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It was time to upgrade my cutter but now I am pretty lost ;)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by FTLOSM, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. FTLOSM

    FTLOSM New Member

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    About 6 yrs ago I bought a small 9 inch craft robo cutter mostly for fun making stencils using them for airbrush and various projects, soon after I learned I could cut vinyl and make stickers with it too then I was hooked!

    Mostly as a hobby I just enjoyed using the heck out of the thing trying to cut different media making everything from door and window vinyl using Oracal 651, to stencils using mylar but it's funny when word gets around how many people you know who start asking for things, so I sorta stumbled into doing graphics for walls car windows business glass doors etc. Eventually my little cutter was limiting - it could only take 8 1/2" width, issues with grinding and it just started acting up more and more when I realized it was time to replace it but this time I wanted something that had more flexibility.

    I went with a 24" Graphtec CE6000-60 thinking THIS should no doubt do everything I ask and more give me more flexibility in everyway from medias to widths to adjustments.

    I have watched the video 2x now installed the included software, I realized I am going to need to get Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator (no problem moreso the problem will be learning to USE it hehe), I guess with my old craft robo I could just import a bitmap hit get outline and it cut, this seems like I have a lot to learn to get to the cut part now.

    I am anxious to read and learn about how to get my new cutter here doing the simple stuff like just outlining something and cutting it.

    I promise to use search before just posting away, I guess my first thing is to decide corel or illustrator that will be my first search here and on google.

    Bill :)
     
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  2. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    Welcome to the sand lot. You may have dressed for the little league game, but please understand you'll be attempting to hit against some major league pitchers around here. Yep, it's a whole new ball game, one rewards hard work and perseverance. Hang on and have fun. JB
     
  3. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

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    hands down Corel, much cheaper and IMO more user friendly
    Youtube is your friend on leaning how to use corel and how to do larger plotter graphics

    +1 to what JB said
     
  4. FTLOSM

    FTLOSM New Member

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    I was looking at corel I can't believe the many different products they have ranging from 50 and up, for what I will be doing with it what is the version I should be looking for and do they offer student or non profit discounts?
     
  5. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    Everything they said

    Everything they said. Graphtec CE series are a big bang for the buck. You won't be disappointed with your choice. Corel is excellent. Buy the full latest full version not the student version.
     
  6. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK

    :Welcome: to :signs101:
     
  7. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    I got me a hammer...so what do I do first to build a house????
     
  8. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    nothin like spending money and then TRYIN TO FIGURE OUT how to use what you spent your money on)))))))) you coulda bought an automotive cylinder head plane.........then tried to figure out what it does)))))
    that being said:
    COREL.........is the most inexpensive cutting software. next is ARTS & LETTERS 8.0 $79.00.......either or YOU WILL HAVE LEARN HOW TO USE IT, theres another problem for you to get past.
    AS FOR COREL ACADEMIC.... it is no different then a full version...... usually there are no books with it.
     
  9. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Inkscape will actually drive my Roland plotter (tried it for laughs over the weekend, it worked just as good as cutting from Corel or Ai). Designing, it might have it's limitations, but if you don't have to accept customer files, it might be a viable option and it would be the most inexpensive (free).


    Not quite the only thing:


    Some don't care about the contracts that they enter into, but there are differences between Academic and Commercial beyond rather or not it's a full version or not.
     
  10. limacchina

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    welcome from China !
     
  11. limacchina

    limacchina Member

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    welcome from China !
     
  12. CP Signs

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    Well I had a computer crash, brought my daughter's laptop to the shop untill my computer was fixed, she has Corel X5 Home and Student, and you CAN'T run macros on it, tried everything to cut but no go. So ya, buy the full version, saw some good deals out there for X5.
     
  13. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

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    because student versions do not include the VB modules that are needed to run macro's
     
  14. CP Signs

    CP Signs Member

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    That's right. So the ones that want to cheap out and get it will waste money anyway.
     
  15. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

    I'm not sure what all you get with Corel when you buy it online, but we bought the retail box package (Corel Draw X5 Suite) a couple years ago and it has a DVD that includes some VERY helpful tutorial videos with some guy from New Zealand, Australia, or somehting. His accent is really annoying but he has serious teaching skills. I worked in Photoshop for many years before getting into the sign industry, but never in a vector based program and I seriously was able to learn most of the basic tools and functions in less than one day. I've tried messing with Adobe Illustrator since then and it is an entirely different beast altogether. I highly recommend Corel Draw.
     
  16. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    I dont think macros got anything to do with PLOTTER/CUTTER DRIVERS...depends on your PLOTTER MFG. if they have DRIVERS FOR IT IN HPGL.
     
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