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a note from Boss Kut ( Gazelle )

TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
edited April 2010 in General
Hi everyone! There seems to be some confusion about who we are and who we are affiliated with. I'd just like to clear this up. Boss Kut is privately owned by John & Phyllis Parkins (aka Mr & Mrs Bosskut) of Rolla, Mo. USA. We are a locally owned and independantly run company. There are NO connections or affiliations with any other company! We are very pleased that some of you have become interested in our digital cutter, the Gazelle! We invite you to research it and ask questions here or on the Gazelle visitors forum... http://bosskutforum.com . If you've already done this and would like to purchase a Gazelle, you can do an internet search for dealers or order direct at http://www.bosskut.com . If you prefer to make comments or ask questions here, I will stop by to check/answer as often as I can atleast once a day). If you need an answer sooner, please email me. terri.mouw@yahoo.com The Gazelle is already able to cut directly from MTC. The cutting is not as smoothe as when cutting from Funtime, but that is something that I am sure Andy will work on when he is able! It would be great to keep this thread bumped up so others who don't get here everyday might have a better chance to see it as well! Happy Cutting!! Terri (Gazelle Tech' Support)
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  • Rhoda JayneRhoda Jayne Posts: 1,624Member
    Hi Terri,
    Can I ask a question about the print & cut feature? I've seen your print & cut video but I was wondering about cutting multiple objects. Say you made & printed 5 bookmarks on a page. Will the cut & print feature cut all of them out when you load the paper or do you have to reload each bookmark indivually?
    thanks, Rhoda
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    Rhoda, you can do it both ways... you have total control!!
  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,773Member
    Hi Terri and thanks for coming to address us personally.

    Now for my questions....how does the Gazzelle handle polymer clay.
    I will admit I was really set to get the Pazzle, but I didn't want to get limited with the software.
    Does the Gazelle include the newest version of Funtime(..rhinstones template look interesting.) or will this be an upcharge like Pazzles.

    I too would like more info on the print and cut, I use a Silhouette and well as an E and C. This is the best feature of my Sil., but I need more size and power
    Who's sorry now?...Hell hath no fury as a crafter scorned!!!

    http://sitstayscrap.blogspot.com/
  • AndyAndy Posts: 4,450Administrator
    I need to get myself a Gazelle. Right now I adjust stuff then send a version to Julie and she tells me what needs to get fixed.

    I am going to go find one tonight and get it shipped out
    I don't often test my code... But when I do, I do it in production.
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    I can't address the polymer 1st hand, as I haven't done it. However, JUles said she had alot of fun with it durring the beta testing phase. If it is rolled very thin, (like gumpaste) it should do well. Linda McClure is now using a Gazelle with her cake stuff and she loves it! The gazelle has been shipping with the newest version of Funtime since around Christmas. It is included at no additional charge! For existing Gazelle owners with earlier versions of the software, Boss Kut makes the upgrades available at a very reduced price. Updates are provided FREE. Before releasing any new version, we test it extensively first! This has resulted in very few updates being needed for the Gazelle version of Funtime. Do you have a specific question about p&c's?
    Happy Cutting! Terri
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    Andy, the Gazelle really is a great cutter!! I'll be happy to help you if needed!!
  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,773Member
    WHOA...thanks for the quick response..as for P&C, no specific question, I was concerned as to its accuracy. In my researching, I "may have" read or drew the conclusion that the laser alignment wasn't that superior to just using the hinge method. P&C is very important to me, because I am very lazy.

    This was my BIG Question about the gazelle and what made in a little afraid of the purchase.
    The Dongle thingy....when I lose or damage mine, am I stuck or can it be replace.

    Please note---I did not say IF, I really did mean when, I am very honest with myself and know that I am lazy and that I lose things. I've lost my E in a 13 x 10 room. I keep a dog tag on my keys that says,
    "when you find these, please return to... and for whatever I don't damage the critters do.
    Who's sorry now?...Hell hath no fury as a crafter scorned!!!

    http://sitstayscrap.blogspot.com/
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Posts: 14,967Member
    WOOHOO!!!!!!!! I seen Andy!!!!!!!!LOL

    WE miss you!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yep I will definately keep this bumped for you or try to!!!!!!
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/
    Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    the dongle can be replaced, but not for free.
    For my desktop, I plugged in a usb hub on the back of the computer and I just leave my dongles there. For my netbook and travel, I have a long bright lanyard full of usb flash drives and dongles... so far, it has worked well for me!!

