I just received Jim Bartz's DVD on routing signs. In it he uses a
drawing program that allows multiple fonts, large size work to be printed
out on a homeprinter in tile mode to be later taped together in order to
transfer pattern to wood.
I only have MS paint which doesn't seem to let me do that type of
designing. What programs are available that you use?
I just googled Jim Bartz and routing. The site I picked said I had to
load an "active X object" to play the video. When I did that, my whole
computer went crazy. It even changed my wallpaper to a wallpaper
that says I have spyware threats and to "click here".
Barry Kwasny wrote:
It sounds like you have a case of Ultimate Cleaner - I got it by loading an
"active X object", too. Stopzilla seems to have killed it (no affiliation
with them, just happy to have found something that works). Norton doesn't
seem to recognize Ultimate Cleaner.
Inkscape. It's open source and free. It also works with SVG, a vector
format rather than a bitmap. This is useful for re-sizable things,
like router control.
You can also use the equally free and open source Gimp as a substitute
for MS Paint as a bitmap editor. However I quite like Inkscape, but
couldn't claim the same of The Gimp.
Both of these run under Linux (try Ubuntu), but also run fine under
Google's Sketchup is worth a look too.
Almost any program that allows you to design what you want on the screen
will allow you to size your project larger than 8 1/2 X 11 and when you send
it to your printer, the printer software will allow you to print it in multi
page format so that you can re-assemble it and tape it to your lumber. I
used MS Word and created a sign in the largest possible font size, then
printed it out and made the sign. In fact, my printer software let me make
it even bigger than it was in MS Word so I was able to make an even bigger
sign this way. Graphics programs and photo programs will also let you do
this. It just takes some experimenting to see what is possible with the
program that you have.
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