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Re: Installing Beta Version

Linda DuBois <lindadb@...>
 

Thanks Julie.

Linda

At 06:49 AM 3/11/2010, you wrote:


Before installing the Beta Version of MTC 2.03, go to C:&#92;Program Files and change the name of your MTC 1.4 folder to Make The Cut1_4. Then when you install the Beta version, it will not overwrite the older version. You may need the older version until Version 2 is ready for its final release. You don't have to uninstall one version before installing a new one.

Julie, craftymusician@comcast.net Flanagan Educational Services
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http://tinyurl.com/JF-MTC2 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
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Installing Beta Version

Julie Flanagan
 

Before installing the Beta Version of MTC 2.03, go to C:\Program Files and change the name of your MTC 1.4 folder to Make The Cut1_4. Then when you install the Beta version, it will not overwrite the older version. You may need the older version until Version 2 is ready for its final release. You don't have to uninstall one version before installing a new one.

Julie, craftymusician@...  Flanagan Educational Services
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/JF-MTC2   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com     http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda DuBois"
To: "MTC Tuts"
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 3:38:57 AM (GMT-0800) Auto-Detected
Subject: Re: [MTC_Tuts] Welcome!

 

Julie,

Thanks for starting this group. With you doing the training, I am
sure that we will learn lots. A question that I have is: I have the
paid version with the lifetime upgrades. It sounds like the beta
version my have some wonderful new features. If I download it, will
I still have the 1.4 running also? Do we remove the old version?

Linda


Introduction

Linda DuBois <lindadb@...>
 

Hello everyone. I am Linda DuBois and live in PA. I am a scrapbooker, and am learning to make a few cards as well. I love my Cricut and have a "thing" for saving any SVG files that I might need for future use. I had the earlier version of Sure Cuts Alot and was constantly having problems with it bombing out with just a simple resize, so decided to purchase MTC rather than upgrade SCAL. So far, I am really liking MTC.

I have been married for almost 40 yrs. (Sept.) and have a special needs son who is on the Autistic Spectrum. He is a constant challenge, but a loving and giving person. Hubby and I are retired now, and we will be traveling a bunch this summer in our motor home. I hope to take my Cricut with me and continue to craft on the slow days.

I am looking forward to learning in this group.

Linda


Re: Welcome!

Linda DuBois <lindadb@...>
 

Julie,

Thanks for starting this group. With you doing the training, I am sure that we will learn lots. A question that I have is: I have the paid version with the lifetime upgrades. It sounds like the beta version my have some wonderful new features. If I download it, will I still have the 1.4 running also? Do we remove the old version?

Linda


Re: Installing Beta Version

four11lady@...
 

Great........ty Julie
 

In a message dated 3/11/2010 8:26:33 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, craftymusician@... writes:
 

There is NO CHARGE for the MTC update. Yeah!!!!!

Julie, craftymusician@comcast.net  Flanagan Educational Services
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/JF-MTC2   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com     http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


----- Original Message -----
From: four11lady@aol.com
To: "MTC Tuts" s.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 6:25:40 AM (GMT-0800) Auto-Detected
Subject: Re: [MTC_Tuts] Installing Beta Version

 

Julie,
So now that this is going to version 2, we will have to pay an upgrade
charge, right................just like SCAL?



Re: Welcome!

Julie Flanagan
 

The most recent stable version of the MTC software is 1.4. The software has undergone major revisions, and the free update includes many great new features. However, the updates are not yet complete. The Beta version 2.03 has been released for those who would like to try the new features and report any issues. It helps software developers to have people with different hardware configurations to test it before its general release. Those who are not comfortable with unstable software versions may want to stay with MTC 1.4 until all of the testing is complete. Those who can't wait to try all the new bells and whistles can go ahead and download 2.03. 

It is not a good idea to share files made using the Beta (test) version until the final version is released, because files created in the new software will not open for those using the older software versions.

I think you are really going to like the new software, because it is much easier to use. It operates more smoothly, and is more intuitive.

Julie, craftymusician@...  Flanagan Educational Services
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/JF-MTC2   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com     http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


----- Original Message -----
From: "Diana Bacon"
To: "MTC Tuts"
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 2:22:08 AM (GMT-0800) Auto-Detected
Subject: Re: [MTC_Tuts] Re: Welcome!

 

I just have a question - what is the beta version and does a person need it - confused about the 2 versions

HAVE A GOOD DAY
DIANA   : )

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Re: I will introduce myself

Terri Ettling-Shell
 

Good to see you here too Tammy.



Terri Ettling-Shell

Independent Beachbody Coach

tlettling@charter.net

http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/tlettling

www.teambeachbody.com/tlettling


Re: MTC Beta 2.3 Download

Terri Ettling-Shell
 

Downloaded it.



Terri Ettling-Shell


Re: Welcome!

Diana Bacon <jjred40@...>
 

I just have a question - what is the beta version and does a person need it - confused about the 2 versions

HAVE A GOOD DAY
DIANA   : )


--- On Wed, 3/10/10, QP wrote:

From: QP
Subject: [MTC_Tuts] Re: Welcome!
To: MTC_Tuts@...
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 8:46 PM

 
Hi I am a stamper who uses MTC to make cards mostly. How do I get the beta version?


