Hello, First off let me say thanks up front for any and all people who can help me!
I have a couple of questions reguarding CorelDraw and which version would better suite what I need.
First off I have a Vinyl Express R-Series II Plotter Cutter, and I have a Windows 7 oprerating system.
I would like to know what version of CorelDraw would work with my cutter? Also, does the corelDraw 11 work with windows 7? I have read some says it will some says it will not. I have read several forums and related information. However, I am new to the vinyl world of cutting. I do know CorelDraw so that is not new to me. I would appreciate any helpful information on what everyone is using or likes to use with plotter cutters.
The question must be: do your plotter work under Windows 7? if your plotter is compatible with Windows 7, it will work with CorelDRAW 11, X5 or other. And yes, CorelDRAW 11 works under Windows 7, but since is a quite old version, you don't have all the feautures of the new version.
Hello solidrock; CorelDraw by it self doesn't have drivers for the plotter to cut. You will need another program or a bolt-on to use Corel. A lot of the plotter's come with something to use to cut with, if you aren't sure what you have call the people you bought it from and ask. As far as what ver. of Corel to Buy, if you get a older ver. and someone sends you a newer ver. drawing to cut you won't be able to open it. Newer is better.
My Thought George
Windows 7 does work with my plotter using LXI software that came with my cutter. I am wanting to use CorelDraw to cut directly to my cutter without import/export files to the LXI software, because I can't honestly figure the soft ware set up as far as fonts and sizeing and sometimes it acts crazy. What version of CorelDraw would you suggest? I have also read somewere it must support the VBA plugin which I am a little unfamiliar with. I would like any information you can supply me with as far as websites or your personal opion on what I need.
We are doing this for our automotive business where we rebuild insurance salvaged vehicles. We are also going to try to sell some graphics on ebay as well to make a little extra money. I just want the process to be simple and easy to do and get it done without haveing to make a cut 2 or 3 times(which is wasting our vinyl) for it to be right, which is whats happening now. If you want the LXI to cut a 4 inch letter you have to set it to 5.5 so its kinda crazy.
Most of the Cutting plotter, such as Grphtec, allows to cut directly from CorelDRAW, as any printer. Just install the plotter on Windows, change the language of the plotter from HP-GL to GP-GL (on the plotter panel) as any printer, and print the objects with black "hairline" outline and without fill. in the Print preview you can move the objects according the material. But, unforrtunately.. not all cutting plotters allows to print direct from other programs and requies their own software
It sounds like you have jumped into something that you don't know what it takes to do the job. you could call the people that made the cutter and tell them what you bought and want to know how to use it, they may help get you pointed in the right direction. There are so many ways to set things up that it is gong to be hard to use it out of the box without having some knowledge of what is needed to be done.
My Thoughts Again George