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Rip/Print Large file Flexi 10.5

Discussion in 'Flexi' started by Intense01, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Intense01

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    Hello, I am running into some issues and it is making me crazy. I have a file that I am trying to rip and print with Flexi 10.5. It is 360x70". There are a lot of high resolution photos. I have it paneled out in about 8 panels.

    It is taking forever to rip. I have done huge trailers and never have had this issue before. It is a gradient background with a logo that has a transparent "lens" on it along with about 20 high res photos. Do I design it smaller and when I rip enlarge it? I have never had this issue before but I am ready to go home and deal with it tomorrow.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks again!
     
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  2. FrankW

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    If you use 10.5, try 10.5.1 ... there are some known issues. Download at www.flexisign10.com.
     
  3. CalamityJay

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    Failed to rip...possible solutions.

    Have you tried saving it as an eps? ai? or pdf?

    saving down pdfx-1a seems to help in these circumstances for me. (*this will flatten your artwork though so make sure you have a copy of the original)

    also try down saving to native forms of illustrator ex: ai8/10.

    As a flexi operator,it seems like i run into all kinds of workarounds which makes me wanna :banghead: too!

    :cool1:?
     
  4. Intense01

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    Thank you for your responses. I tried saving it as ai, pdf and eps. Everytime I import it into flexi I seem to lose parts of the artwork. In eps I lose the transparency of the logo. I will try to save it as a pdfx 1a. I dont remember seeing that option in the save menu but I keep looking. Thank you for the help.
     
  5. jayhawksigns

    jayhawksigns Very Active Member

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    If you don't need to edit it, try loading it directly into Production Manager.

    Anymore for the wholesale work we do, I bypass Flexi completely, funny how the core design program will screw that stuff up but the PM can handle it just fine.
     
  6. Intense01

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    How do I bypass and load directly into production manager? Can I do it through illustrator or does it only work with Flexi directly?
     
  7. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    open prod manager, drag and drop the file.
     
  8. Intense01

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    Great! I will try that also. Thanks again for all the helpful tips!
     
  9. CalamityJay

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    yea it's really bizarre how PM can handle the files but flexi chokes. always hit or miss for me.
     
  10. Intense01

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    Do I save it in actual size? The file says it is only 29.9MB but when I drag and drop it into PM it freezes it. I tried exporting it into AI and dropping it into the PM it just shows a 19" square of the entire thing. I will keep messing with it.

    Another issue I was having on the smaller prints is the transparent logo was printing jagged along all edges. It is a vector file that I added a transparent lens on. Not sure why it is looking so horrible.
     
  11. jayhawksigns

    jayhawksigns Very Active Member

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    Even with exporting from Flexi to PM, I have in the past converted the entire job to raster in Flexi before I sent it. One of the many things it would be nice for SAi to finally getting around to getting right.
     
  12. Northern Design

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    Export to JPG and print
     
  13. FrankW

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    Have you tried Flexi 10.5.1 until now as suggested? It is a KNOWN ISSUE that sending some kind of files from Flexi to the PM through RIP & Print takes very long.
     
  14. FrankW

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    Flexi tries to open e. g. PDF for editing, and this could cause problems if effects are in the file which Flexi don't support. Production Manager doesn't do that. Just because of this Production Manager works more reliable with some kind of files than Flexi does.

    With Flexi 10, there is a possibility to load PDF into Flexi without really loading it, just linking (set "link" active in open window). You can't edit the data, but you can add some kind of effects, additional graphics and so on. When printing, Flexi accesses the original file again.
     
  15. CS-SignSupply

    CS-SignSupply Very Active Member

    Update to 10.5.1 - Export the file as TIFF format and drop into PM
     
  16. CalamityJay

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    what do you mean by link?

    I see no option for this.
     
  17. jayhawksigns

    jayhawksigns Very Active Member

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    In the Import window, when you select a pdf for instance, the Link box becomes selectable.
     
  18. CalamityJay

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    OMG that is awesome. Thanks! What is the workaround though when you go to print with a contour?

    Do you just save a different file for the contour cut just drop it over the linked image?

    Is this possible? It is late in my work day and my mind isn't wrapping around this concept too clearly.
     
  19. CalamityJay

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    If my Flexi says 10.5 is that the same as 10.5.1?

    Do I need to call IT for an ok for an upgrade?
     
  20. FrankW

    FrankW Active Member

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    10.5.1 is an Upgrade to 10.5. And, as mentioned before, it solves an issue with sending Files through RIP and Print.
     
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