CADLink - SignLab, EngraveLab and ProfileLab

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Selecting the right type of software can be a challenge, with numerous capabilities, subscription options and price points on the market. CADLink Marketing Director Mike Chramtchenko reveals that when investing in sign making software, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

“The single biggest factor in selecting software is to make certain that the manufacturer is continuing investment in research and development, and adding support for changing market conditions as well as brand new specialty markets that appear on a regular basis,” says Mike. Investing in limited software can cost more to replace and rack up additional costs and time spent retraining staff, whereas selecting software from a trusted provider that constantly upgrades existing products can streamline user training and maximise cost efficiency.

Doing due diligence and research on software providers will help uncover things like a track record for developing new, innovative features (or a lack thereof), and enable sign makers to see which products are best suited to the various markets and clients they service. “Secondly, the temptation to utilise ‘generic’ or ‘non-market specific’ design or production software because of its extremely low price will cost sign makers in the long run,” adds Mike, noting that a reasonable investment made in market-leading, market-specific software will pay significant dividends by providing time savings as well as tools that provide higher value products to customers.

CADLink on the year ahead

CADLink has been a long-time provider of state-of-the-art software to the signage and graphics industry. Solutions are available across a wide variety of platforms that make it easy for sign makers to streamline their design processes on a number of materials. SignLab, currently on version 9.1, is a solution for large format design, and features new application plug-ins for common apps such as Corel and PhotoShop. EngraveLab offers solutions for laser engraved signage, and ProfileLab supports 2D and 3D CNC machining. According to Mike, the constant development of new software is a direct response to the new hardware that has entered the market in recent years. “The proliferation of new printers, new

ink technologies as well as new media types require that existing software packages extend support to these new methods of production and markets,” he explains. “The development emphasis for CADlink's software products (primarily SignLab and Digital Factory), has been to support new printers, print/cut devices and consumables.”

Core software products such as SignLab have undergone changes to introduce new design and production features in order to better serve new specialty markets, and improve overall workflows. CADlink has also been particularly responsive to the growth of online product fulfilment, as Mike reveals they have been “developing ways to integrate existing design and production workflows into the online business model.” When it comes to the overall market, Mike predicts the focus for software will be on developing products that support specialty markets as well as integration of design, production and delivery. “2014 will see exciting new developments within the software product line,” he says. “There may even be a new release of one or more brand software products.”

For more information visit www.cadlink.com

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CADlink announces release of EngraveLab V8 for rotary and laser, at twice the speed

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CADlink Technology Corporation has announced the latest release of its engraving software product line, EngraveLab Version 8. The new release includes enhancements for both rotary as well as laser engraving workflows.

Aside from a host of new features that streamline the design to output workflow, the single biggest enhancement to EngraveLab V8 is its output speed. Now twice as fast as the already efficient previous version, EngraveLab includes new fill routines that significantly decrease the amount of "tool time" it takes to produce jobs.

"We are extremely excited about the release of EngraveLab V8," says Tim Benner, EngraveLab Product Manager. "We feel that the new product will further increase our lead as the most widely used engraving software for both rotary and laser engravers worldwide."

The full list of EngraveLab V8's key features, which can be found at www.cadlink.com, includes search and replace, extended character picker, autocad SHX font support, fit to circle / square / ellipse, vectorisation wizard and 3D viewer.

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GraphCUT - Available at a special price

Benefit with GraphCUT's creativity - now available at a special price

Graphtec is now offering buyers of both CE5000 and FC7000MK2 Series the opportunity to include GraphCUT software, usually retailing at £325, for just £80 with their purchase. GraphCUT Logo

GraphCUT has been produced exclusively for these machines by CADlink Technology, the people behind the widely popular SignLab software. Based on SignLab, it includes all the features, design, text and cutting tools needed to quickly achieve professional results.

This new software is easy-to-use and enables even inexperienced operators to get creative and start designing immediately. Whether it's adding drop shadows, special effects to text, editing graphics, or fitting text around an arc, GraphCUT makes it simple.

Available in 600mm and 1200mm cutting widths, the CE5000s are favoured by start-up signmakers and retail outlets that produce their own signage, as well as larger sign businesses wanting extra production capacity. They have an enviable range of functions for cutters in their class, including SmartFeed auto material pre-feed, providing enhanced media tracking for consistent accuracy, and an exceptionally easy-to-use menu.

The FC7000MK2's range of sophisticated features and newly developed functions make them first choice for high production environments. A new all-in-one cutter head, Graphtec's Advanced Registration Mark Sensing System (ARMS), Auto Registration Mark Reading, and more, provide improved cutting accuracy along the entire length of even large and long format drawings plus increased production speeds and reliability.

Whichever machine customers choose, choosing a cutting plotter from Graphtec has just become an even better business investment.

"The CE5000s are designed to help a business grow without a big up-front investment and the FC7000MK2s to boost production. GraphCUT software is the perfect complement to both, enabling operators to quickly and easily produce a wider variety of signage with extra design elements added," says Phil Kneale, Sales and Marketing Director for Graphtec (GB).

"CADlink has developed industry-leading design and production software for more than 18 years. Specialised tools it developed for particular markets such as signmaking have become industry standards; now that knowledge and expertise has been applied in developing GraphCUT."

"The software that comes with many entry-level and even higher-spec plotters is often very limited and doesn't cater for more than the very basics. But GraphCUT lets you can do much more, and because it's so user-friendly, you don't have to be a technical wizard to achieve excellent results."

"And, where most software that comes with a cutter can't be upgraded as your business grows, GraphCUT can be seamlessly upgraded to SignLab Vinyl, with more money saved in the process," adds Phil.

GraphCUT is fully compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista, and comes with full technical support.

To find out more or arrange a demonstration, go to www.graphtecgb.com or telephone 01978 666700.

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