VISION
SOFTWARE
Reference Manual
Revision 2
Vision Engraving & Routing Systems
17621 N. Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85023
www.visionengravers.com
COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK NOTICE
 Copyright 2001, Western Engravers Supply, Inc. All Rights
Reserved.
The VISION package may not be reproduced in any form, for any
purpose, unless it complies with the terms presented in the LICENSE
AGREEMENT which is found in chapter one.
Western Engravers Supply, Inc., and the program authors have no
liability to the purchaser or any other entity, with respect to any
liability, loss, or damage caused, directly or indirectly by this system,
including but not limited to, any interruptions of service, loss of
business, anticipatory profits, or consequential damages resulting from
the use of or operation of this software.
Updates may be made to this documentation and incorporated into later
editions without notice. Neither Western Engravers Supply, Inc., nor
the program authors have any responsibility to provide copies of these
updates to existing holders of this manual.
The following products and names are the Copyrighted and/or
Trademarks of their Copyright and/or Trademark holders respectively:
PHOENIX
Western Engravers Supply, Inc.
VISION
Western Engravers Supply, Inc.
Windows
Microsoft Corporation.
All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their
respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Printed in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Table of Contents
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Table of Contents
WELCOME TO VISION!........................................................................5
CHAPTER 1 - BEFORE YOU BEGIN ...................................................7
ABOUT THE MANUAL ...............................................................................7
NOTES ......................................................................................................8
TAKING INVENTORY.................................................................................9
REGISTRATION .........................................................................................9
LICENSE AGREEMENT ............................................................................10
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ........................................................................12
CHAPTER 2 - INSTALLING VISION .................................................13
THE SOFTWARE PROTECTION KEY .........................................................13
INSTALLING THE VISION SOFTWARE ......................................................15
COPYING LOGOS, FONTS & JOBS FROM A DISK ......................................24
CHAPTER 3 - USING VISION - THE BASICS ..................................30
TERMINOLOGY .......................................................................................30
STARTING VISION ...................................................................................31
INTRO SCREEN .......................................................................................32
CREATING A SIMPLE JOB .........................................................................35
CHAPTER 4 - THE VISION MENUS ..................................................42
MAIN SCREEN ........................................................................................42
FILE MENU .............................................................................................46
EDIT MENU ............................................................................................64
TEXT MENU ...........................................................................................67
LINE MENU ............................................................................................82
PLATE MENU .........................................................................................93
OPTIONS MENU ....................................................................................102
EXTRAS MENU .....................................................................................118
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WINDOW MENU ...................................................................................126
SYSTEM MENU .....................................................................................131
CHAPTER 5 - OTHER FEATURES...................................................145
MOVING LINES GRAPHICALLY..............................................................145
VIEW SCREENS .....................................................................................146
RE-ENGRAVE .......................................................................................151
MULTIPLE JOB ENTRY ..........................................................................152
EXTEND A PLATE .................................................................................153
CHAPTER 6 - CREATING SAMPLE JOBS .....................................157
SAMPLE JOB 1 ......................................................................................157
SAMPLE JOB 2 ......................................................................................165
APPENDIX A: HOT KEYS .................................................................171
APPENDIX B: TROUBLESHOOTING .............................................175
APPENDIX C: ERROR MESSAGES .................................................183
INDEX....................................................................................................185
Welcome to Vision!
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Welcome to Vision!
Congratulations on the purchase of VISION. VISION represents the latest
technology in engraving and has been designed to be the most effective and
adaptable system available. While developing this product, we have tried to
make all operations very user friendly by using the pull down menu, point
and click user interface that has been made popular by companies such as
Apple®, Microsoft® and IBM®. The greatest advantage of using this type
of interface is maintaining ease of use with pull down menus while keeping
all the powerful functions that you expect.
By utilizing the VISION system you can effortlessly create high quality jobs
with speed and precision - saving you time and money. VISION has a vast
array of advanced features to help you create stunning results more easily
than you thought possible. Features such as:
- arcing of lines;
- rotation/mirroring of lines or the plate;
- choice of eight borders;
- producing multiple plates from a single plate;
- merging text with set layouts;
- plate layout can be automatically calculated;
- automatic serializing of plates;
- automatic columnizing of groups of lines;
- ability to work on multiple jobs;
VISION can load logos that were created from any program that supports
the HPGL file format, packages such as CorelDraw™ or DesignCAD™.
For those of you that like to use on line help (or don’t like written manuals),
there is a complete on line help feature built in to Vision. From any menu
you can simply press the F1 key to view information about any topic.
VISION will continue to adapt to future technologies to keep pace with your
changing needs. If there is a feature that you would like VISION to have, or
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you think would improve VISION, please send us a note by mail, fax, phone
or email.
For Your Records
To enable us to better assist you if you call for service, please make a note
of your machine type and serial numbers below.
Machine Type
Table Serial Number
Controller Serial Number
Vision Software Serial Number
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Chapter 1 - Before You
Begin
About the Manual
This manual will enable you to install, set up and use the VISION software.
There are nine main sections.
The chapters are set out as follows:
Chapter 1
This chapter introduces the manual, describes the
contents of the packages you receive, explains why
and how to register your software, contains the
license agreement and tells the requirements for your
system.
Chapter 2
This chapter describes the software protection
key/protection EPROM chip and installation of the
software.
Chapter 3
This chapter will explain some basic terminology
used, tell you how to start Vision and walk you
through creating a simple job.
Chapter 4
This chapter describes each menu function, its use,
and some added ideas and shortcuts.
Chapter 5
This chapter describes the features in Vision that are
not accessed by a menu item. These are some hidden
features.
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Chapter 6
This chapter walks you through creating sample jobs
step by step.
Appendix A
This section lists all of the Vision keyboard hot keys
and function keys.
Appendix B
This section has a list of troubleshooting items that
may help you if you have a problem with Vision.
Appendix C
This section lists the Vision error messages.
Notes
It is recommended that you read through the manual from the start to
understand the various functions available. Remember that topics that don’t
seem clear at first may be explained in greater depth later in the manual.
Once familiar with VISION, you may wish to read the manual again to get a
better understanding of the features and available shortcuts in VISION. If
you are already familiar with VISION, this manual will be a reference
manual, using the index to direct you to the specific topics that you need.
VISION Directory
At times, the manual will refer to the VISION directory. This
means the directory into which VISION was installed. Generally
this will be on the C: drive and will be a directory that is named
VISWIN. If you installed into a different directory, then the
manual is referring to that directory.
Keyboard Keys
When you see a word between brackets [..], this means that you
need to press that key which is found on the keyboard. For
example, [Enter] would mean that you press the Enter key
(sometimes known as the Return key), [F2] would mean that you
press the F2 key, etc.
Multiple Keys
When you see two keys in the format of [Alt]+[K], this means that
you hold down the [Alt] key and then press the [K] key.
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Taking Inventory
The first checklist below describes the software package contents for new
users. The second checklist is for upgrade users, (users who receive
software-only updates). Please verify that all components have been
received by you. If your package is incomplete, please call your local
VISION distributor.
The VISION Engraving package will consist of the following:
1 Vision Manual
1 Software CD
1 Vision Keyboard Template
1 Vision Font Catalog
1 Software Protection Key (the software protection key may be
inside the Vision Controller). This is sometimes called the dongle.
It is a good idea to write the controller, table, and protection key serial
numbers on the inside cover of your manual. By doing this, they are easily
available when needed.
Upgrade users will receive the following:
1 Software CD or floppy disk
1 Upgrade Instruction Sheet
1 Updated Vision Manual Pages
Registration
Before you start VISION, please take a minute to fill out your warranty
registration card and fax or mail it to us. You may also go to our web site at
www.visionengravers.com and click on Register Your Software.
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Fax Numbers
Domestic Fax
1-800-266-1676
International Fax
602-439-0500
Mailing Address
Vision Engraving Systems
17621 N. Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ. 85023
USA
Registering your system will ensure that you will receive the support you
need plus any information on updates or new products as they arise. Failure
to register your system may cause your warranty to be invalid.
When you contact your local service organization, please have your
protection key, equipment serial numbers and software version number
available.
License Agreement
“VISION” refers to the executable programs and documentation contained
on the distribution diskettes, CD, or compressed archive released by
Western Engravers Supply, Inc.
1.
Western Engravers Supply, Inc., of 17621 N. Black Canyon Hwy,
Phoenix, Arizona 85023 is the exclusive licensee of the CIPHER
MULTItask software for the USA, Canada and South America. CIPHER
MULTItask software is a product of Project Enterprises Pty., Ltd., and is
marketed under the VISION name in North and South America.
2.
VISION is Copyrighted (c) 1995-2001 material. It may only be
used in accordance with the conditions set out in this license agreement.
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3.
VISION has a demonstration trial package provided to determine
its suitability for your particular application. This trial package MUST
NOT be used for COMMERCIAL USE unless arrangements are first made
with Western Engravers Supply, Inc. or its designated licensee. The copy
must be then registered with Western Engravers Supply, Inc.
4.
Purchase and/or Registration entitles you to use VISION and future
versions of VISION for as long as you wish, subject to any special licensing
conditions attached to future versions. For further details on Licensing and
Registration contact Western Engravers Supply, Inc. or their agent.
5.
Western Engravers Supply, Inc. is in no way obligated to provide
future versions of, or support for, VISION.
6.
Site, Group and Multi-machine Licenses are available, and are
dealt with on a case by case basis.
7.
You may not modify or otherwise reverse-engineer VISION.
8.
You may distribute VISION to potential customers provided that
no fee is charged for its distribution, and that the distribution
diskette/archive is not modified in any way.
9.
VISION may not be included as part of any software library which
is distributed on a COMMERCIAL BASIS, without prior written permission
from Western Engravers Supply, Inc.
10.
VISION may not be used in any unlawful or illegal manner.
11. Western Engravers Supply, Inc. and Project Enterprises Pty. Ltd.
accept NO LIABILITY resulting from the use of VISION. In countries in
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which this limitation is contravened by law, liability is limited to the amount
that the affected party has paid for VISION, or in the event that VISION
was registered with a third party for payment to Western Engravers Supply,
Inc., liability is limited to the amount that was received by Western
Engravers Supply, Inc. from that third party.
System Requirements
Below are listed the system requirements for VISION to work effectively.
At the bottom of each component are some recommendations for most
efficient operation.
Operating System:
Microsoft Windows ’95, '98, NT, 2000 or ME
Minimum Computer:
PC Pentium 120 or higher
120 Mbyte Hard Disk
32 MB of RAM (64 MB of Ram on Windows NT &
2000)
SVGA Monitor (800 x 600 resolution)
A mouse supported by Windows
One open Serial Port (to connect to Vision Controller)
CD ROM Drive
One open Parallel Port (only when software protection
key is needed)
Recommended Computer:
Pentium 400 or above
1 Gbyte Hard Disk or above
64 MB of RAM (128 MB or Ram on Windows NT & 2000)
SVGA Monitor (at least 800 x 600 resolution)
A mouse supported by Windows
One open Serial Port (to connect to Vision Controller)
CD ROM Drive
One open Parallel Port (only when software protection key is
needed)
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Chapter 2 - Installing Vision
The Software Protection Key
Upon purchasing VISION you will receive either a unique Software
Protection Key, which plugs into your computers parallel port or a unique
EPROM chip inside the Vision Serial Controller. For VISION to output to
the engraver or perform a graphical print, it is ESSENTIAL for the key or
EPROM to be in place.
