Purchase SignTools 4 together with CorelDRAW X8
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After installing CorelDRAW the next step is to install SignTools. Follow the instructions on page 4 and 5 of the SignTools 4 User Guide.
Once you have installed SignTools, open Corel Draw and click on the Application Launcher (see picture below) and choose SignTools 4.
Next click on the "Cut"
button and then the "Setup" button. Select the Roland
PNC-1100 from the "Device" drop down box
and select your port.
If you are using a Serial (Com) port click on the Properties button and set the following settings:-
Bits per second : 9600
Data bits: 8
Stop bits: 1
Flow Control: Hardware
You must raise the pinch rollers to configure your Roland PNC-1100
You will see "SELECT COMMAND I/O ROTATE".
Use arrow keys to get to Command and hit enter.
Make sure it is on MODE 2 and hit enter.
Use arrows to get to IO and hit enter.
Choose either Serial or Parallel.
If you choose serial, Hit MENU key and you will see "SELECT PROTOCOL 1 STOP DATA PRTY" .
Hit the enter key and choose 1 8 NON .
Then hit the Menu key and you should see "SELECT PROTOCOL 2 BAUD HANDSHAKE".
Press Enter and choose 9600 and Hardware in the sub menu.
Cursor to the ROTATE menu and hit enter. Make sure it is set for Rotate 90.
Please ensure that your Serial (Com) cable is a RS 232-C cable. SignTools will not communicate with your Roland plotter with a different cable. If you are unsure if your cable is a RS 232-C cable, contact your plotter distributor.
In CorelDraw's Layout menu select Page Setup. A dialog box
will appear. Set Width to 3200mm (126inches) and Height to 585mm (23 inches).
Ensure that you are using a Landscape page.
To set this as a default page in CorelDRAW click on the Tools menu and choose Options. Click on the word Document on the left hand side and ensure all of the options are ticked and click on the OK button.
To cut any object in CorelDraw, simply place on the page in the bottom left corner. If you wish to cut in a portrait fashion simply rotate your graphics.
SignTools 4 cuts from the bottom left of the page either manually place object(s) in the bottom left of the CorelDRAW page or use the "Vinyl Saver" tool with the sliding bar all the way to the left.
If you have followed these instructions and are still having problems setting up your vinyl cutter go to our support page and fill in the Support Enquiry Form.