    I haven't used the hinge-method, so can't say much about it other than I've heard of it. The laser on any machine is not going to be as precise as the optical-eye p&c's... the optical eye in the graphtec machines IS superior to any of the other methods... The accuracy of any method is dependant on user consistency. I know many who love doing p&c on their gazelle, and many who don't... so I guess alot of it is user perspective lol.
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    Thank You Christy for bumping! Thank You Andy for not deleting!!
  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,773Member
    Thanks, I think everythings been covered.
    Who's sorry now?...Hell hath no fury as a crafter scorned!!!

    http://sitstayscrap.blogspot.com/
  • K_leeK_lee Posts: 6,411Member
    What is a dongle, lol.......sorry curious......
    K_lee's Krafting Niche'
  • rose481rose481 Posts: 242Member
    I don't know about the rest of ya, but I too would like an explanation of this "dongle" thingie....sounds kind of wierd! LOL!
  • pigtailpatpigtailpat Posts: 1,511Member
    it's a security device just to make sure that the software is authentic. It is not a new thing to me, I've had it on other pieces of software. I haven't seen dongles in awhile though, I didn't know they were still used The software I did use it with (photodex producer), discontinued the dongle thing quite some time ago.

    Pat
    Cuts with Gazelle, PNC with silhouette.
  • K_leeK_lee Posts: 6,411Member
    Thanks for the explaination!
    K_lee's Krafting Niche'
  • Rhoda JayneRhoda Jayne Posts: 1,624Member
    I thought it sounded naughty the first time I heard it,lol!
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Posts: 14,967Member
    Lol naughty indeed
    and a bump for Terri!!!!
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/
    Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • SassyLady_LisaSassyLady_Lisa Posts: 1,058Member
    Yikes! Don't dongle me, dude!!! It sounds downright scary to me!

    I can't believe I'm already jonesing for another cutter, I just got the E in November. Oh well. I like the sound of the intricate cuts it makes as well as being able to cut thicker/harder materials like balsa wood. Very interesting.

    Lisa the craft junky
    Loving MTC even more every day!
  • rachellann_ID714rachellann_ID714 Posts: 10,251Banned
    defination of a dongle
    http://www.bing.com/Dictionary/search?q=define+dongle&FORM=DTPDIA&qpvt=what+is+a+dongle

    DICTIONARY
    dongle
    Definition
    don·gle[ dóng g'l ]don·gles Plural

    NOUN
    1. security device for protected software: a small hardware device that, when plugged into a computer, enables a specific copy-protected program to run, the program being disabled on that computer if the device is not present. The device is effective against software piracy.
    [ Late 20th century. Probably arbitrary ]
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    Rachellann uses the Black Cat Cougar, Gazelle, Expression, and 34 inch MH871 vinyl cutter

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  • KwiltKwilt Posts: 1,347Member
    ...glad it's not called a dingleberry! ;oP
    Proud MTC Member Since: 12/25/2009
    LOVE ♥ LOVE ♥ LOVE MY 15" KNK MAXX!!!!
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Posts: 14,967Member
    LMBO
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/
    Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • K_leeK_lee Posts: 6,411Member
    LOL
    K_lee's Krafting Niche'
  • rachellann_ID714rachellann_ID714 Posts: 10,251Banned
    LOL now that would take some explaining
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    Rachellann uses the Black Cat Cougar, Gazelle, Expression, and 34 inch MH871 vinyl cutter

    http://www.thymegraphics.co.uk/index.asp

    http://www.thatsscrapinc.com/

    My Blog is:
    http://rachellsmanycrafts.blogspot.com/



  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    I have cut clay on my Gazelle with no problem. I have also cut gum paste on the Gazelle.
  • peoriagrammypeoriagrammy Posts: 598Member
    You Ladies are so funny!! LMBO
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    Andy... did you order a gazelle??
    If I can be of any help to you, just let me know!!
    I'll whisper my direct info...
  • Rhoda JayneRhoda Jayne Posts: 1,624Member
    I'm still trying to keep my mind out of the gutter,lol!
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    btt... Thank You!!
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Posts: 14,967Member
    edited March 2011
    EDITED: Since someone brought this back to the top. NO WAY would I choose a Gazelle over the Black Cat MAchines anymore since they came to work with MTC.

    I am still trying to figure out what this dongle is. Is that gonna make it confusing me to hook it up when and if I decide to buy one? I'm just a simple country girl guys don't throw fancy terms in on me.LOL
    Post edited by CaseysAngel on
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/
    Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    The dongle is a security key that looks like a thumb drive. It must be plugged in to a USB port on your computer or on a USB hub that is connected to your computer. The software will not open if you do not have the security key plugged in. This was a necessary measure added to prevent theft of this professional software.