If you have an EPROM chip type Software Protection device, you may skip
over the next set of instructions and proceed to Installing the Vision
Software.
If you have a Software Protection Key, you must follow these instructions:
1)
Turn your computer off.
2)
Write down the serial number located on the key for future
reference.
3)
Plug the male side (the side with the pins) of the key into the
computer printer port.
4)
Turn the power on.
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When VISION detects a valid key it switches into registered mode,
identifying itself by placing a serial number in the [F9] EXECUTE screen.
It is the CUSTOMERS RESPONSIBILITY to keep and protect the
SOFTWARE PROTECTION KEY. This may include having insurance for
the key. Keys will normally only be replaced on PROOF OF
DESTRUCTION of the original key otherwise a complete software system
must be purchased.
The SOFTWARE PROTECTION KEY can be plugged into ANY printer
port for normal operation.
NOTE: The printer port must NOT be configured for Bi-Directional for the
Software Protection Key to work properly. If the Key does not work, you
must go into your computers CMOS setup. Each computer is a little
different, but on most computers, you can press the [DEL] key while the
computer is going through the memory test on boot up. Then go to the
section that says something about Peripherals. Then find the section that
says Parallel Port Mode and use the [Page Down] key to change the
selection. Press the [Page Down] key until it says either “Normal” or
“ECP”. These settings work the best. Then press the [Esc] key and then go
to the section that says Save Settings and press [Enter].
IMPORTANT: DO NOT plug a printer or scanner into the Software
Protection key if your printer or scanner has a plug on the back for you to
plug the Software Protection key into. Plug the Software Protection key into
the printer or scanner.
CAUTION: The key will not be detected and may not operate if a printer
or device plugged into the rear is switched off. In situations where this may
cause difficulties, try plugging the printer or device into another printer port
instead of the key.
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If another program is using a different software protection key, they can be
plugged together. If one program will not work, swap the order of the two
protection keys.
******* WARNING *******
Ensure the SOFTWARE
PROTECTION KEY is only
installed into a printer port.
Attachment of the key to other
ports may make it inoperative.
Installing The Vision Software
The VISION installation program guides you step-by-step. All the
information you need appears on the screen as you install the program.
Read each screen carefully and follow all prompts. If you make an error in
the installation, do not panic. All setup information can be changed later
from within VISION.
While running Windows, insert the VISION CD-ROM into the CD drive. If
your CD-ROM drive has the auto start feature enabled, the Vision
Installation will start automatically. If the auto start is not enabled, then you
will need to do the following:
Select Start… Run… from the toolbar on the Windows desktop.
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Type the location of the CD drive followed by “:\setup.exe” in the command
line.
Click on OK.
The installation process will now begin.
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Select Vision Engraving Software and click Next.
Note: You can install a demo version of Vision Pro or Vision Pro Scan at a
later time if you would like. This will allow you to evaluate the Vision Pro
& Vision Pro Scan programs.
The Vision Software installation will now continue.
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The welcome screen will now appear. Click on Next.
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The Vision Software License Agreement will now be shown. In order to
continue the Vision Installation, you must click on Accept.
Select a folder or leave the default folder as is and click Next.
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Select Complete Installation and click Next
Select the language you would like to install Vision in and click Next.
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Select the Vision Serial Controller type you have. You can tell by looking
at the front panel of the controller. If it says Series II above the large
emergency stop button than select Series II controller, otherwise select
Series I controller. If you own a VE-810 Engraver, select the VE810
engraver. If you have upgraded a Vision Non Serial Controller to a Serial
Controller, select Non Serial Controller Upgrade and click Next.
The Vision Software installation will now continue.
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Select the system type that you have. Standard Vision Machine is a stand
alone flat material engraver. Vision Combo Machine is if you have a stand
alone flat material engraver and a Cylindrical engraver. Click Next when
finished.
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Select the type of system you have and click Next.
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Select a Program Group Name or leave it as it is and select Finish.
The software installation is now complete. Select OK
To run the Vision software, select the Vision icon from the desktop or from
the Start Menu - Programs - Vision Engraving Software group.
Copying Logos, Fonts & Jobs from a
disk
There are times when you may have a Vision Logo, Font or Job on a
diskette that you would like to copy to your computer’s hard drive. This
commonly happens if you purchase a logo or font from a company that
makes logos for you. To copy the file from a diskette to the hard drive,
follow these steps.
Note: It is recommended that you do not run Vision logos, fonts or jobs off
of a floppy disk
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1. Put your floppy disk into your computer’s disk drive. This is usually
drive A.
2. Using the mouse, RIGHT click on the Start button in the lower left hand
corner of your Windows Desktop.
3. The following menu will appear. LEFT mouse click on Explore
4. You will see a screen like the one below.
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5. Press the Page Up button on your keyboard 3 or 4 times until you see the
words 3 1/2 Floppy (A:). LEFT mouse click on 3 1/2 Floppy (A:). Your
screen should look like the following (except the file names will be the name
of your logo, font or job names).
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6. Single LEFT mouse click on the file name in the right side of your screen
that you would like to copy to the hard drive. Note: You can select more
than one file by holding the CTRL key down on the keyboard when you
LEFT mouse click on the file name.
7. Go to the Edit Menu and then to Copy.
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8. Scroll down the folder list until you see the Viswin Folder. Double click
on the Viswin folder. Your screen should look like the following.
9. If you are copying a Vision font, LEFT mouse click on the Fonts folder
under Viswin. If you are copying a Vision Job, LEFT mouse click on the
Jobs folder under Viswin. If you are copying a Vision Logo, LEFT mouse
click on the Logos folder under Viswin. The Fonts, Jobs or Logos folder
will now be highlighted like below.
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10. Go to the Edit Menu and then to Paste.
Your Vision Logo, Font or Job is now copied to your hard drive.
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Chapter 3 - Using Vision The Basics
Terminology
To begin, you should learn some of the common terms used in this manual.
When using a mouse, you will see a mouse pointer on the screen (usually an
arrow). This pointer is a visual indicator of screen locations. To move the
pointer, you move the mouse. The following terms relate to using a mouse.
Point
Move the pointer to “point” at something on the
screen.
Click
Press and release the left button on the mouse.
Right Click
Press and release the right button on the mouse.
Double-Click
Press and release the left button on the mouse two
times rapidly.
Drag
Point at an object and press and hold down the left
button. While holding down the button, move the
mouse which in turn will “drag” the object. When
you let go of the button, the object will be “dropped”
at that position.
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Point and click on an object so the object becomes
active - the object will generally be highlighted in
some way to show that it is currently selected.
Starting Vision
To start VISION, click on the icon that is labeled “Vision” on your
Windows desktop. (You can also start VISION by selecting “Vision” from
the Vision Engraving Software program group as in figure below.)
VISION will now go through a system check and then load all the available
default fonts. You will see the mouse pointer (an arrow) and Vision’s main
screen.
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Intro Screen
This is the first screen you will see. It contains four areas, which
are described as follows:
A.
Windows Reference Line
B.
Menu select line.
C.
Toolbar
D.
Blank Work area.
E.
Device status area.
A. Windows reference line
The Windows reference line has the Vision minimize, maximize
and close selections. It also has the VISION software version
number.
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Be sure to note the VISION version number at the left side of the
line. When calling for software support you will be required to
provide this version number as well as your software protection
key serial number.
B. Menu select line
The name of each menu describes its contents. For example, all
operations to do with files and jobs are listed under the FILE
menu.
To select a menu, either position the mouse on the desired menu
and click the left button, or hold down the ALT key and press the
capital letter in the menu name. For example, to open the file
menu by keyboard, hold down the Alt key and press F.
You will notice as you open these menus that some of the
functions are grayed out and that you cannot select them. They
are designed to only work when there is a job open.
If you have chosen the wrong menu item, either move the mouse
pointer to the correct menu item, click and it will open, or press
the escape key once and then press the letter that represents the
option.
A list of options will appear under each main heading. To select
one of them, you can either point to it with the mouse and click or
you can use the up/down arrow keys to move to the correct line
and press the ENTER key.
C. Toolbar
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This is a common feature in Windows programs. Clicking the
different icons will give you different results. Each icon is
explained below.
Clicking this icon will create a new blank job. It works the same
as going to the file menu and then to new job.
Clicking this icon will bring you to the load job screen.
Clicking this icon will bring you to the save job screen.
Clicking this icon will bring you to the font load screen.
Clicking this icon will bring you to the graphical print screen.
Clicking this icon will bring you to the graphic display screen.
Clicking this icon will bring up the Vision help file.
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D. Blank work area
This is the area that will contain the details of your job when you
open, load or create a new job.
E. Device status area
This area will show you the status of your Vision controller. If the
controller is on and connected properly to the computer, it will
read “Phoenix: Waiting”. At this point, you can send a job to the
Vision controller. When there is no communication between the
Vision control unit and the computer, the status line will read
“Phoenix: Offline” or “Phoenix: Busy. Other messages could
include, i.e. ”Phoenix: Busy R2“ when the machine is busy
engraving a repeat job, with ”R2“ being repeat number 2.
Creating a simple job
With the intro screen showing, click on the File Menu and then New Job.
You have now created a new blank job. Click on the Plate Menu and then
Autoplate. You should have a screen that looks like the following:
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Type in 3 for the Plate Width, 1.25 for the Plate Height and 2 for the
Number of lines. The screen should now look like this:
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Click on the Height for the second line and change it to .2. Your screen
should look like this:
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Click on the Okay button. You will now be taken to the Main screen where
you can enter the text for the plate.
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Type the name John Smith and then press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.
The cursor will move to the second line. Type the word ABC Company.
You have now created a simple 2-line nametag. Press the [F8] key on your
keyboard to get a graphical view of the plate. Click on the Okay button to
bring Vision back to the main screen. Let’s save this job for future
reference.
To save a job, go to the File Menu and then to Save Job. Type in SIMPLE
for the job name and click on OK. The job is now saved.
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Chapter 4 - The Vision
Menus
Main Screen
Material Type: This feature will allow you to set the maximum engraver
speed to specific material types. The space bar will toggle through the
different material types.
Note: To add different material types or change the material types, you can
edit the material.sys file. To do this, go the Windows Start Menu and click
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on Programs, Vision Engraving Software and Edit Material Types. You can
change the Number of material entries to whatever you would like. Then,
you can change the XY Maximum cut speed to a number between 1 and 30
and the Z maximum penetrate speed to a number between 1 and 20. The
higher the number, the faster the maximum speed will be at the engraver.
