This week is in full-swing with preparations for this weekend’s Sewing Summit. I’ve been hard at work on my business cards (I’ll share once they’re done) & have come across a few road blocks. Chris & I recently upgraded to a Solid State 27″ iMac (HOT!!) and while Penelope was at preschool this morning I discovered that Mac OS X’s Lion does NOT play well with the CutMaster for CraftRobo Illustrator plugin. Once I figured this out, I was in a panic. What the heck am I going to do?!? How on earth am I going to use my Silhouette now!? How am I going finish my business cards in time for Sewing Summit?
I spent a frantic two & a half hours searching online for CraftRobo patches or new downloads, trying to export & tracing in Silhouette Studio & emailing friends to see if they could convert the files for me. I found out: CraftRobo won’t be coming out with an update until November 2011 (Serious?), tracing in Silhouette was not promising and I wasn’t getting responses from friends soon enough. Just as I was about to give up, @Drew_Noland piped up on twitter & suggested I read an article by Maggie Muggins Designs about the subject. The first part of the blog talks about the plug-ins (which don’t work for Mac at the moment), but at the end was the saving grace. You can import graphics into Silhouette Studio if you export your Illustrator files as an AutoCad Interchange File or .DXF. A couple other things: make sure your graphics are outlined, not filled & not compounded or grouped before exporting.
Hallelujah. My sanity has been saved. I just thought I’d post this little tidbit up here in case anyone else finds themselves in the same predicament as I. Hopefully this can help someone else!