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Make The Cut! Version 2.3.0 (Beta)

AndyAndy Administrator Posts: 4,579
edited June 2010 in MTC Updates

Hello Everyone!
2.3.0 Beta
Well, it's about time. We have put together a fresh version of Make The Cut! that brings us some awesome new tools and enhancments. There are a lot of them. Because there are so many, we have decided to do what we call a "soft" or "beta" release and only announce this in the Forum. Everyone can try it out, give us some feedback and hopefully if everything goes well, this will be the official release.

Pixel Trace (Trace Raster)
The big enhancment is with the Trace Raster tool (now called Pixel Trace). The tracing has been completly redone from the ground up. You will now get cleaner, more precise traces -- We believe this new tracing interface is the best around and am sure you will think so as well.
  • You can now paste from the clipboard as well as import from a file or TWAIN source.
  • You can preview the trace with the original image in the background.
  • When importing an image, it takes in to account the image's DPI (great for TWAIN imports).
  • And many, many more features!
Here is a screencap of the new Pixel Trace tool:
Pixel Trace

If you don't know what nodes are, or what they are for, you can skip this part!
Welding, Boolean Joining and Shadowing creates output that are made of many nodes, otherwise called "Flat Paths". These paths (shapes) take a long time to cut. The only way you could remove unneeded nodes was to use the Smooth & Simplify tool. This is tough to do sometimes. So, we came up with a new method called Auto-Simplify. Auto-Simplify (shortcut is CTRL+G) will automatically remove these unneeded nodes. We also added an Auto-Auto-Simplify... which is on by default. This will simplify all welds and Boolean Joins automatically. This also helps with cutting smoother with Plotters like the Gazelle.
Auto Simplify

Object Import Menu
The Custom Shapes tab has been removed. I know this is probably going to be a shock to most people, but it needed to go. Imagine having to add an icon for each supported format. Make The Cut! would have tons of icons as time goes on. Instead, we added an Object Import menu. You can now import from the File>>Import menu as well as the Toolbar at the top. The new icon is the Sprocket/Gear.
The "Personal Library" has been moved to the "Basic Shapes" as a new tab entitled "Your Shapes"
Import Menu

New Import/Export File Formats
You can now import:
  • Vector PDF files
  • SCUT/SCUT2 files (Version 2.012 and older -- this is experimental and will be worked on)
You can now export:
  • Vector PDF files
  • EPS Files
  • AI Files
  • Alpha PNG Raster Files
We also added in Inkscape clipboard formats. Now you can copy and paste between Inkscape and Make The Cut!

Bézier Warp/Text On Path/Object On Path, Vertical Text
Here is something fun! You can create some great new effects with this tool. I won't get in to it too much since this is more-or-less a fun thing to learn on your own. You can also do vertical text in 2.3.0.
Here is the new Bezier Warp tool:
Bezier Warp
Here is some rounded text:
Bezier Warp 1vert text

And Much Much more!
There are so many new things here and there that listing them all would take a while. So I will leave it up to all of you to find the rest of it!

I will be scheduling a webinar soon where I will run through how to use this stuff soon. I just want to make sure there are no major bugs right now.

Here is a download link: Version 2.3.0

Thanks everyone for testing!

Andy and Ann
I don't often test my code... But when I do, I do it in production.
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