When you are finished changing the values, go to the File Menu and then
Save. Once the file is changed, you must exit Vision and then enter back
into Vision for the change to take effect. The maximum speed will be
limited to the maximum allowable speed that is set in the Vision Serial
Controller.
Condense Mode: The space bar will toggle through the different
condensing choices. See Condense Mode for more information on this
feature.
Plate Width & Height: You can enter the plate width & height in here.
Plate 1 of 1: This displays the current plate number you are on and how
many plates are in the current job. You can move between plates by
clicking the up or down arrow to the right or by holding down the <shift>
key and pressing <page up> or <page down>.
Line 1 of 1: This displays the current line number you are on and how many
lines are on your plate. You can move between lines by clicking the up or
down arrow to the right or by pressing <page up> or <page down>.
Subline 0 of 0: This displays how many sublines you have on your line of
text and which one you are currently on. You can move between sublines
by clicking the up or down arrow to the right. See Insert Subline for more
information on this feature.
Text: This is where the text for the plate is entered. If you have more than
one line of text, pressing the <enter> key will move you down line by line.
The up and down arrows will also move the cursor up and down line by line.
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Line Height: This is the letter height of the current line. You can change
this by clicking on it with the mouse and then changing the value.
Baseline: This is the distance from the top of the plate to the bottom of the
current line.
Left margin: This is the distance from the left side of the plate to the left
edge of the current line.
Note: The text will only extend to the left margin if there is enough text to
expand it to there.
Right margin: This is the distance from the right side of the plate to the
right edge of the current line. Note: The text will only extend to the right
margin if there is enough text to expand it to there.
Font style: This is the font style of the current line. Pressing the space bar
toggles through the loaded fonts. Hint: Holding down the shift key while
pressing the space bar will toggle through the fonts in the reverse order. See
Font Load to load additional fonts. Note: To change the default fonts that
Vision comes up with, you can edit the cipfont.sys file. To do this, go the
Windows Start Menu and click on Programs, Vision Engraving Software
and Edit Default Fonts. This will bring up the Windows Notepad with a file
called cipfont.sys. You can change the order of the fonts or add any of the
available Vision fonts into this list. The first font name will be the one that
Vision defaults to. You must add the .cff extension to the end of the font
name. Once you have finished changing the font names, go to the File menu
and then Save. Once the file is changed, you must exit Vision and then
enter back into Vision for the changes to take effect.
Text length: This displays how long the current line is. You can change
this number to expand or condense the text.
Justification: This is how the text will be placed on the line. There are
three choices for justification. Centered - This will center the text from left
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to right between the left and right margins. Left - This will move the text to
the left margin. Right - This will move the text to the right margin. The
space bar will toggle through the types of justification. Hint: Holding down
the shift key while pressing the space bar will toggle through the choices in
the reverse order.
Condensation: This shows how wide the current line is in a percentage
form. 100% is a standard text width. If this number is 80%, the text will be
condensed to 80% of the standard width. If this number is 120%, the text
will be expanded to 120% of the standard width.
Inter char space: This shows how wide the current spacing between each
letter is. The standard inter character space is 100%. If this number is 80%,
the inter character space will be condensed to 80% of the standard inter
character space. If this number is 120%, the text will be expanded to 120%
of the standard inter character space.
Italicization: This allows you to italicize or slant your text to the left or
right. If you type a positive number in, the text will slant to the right by the
amount of degrees entered. If you type a negative number in, the text will
slant to the left by the amount of degrees entered.
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File Menu
New Job
This feature creates an empty job in the main VISION screen using the
defaults defined in the installation of VISION. These defaults can be
changed using the System Preferences option in VISION.
VISION is capable of having up to eight (8) jobs open at one time. The
New job selection will not be accessible when eight (8) jobs are already
open.
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Load Job
This feature allows you to open a previously saved job. Selecting this
feature brings up the Load Layout window.
Note: If your job is on a floppy disk, it is recommended that you copy it to
your computer’s hard drive first. Click here for instructions on how to do
this.
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You may either, type the filename and click OK, or you can select the
name of the job with the mouse pointer and click OK.
Note: If you use the pointer to click on the job name, the Comments field
will display any comments that you might have saved with the job.
There are two choices of Load Layout that you can choose from:
Complete details or Dimensions Only. This is selected in the format box.
Complete details will load the entire job that was saved including all of
the text in the job.
Details Only will load the entire job except for text that was in that job.
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Note: Vision defaults the Job Load and Job Save directories to your hard
drive C and in a directory called \Viswin\Jobs. If you would like to change
the default Job Load and Job Save directory, you must do the following.
Go to the Windows Start Menu, then to Programs, then to Vision
Engraving Software and click on Edit Vision defaults. This will bring up
the Cipher.sys file into the Windows Notepad. Go to the section in the file
that says Default Job Load Directory and change it from C:\VisWin\Jobs to
the drive and directory that you installed Vision into. You will also need to
change the Default Save Directory.
Save Job
This feature allows you to save a job to your computers hard drive or to a
floppy disk. Selecting this function brings up the Save Layout window.
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You will need to type the filename and click OK. If you would like, you can
enter in any job comments that you would like saved with the job in the
Comments field. A typical item entered into the comments field is the cutter
size that was required for the job you are saving.
There are two choices of Save Layout that you can choose: Complete
details or Dimensions Only. This is selected in the format box. Complete
details is the default; to select Dimensions Only, click on the down arrow to
the right of the box.
Complete details will save the entire job that was created including all of
the text in the job.
Dimensions Only will save the entire job except for any text that was in that
job.
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Note: Vision defaults the Job Load and Job Save directories to your hard
drive C and in a directory called \Viswin\Jobs. If you would like to change
the default Job Load and Job Save directory, you must do the following. Go
to the Windows Start Menu, then to Programs, then to Vision Engraving
Software and click on Edit Vision defaults. This will bring up the
Cipher.sys file into the Windows Notepad. Go to the section in the file that
says Default Job Load Directory and change it from C:\VisWin\Jobs to the
drive and directory that you installed Vision into. You will also need to
change the Default Save Directory.
Import Job
This feature allow you to import a job created in the Dahlgren Superpro
program. Selecting this feature brings up the Import Job Layout window.
Note: If your job is on a floppy disk, it is recommended that you copy it to
your computer’s hard drive first. Click here for instructions on how to do
this.
Note: Vision defaults the Dahlgren Superpro jobs into your hard drive C
and in a directory called \Viswin\SpJobs. If you would like to change the
default job import folder, you must do the following. Go to the Windows
Start Menu, then to Programs, then to Vision Engraving Software and click
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on Edit Vision defaults. This will bring up the Cipher.sys file into the
Windows Notepad. Go to the section in the file that says Default import
job directory and change it from C:\VisWin\SpJobs to the drive and
directory that you installed Vision into.
You may either, type the filename and click OK, or you can select the
name of the job with the mouse pointer and click OK.
There are three choices that you can choose under the format field. The
choices are Superpro 3.50, Superpro 3.12, and Superpro 3.02. You
must select the correct version of Superpro that the jobs were created in. If
you try to load the job using the incorrect type, the following error message
will appear:
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When importing Dahlgren Superpro jobs, you must configure Vision to tell
it which fonts are setup in the Superpro jobs. To do this, you must edit a
file called Dahl2cip.sys in the Viswin folder. You can open this folder
with Windows Notepad. Once it is open, the screen will look like the
following:
If you are importing jobs from Superpro version 3.02, you must edit the
numbers in lines 2 through 9 in the screen above to map out the fonts that
are in your Dahlgren control unit. The first 0 in the file above correlates to
the Dahlgren font 0. Typically, this is the utility font. So, the number that
you would enter for that line would be the Vision font number that
correlates to Utility. Since the default Vision fonts are 1- Gothic, 2 - 3 line
Roman, 3 - 3 line helvetica, 4 - Century & 5 - Utility, you would enter 5 to
match Utility. Typically, the next font in a Dahlgren control unit is Gothic.
So, the number you would enter for the next line is 1, which matches the
Vision Gothic font. You would change the numbers in this file until you
have matched all of the fonts in the Dahlgren control unit.
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If you are importing jobs from Superpro versions 3.12 or 3.50, you must
edit lines 11 and higher. You must change the name of the Dahlgren font,
including the .ft9 extension to match the font that you have in the Dahlgren
software. You must then change the number to the right of the font to
correlate it to the Vision font number, which is explained in the paragraph
above.
Note: If a font in a Dahlgren job is not mapped, it will default to the Vision
Gothic font.
Print Job
Print Job Details
This feature will print the job specifications to a printer or text file. Such
specifications include the plate size, letter heights, text, borders etc. of the
job. If you select this option, it will bring up the Print Layout window,
shown below.
The Printer box displays which printer you will be printing to.
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The Print range box allows you to either print the entire layout to your
printer or just certain plates to your printer if you have a multiple plate job.
The No. Of Copies allows you to print multiple copies to your printer.
The Print quality allows you to change the print resolution. You can select
from high, medium, low or draft.
Print to file will send the job to a disk file instead of the printer.
Print Options:
If you select Job details, Vision will output every parameter of the job to a
text file or printer.
If you select Text only, Vision will output only the text of the job to a text
file or printer.
You can print more than one copy of this file to the printer by changing the
No. of copies.
Setup will allow you to change the printer that you are printing to and also
allow you to change the printer defaults.
Note: The Print Job Details feature supports almost all Windows compatible
printers including network printers. In order to use this feature, the printer
must be installed correctly in Windows. See your Windows manual for
instructions on installing a printer.
Note: Some earlier versions of Vision did not support all Windows
compatible printers. If your version does not print job details, please check
with your local distributor or with Vision Engraving Systems to get an
updated version of Vision.
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Graphical Print
This feature will print an actual copy of the layout to your printer. It will
bring up the Graphical Print Window as shown below.
Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F3. By pressing the F3 key, Vision
will automatically bring up the Graphical Print screen.
The Printer box displays which printer you will be printing to.
The Print range box allows you to either print the entire layout to your
printer or just certain plates to your printer if you have a multiple plate job.
The No. Of Copies allows you to print multiple copies to your printer.
The Print quality allows you to change the print resolution. You can select
from high, medium, low or draft.
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Page control allows you to center your job on the paper if you have them
selected.
Fit to Page will expand or shrink the job to fit on one sheet of paper.
Print to file will send the job to a disk file instead of the printer.
Setup will allow you to change the printer that you are printing to and also
allow you to change the printer defaults.
Note: The Graphical Print feature supports almost all Windows compatible
printers including network printers. In order to use this feature, the printer
must be installed correctly in Windows. See your Windows manual for
instructions on installing a printer.
Engrave
This feature will send the job to the engraver to be engraved.
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Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F9. By pressing the F9 key, Vision
will automatically bring up the Execute Layout screen shown below.
Scale Axis: This will increase or decrease the size of the engraved job when
it is sent to the engraver. For example, if you select .5 X and .5 Y, it will
engrave the job at one half of the size that it was created at.
Offsets: This will move the job to be engraved to the right or down the
specified amount.
