Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Make The Cut BETA has been Released!

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From Andy at MAKE THE CUT!

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 enhancements. 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!

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.

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"

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!

B├ęzier 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:

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 link to the BETA: Version 2.3.0.

Thanks everyone for testing!

Andy and Ann

Make The Cut!


Whoohoo!! I've downloaded my copy and played with NO problems!! =D

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  1. Thank you Linda for the heads-up! I can't wait to get home tonight and play with the updates :o)

  2. Now this may be a stupid question, but if we already have the MTC program, do they add the new features to your original or is it going to be a new download so you'll have two different MTC programs. I may have missed that when reading all of this. thank you.. You are always so up on all of this. I love your blog.

  3. Shelly, these features will be added to your previous an update and all for free. =)

  4. FYI - Scrappydew put together a couple of videos and she's working on part 3 right now. The videos are short less than 4 minutes but it will go over some features that are new.

    Part I:

    Part II:

  5. thank you Linda. I thought that, but I wanted to be sure. I can't wait to play... I love that program.. thanks again...

  6. I have had my MTC for months and can't use it.
    It does not have the part on the right side of the screen so I am not able to do anything. Can you help me? I am 72.

  7. Marilyn, I'm not sure what you mean by "part on the right side of the screen". Email me at ~Linda