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BenCutLaser / Added: If you have the latest BCL release
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:41:09 AM »
Starting with the next BCL release...please see attachment.

This was a suggestion made by a user and I thought it was a good one. This eliminates the need to keep a mailing list to notify users of updates.

An internet connection is needed for BCL to fetch the latest version number from the website upon startup -- but -- nothing bad will happen if you don't have a connection. You'll just see an 'Unknown" instead.

BenCutLaser / Full workflow Text engraving video now available
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:30:44 PM »
Again, I am responding to some of the emails I have received asking to show the full workflow sequence of BCL.

This new video shows the full workflow for Text engraving. BCL does an absolutely beautiful job of Text engraving. Text can generate a lot of gcode so it might take more than the usual 1 or 2 seconds to generate the gcode for might take 5 to 10 seconds!

Once Rulers are added to BCL, this workflow will become even easier because you will be able to see in the main canvas your drawing scale and if there are any problems with scale. You'll also be able to see your scale in the VLM with its rulers.

BenCutLaser / Coming Soon to BCL (Gcode Editor)
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:23:11 PM »
Coming soon to BCL:

1. Gcode Editor. A full blown gcode editor with syntax highlighting and full gcode language parser built-in. Now, for the first time, a cost-effective stand alone Gcode Editor. Also will be fully built into BCL itself. So you'll have two choices on how to get at the new gcode editor!

2. Rulers! Drawing canvas Rulers. Responding to customer needs, BCL will soon have X and Y axis rulers to help check and verify your drawing scale. Rulers will be part of the main drawing canvas and part of the VLM canvas.

Introduction to Cam-Tech NC / Introduction Cam-Tech NC
« on: September 23, 2016, 03:48:03 PM »
A new adventure is about to unfold here at the support forum.

I am very pleased and excited to introduce the first online DIY laser machine service, testing and repair shop: Cam-Tech NC.

The following members has expressed a collective interest in providing various services to those who are looking for component testing help, repairs and modifications for their laser machines.

Services include but are not limited to:

-Controller board modifications, repair and testing.
-Grbl firmware modifications.
-Stepper motor repairs, testing and replacement.
-Complete laser machine sales.

As the Administrator for this forum, I am providing space for this new project, however, I will not be involved as a partner. Your communications and inter-actions with these four individuals will be between you and them only.

I'd like to introduce them now:

George Gallant Username: ggallant571

Richard Boulanger Username: Lob0426

Allen Merrell Username: kn4ud

John Seaton Username: Agastar

If you have any questions about what they can do, plan to do, etc., please post your questions in one of the three boards.

Thank you...

Projects / Re: JTICE - My Engravings
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:27:14 AM »

General Discussion / Re: IMPORTANT -- Anti-spam suggestions wanted
« on: September 22, 2016, 10:01:41 PM »
If I read that link correctly, it means someone could not post until I see that correct? Or am I reading that wrong?

Then is says I have the option of approving someone to post at will. Way too many people here posting already and for legit new folks, they would have to wait for me to approve...that is more work for me as now most of my time is taken up removing the spam and banning accounts. I do not want to have to add approving people one at a time to post. I don't feel that is a workable solution for this problem.

The problem is that I am now seeing non *.ru emails that are I can no longer tell by looking at the email address what that person's intentions are regarding posting.

I am more amazed that SMF has not given me the Admin and Moderators one-click spam removal and clean up. I just cannot believe they have not done this. The steps I have to take to do this boggles the mind. It's like the creators of SMF never have any spam to clean up so they don't care that I have to jump through 5 to 6 steps to clean up a spammer. It's just beyond stupid what I have to do to clean this up.

If someone is skilled at writing SMF plug-ins, I can tell you the world of SMF admins would beat a path to your door if you had a one-click spam removal plug-in solution. The way it should work is when you see a spam thread, click a button to:

1. Remove all posts from that user.
2. Ban that user with full checkbox options for banning.
3. Give Admins and Moderators visibility to that button below each post. Label the button 'Spam Removal' !!

General Discussion / Re: IMPORTANT -- Anti-spam suggestions wanted
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:25:40 PM »
Sorry to hear that this is becoming a time sink. This has been a really clean forum.

Is there a way to prevent posting within an initial time period? Perhaps 5 days.

I don't think SMF supports that method.

General Discussion / Re: IMPORTANT -- Anti-spam suggestions wanted
« on: September 22, 2016, 03:18:24 PM »
PM me if anyone would like to be assigned as a Moderator to a specific Board. You'll be able to remove a spam message but I think I'll still have to be the one to Ban the user. So after removing the spam, please PM me with their username so I can ban them.

Thanks for the help...

General Discussion / Re: IMPORTANT -- Anti-spam suggestions wanted
« on: September 22, 2016, 02:07:03 PM »
I'm the only one that can ban users...@Zax does the heavy lifting with his tech support but he doesn't have admin rights or moderator rights.

I'll have a look at that spam link you posted.


General Discussion / IMPORTANT -- Anti-spam suggestions wanted
« on: September 22, 2016, 12:27:22 PM »
I'm spending way too much time removing spammers from this forum. I have to find all their spam posts and remove them, then find them in the database so I can ban them. I've spent hours this morning cleaning and removing spam.

I cannot continue to do this each day. This is taking way too much of my time.

I've beefed up the registration process but spam registrations continue to come in

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can stop the spam sign ups? I have to work within the confines of the forum software which is SMF.


General Discussion / Re: I Need Engraved photo in Gray scale on wood
« on: September 21, 2016, 02:24:13 PM »
Welcome Cico...!!!

Convert2DXF / Re: Convert2DXF Windows Application
« on: September 20, 2016, 10:52:06 PM »
Great milestone to reach John...congratulations...!!!

Convert2DXF / Re: Convert2PDF Update
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:15:49 PM »
John, you're focusing really hard on where your hard work will be used (T2 and/or BCL) but the focus should be on getting your converter into the hands of those who want to use it. There is nothing wrong with having a stand alone app for your converter.

When you first started this project, I don't think I gave as much thought to how your .dll would fit into BCL. All of my .dlls since that time have become signed (they were not at first) and I didn't really think about the licensing issues and the sync updating that would be needed every time you made a change.

I think in hind sight had I thought more about those things, I would have been more clear and told you to focus on a stand alone GUI. I'm sorry I didn't think this deeper when you were first starting.

Your contribution of your converter to this community, and the RC Airplane community, will be greatly appreciated, regardless of how they have to use it.

You really have done a great job with this project and I know everyone appreciates it...!!!

Convert2DXF / Re: Convert2PDF Update
« on: September 20, 2016, 01:46:20 PM »
John, thanks for that info, but I still favor you creating a stand alone application.

Convert2DXF / Re: Convert2PDF Update
« on: September 20, 2016, 10:39:26 AM »
I can see the benefit of an integrated solution, but saving a DXF out using a GUI seems like it would suffice for most users.

I agree with @Zax. A stand alone solution is the better way to go. If you do an update, it forces both T2 and BCL to do an update too. I think its just cleaner for a user to run your utility to do the conversion if they need to convert a PDF or SVG file.

>Signing the assemblies is not a problem, that is an easy fix and the size of the DLLs can be fixed too.

Signing is the problem. My .dll's all have to have the same signing signatures so I'd really have to pull in your .dll source code and comply with their license, and that's the issue with it being open source.

So, in the end, it's really better if you provide a stand alone GUI that anyone can use.

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