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Ignore clips: If this is selected, the engraver will try to engrave a job even if
it is off of the plate. If it is not selected, the engraver will ”clip“ or cut off
anything that is outside of the plate.
Note: This command can be used to ensure that items such as
cutout borders are engraved completely when they are extended out to the
edge of your engraving table. Sometimes the software will cut off or clip
parts of your engraving if it is close to the edge of the table and this will
allow you to not have the problem.
Diameter: This will only be highlighted if you are using a rotary machine
such as the Vision Cylindrical Engraver. It is used to enter the diameter of
the object you are engraving.
Write to HPGL plot file: This will send the job to your hard drive instead
of the engraver. This will create a standard HPGL plotter file. You can use
this option if you would like to create a file that you can import into another
program such as CorelDraw. The file will have a .PLT extension.
Driver Select: This will determine which machine the job will be sent to.
By clicking the down arrow to the right of the driver name (Phx.cdf), you
can change to other machine types.
Plate Cut Out: This is used to cut the plate out after you engrave it. By
typing a number in, you can increase the distance between the edge of the
plate and the cut mark.
Spindle Motor Control: This feature is used only with the VE-810
Engraver. It is used to turn the spindle motor on or off while engraving.
You select the type you would like, either Rotary Engrave or Diamond
Drag.
Note: If you click on OK from this screen and get an error message that
looks like the following, please see the Appendix B - Troubleshooting
section of this manual.
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Close Job
This feature will close the job that you are currently working on. If you
have not saved the job, Vision will give you a message like the one below:
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This will let you know that the job will be lost unless it is saved.
Note: You can also close a job by clicking on the X in the upper right
corner of the job window.
Flush Job
This feature is used to erase either the entire layout or all of the text from the
layout.
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If you select Clear all lines from layout, Vision will erase the whole job
and let you start a new one.
If you select Clear all text from layout, Vision will erase only the text from
the existing job.
Line 1 to 1: This allows you to select the range of lines that the text will be
removed from.
If your job consists of multiple plates, the screen will look like the
following:
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Plate 1 to 1: This allows you to select the range of plates that the text will
be removed from.
Exit
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This feature will exit you out of the Vision program. If you have not saved
the job, Vision will display a message like the one below:
This will let you know that the job will be lost unless it is saved.
Note: You can also exit Vision by clicking on the X in the upper right
corner of the screen.
Edit Menu
Clipboard Paste
This feature will insert any text that is in the Windows Clipboard into the
text area on the main screen of Vision. Text is put into the Windows
Clipboard from almost any program by selecting Copy from the Edit menu.
Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is [shift] & [insert]. By pressing the
[shift] & [insert] keys at the same time, Vision will automatically paste any
text from the Windows Clipboard into the text area.
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Copy
This feature will Copy or store the information from the current line of text
and allow you to Paste the information to another line of text. It will bring
up the Details to Copy window as shown below.
Note: Using this feature will replace any text that was previously placed on
the Vision clipboard or the Windows clipboard.
You can select the Details To Use by clicking on any of the specifications
from the list on the left. You can select all of the details from a line by
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clicking on the Select All Icon. The Clear Icon will erase all of the
selections chosen.
The Values column to the right shows you the information that is associated
with the line you want to copy from.
Paste
This feature will Paste the information that was Copied to a line or group
of lines.
There are three selections that you can choose from:
1) Current Line: This feature will ”Paste“ the information that was
”Copied“ to the current line that you are on.
2) Multiple Lines: This feature will ”Paste“ the information that was
”Copied“ to multiple lines. You can select the line you want to paste from
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and to by entering the line numbers in the Start Paste At Line and Finish
Paste On Line section.
3) All Lines: This feature will ”Paste“ the information that was ”Copied“ to
all of the lines on your plate.
Note: This feature is very useful if you have created a layout with many
lines and you would like to change the font on many lines at one time. You
can change the first line’s font and ”Copy“ it and then ”Paste“ that font to
the rest of the lines on your job.
Text Menu
Load Logo
This feature will load a logo file into the Vision program and allow you to
engrave it.
Note: If your logo is on a floppy disk, it is recommended that you copy it
to your computer’s hard drive first.
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There are eight types of logos that can be loaded into Vision. The type of
logo you want to load can be changed by clicking on the arrow to the right
of the Format: box.
1) Plotter file: This file type is a standard HPGL plotter file. Most CAD
programs can output to this type of file. The file extension that is supported
is .PLT.
2) DesignCad DC2: This file type is created in a program called Design
Cad. It is the standard Design Cad file. The file extension is .DC2.
Note: This will only work with Design Cad if you save the file as a DC2
file. It will not read the DW2 file extension.
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3) Casmate SCA file: This file type is created in some of Scanvec’s
programs, such as Casmate or Enroute. This file must be exported from
Casmate or Enroute, not just the saved file. This feature can import 3D files
created in these programs as well as 2D files. The file extension is .SCA.
4) PhotoEngrave PCX (line): This file type is created in almost any
Windows graphics package. It takes a picture file and will engrave it as a
group of lines. The file extension is .PCX.
Guide to using PhotoEngrave:
a) The file must be at a 256 colors or less.
b) Best results come from 256 color or 256 grayscale images.
Colored images are internally changed into grayscales before
photoengraving and give no better results.
c) The photoengrave process assumes that the top color to be cut is
light (white) and the lower color is dark. If the material is dark on
top and light below, you must make a negative PCX file image.
d) Each line of the image becomes a cutter line and as a guide, the
cutter should be 8% of the distance between the cut lines.
Although this will vary slightly depending on the color differential
between the top and substrate colors but for white on black, 8% is
the desired cutter width.
e) Due to the limitations of grinding a fine tip on a cutter, this
means that the smallest spacing practical between cuts is about .01
inches, but as a general guide to start with is .020 apart.
f) The above means that it is best to know the size of the final work
before preparing the PCX image file. The aim is to scan and/or
scale the image down to the required resolution. For a .020 cut
spacing on a 4 inch x 6 inch wide images, the PCX image
resolution would need to be 200 x 300 pixels.
g) The time to cut a PCX file varies greatly not only on size, but on
the color content. White across will cut much faster than dark
areas. It is recommended that you look at the estimated time to
complete a job when pricing it out.
h) The technique of photoengraving tricks the eye into inducing
color variation by area, which is part of the way the human eye
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works. Unfortunately the technique differs from reflected light
(paper or your engraving) and transmitted light (your crt monitor)
and is affected by scaling. Thus can not be accurately represented
on the graphics view (F8) screen.
i) Initially on the first few lines, the image will always look like it
hasn’t worked or is too light or too dark, but wait until you get
further because of the eye trick you need a reasonable amount of
area to judge.
j) If using a nose cone, you must not adjust the depth of the cut
while it is in the middle of the photoengrave. This will cause you
to see a change in darkness.
Troubleshooting PhotoEngrave
Problem:
My image is solid black.
Solution:
Check that your PCX file is 256 colors or less. If
your PCX file is too high a resolution for your cutter width, reduce
the resolution or decrease the PCX file size.
Problem:
The image is very clear but it is too light.
Solution:
wider cutter.
Increase the PCX file pixel resolution or use a
5) PhotoEngrave PCX (dots): This file type is created in almost any
Windows graphics package. It takes a picture file and will engrave it as
groups of dots. The file extension is .PCX. Use the same guidelines as
above for this feature.
6) AutoCAD DXF file: This file type is created in the AutoCAD program.
The file extension is .DXF.
7) BMP Raster (Laser): This file type is used only for outputting to a laser
engraver. At this time, this function is not completed and does not work
properly. The file extension is .bmp.
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8)) G-Code ascii: This file type is used for importing G-Code files. There
are many types and variations of G-Code and only simple G-Code
commands are imported with this feature. The file extension is .nc.
Note: Once you have selected the file type and file name and click OK, you
MUST type a capital letter A in the text area to represent the logo. If you
do not type a capital letter A in the text area, no logo will engrave.
Once you load the logo that you would like to use, it will appear in the font
style area of the main Vision screen. You can use the space bar to ”toggle“
through the different loaded logos and fonts.
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Font Load
This feature will allow you to select the font that you would like to use on
your layout.
Note: If your font is on a floppy disk, it is recommended that you copy it to
your computer’s hard drive first.
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There are two types of fonts that can be loaded into Vision. The type of font
you want to load can be changed by clicking on the arrow to the right of the
Format: box.
1) Vision CFF font: This is a standard Vision font. The file extension is
.CFF.
2) Dahlgren FT9 font: This is a font from Dahlgren SuperPro Software.
The file extension is .FT9.
Once you load the font that you would like to use, it will appear in the font
style area of the main Vision screen. You can use the space bar to ”toggle“
through the different loaded fonts.
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Translate to Braille
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This feature will change the current line of text into Grade II Braille. It
will translate the text, change the font to the Braille font and change the
letter height to the standard Braille letter height.
Note: The standard Braille font included with Vision creates the routed
out Braille. If you would like to engrave the Braille dot font, you must load
the braille_dot font.
Translate to Bar Code
This feature will change the current line of text into Bar Code. It will
translate the text and change the font to the bar code font.
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Insert Subline
This feature will allow you to change line information in the middle of a
line. It can be used for changing the letter height or font in the middle of a
line.
Type in the text you would like and then move the cursor to the middle of
the line by using the keyboard arrows. Move it to where you would like the
change to be and go to Ins Subline. You will see a special character appear
in yout text area that looks like this: §. Next, move the cursor left or right to
the part you would like to change. Once there, you can change the font,
letter height, baseline, italic or any other parameter.
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Delete Subline
This feature will allow you to delete a subline from your text.
Move the cursor to the subline area you would like to delete and goto Del
Subline. This will delete it.
Change Case
To Upper
This feature will change all of the text on the current line to upper case.
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To Lower
This feature will change all of the text on the current line to lower case.
First Word
This feature will change the first letter of the first word on the current line to
upper case.
Each Word
This feature will change the first letter in each word on the current line to
upper case.
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Pause Point
This feature allows you to program a cutter pause anywhere in your job.
Move the cursor to the place that you would like the engraver to pause and
go to Pause point. You will see a symbol like the following: . When the
engraver gets to this point, it will stop and wait for you to press the start
button on the controller to restart it.
Note: This is useful if you need to change cutters in the middle of your job.
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Merge Text
This feature is used to import a standard text file into Vision.
The text file can be created in many programs and exported with any file
extension; however, it is easiest if the file has a .TXT extension. The text
file must be set up so that each line of text you would like to import is on it’s
own line. See the picture below.
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You can import the text to a single line or multiple lines easily. If you are
importing to a single line, goto Merge text and select the text file you wish
to import. Next you need to select which line of text on your plate you
would like to import the text to. You do this by entering the line number
into the Merge From Line and Merge To Line and click OK. (The Merge
From and To line will have the same line number)
There are two scenarios of merging text to multiple lines:
The first scenario is if you want to import text to a consecutive group of
lines (such as to lines 3 through 5). To do this, you follow the same steps as
importing to a single line except you would change the Merge From and To
parameters to match the lines on your plate that you want to merge to.