Re: Hello

Terri Ettling-Shell
 

Welcome Annette



Terri Ettling-Shell

Independent Beachbody Coach

tlettling@charter.net

http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/tlettling

www.teambeachbody.com/tlettling


Re: Welcome!

Terri Ettling-Shell
 

Hello everyone I am Terri. I am in the St. Louis area. I recently started
using MTC. I have been spending a lot of time downloading files to use with
MTC. I have made a few things. Cards, Scrapbook pages. I want to learn as
much as I can and get ideas for new projects. I am always in the need to
create something for my mother. She is a member of the Eastern Star and is
always having me do something. I have to always make 26 of the things that
she wants. I have done a lot of glass etching. Welcome to everyone



Terri Ettling-Shell

Independent Beachbody Coach

tlettling@charter.net

http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/tlettling

www.teambeachbody.com/tlettling


Re: Introduction

four11lady@...
 

Hello all,
 
   My name is Sharon and I live in Southern California. I am a novice cardmaker at the young age of 62 and I have both the Create and the Expression along with Design Studio(yuck), both versions of Scal and now MTC. It sounds like I know what I am doing, but I don't!!! I really want to learn this so that I can design some of my own files and share......just like all you experts have been doing. LOL
   My friends and family think I am such a creative person because of the cards I have been making using the fantastic files that have been shared......little do they know that I am riding on someone else's shirt tails.
   I also belong to Julie's Scrap Savvy group and get wonderful files from her. Thank you Scrap Savvy girls............
   I am soooooooooooooo looking forward to learning more so that I too can design and share.
   A great big THANK YOU goes out to all the talented designers who have unselfishly shared files with us, and I am looking forward to Julie's great tutorials.
   Wishing all of you a great day!!! God bless.
                                                                                        Sharon F.


Re: Installing Beta Version

four11lady@...
 

Julie,
So now that this is going to version 2, we will have to pay an upgrade
charge, right................just like SCAL?


Re: I will introduce myself/PDF to SVG

Julie Flanagan
 

Tammy, I have added a database to our group so that you can post your tutorial requests there. You are asking some very good questions that I think will make excellent tutorials. If you will add this request to our database, then it won't get lost in the shuffle as we are trying to get this group up and running smoothly.  When I write the tutorial, I like to include lots of screen shots and detailed instructions for those who need it. File conversions from one format to another are topics for more advanced users. I suggest that beginners wait until they have mastered some of the basic software functions before venturing into file conversions and autotracing complex line drawings.

Meanwhile, until we get a tutorial on this topic posted,  I will outline the steps for you.

Some PDF files contain picture or "raster"  images, and other PDF files contain vector images. Our cutters require vector images, or designs that contain lines and curves. If the PDF file contains vectors, then those design lines are ready to be cut. All we have to do is
1. Open the PDF file
2. Go to the File menu at the top of the screen in Acrobat Reader and select Print.
3. Select PDFCreator (free download) as your printer, and select Print.
4. Select SVG as the file type.
5. Wait for PDF Creator to process your file. It will open the SVG file in whatever program you have set up to open SVG files. (Mine opened in Inkscape.)  Close that program.
6. An SVG file conversion will appear on your desktop.
7. Open MTC.
8. Go to the File menu in MTC, and select Import and SVG or use the shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+G).
9. Select portions of the design you don't need, and delete them.
10. Save as MTC.

The PDF files that contain picture or raster images rather than lines and curves will need to be auto traced in the software. In a nutshell for now:
1. Use screen capture software to capture the image,
2. Save as JPG or BMP
3. Open MTC
4. Click on Custom Shapes on the right side of the screen
5.Click on the 2nd icon to Trace Taster
6. Adjust Threshold and Accept the trace.
7. Click on the image to select it, and resize if desired.
8. Break apart the selection into its component parts (Ctrl+B)
9. Delete unwanted lines.
10. Save as MTC

The sunflower file you mentioned did have some vector images, but it also had a lot of other information preventing it from importing as an SVG file into MTC. I was able to trace it in MTC using the 2nd set of instructions above, and it turned out fine. Give it a try.



Julie, craftymusician@...
Flanagan Educational Services
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/MTC-JF http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com  http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


----- Original Message -----
From: "swisher_tammy"

 I would like to know how to take a PDF file of a paper piecing pattern and turn it into something cutable in MTC. I understand I will have to wait, but I just want to make sure you get it on the list :) www.Scrapbooksetc.com offers free PDF paper piecing files and this is what I was talking about. Maybe you could use one as the example in your lesson, just an idea.


Tutorial Request Database

Julie Flanagan
 

I have added a Database in the group Database section where you can post your requests for specific tutorials. To access the Database,
1. Click on the Database link on the left side of the screen at the Group's home page.
2. Click on Tutorial Request.
3. Click on Add Record near the center right side of the screen.
4. Type in the Title of the Tutorial you would like to have.
5. Type in the desired format, either printable or video.
6. Add any comments to clarify your need.
7. Click on the blue Add Record button to post your request.

