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Old 02-16-2010, 11:14 AM   #1  
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now what? LOL! I very spontaneously bought a xyron wishblade today. I found it on sale at Tuesday Morning. I have installed the software and been on the pone with tech support. I am having trouble with ports. It happens with windows 7 she tells me. So now I sit-all excited to play and I have to wait for her to email me with instructions.

those that have one, do you like it, did I do the right thing?
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Old 02-17-2010, 03:38 PM   #2  
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any other wishblade users out there that can tell me what I bought? Ok I did buy it impulsively!
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I have a silhouette, not a wishblade but I think they are similar. If you join the Yahoo group for Wishblade I bet you can get some questions answered. And free cut files! Once you get the hang of it you will LOVE it!!
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Also, the Paperthreads forum will answer any question that you could possibly have. The people there were so very helpful when I first got my Silhouette!

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thanks i joined some yahoo groups, some of them look a little neglected. i will take some time to sort through them.
I will go join paperthreads (never heard of it) thanks for the lead.
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Just read this, might be of interest

http://www.craftcritique.com/
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thanks that is an interesting summary.
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You might try the yahoo group "wishblade" - I've found it to be very active and full of helpful advice.

I got my WB in 2006 - it's old now but still working wonderfully. I remember reading that the newer one (pink or red?) might not work with Windows 7 due to driver incompatabilities. The Create and Cut software might help.
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I have one of the "original" Wishblades...back when they cost a fortune and I have never regretted the purchase, love it! I can feel your pain, I don't know what it is about mine, but I find that the newer "files" sometimes don't work for me (I get some error code)...I am thinking I possibly need some kind of updated software (maybe someone will enlighten me about this!).

Sorry, got sort of off topic...try to be patient, once you get these little problems worked out, I think you are going to LOVE it's capabilities!
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it did come with the cut and create software. Yes that is the software I needed to load on. I am just not sure what I bought, I was so impulsive I bought it then looked into it. LOL! I am not worried I will slowly learn what it is and how to use it. I think I can take a template eg: a cake slice template or a box template and trace it then cut it out with the WB. will make it much easier than cutting them by hand when doing a large project.
just not sure yet how to trace it and cut it with the WB.
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cna I use SVG files? i just found a site that has files that cut like the nesties. Do i save them?
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Yes, you can use SVG files. I hope this won't be confusing. You need to download Inkscape to convert them. Inkscape is a freeware vector program. You can find it at www.inkscape.org.

Open your SVG file in Inkscape.
Save that file into the DXF format.
Import DXF into the Wishblade software.

I just redid my computer so I don't have the software installed but then you can convert the file into a GSD file to be used in Create & Cute. You do need the original Wishblade software to convert.

I haven't used Create & Cut in a long time but if I remember right you can't import DXF or SVG. You can only use GSD's.

I know and I am sorry that is a lot of information to process.

Also in Create & Cut you will have to clean up the nodes before cutting because all the die cutters change the nodes after converting. It's just a weird quirk.

Martha's WB group over at Yahoo has the best tutorials. Start reading all of them and start slowly.

I am thinking of going to Windows 7 so I have been worried about the cutting on the WB since I heard the drivers are now incompatible.

Congratulations on your new WB. She's a great little machine. A slight learning curve but easily master and you will be cutting in no time.

When looking up at tutorials also try CraftRobo and Silhouette. Both these machines are also made by the same company who made Wishblade. It's manufactured by Graphtec. You will find even more resources when trying to learn your new WB by including these two machines.

HTH!
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wow! Ithink i may need to go to school. thank you I hope one day to understand what you said LOL!
I will start reading the yahoo forums and try things a little at a time. Perhaps I will leave converting alone for a while.
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