The second scenario is if you want to import text to non-consecutive lines
(such as to line 3 and to line 5). To do this, you must have two text files.
One text file for the text that you want on the first line and a second text file
for the text that you want on the second line. Once you have two text files,
you will follow the same steps as importing to a single line for the first line.
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When you are done importing the first line, you simply go back into merge
text and import the text for the second line the same way you would a single
line.
Note: All text merging is normally done after you have created the plates.
This allows you to have a place to merge the text to.
Line Menu
Insert Line
This feature will let you insert a line after the current line that you are on.
Move the cursor to the line that you would like to copy and then goto Ins
line.
The new line will have all of the same parameters of the original line except
the text that was on the original line. The font, letter height, baseline, etc.
will all be the same.
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Delete Line
This feature will delete the current line. Move the cursor to anywhere in the
line that you would like to delete and goto Del line. The line is now
deleted.
Fixed Arc
This feature will change a normal line of text into an arced line allowing you
to enter all of the parameters.
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When determining the parameters for arcing, it is helpful to think of a circle
with the text going around the circle. We need to place the circle on our
plate in a certain area.
X Center: This number will determine where the arc is from left to right on
our plate. It is calculated from the left side of our plate.
Y Center: This number will determine where the arc is from top to bottom
on our plate. It is calculated from the top of our plate.
Note: The X & Y centers are the points of rotation of the arc. If
the wrong numbers are entered, the text can actually be off of the plate.
Arc radius: This number will determine the radius of the arc. The radius is
measured from the center point of the arc (X & Y Center) to the inside of
the text. The larger the number is, the larger the arc will be.
Start angle: This number will determine the degree amount that the arc will
start.
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End angle: This number will determine the degree amount that the arc will
end.
Zero degrees is at 12 o'clock.
270 or -90 degrees is at 9 o'clock
90 or -270 degrees is at 3 o'clock
180 degrees is at 6 o'clock
If you have an arced line and want the line to be straight again, click on the
clear button and then click on Okay.
The page up and page down keys will move you up and down from line to
line.
Note: If you go into the autoplate feature after you have a line that is arced,
autoplate will erase the arc parameters. You will need to enter the arc
parameters after you are finished using the autoplate feature.
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This feature will change a normal line into an arced line by defining the
margins on your plate.
The only parameters needed to create an easy arc are the margins on the
plate. Enter the top, bottom, left and right margins of your plate and then
select if you want the arc to Bubble Upwards or Bubble Downwards. You
can toggle between the Bubble options by pressing the space bar.
Note: When using the easy arc feature, there is a limitation to what you can
do. For example, when you enter in your margins, the area that you are
allowing the arc to be created in must be at least two times as wide as the
height. If not, Vision will show an error message to that effect. You can not
create a 360 degree arc with easy arc. This must be done using the fixed arc
feature.
If you go into the autoplate feature after you have a line that is arced,
autoplate will erase the arc parameters. You will need to enter the arc
parameters after you are finished using the autoplate feature.
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This feature will allow you to rotate your line.
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You can select which way you would like to rotate your line by clicking on
the selection you want. If you click on Reverse Engrave, the line will be
reversed. If you know the angle you would like the line to be rotated, you
can enter it in the Specific angle area.
As you make your selection, the F in the box to the right will show you how
the final rotation will be.
The reverse engrave feature is commonly used to invert a logo. For
example, this can be used to make a right handed baseball player left
handed, or make a flower that faces left face right.
Note: This feature will only rotate a line, not the entire plate. If you need to
rotate the entire plate, you must go to the Plate menu and then to Rotation.
Underline
This feature will underline the current line of text. Move the cursor to the
line that you would like to underline and goto the Underline menu from the
Line menu. The Underline Details window opens.
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Number of cuts: This allows you to make a wider cut for the underline
without changing cutters. If you enter in 3 for the number of cuts, it will go
over the underline 3 times.
Distance between: This allows you to specify how far apart the cuts are.
(Ex. If you enter 3 for the number of cuts and .03 for the Distance between,
you could use a .060 cutter to get an underline that is .18 wide.)
Percent below text: This number will let you choose how far below the text
that the underline will be. The percentage you enter will be that percentage
of the letter size below the line.
Or as a distance: This number will let you choose how far below the text
that the underline will be. The number you enter will be that distance below
the line.
Note: You can use either Percent below text or as a distance. You can’t use
both at the same time. When you type one in, the other is automatically
calculated.
Note: To underline an individual word or letters in a line of text, you must
use the sublines feature. Once the sublines are created, move the cursor
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with the arrows to the text section that you would like underlined and then
go to the underline feature.
Edit By Centers
This feature will allow you to move your text or logo on the plate by
changing the center of the object.
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X Center: This number is how far from the left side of the plate that the
center of your line will be.
Y Center: This number is how far from the top of the plate that the center of
your line will be.
This function can be used to quickly align a number of lines of text by
setting each line’s X Center to the same value.
Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F2.
Manual Edit
This feature will allow you to change the parameters of each line
individually.
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Baseline: This is the distance from the top of the plate to the bottom of the
letter.
Line Ht: This is the height of the letter or logo.
Left: This is the margin of the line from the left side of the plate.
Right: This is the margin of the line from the right side of the plate.
Depth: This is the depth of engraving for the line. This option will only
work properly if you are engraving without a nose cone. If you are using a
nose cone, the depth should be left at 0.000 since the engraving depth is
controlled by the nose cone.
If you enter a depth on this screen, the text will have a blue color on the
Graphical Display.
Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F4.
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Plate Menu
Autoplate
This feature is used to create a layout in which Vision calculates the spacing
of the layout.
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If you enter in the numbers that Autoplate asks for, Vision will create the
layout.
Plate Width: The width of the plate.
Plate Height: The height of the plate.
Number of lines: The number of lines on the plate.
From Line Number: Autoplate calculates the spacing for specific lines on
your plate. You can have it space the whole plate or just selected lines of
text. This number would be used if you only wanted Autoplate to space a
portion of the lines on the plate, not all of the lines. This would be the first
line to be calculated.
To Line Number: Autoplate calculates the spacing for specific lines on
your plate. You can have it space the whole plate or just selected lines of
text. This number would be used if you only wanted Autoplate to space a
portion of the lines on the plate, not all of the lines. This would be the last
line to be calculated.
Text occupies: This is the percentage of the plate that will be covered by
text. If you have a one-inch tall plate with one line and the percentage set at
45 percent, the letter height would be .45 inches. This is what calculates the
suggested letter height.
Note: This applies to your layout as long as you do not change the
top and bottom margin. If you do change the top and bottom margins, then
the Text occupies value will calculate the letter height based off of the plate
size less the top and bottom margins.
Top Margin: This is the top margin of your plate. Autoplate will not let
text inside of this margin.
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Bottom Margin: This is the bottom margin of your plate. Autoplate will
not let text inside of this margin.
Left Margin: This is the left margin of your plate. Autoplate will not let
text inside of this margin.
Right Margin: This is the right margin of your plate. Autoplate will not let
text inside of this margin.
Note: Autoplate will automatically calculate the margins. The only reason
to change them is if you would like to enter different values than the
suggested values.
Ratios: This number is used to calculate letter heights. It is relative to all of
the other line’s ratios. Ex. If you have one line that has a ratio of 2 and one
line that has a ratio of 1, the line with the 2 will be exactly 2 times larger
than the line with a ratio of 1.
Height: This number is used to calculate letter heights. You can enter the
exact letter height for each line.
Space: This number is used to create more space around a line. The higher
the number you enter, the more space there will be around that line.
Note: The space is added above and below the line specified.
Clear: This button will clear all of the numbers and return them to what they
were the previous time you were in autolayout.
If you use the Autoplate feature after creating multiple plates, then the
Autoplate feature will ONLY apply to the current plate. The other plates in
the multiple will remain unchanged.
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Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F5. If you have a line that is arced,
Autoplate will clear the arc parameters and you will need to re-enter the
parameters if you wish to arc the line.
Dimensions
This feature allows you to change the size of your plate and the number of
lines.
The Plate Width and Plate Height values are also changeable in the upper
right corner of the main screen.
If you are using the autolayout feaure, the values can also be entered there
or on the main Vision screen.
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Condense Mode
This feature allows you to change the Condensation mode of the plate.
Condensation is how tight the text is compressed to make it fit in an area so
it doesn’t go off of the sign blank. It is measured in a percentage. Ex. A
condensation of 80 percent would condense or compress the text by 80
percent and a condensation of 120 percent would stretch the text to 120
percent. A ”normal“ condensation is 100 percent.
Lines individually: This would treat each line as a separate entity and will
condense only if needed.
Equal height lines: This would tell Vision to condense all the lines with the
same letter height at the condensation rate of the longest line.
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All lines equally: This looks at the entire job and applies the condensation
of the longest line to all other lines on the plate.
The condense mode can be changed in the condense mode section of the
main screen.
Note: You can change the ”default“ condense mode in the Preferences
option in the System menu.
Borders
This feature will place a decorative border on your plate.
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Number of Borders: This is the total number of borders on the plate.
Vision allows you to have up to eight borders on a single plate. You can
make a sign look unique by using multiple borders.
Border Record No: This is the border number that you are working on.
Left Margin: This is the distance from the left edge of the plate to the left
edge of the border.
Right Margin: This is the distance from the right edge of the plate to the
right edge of the border.
Top Margin: This is the distance from the top edge of the plate to the top
edge of the border.
Bottom Margin: This is the distance from the bottom edge of the plate to
the bottom edge of the border.
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Corner Radius: This is the radius amount of the corner of the border. The
larger the number is, the ”more round“ the corner will be.
Border Type: This is the type of border that you would like to use. There
are eight different borders to choose from. The space bar will toggle
through the different types of borders.
Extra Depth: This will add a depth for the border. It is used if you want to
use the border feature to cut out your plates in a multiple plate instead of
engraving a border. Enter the depth you would like to engrave. This will
usually be the thickness of the material you would like to cut out.
Number of Cuts: This will make multiple passes of the border to give it a
different look. It works with the item below.
Distance Between: This is the distance between the multiple cuts as
described above.
Clear: This will clear the settings for the border you are on.
Delete: This will delete the border you are currently working on.
Note: If you set the margins to 0, it is best to select the ”Ignore Clips“
option from the Execute Layout screen. If you do not do this, the border
may not engrave completely.
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Rotation
This feature is used to rotate the entire plate.
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You can select which way you would like to rotate your plate by clicking on
the selection you want. If you click on Reverse Engrave, the entire plate
(or plates if multiple plates have been created) will be reversed.
As you make your selection, the F in the box to the right will show you how
the final rotation will be.
Options Menu
Multiples
This feature will allow you to engrave multiple plates on either one large
sheet of material or on individual, pre-cut plates.
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Material width: This is the width of the piece of material that you would be
putting on your machine.
Material height: This is the height of the piece of material that you would
be putting on your machine.
