upgrade to the latest version on any computer that drives physical hardware UNTIL a functioning plugin is released. Though you can install more than one version of Coreldraw and have them work side by side, it's a pain when saving versions that are compatible. Adobe Illustrator CC2017, CC2015.3, CC2014, CS4-CS6, CC Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017, X8, X7, X6, X5, X4
  10. If your hard drive isn't dead, you can put it in a USB enclosure and use it in your new computer. You can often buy used computers for next to nothing too and then put that drive in too. If you have a friend close by, you can see if you can connect your hard drive to their machine to see if it powers up. If it powers on, chances are good it will still work. The computer is always replaceable, it's the data on the hard drive that's not easily replaceable unless you image your computer using software like Macrium Reflect (there is a free edition that works just fine) or Acronis True Image. There is even an open source version of a hard drive imaging software called CloneZilla http://clonezilla.org/ Having an external hard drive is essential for disaster recovery...maybe it's a good time to buy an enclosure and use this drive as data backup drive (image library). These imaging suites can even restore a working machine to dissimilar hardware. Restoration takes minutes instead of days the old fashion way... Anyhow, it may just be easier to contact the vendor for another key but there is always other solutions if you want to dig further. If you want to research YouTube on how these various imaging software suites work, it will greatly enlighten you.
  11. Hopefully this becomes a sticky but the latest FTDI (Future Technology Devices International Ltd.) VCP (Virtual COM Port) drivers for both the COPAM and IOLINE line of cutters (it's possible more cutters use the FTDI drivers too and if so, then these will work for those cutters also) available on Windows, Mac and Linux (More operating systems available on their site. All versions including 32-bit and 64-bit) can be downloaded at http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm Be sure to look at the far right Comments Section of the table to find the link named "Available as a SETUP EXECUTABLE" to download to have the easiest way to install the drivers. There are installation guides for all OS's too. Note: FTDI VCP drivers work for all Copam and Ioline Smartrac series of cutters. These drivers are constantly updated. Check back occasionally to refresh your drivers.
  12. Found some information that says as a 1.x user upgrading to 2.0 will be fine. https://signcut.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/19000054068-i-m-a-former-customer-and-i-want-to-use-signcut-again-what-should-i-do- " When SignCut Pro 2 has been released no new SignCut Pro 1 license numbers will be created. To SignCut up for SignCut Pro 2 please visit our official website. " So it looks like they are pushing 2.0 to everyone from here on out.
  13. A heads up, SignGo 1.20 has been updated finally as of June 17, 2017. The cutter devices list has been updated too. Change Logs Page on Website (Details changes to builds): http://signgo.com/index.php/downloads/4-free-30-day-trial/5-signgo-pro-v1-20-zip/changelogs SignGo Pro 1.20 FD (Flash Drive / Dongle Edition ONLY) Download URL Note: SignGo doesn't publish this URL any longer on their website for some reason, which is extremely frustrating to legitimate dongle owners (like me) so BOOKMARK THIS UPDATE LINK! Otherwise, if you don't have a dongle edition, you can use their latest 30 day trial build to update your existing regular license installation. Version: 1.20 Date: 2017-06-17 Saturday 10:36:00 - Amended Vinyl Express Cutters to include blade offset support - Added Roland GR Series - Tweaked Creation PCUT CS series (added @ to reset string and changed start strings) - Added Vinyl Express R Series II - Added Redsail RS360C/450C/500C - Added GCC Jaguar 5 Series - Added Mutoh ValueCut Series - Added Roland GS Series - Added Calortrans CT60 - Added Goldcut JK Series Upgrade Instructions PDF Look below for a PDF I created that details the download and update procedure complete with screenshots and all relevant information to help you upgrade and get going again. Save this PDF file in your archives as it's super important! In fact, if you have the FD version just copy it over to your Flash Drive itself - it's got 8GB of free space on it after all. SignGo Upgrade and Download Links.pdf
  14. That's a very good question that I can not answer as I haven't tried things out yet as my sub ran out and I've not renewed though I might if I decide to do so after the trial expires (once I get around to installing it and testing it). The information on their website is very sparse with concern to 2.0 in general and none whatsoever with regards to upgrading from 1.96.7 to 2.0. My inclination is that it will work fine if you have a current 1.96.7 subscription but that's just a guess. I can't imagine Whisqu killing all their current 1.x customer base with the update. My suggestion is for someone to try it but only after backing up their computer first. I would suggest Macrium Reflect Free edition https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree or another imaging software (Acronis True Image, etc). That way you can restore to a working computer state in case things don't work out as expected. These days I don't install or upgrade very much (outside of web browsers, plugins and extensions) without doing a computer image first. FYI, on the 1.x website, the renewal options for subscriptions in the store are also drastically reduced from what they offered originally. It would also be my suggestion to download this initial release and archive it. Even if you don't plan on updating for a while. Experience says initial software releases will be updated as soon as bugs are worked out but sometimes you want the original releases and/or older releases. Once things are updated, the old releases become rare. Anyhow, I think things will flesh out over time here as it was just launched or as soon as customers update and share information.
  15. A heads up. SignCut Pro 2.0 Final has been released. It is now out of beta officially. You can download a three week trial from http://www.signcutpro.com the old 1.96.7 version website can still be accessed from this URL: http://pro1.signcutpro.com/ The Windows version is a 94.4 MB download. The Mac version is 21.4 MB in size so that's kind of interesting how much smaller the installer is... Note: Their new website is horrendously slow now and one of those Wordpress templated, heavily Javascripted, vertical scrolling forever monstrosities with giant fonts and massive web graphics (as seems to be the rage by every web script kiddy) so be prepared to have things crawl to a snails pace.