    Pazzles is trying to make their 2010 software work without the use of a dongle, but they are not sure that will happen yet. The current software that ships with the Pazzles is a modified version the 2009 Funtime software. No security key is necessary, but the cutter must be hooked up to the computer, or you can only save 5 files. There are ways around this. Those who need to work with the software away from the cutter have had the option to purchase a security key separately.
  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Posts: 14,967Member
    edited April 2010
    oh well that wouldn't be hard to hook up then, just plug it in to USB?LOL

    Thanks Julie.
    Post edited by CaseysAngel on
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/
    Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • susan_ID2293susan_ID2293 Posts: 2,814Member
    So, if we want to use a notebook and a netbook, we would have to buy a second dongle just to open the software? Or is it just when you want to cut everything. A dongle could be a problem for netbooks that you carry around and just use for designing.
    I actually have one old laptop that I leave connected to my Expression just for cutting. It has MTC and DS. All of my design work is done on one of my other 2 PC's, and I use a thumbdrive to store the design/cut files. If the dongle is only necessary for cutting, that would be ok, but if I have to move it to each PC just to open the software I can see where it may be a problem, or in my case, more likely I would lose it.

    Does anyone know how much an extra dongle would cost?
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    I have lost many dongles, because I do my designing on the go with my laptop. You can purchase an extra dongle, but I am not sure how much they cost currently. I think I got one from Pazzles for about $69.00. The 2009 software for Pazzles, Gazelle, and Funtime all used the same dongle, so I actually had three. That was great, because I could leave one plugged in to my USB hub for home use, take one with me for my laptop, and the third was the spare I had to use when I lost one. With the 2010 software, I have to purchase separate dongles for each of the three programs, and they are not interchangeable. Woe is me if I lose any of them. Three of my cutters will each require a different dongle.

    The nice thing about the security key is that you can install the software on any number of computers. You just have to move the key when you want to use that software on a different machine. I keep mine in my change purse when I go out with my laptop.
  • Beanie_ID62Beanie_ID62 Posts: 3,775Member
    ok I have a qusetion and it may have been answered sorry if so but I see everyone say it does not cut as smoothly as with funtime but..... does it do a better job than the E and MTC?
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  • pigtailpatpigtailpat Posts: 1,511Member
    Beanie -

    that is a question I had been meaning to get to. The answer from me is, currently I am not sure, because I had been so focused on learning the funtime, and doing tuts, to get myself up to speed, to know what I am doing with the cutter BEFORE approaching it when cutting with MTC. I felt because I am so new to the machine, I must first gain experience with it in funtime - its native software, before attempting any MTC-gazelle cutting. I still have quite a bit to go before I feel comfortable enough to try that. As soon as I do, I will modify and supplement my gazelle report. Perhaps Julie can better answer that question for now.
    Cuts with Gazelle, PNC with silhouette.
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    For now, I would not try to cut very intricate files from MTC to Gazelle. Not because it doesn't work, but because it is very slow. I think Andy is working on improving the way MTC cuts in future releases of MTC. I will try some tiny cuts using MTC with Gazelle, and let you know how it goes.
  • lucylogiclucylogic Posts: 104Member
    What a refreshing change it is to see another company on here willing to work with Andy instead of against him :-)

    As stated somewhere above here, a dongle looks just like a thumb drive, usb flash drive or whatever name you give it. It is always plugged in an available usb port when using your electronic cutter if it comes with that sort of security device. My KNK uses a dongle. Some machines like you to use the dongle in the same port every time so don't be surprised if suddenly it's not working if you have removed it previously and then plugged it back in. They are really finnicky things!!!

    Some manufacturer's are now looking to do away with these dongle device's because of the cost and if so you will most likely buy software with a licence key which can only be used on 1 computer at a time. If you remove that software at a later date, you may have to phone the software company for another licence key after proving that you bought it in the first place. Those of us that have Graphtec Design Studio for the Craft Robo will know what I mean.

    Hope this helps in some way.
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    edited April 2010
    I am attaching a scan of a cut of one of Monica's most recent Gatefold cards. I cut this from MTC on the Gazelle, and the tiny, tiny detail cut very well. The card measures 4.5" tall by 8.5"wide. (The scan cut off a portion of the design on the right.) The scored lines for folding don't show up on the scan. They are very fine and clean.

    When cutting to the Gazelle, the portion of the design that is at the top of the virtual screen in MTC is cut from the front part of the mat, just the opposite of how it cuts from the Gazelle software.