Note: The material width and height entered will determine the
maximum number of plates that can be engraved at one time.
Left margin: This is the margin from the left side of the material to the left
edge of the multiple plates.
Right margin: This is the margin from the right side of the material to the
right edge of the multiple plates.
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Top margin: This is the margin from the top edge of the material to the top
edge of the multiple plates.
Bottom margin: This is the margin from the bottom edge of the material to
the bottom edge of the multiple plates.
Horizontal: This is the horizontal distance that you would like between
your multiple plates.
Vertical: This is the vertical distance that you would like between your
multiple plates.
Number of plates: This is the total number of plates that you would like to
engrave.
Batches required: You cannot change this number. This is calculated
based upon the number of plates you entered and the size of your material.
Plates per sheet: You cannot change this number. This is calculated based
upon the size of the final plate and the size of your material.
Duplicate Plate 1: This will copy all of the information from plate 1 to all
of the multiple plates created.
Score between plates: This will engrave a score line between the multiple
plates. You can use this feature to have the machine cut the plates out.
Note: If the score lines do not completely engrave around the
outside edges of your material, you will need to select the ”Ignore Clips“
option from the Execute Layout screen.
Pause before score: This will stop the machine after all of the text has been
engraved to allow you to change the cutter or depth to cut the plates out.
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Plates go down first: This will change the order of the way the multiple
plates are calculated. If this is selected, the order will go from top to bottom
and then move to the right.
Cut all borders last: This will allow you to use the border function as a
plate cut out. You can create plates with rounded corners this way. It will
engrave all of the text first and then cut the border out last, allowing you to
change the cutter.
Clear: This will clear out all of the multiple plates that were previously
created.
Repeats
This feature will allow you to engrave the entire job multiple times.
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Times to repeat layout: This will engrave the job the entered amount of
times.
Stop before each layout repeat: If this is selected, the machine will stop
between repeats. If it is not selected, the machine will repeat the job the
number of times entered without stopping in between.
Serialize
This feature will automatically serialize text to any line on your plate or
multiple plates.
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This works with multiple plates or batching of single plates.
First serial number: This is the number you would like Vision to start with.
Increase serial by: This is the amount that Vision will increase your
number by.
Repeat each serial: This will let you enter how many of each serial number
you would like.
Prefix string: This is the text that you would like before the serial number.
Note: If you would like a space between the text and the number, you must
add a space.
Suffix string: This is the text that you would like after the serial number.
Note: If you would like a space between the number and the text, you must
add a space.
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Serial number: This defines how the text will look. You can use the space
bar to ”toggle“ through the selections, which are:
1) No format - The serial number will have no spaces or zeros in front of it.
2) Leading Spaces - This number will leave spaces in front of the number
by the amount that is entered in the format length section.
3) Leading Zeros - This number will put zeros in front of the number by the
amount that is entered in the format length section.
Format Length: This is how many numbers the serial number will have.
Ex. If your number is 100, the format length will be 3.
Serialize plates: If this is selected, Vision will put one serial number per
plate.
Serialize lines: If this is selected, Vision will put one serial number per line.
Last to serialize: This is the last plate or line that you would like serialized.
First to serialize: This is the first plate or line that you would like
serialized.
Line to serialize: This is the line on your plate that you would like
serialized. You can only change it if you have multiple lines on your plate.
Existing text: This tells Vision what to do if you already have text on the
line you would like to serialize. You can use the space bar to ”toggle“
through the selections, which are:
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1) Overwrite it: This will get rid of the existing text and replace it with the
serial number.
2) Append to end: This will add the serial number after the existing text.
3) Append in front: This will add the serial number before the existing text.
Columnize
This feature will break your layout into columns.
In order to use the columnize feature, you must first have the lines that are
not going to be columns to be setup. Go into autolayout by pressing the F5
key and enter the information as in the picture below and then click OK.
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The first two lines of text that will not be columnized are now setup. From
the text screen, press the down arrow on the keyboard until the cursor is on
the last line of text. Next, go to the Options menu and then columnize. The
following screen will appear:
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Click on Show existing line graphics. You will then notice that the 2 lines
that are not columnized will appear on the preview screen to the right.
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Number of Columns: This is how many columns you would like on the
plate.
Lines per Column: This is how many individual lines you would like inside
the columns.
Top margin: This is the distance from the top edge of the material to the
top edge of the column of text.
Bottom margin: This is the distance from the bottom edge of the material
to the bottom edge of the column of text.
Left margin: This is the distance from the left edge of the material to the
left edge of the column of text.
Right margin: This is the distance from the right edge of the material to the
right edge of the column of text.
Note: In the graphic to the upper right of the screen, the light blue
represents the entire length of the existing line of text, the red represents the
text area of the existing lines of text, the dark blue represents the individual
column lines and the yellow is the area in which the columns will be.
Enter in the parameters like the picture below:
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If you like the way the preview looks, you can click OK to accept the
column layout. If you would like to change some of the other parameters,
click on the Details tab. You will see the following screen:
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Width: This is how wide each column is. It is automatically calculated, but
you can change it if you would like.
Lock: This is only checked if you enter in a column width manually. When
this is checked, the width of the column will be fixed and not changeable by
the software.
Gap: This is how large the space is between the columns. This is
automatically calculated, but you can change it if you would like.
Lock: This is only checked if you enter in a gap between columns manually.
When this is checked, the gap between columns will be fixed and not
changeable by the software.
Justify: This allows you to change the justification of each column.
Pressing the space bar toggles between Center, Left and Right.
Next click on the Lines tab. You will see the following screen:
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Line Height: This is the height of the characters in the columns. This
number is calculated automatically, but you can increase or decrease the
height manually if you would like.
Line Percent: This is also related to the height of the characters in the
columns. By changing this number up or down, the letter height will
change. This percentage calculates the letter height by a percentage of the
available height of the column.
Note: As you change the line height value, the line percentage will change
also. Also, if you change the line percentage value, the line height value will
change.
Undo Columnize
This feature will undo or erase a column layout that was created in the
columnize feature.
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Pass Depths
This feature will allow you to enter the depth you wish to engrave either in
one pass or multiple passes.
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To surface: This value is ignored when using the Vision Serial Controller
or the VE-810 Engraver. The surface is set on the controller and in the VE810.
Total depth: This is the total depth that you would like to engrave. This
value is only needed when you are engraving without a nose cone. If you
are using a nose cone, the value should be left at 0.000 because the depth is
controlled by the nose cone.
Z Lift: This value is ignored when using the Vision Serial Controller or the
VE-810 engraver. The Z lift between characters is controlled from the
Vision Serial Controller and from the front panel on the VE-810
Passes: This is how many passes you would like to make to get to the total
depth.
Note: Vision will show you how deep every pass will be.
Cleanup: This is how deep you would like the final pass to be.
Pause before each pass: If this is selected, the engraving table will stop
before it goes to a different depth pass. This would be used if you would
like to change the cutter between passes.
Pause before clean up pass: If this is selected, the engraving table will stop
before it goes to the cleanup pass. This would be used if you would like to
change the cutter before the cleanup pass.
Clear: This will reset all of the parameters in the Pass Depths window to
zero.
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Extras Menu
Suggestions
This feature will recommend a cutter size that you should use for each line
on your sign.
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Note: These are only suggestions. You will need to round to the closest
cutter size that you have. Vision will only suggest a cutter size for Vision
fonts. Logos and Dahlgren fonts will not show any cutter suggestion.
Estimates
This feature will give you an approximate engraving time for the job you
are doing.
The time estimate is based on the maximum allowable engraving speed
defined for the material type selected. The maximum speed for the
material will determine the maximum speed of the controller when the X/Y
speed know is turned full clockwise. The maximum speed values for each
material type can be modified by accessing the Windows Start
menu/Programs/Vision Engraving Software/Edit material types. See the
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section in the manual on the Vision Main Screen for more information on
changing the material type speeds.
Note: This is only an estimate. The actual time will vary depending on how
fast you set the engraver to run.
Counts
This feature will tell you how many characters, words and spaces are on
your plate.
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Block Display
This feature will show you a block view of your layout. Since the Block
Display uses boxes in place of the actual text in your layout, you will get a
quicker display of the layout. It is much faster than getting a graphic
display.
Pressing the Enter key or clicking on Exit will exit this display.
Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F7.
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Graphic Display
This feature will show you an actual graphical view of your layout. This is
a good way to proof what the sign will look like on the screen before
engraving it.
Pressing the Enter key or clicking on Exit will exit this display.
Note: The ”Hot Key“ for this feature is F8.
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Re-order
This feature will allow you to change the engraving order of your lines in
your layout. It is often used to reduce the amount of cutter up travel or to
minimize the need to change the cutter during the job.
BaseLine Ascending: This will change the order of engraving to work from
the top of the plate to the bottom of the plate.
LineHeight Ascending: This will change the order of engraving to work
from the smallest letter size to the largest letter size.
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LineHeight Descending: This will change the order of engraving to work
from the largest letter size to the smallest letter size.
Cutter Suggestion: This will change the order of engraving to work from
the smallest cutter size to the largest cutter size.
Note: Vision always engraves the lines in the job in the order that the lines
appear in the main screen.
Goto XY
This feature will allow you to move the cutter out to a position based on the
X & Y position.
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X Position: The distance from the left home point that you want the cutter
to move.
Y Position: The distance from the top home point that you want the cutter to
move.
Undo SetXY: If this button is clicked, any offset that is previously set in the
Goto X,Y screen will be erased in the Vision Serial Controller.
Set As Home: If you click on this button, the start light will come on in the
controller. Then you press start and the table will move to the position
entered and then go back to the home position. However, this position is
now set in the controller as its offset home point.
Okay: If you click on this button, the start light will come on in the
controller. Then you press start button on the controller and the table will
move to the position entered and stay there until you press enter on the
keyboard.
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Window Menu
Cascade
This feature will layer all of the open jobs on the screen so that the title
areas of each can be seen. You can make any of the jobs active by clicking
on the job title bar.
Notepad
This feature will open the Windows Notepad program.
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Calculator
This feature will open the Windows Calculator program. It is handy if you
need to figure out the decimal value of a fractional number.
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Calendar
This feature will open up a calendar program.
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International Characters
This feature will show you a list of the international characters and the
ASCII number needed to engrave them. Clicking on the International
Characters menu choice will open up the following dialogue box.
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To use an international character, click on the desired character and make a
note of the number shown at the bottom of the window. Close the
international character window. Then with the cursor in the text area of the
main screen, hold down the ALT key and type the number that was shown
on the international character window.
Note: You must use the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard
for the international characters to work.
Explorer
This feature will open up the Windows Explorer program. This is
commonly used if you would like to copy files from a floppy disk to a hard
drive or from a hard drive to a floppy disk.
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System Menu
Devices
This feature will allow you to change information about the machine driver
that you are using. It is only available when there are no open jobs on the
screen.
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To change any of the parameters relative to the driver you are using,
you must first click on the driver name under the Avail Drivers:
section.
Version Number: This is the version number of the driver.