As tutorials become available on the requested topics, I will edit the database, inserting the location of the tutorial in the Location field. This database will serve a couple of purposes. First, it will help us keep track of which tutorials have been requested. Secondly, group members can refer to this list for finding helpful tutorials.

I hope members will take advantage of this feature of our group.


Julie, craftymusician@comcast.net
Flanagan Educational Services
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/MTC-JF http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


Re: Welcome!

Julie Flanagan
 

Here is the link for the Beta Version of MTC 2.03
http://make-the-cut.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=1548


Julie, craftymusician@...
Flanagan Educational Services
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/MTC-JF http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com  http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


----- Original Message -----
From: "QP"
To: "MTC Tuts"
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 5:46:21 PM (GMT-0800) Auto-Detected
Subject: [MTC_Tuts] Re: Welcome!

 

Hi I am a stamper who uses MTC to make cards mostly. How do I get the beta version?


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Re: I will introduce myself/PDF to SVG

swisher_tammy
 

Thank you so explaining all that to us, it was very helpful. I understand you will be making the easier lessons first and I will be patient but will also ask for things as I think of them. With that I thought of something else I want to learn. I heard of someone doing this in a different cutter software so I'm sure we can do it here. I would like to know how to take a PDF file of a paper piecing pattern and turn it into something cutable in MTC. I understand I will have to wait, but I just want to make sure you get it on the list :) www.Scrapbooksetc.com offers free PDF paper piecing files and this is what I was talking about. Maybe you could use one as the example in your lesson, just an idea.

--- In MTC_Tuts@yahoogroups.com, craftymusician@... wrote:

Tammy, thanks for your introduction! Yes, it is possible to take pictures, use the auto trace function in MTC, and create cutting files from them. This is an advanced skill, that we will cover in the tutorials. I am working on the basic tutorials first, so please be patient. Importing black and white silhouette images is much easier to learn, so we will cover that first. Some designs are easier to auto trace than others. You can give this a try and share with us what you learn through the process.

Yes, it is very easy to gather a huge collection of MTC cutting files quickly, especially since the link to the MTC Gallery in the software gives you free download access to 1321 shared cutting files, as of today. This number increases DAILY. If anyone has not discovered this wonderful file resource, open your MTC software, Click on the Custom Shapes tab on the right side of the screen, and click on the MTC icon. The search index will appear. You can search for files of a particular type by typing a keyword, or click on Descending , to see the most recently posted files first. If you have never downloaded any of these files, you might consider doing keyword searches, and downloading all in that category to a single folder with that category name. then move on to another category. Then all of your files will be saved topically from the start.

You don't need to know how to draw to create cutting files. We will be learning how to make our own cutting files using fonts and basic shapes to begin with. You will be amazed at the amazing designs we can create by starting with basic shapes and changing the lines to suit our needs.

When designs have multiple pieces, I like to copy and paste all of the pieces into a single MTC file. Each piece can go on its own layer in MTC 2.03. You can open just the layers you want to see and cut. If the pieces are shared as SVG files, import each of the pieces to a different layer in MTC, and save it as a single file. The new layers palette in MTC 2.03 is simple to use, and it allows you to name each layer, and to select a color for the pieces in each layer.

I save the JPG images of files that I download and add them to my MTC folder with the same file name. This way I have a thumbnail for reference without opening the files in MTC first.

Julie, craftymusician@...
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hybrid_Scrapbooking_PaperCrafting/
http://tinyurl.com/MTC-JF http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/
www.scrap-savvy.com http://tinyurl.com/SCAL-Purchase


----- Original Message -----
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To: "MTC Tuts" <MTC_Tuts@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 7:38:02 PM (GMT-0800) Auto-Detected
Subject: [MTC_Tuts] I will introduce myself






I know I'm one of the first members here but I will still go ahead and introduce myself. I received MTC as a Christmas present and have been collecting image files ever since. I have cut a few things with my Baby Cricut with the software and I love it. I have learned how to take a clip art picture and turn it into a cutable file as well as cut images others have made. I have always wanted to learn how to make my own image to cut. I can't really draw but can you scan in a picture and turn it into a cutable file? I have seen where someone took a picture from a piece of fabric and made it a cutable file. Learning to do so would be fun. Is this possible in MTC?

Remember how I said I have been "collecting" image files since Christmas? Well, I presently have over 3,000 and really need to get on the ball of organizing them into categories. I have a list of all the different names of possible categories, but does anyone have any ideas that might help me organize them faster or easier? I am wondering how others do it because some of my images have multiple pieces so there is multiple files. I make a folder for them, but then I can't see the pictures come up in the preview box in MTC when I go to open an image file from my computer. Any suggestions?

It will be a pleasure to meet the new member and I look forward to learning more about how to use my MTC software. I think this group is going to be a great resource. I like that the lessons will be divided up in categories from easy through Advanced.

Happy Crafting,
T.

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