What problems are you having with cutting the files that you create in
Inkscape and convert to GSD with Robomaster?
This is the basic problem.
When I load DXF files into the Robomaster program and save them as a GSD
file (which, in Robomaster, you have to do if you want to save the file at
all, it's your only save option), at some point in the process, it appears
to me that the file data may be getting corrupted somehow.
Sometimes the file will cut cleanly once, but sometimes it won't. And if I
copy and paste the image (what I like to do from a DXF file that's been
imported into a nice clean blank GSD file so that the positioning in the
Robomaster program is as I'm used to seeing it) or if I copy and paste the
image to get multiple copies of it to cut on one sheet of paper, or even if
I just move the image around it will usually (and this happens to me almost
certainly every single time) somehow start cutting askew, usually in such a
manner that the letters don't close properly or cut over other letters or
over themselves, the cuts are off-line, if you know what I mean. The lines
no longer match up to the file placement, something most noticable in titles
I've created from text. I have wasted a lot of specialty paper in this
manner, unfortunately. It's hard to explain in words, but I have photos of
the offending files if you'd like to see them if you can let me know how to
email you, I can give you a visual example.
Basically, if I want to save a DXF file I've loaded it automatically
converts it to a GSD file, and that seems to be the point where the problems
begin. The image on the screen will look exactly as it has looked, but the
output will cut the patterned lines off kilter. This really messes up titles
quite badly, and so using Inkscape to create welded word titles yields
I love creating artwork for my Silhouette, it's a big one of the many
reasons I love my machine, and I love the ability to weld and import the
files, but it saddens me that I have this problem that ends up wasting so
much of my paper (and usually I use specialty paper that is fairly pricey)
:/ It has even occurred when I have reopened a file I've cut successfully
before with no changes made to the file more than simply moving the image to
another part of the virtual "mat" placement on screen, so that it will cut
on another section of paper.
Today I figured a work-around, but it's not a great one. If I create the
image in Inkscape and save it as a pdf file, I can open it in Adobe
PhotoShop Elements (I don't have any high powered Adobe programs) and save
it as a jpg and then open Robomaster and autotrace the jpg to get a
rendition of the file. But it's not graphically completely accurate anymore,
the letters will not be as smooth or well proportioned as it's an autotrace
of a picture.
The file could also be printed out of Inkscape and scanned with a scanner
and thus converted to an image file and then loaded into Robomaster via
Autotrace as well, but it might be an even rougher conversion.
I've emailed the QuicKutz Customer Rep that I've been going back and forth
with about this problem, and asked about what you mentioned in your last
post to me, but I don't know if they are very proprietary about their gsd
files, or if Graphtec has control of that, or what needs to happen to permit
that type of thing, but I'm checking.
Bibi, I think, explained it probably best here, up earlier in the thread.
She mentioned Bezier curves and how they import with some "aqua" colored
lines. I'm having that same result. I found something under the Effects
menu, Modify Path, Flatten Beziers. I tried that, hoping it might help, but
I couldn't see a difference on the screen and it officially failed when
cutting. Also, it did import the dxf and showed the aqua lines again, so I'm
not sure if it really worked. In addition, in that experiment, I avoided
grouping the image in Inkscape before saving as a dxf and I also did not set
line setting colors in Inkscape (which I never do, I always set that in
Robomaster) since Bibi seemed to implicate both processes in part of the
problem between dxf and gsd, but none of that made a difference.
That's the issue, I think, though perhaps not explained as well as it could
be. Thanks for your time and researching this, I really appreciate it, and
I'm sure hundreds of other Silhouette or Robo Craft users would appreciate
any kind of fix as well :)
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