Buffer Size: This is not used with the Vision Serial Controller.
Priority level: This is a Windows number that tells Windows how important
the output to the controller is.
Serial port: This is the serial port in which the Vision Serial Controller is
hooked to.
Note: For Vision to work properly, the serial port must be
installed, working correctly, and set up properly. For more information on
setting up the serial port, see Appendix B - Troubleshooting in the back of
this manual.
Ramp Ctrl and Cut Control are not used with the Vision Serial Controller
or the VE-810.
Table: See picture below.
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X, Y and Z Size: This is the size of your engraving table. This number is
entered in metric which is the calculated by multiplying the table size in
inches by 25.4.
X, Y and Z-Axis Pitch: This defines the pitch of the lead screws on your
engraving table. You should not need to change these parameters.
X, Y and Z Home Offset: This is used to set an offset in the driver from the
upper left corner of the engraving table.
Note: To activate any changes made in this section, you MUST exit Vision
and re-start the program. If this is not done, the changes will not be
activated.
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Chg Devices Temp
This feature is used to change the current device that you are using
temporarily. It is only available when there are no open jobs on the screen.
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To change the devices temporarily, click on the first device under Select
Device. Then click on the driver you would like to use under Avail Drivers
and click Add. Your new device is now active.
Note: Once you exit the Vision program and go back in, Vision will use the
original driver, not the added driver. To make the change permanent, you
will need to go to Save Device Change under the System menu.
Preferences
This feature is used to define the default parameters that Vision will use
when you create a new job.
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You can change any of these numbers to make it ”Default“ to the new values
when you create a new job in the Vision Software.
Save Device Change
This feature is used to assign the ”Default“ driver that you wish to use. It is
only available when there are no open jobs on the screen.
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Select the device you would like to change and click Okay.
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Select the type of device you want. There are two choices of devices
available: Single Driver and Driver Group. The single driver selection will
allow you to install a single device and the driver group will allow you to
install a group of drivers. To specify which drivers you would like to add in
a driver group, you must use the Windows notepad and create a file such as
the one below:
You can add as many devices that you would like in the above file. You
must make sure that the Number of combined drivers is equal to the number
of drivers that you have entered.
Note: You can select which driver you would like to engrave to from the
Execute Layout screen by clicking on the down arrow next to the driver
name.
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Select the device you want.
Note: If the driver is not shown than the driver file is not in the Vision
directory. You will need to re-install the Vision device driver from the
Vision CD.
You must now exit Vision and re-start the program.
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Change Screen Font
This feature allows you to customize the way that the Vision screen and
menus look. Selecting this menu choice brings up the following screen:
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You can choose the Windows font that you like.
Note: Choosing too large of a font size may cause the menus to be
unreadeable.
Email Technical Support
This feature will start up your default email editor and address a new email
to Vision’s technical support department. If the email address is not in
there, you can manually address the email to .
Note: If your computer does not have email setup, this feature will not
work.
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Goto Vision Web Site
This feature will start up your default web browser and enter in Vision
Engraving Systems home web site page. If the web address is not in your
web browser, you can manually enter it at .
Note: If your computer does not have an Internet connection setup
properly, this feature will not work.
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About Vision
This feature will display the version number and build number of the Vision
program.
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Moving Lines Graphically
Let’s load the simple job that you created in Chapter 3. To do this, go to the
File Menu and then to Load Job. Click on the job called SIMPLE and then
click OK.
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You should now have the job on your screen. Press the F8 key to get a
graphical view of the job. Click on the line John Smith with the left mouse
button. You will notice that a light blue box will surround the line you
clicked on. Move the mouse up and down. You will notice that the blue
box will move as you move the mouse. You can place the line of text in a
new position by clicking the left mouse button. When you do that, you will
see the text move to that point.
Now left click on the ABC Company. This time, press and hold down the
CTRL key on your keyboard as you move the mouse. You will notice that
the line of text will only move straight up or down, or straight to the left or
right. This is works very well if you would like to move a line of text up or
down, but want to leave the text centered on your plate. Once again, when
you want to place the text in at a certain point, you need to press the left
mouse button.
You can also move multiple lines at one time. To do this from the F8
screen, click on the first line that you want to move. Then, hold the SHIFT
key down on the keyboard and click on the second line you would like to
move. Then release the SHIFT key. You will see that there are two light
blue boxes on the screen. You can now move the mouse and both lines will
move at the same time. You can still use the CTRL key to move the lines up
and down or left and right.
View Screens
You can do many things to your layout with the graphical display (F8) or
Block display (F7) on the screen. With the SIMPLE job loaded, press the
F8 key. Move the mouse over the John Smith line and press the RIGHT
mouse button. You will get a screen that looks like this:
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This has many of the line parameters for that line that you can change. As
you change these, they will be shown on the screen when you click on the
Okay button. These values are explained in Chapter 4 under the Main
Screen section.
There is also a tool bar on the graphic screens (F7 & F8 Keys). Press the F8
key to get a graphical view of the simple job. You will see the following:
You will notice the tool bar to the upper left corner of the screen.
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The first icon is the exit icon.
Clicking on this icon will exit out of the graphic display window and return
you to the main Vision screen.
The next icon is the zoom icon.
Clicking this icon will allow you to zoom into an area on your graphics
screen. Once you click on it, you will need to click the mouse to the upper
left corner of the area you would like to zoom. Then move the mouse to the
lower right corner of the area you would like to zoom and click the left
mouse button. The area inside the box will be zoomed on screen. Below is
a picture of what the screen will look like after you press the first mouse
button after clicking the zoom icon.
Once you click the mouse button a second time, the zoomed area will look
like the following:
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The next icon is the zoom out icon.
Clicking this icon will zoom out to the normal view.
The next icon is the grid icon.
Clicking this icon will turn the grid on and off as shown below.
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The next icon is the grid size icon.
Clicking this icon will allow you to adjust the space between each grid when
the grids are turned on. You adjust the spacing by entering the value in on
the following screen.
The final icon in the tool bar is the rulers icon.
Clicking this icon will toggle between rulers on and off as shown below.
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Re-Engrave
Re-Engrave is a very important feature. There are two types of re-engrave:
plate Re-Engrave and line Re-Engrave.
Plate Re-Engrave is done easily by pressing the F1 button on the Vision
Serial Controller Series I, the B1 button on the Vision Serial Controller
Series II or the Home/Save button on the VE-810 Engraver. When you
press one of those buttons, the start light will turn green. All you need to do
is press the start button and the entire job that was last engraved will
engrave. It does not matter if the job has been closed or not, but Vision
Windows must remain open.
Line Re-Engrave comes in handy especially in multiple jobs in which a
certain line or group of lines did not engrave completely. If you would like
to re-engrave a line, press the F8 or F7 key. This will bring up the display
of the job on the screen. Click on the line that you would like to re-engrave
and press the F9 key. This will bring up the Execute Layout screen.
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Click the OK button and then only the selected line will be sent to the
engraver. You can re-engrave multiple lines by selecting more than one line
on the display screen.
Multiple Job Entry
With VISION, more than one job can be created at once. This is useful in
creating new jobs while one is already engraving. For example, go to the
File-New menu. You will see a new blank job on the screen. The job
number should be ”1“. If not, close all jobs and start again.
Now that we have a blank job in front of us, go to the File Menu and then to
the Load job option. Load the simple job we created earlier. The screen
should appear to have replaced your blank job with Simple Job. Nothing
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has been lost, you have simply added another job on top of your existing
job.
Now that we have Simple Job in front of us, go to the File Menu and then to
the New job option. Again the screen then should appear to have replaced
your job with a new job. Nothing has been lost, you have simply added
another job on top of your existing jobs. The new job’s title bar will have
the title NoName3.job.
If you keep creating new jobs, you will notice that after the eighth job, the
New job and Load job options will be grayed out. Only eight (8) jobs are
allowed to be opened at any one time, so in order to open new jobs after the
eighth job, you will need to close one of the existing jobs.
Now with the eight jobs you have on screen, let’s assume that you want to
display job four so you can input some information to it. Hold down the Alt
key and press the number four key. Job four should come to the front.
Another method to select jobs is from the Window Menu under Cascade.
This option will cascade or evenly put all open jobs on the screen so that
you can see the job title bar of each job. To make a job active, click on the
title bar.
Extend A Plate
Extend A Plate is used for engraving a piece of material that is longer than
your engraving table size. To use this feature, simply set up your layout as
you would a normal layout. Type in the actual plate size even though it is
larger than your table size. When you press the F9 key to Execute the
layout, the normal screen will appear.
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Click on the OK button and a picture of your layout will appear on the
screen. You will notice that there will be a yellow vertical line in the center
of your plate as seen below.
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You can drag this yellow line to the right or left to try to move it in between
as many characters as you can. It is best if you do not move the line in the
middle of a letter. When you click the Okay button, the following screen
will appear.
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This will show you how far to move your plate for each section that Vision
needed to break the larger job into. Take a pencil and put a mark on your
material that is at the distance listed on your screen from the bottom left
edge of your material. Put as many marks as there are section numbers.
Now click on Okay.
Vision will automatically turn the plate sideways for you. Put your material
on the engraving table sideways with the left edge of the material against the
horizontal edge guide on the table. Press the Start button on the Vision
controller and it will engrave the first section of the sign. When it is done
with the first section, the spindle will move to the home position and wait
for you to move your material.
Move the piece of material so that the first mark that you put on it is where
the back edge guide would normally be. You will need to lower the edge
guide to do this. Press the Start button and the engraver will now engrave
the next section of your plate. Repeat this process for each section that there
is on the plate.
Note: When performing this operation, it is a good idea to use re-usable
double-sided engravers tape to hold your plate down.
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Sample Jobs
Sample Job 1
In this sample job, we will create a nametag with 3 lines of text and a logo
on it. This will be the basis for the rest of this sample, as we will expand
upon it.
Go into the Vision Program. Click on the File Menu and then New Job.
You should now have a blank job on the screen. Click on the Plate Menu
and then Autoplate. Enter in the values as in the picture below.
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Note that you do not need to change the Text occupies section. This will be
calculated by the Vision program when you enter in all three of the line
height amounts. Click on the Okay button. The 3 lines of text have now
been created.
Next, we will add the logo to our layout. Click on the Plate Menu and then
click on Autoplate. Change the number of lines to 4. You may get an
autoplate message warning you that something is wrong. This is okay for
this exercise, so click on OK. In the Autoplate Layout window, change the
From Line Number in the Extended Autoplate section to 4. By doing this,
the autoplate program will leave the original 3 lines in the position that we
created earlier and only work on the single line which we will place the logo
in. Enter in the values as in the picture below.
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Click on the Okay button. Our layout is now created. For line 1 type ”John
Smith“and press Enter. For line 2 type ”President“ and press Enter. For
line 3 type ”Computer Repairs, Inc.“ and press Enter. Note that you do not
need to type the ”. This is only there to show you which text to type in. The
fourth line of text should now be highlighted. Go to the Text Menu and
click on Logo Load. Scroll down and click on compduck.plt and Click OK.
