+How do I activate and deactivate RasterLink in general or when my PC running RasterLink has broken?
Please click the following link below and select the relevant option, then follow the onscreen instructrions.
+How do I use my Mimaki print and cut machine to cut designs at a time later than when printing?
To cut any artwork at a later time than when it is printed you will need to use Registration Marks.
These are marks that the printer will use an optical eye to read, to ensure that the cutting is aligned with where the designs have been printed.
To create the registration marks draw a hairline square or rectangle around your artwork, then in the Fine Cut Plugin in Corel Draw or Illustrator, select the Register Mark Creation tool.
Once you have set the number, thickness and length of the Registration Marks, click ok and this will place the marks outside the corners of the previously drawn box.
Output the design to Raster Link and once other setting have been configured, set the design to RIP and Print.
When loading the printer back into the printer at a later date, set the design to Cut Only, the system will now read the Registration Marks for you then cut the designs.
+Can I use my Mimaki CJV30 to print and cut artwork created on a separate computer to that running RasterLink?
Yes, but the process differs when artwork is for Print Only and when it is for Print and Cut.
When it is for Print Only all that is needed if for the artwork to be saved (or exported) and for the file to be transferred to the PC running the RasterLink (either via email, file sharing site/software or through a network file) where it can then be opened in the RIP.
If required (and both computers are on the same network) the file can be imported directly into RasterLink from the separate computer. To do this, a shortcut for the hot folder needs to be created on a network drive accessed by both computers. Using Windows Explorer or Finder on a Mac, the designer can then copy the file into the shortcut for the hot folder and when this folder is monitored by RasterLink, the RIP will open the file automatically.
When the artwork is for Print and Cut, RasterLink will only read it as a Print&Cut job where it has been output through the FineCut plugin (in either Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator). This is because FineCut creates two (one print and one cut) MMKPPS files rather than any other file type. These two files are only read by RasterLink as a single print and cut file when the RIP has opened them itself from the hot folder.
Clearly the easiest option is for the artwork to be saved as a Corel Draw (CDR) or Adobe Illustrator (AI) file which can (once transferred to the PC running RasterLink) be opened in the respective software on that PC and output to the RIP through FineCut as usual.
However if Illustrator or Corel Draw is not available on the PC running RasterLink, as the hot folder is located on the hard (:C) drive of that PC, artwork cannot simply be output through the plugin straight into the hot folder. In this case the destination of the files output through the plugin must be set as some other folder (what we’ll call a “fake” hot folder) on the computer. Using Windows Explorer or Finder on a Mac, this folder can be navigated to and the two MMKPPS can either: be transferred to the PC running RasterLink and placed into the hot folder on that PC or they can be copied into a shortcut which has been created for the hot folder on a network drive.
For a more detailed explanation of this answer, including instructions on the processes describes please download or PDF guide to opening files in RasterLink HERE.