    The cutting file for this design has just been posted for members at http://www.scrap-savvy.com/servlet/Detail?no=1103
    MonicasGatefold.JPG
    1647 x 985 - 229K
    Post edited by juliefes_ID1966 on
  • Rhoda JayneRhoda Jayne Posts: 1,624Member
    Julie
    That looks great! Tell me how you did the score lines with the gazelle.
    thanks,
    Rhoda
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    These score lines are dashed lines as demonstrated in the following tutorial
    03_UsingShapesInMTC.pdf
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/files/02_Basic Lessons/

    The blade cut these dashed lines as it cut the design lines.
    It is possible to use the engraving tool to etch a very fine embossed line for scoring. The above tutorial explains how to do that type of scoring line as well. You can use a regular hand embossing tool with the Gazelle or Pazzles embossing mat to get a light solid scoring line if you want. Some people prefer to use an old blade turned upside down in the blade housing to etch a solid score line that comes out very similar to the engraved score line.
  • Angel135612Angel135612 Posts: 4,246Member
    You can think of a dongle like a cart for your C. You can't cut anything on the C with out having a cart in place. The only difference, is the dongle goes in your comptuer, to run the software, and the cart goes in the C to run the cutter.
    Diane in Colorado Springs
    Proud Owner of a Silver Bullet Professional Series 24 inch cutter rated #1 by Top Ten Reivews
    http://die-cutting-machines-review.toptenreviews.com/
    http://www.mycraftythoughts.blogspot.com/
  • juliefes_ID1966juliefes_ID1966 Posts: 340Member
    The Gazelle software is not particular about which USB port is used for the security key (dongle). However, it is particular about the USB port used for plugging in the Cutter USB. The USB cable should always be put in the same USB port in order for the drivers to be found.
  • TerriMTerriM Posts: 254Member
    btt. how's this for intricate?!
    happy cutting!
    intricate2.jpg
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  • Angel135612Angel135612 Posts: 4,246Member
    Terri... will you quit that enabling right now... LOL.. that is just too awesome.... haven't tried really small delicate things on my E, but the more I see what the gazelle can do, the more I am thinking I want to sell my E and start saving my money for the Gazelle
    Diane in Colorado Springs
    Proud Owner of a Silver Bullet Professional Series 24 inch cutter rated #1 by Top Ten Reivews
    http://die-cutting-machines-review.toptenreviews.com/
    http://www.mycraftythoughts.blogspot.com/
  • peoriagrammypeoriagrammy Posts: 598Member
    I think I'll go look for a job tomorrow so I can buy a G. It looks so flippin awesome!
  • iggyloveriggylover Posts: 11,513Moderator
    Holy Cow! I'd say that qualifies... ;-D
    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke

    Jeanette in Orange County, CA
    Love my Italian Greyhound --> I.G.--> iggy
    Own a Create: Krikee, getting used to a Black Cat Cougar: Bagheera


  • CaseysAngelCaseysAngel Posts: 14,967Member
    edited March 2011
    EDITED: Since someone brought this back to the top. Just to clarify NO WAY would I choose a Gazelle over the Black Cat MAchines anymore since they came to work with MTC.


    umm yea, you all aren't helping my "I really don't need another cutter" theory either.LOL
    Post edited by CaseysAngel on
    Christy http://everdaylittlethings.blogspot.com/
    Cutters: Craft Robo, Cricut Expression, and the absolute BEST A BLACK CAT COUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • armywfearmywfe Posts: 27Member
    I'm right there with ya Christy. I have a lil 12 x 6 cutter that I have had for a few years. I am VERY new to MTC. Anyway, even though I have lost all respect for THAT company that made my cutter... I keep trying to convince myself that I don't NEED a new cutter. But I REALLY want this WAY COOL TOY and these people aren't helpin' my practical side (which barely exists as it is!).
  • iggyloveriggylover Posts: 11,513Moderator
    edited April 2010
    ENABLING ALERT....ENABLING ALERT....

    This is a warning of the Enabling MTC Forum.....

    People who come to this site who already are bitten by the hoarding / collecting / gotta-have it bug are shamelessly helped and prodded on in their addiction and collecting habits...

    Newbies will soon be infected with the need to have it all... and will find themselves so addicted to the forum that they will find it hard to actually design and cut...

    You have now been warned.... feel free to chew us out later.... ;-D

    Jeanette
    Post edited by iggylover on
    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke

    Jeanette in Orange County, CA
    Love my Italian Greyhound --> I.G.--> iggy
    Own a Create: Krikee, getting used to a Black Cat Cougar: Bagheera


  • scrappinwithzscrappinwithz Posts: 2,704Member
    Jeanette,
    Will you just keep hitting that enabling msg because I really can't afford another cutter and that looks great!!
    Z
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