What's New For VinylMaster V5

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Plugins & Modules

ImageCut  New

Turn color or monochrome images and photos into cuttable artwork which appears to be a photo from a distance!

Perimeter Measuring Module  New

Measures the length of the perimeter of a selected vector object or text. Ideal for working out the length of the material (aluminium/plastic/metal etc.) required to make extruded letters or shapes

QR Code Maker  New

Make your own QR codes which can be used for many purposes inc. a website link

Rhinestone Module  New

The Rhinestone module allows you to create an outher path and/or to fill a shape or text with all popular rhinestone sizes with several fill styles (patterns) to be cut out and used as a stencil

Stencil / Bridge Module  New

Allows you to modify artwork so that the holes do not fall out

True Nesting  New

Automatically interlocks objects of the same color together on the page to significantly reduce media (vinyl) wastage

Image Nesting  New

New option to automatically create a clipping path around images, when generating a cutting contour (allows nesting images with opaque backgrounds, hiding the parts outside the cut line) so they can overlap and save media

Drawing

Create Line Tool  New

Create perfectly horizontal and vertical lines, inc. to any angle with an auto-join feature. Ideal for making fold lines and developing geometric shapes

Curve & Shaping Tools

Bezier Curves  New

Bezier curves are easy to draw and to edit on the fly because the curve itself is completely contained within the convex hull of its control points. This means the curve can be manipulated intuitively to easily create almost any shape!

Replace Section  improved

Replaces any section of curve (seamlessly replaces curve section with smoother section)

Import/Export/Publish

Import Images  improved

Import the most popular raster (image) formats including .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .psd, .raw, .rle, .tga and .tiff and Export .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, and .tiff

Import Vectors  improved

Import the most popular vector based formats including .ai, .dxf, .emf, .eps, .hpgl, .pdf, .plt, .ps, .psd, .pdoc, .vClip, .vLogo, .wmf

Import PDF Extended  New

1. New import PDF now allows you to quickly assign cutting tools by color (Cut Contour, Fold Contours, etc) and 2. to bring in the artwork relative to the page it was designed on

Drag & Drop  New

Ability to drag and drop more image files into the design at a single time

Export Files  improved

Export the most popular file formats: ai, .bmp, .dxf, .eps, .jpg, .pdf, .png, and .svg

Exporting Files (Advanced)  Advanced

Export additional vector and raster based formats including .plt and .tiff

Publish to CMYK  Improved

Publish your artwork in CMYK - ready for Offset Printing in either .tiff or .pdf

Arrange Tools

Circle Array  advanced

Auto circular array to any radius and quantity of a selected item

Tile Array  advanced

Auto duplication of selected item(s) by number

Vinyl Cutting

Contour Cutting Wizard  Improved

Interactive Contour Cutting Wizard that supports Auto-Mark (Auto-Detect) Cutters and Laser Pointer Cutters to quickly guide you to Print and Cut on 2 Devices or to Print, Laminate and then Cut on the same device. Easily calibrate your laser pointer and work with rotated artwork

Contour Cutting Presets  New

New preset cutting tools/contours, ability to create perforation cuts and fold lines

ARMS / CCD Cutters (extended)  Extended

Supports all major and popular ARMS (laser sensor) and CCD (camera fitted) cutters for the most accurate of contour cutting

Cut Document Tools

Preview (Preflight) 

Dynamic preview of Cutfiles in relation to the Plotter/Vinyl Cutter (WYSIWYG)

Dimensions 

On-screen dimensions in any units that automatically update with each Print Job

Edit Tools  New

Cutfile editing tools to improve layout and cutting including Automatic and Manual Align Marks, Chopping Guide with Overlap, Lift Marks, Speed-Weed, Group/Ungroup, Break Apart/Combine, Rotation and Duplicate

Step & Repeat 

Automated feature that operates with Optimal Packing to repeat Print Jobs and only RIP a single instance of the repeated file

Nesting 

Automatically positions separate Print Jobs together into a Single Print Queue ready to be immediately Ripped or printed out to minimize media waste

Merge Colors  New

Takes selected colors and merges these into one color for cutting

Crop (Trim) Tools 

Trim Options (Trim from: Left, Right, Top and Bottom) to Position your Artwork precisely where you want it to cut out on the vinyl

Tile Bleed (Overlap)  New

Suite of tools to manage overwide cut files and create an Overlap to deal with shrinking on site

Tile Box  New

Places a Cutline where artwork has been overlapped to improve weeding

Side-View Mode  New

Rotates the Cutfiles for much easier layout of long artwork

Vinyl Spooler

Production Queue  Improved

Cut/Plot to multiple plotters at the same time over multiple ports and/or an Ethernet connection

CCD Support  New

Ability to detect CCD marks for artwork designed in another program where supported by the cutter driver

QR Codse Support  New

Ability to scan barcodes and QR codes in the vinyl spooler (depending on driver support)

Perf-Cut  New

Automatic option to generate dashed (perforated) cutting lines in the vinyl spooler

Fold Lines  New

Ability to create double fold lines (for sharper fold lines)

16x Cut Passes  New

Up to 16x cutting passes (useful for laser cutters to cut wood or thicker materials)

ARMS Output  New

Ability to output ARMS artwork as either RGB/CMYK, TIF/TIFF or JPG/JPEG

Cutfile Management  Improved

Save, Hold, Resend and Archive Cut Files. Force contours to be cut either in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.

Vinyl Cutters

Connection Types  extended

Supports Ethernet (Network), Printer (LPT) and USB Ports

QR Codes  New

Support for QR and dual QR Codes which allows loading the sheets upside down or normally, where supported by the cutter driver

Vinyl Cutter Tools

Blade Compensation  Improved

Prevents the Plotter/Vinyl Cutter from Rounding-off Corners and stopping short of completing the cut. Ideal for small text and intricate designs