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After installing CorelDRAW the next step is to install SignTools. Follow the instructions on 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 your vinyl cutter/plotter model from the "Device" drop down box and select your port.
If you are using a Serial (Com) port click on the Settings button and set the following settings:-
Bits per second : 9600
Data bits: 8
Stop bits: 1
Flow Control: Hardware
Please check your plotter's manual and/or the Com settings on the plotter's control panel and ensure that they match the settings in SignTools.
Serial Plotter Cable
Please ensure that your Serial (Com) cable is a RS 232-C cable. SignTools will not communicate with your plotter with a different cable. If you are unsure if your cable is a RS 232-C cable, contact your plotter distributor.
If you are connecting your cutter via a USB connection you must install the USB driver that came with your cutter first. This will create a an extra Com or USB port that you can select in the SignTools "Device Setup" dialog box.
In CorelDraw's Layout menu select Page Setup. A dialog box
will appear. Set Width to 3200mm (126 inches) and Height 25mm
(1 inch) less than the maximum vinyl size accepted by your vinyl cutter. For example if your vinyl cutter accepts a maximum vinyl roll of 610mm ( 24 inch ) set your Height to 585mm (23.03 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.