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Type in a capital letter A in the text area for line 4. Press the F8 key to get a
graphical view of the layout that we just created. Click on the OK button to
return to the layout screen.
Now that we have the layout created, let’s modify some of the lines. Press
the up arrow on the keyboard 3 times to move the cursor to the first line of
text (John Smith). Now click on the word Gothic that is next to Font Style.
Press the space bar one time. The font style will now change to say 3 Line
Rom.
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Next, press the Page Down button on your keyboard twice. You will notice
that the cursor moved from the line John Smith to the line Computer
Repairs, Inc. Click on the 0.00 next to Italicization and type in 20 and press
Enter. The screen should now look like the following:
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Press the F8 key to look at the layout we have created. Press the <enter>
key on your keyboard to return to the main screen. Next we will save the
job to the hard disk. Go to the File Menu and then click on Save Job. Type
in SAMPLE1 under the filename. Also, type in This is Sample Job number
1 in the Comments field. You can add comments to any job as you save it.
This can have information such as the cutter size that you use on the job or
any notes that may be helpful the next time that you run that job. Click on
OK.
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The job is now saved.
Next we will set up a job involving multiple plates and merge a text file into
the multiple job. This is a commonly used feature that allows you to create
a matrix with many plates on it. If you can get a text file with the job
information from your customer, you will not need to type the text in. The
machine will even cut the plates out when it is done.
For this example, we will be importing a text file with the list of names in it,
so we will need to get rid of the text on the first two lines of our plate. Press
the up arrow on the keyboard twice to bring the cursor to the first line (John
Smith). Hold the <Shift> key down and press the <Delete> key. This will
erase the entire line of text. Press Enter to move to the second line and do
the same thing again.
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Go to the Options Menu and click on Multiples and enter the information
that is shown in the picture below:
This will set up a 4 plate matrix and add the lines to cut the plates out. Click
on the Okay button. Press the F8 key and you will see that we have now
created the multiple plate.
Next, we will import a list of names into our job. Go to the Text Menu and
then to Merge Text. Type in Sample1.txt in the filename area. Then change
the Merge To Line to 2. Your screen should match the one below. Click on
the OK button.
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Now press the F8 key. The matrix will now have four different names and
titles.
Sample Job 2
In this sample, we will create a plaque with an arced line of text and a
border. In this job we will enter the text in before we create the layout.
This is useful if you do not know the total number of lines that the job will
have when you start it.
Go to the File Menu and then to New Job. Click on the word Gothic that is
next to Font Style and press the space bar one time. The font style will now
change to read 3 Line Rom. Press the F6 key to bring the cursor to the text
entry section. Press the <Insert> key on the keyboard. Type in “Presented
To” and then press <Enter> twice. (This will leave a blank line on your
plate) Next, type in “JOHN SMITH” and <Enter> twice. Next type “In
recognition for” and <Enter> and then “your help and” and then <Enter>.
Then type “support throughout” and <Enter> and then “the year.” and
<Enter>. Next press the space bar and then <Enter> and finally type
“November 1998”. Press the <Insert> key. Now press the <F8> key. You
will see that all of the lines are actually stacked on top of each other. This is
due to the fact that when entering new lines in the job by using the insert
key, the line parameters are taken from the line above until they are changed
by the user or by using a feature such as autoplate. Click on OK or press
<Enter> to exit the graphical view screen.
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Go to the Plate Menu and click on Autoplate. Type in the information as
shown in the picture below.
There are actually more lines on the plate than can be shown on the picture
above, so below is the information for lines 8 through 10.
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Click on the Okay button. Make sure that the line that is highlighted is the
first line. If it isn’t, press the up arrow key until the highlighted line is on
Presented to. Goto the Line Menu and then to Easy Arc. Enter the
following numbers in.
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Click on Okay. We have just arced the first line of our plate. Press the F8
key to look at the layout so far. When done, click on Okay.
Next we will add a border to our plate. Go to the Plate Menu and then to
Borders. Enter the following information in.
Click on Okay. We have just added a border to our plate. Press the F8 key
to look at our layout. When done, click on Okay. Finally, let’s save this job
for future reference. Go to the File Menu and then to Save Job. Name the
job SAMPLE2 and enter the job comments in. Press OK when finished.
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The job is now saved.
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The following is a list of all of the keyboard functions and hot keys for the
Vision Program:
While a job is open and you are in the main screen.
[TAB]
Moves to the next entry area.
[SHIFT]+[TAB]
Moves to the previous entry area.
[BACKSPACE]
Removes the next character or number
to the left.
[DELETE]
Removes the character or number at
the current cursor position.
[ENTER]
Accepts the field and moves to the next
position.
[ALT]
When pressed in conjunction with
other keys will give the extended key
functions.
[NUMLOCK]
Will lock the numeric keypad into
operation.
[CAPLOCK]
Will lock the keyboard on capital
letters.
[ARROW UP]
Moves to the previous entry field.
[ARROW DOWN]
Moves to next entry field.
[ESC]
Will return the previous figure if a
wrong entry is typed.
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[PAGE UP]
Moves to the previous line’s
information.
[PAGE DOWN]
Move to next line’s information.
[SHIFT]+[PAGE UP]
Moves to the previous plate, only when
multiple plates or batches are present.
[SHIFT]+[PAGE DOWN]
Moves to the next plate, only when
multiple plates or batches are present.
VISION special keys
[FUNCTION KEY 1] F1
On Line Help
[FUNCTION KEY 2] F2
Edit By Centers screen.
[FUNCTION KEY 4] F4
Manual Entry screen.
[FUNCTION KEY 5] F5
Auto Layout selection.
[FUNCTION KEY 7] F7
Box display screen.
[FUNCTION KEY 8] F8
Full graphic display screen.
[FUNCTION KEY 9] F9
Output current job to device driver.
[ALT]+[F]
Opens the File menu.
[ALT]+[E]
Opens the Extras menu.
[ALT]+[T]
Opens the Text menu.
[ALT]+[L]
Opens the Line menu.
[ALT]+[P]
Opens the Plate menu.
[ALT]+[O]
Opens the Options menu.
[ALT]+[X]
Opens the Extras menu.
[ALT]+[W]
Opens the Window menu.
[ALT]+[S]
Opens the System menu.
[ALT]+[Number]
Selects that job number to be the
current job.
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Within the text entry area, the following commands are available.
[ARROW LEFT]
Moves to the next character left.
[ARROW RIGHT]
Moves to the next character right.
[ARROW UP]
Moves to the previous text line.
[ARROW DOWN]
Moves to next text line.
[SHIFT]+[ARROW LEFT]
Moves to the character after the previous
subline marker.
[SHIFT]+[ARROW RIGHT
Moves to the character after the next subline
marker.
[HOME]
Sends the cursor to the first character of the
line.
[END]
Sends the cursor to the end of the line.
[DELETE]
Deletes the character at the current cursor
position.
[SHIFT]+[DELETE]
Deletes all characters on the current line.
[BACKSPACE]
Deletes the character left of the cursor
position.
[SHIFT]+[BACKSPACE]
Same as Shift-delete.
[SHIFT]+[PAGE UP]
Only when multiple plates or batches are
present, it moves to the previous plate.
[SHIFT]+[PAGE DOWN]
Only when multiple plates or batches are
present, it moves to the next plate.
[ALT]+[INSERT]
Will turn on/off the line insert mode.
[INSERT]
Allows you to insert text in the middle of an
existing line of text.
[>]
This will add one quarter of a space between
the characters in the text area of the main
screen.
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[<]
This will subtract one quarter of a space
between the characters in the text area of the
main screen.
VISION Serial Controller Hot keys
Series I Controller
F1
This will re-engrave the entire job that was
previously engraved.
Series II Controller
B1
This will re-engrave the entire job that was
previously engraved.
B2
This will backup 1 character for each time
you press this button.
B3
This will backup 1 line for each time you
press this button.
VE-810 Engraver
Home/Save
This will re-engrave the entire job that was
previously engraved.
Backup ABC
This will backup 1 character for each time
you press this button.
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Appendix B:
Troubleshooting
Problem 1:
When you try to engrave the job and it shows you an error like the
following:
Solution:
The software protection is not being recognized by the Vision Program.
If you have a Vision software chip in the Vision Serial Controller,
please see the following:
1) Make sure that the Vision Serial Controller is turned on and functioning
properly. (You can press the jog keys and if the table moves, then the
controller is functioning properly).
2) Make sure the Vision Engraving Software is configured for the correct
serial port in your computer. See problem 2 below for possible fix.
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3) Is there a dongle chip installed in the Vision Serial Controller? To check
this, take the cover of the serial controller off. Turn the controller on and
look at the back, right side of the main board inside the controller. If the
chip is installed, you will see a flashing red light on the main board labeled
LD13. If this is not flashing, then there is either no chip in socket IC10, a
pin is bent on the dongle chip or the dongle chip is bad.
If you have a Vision software key, please see the following:
1) The Key will not be detected and may not operate if a printer or device
plugged into the rear is switched off. Make sure that the printer plugged
into the Vision software protection key is turned ON. In situations where
this may cause difficulties, try plugging the printer or device into another
printer port instead of the key.
2) If another program is using a different software protection key, they can
be plugged together. If one program will not work, swap the order of the
two protection keys
3) The printer port must NOT be configured for Bi-Directional for the
Software Protection Key to work properly. If the Key does not work, you
must go into your computers CMOS setup. Each computer is a little
different, but on most computers, you can press the [DEL] key while the
computer is going through the memory test on boot up. Then go to the
section that says something about Peripherals. Then find the section that
says Parallel Port Mode and use the [Page Down] key to change the
selection. Press the [Page Down] key until it says either “Normal” or
“ECP”. These settings work the best. Then press the [Esc] key and then go
to the section that says Save Settings and press [Enter].
IMPORTANT: DO NOT plug a printer or scanner into the Software
Protection key if your printer or scanner has a plug on the back for you to
plug the Software Protection key into. Plug the dongle into the printer or
scanner.
Problem 2:
The status line at the bottom left corner of the screen says Device Failure.
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Solution:
The engraver is probably connected to the wrong serial port. Close all jobs,
go to the System Menu and then to Devices. Click on the machine type that
you have under the Avail Drivers. You will see a screen like the one below.
Change the Serial port number to a different port. Generally, the
engraver will be hooked up to either port 1 or 2. Once you change
the serial port number, click on Okay. You will now need to exit
Vision and go back into the program for the changes to take effect.
Problem 3:
The status line at the bottom left corner of the screen says Busy or Offline.
Solution:
1. Is the controller turned on?
2. Unplug the white cable that goes into the back of the Vision Serial
Controller and plug it back in. Make sure that the screws are tightened
securely.
3. There is a possible problem with the serial port in the computer. Shut the
system down and swap the mouse plug with the plug that goes to the
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engraver at the back of your computer. Turn the system back on and see if
the mouse works. If it does, go into Vision and see if the status line now
reads “Waiting”.
Problem 4:
You send the job to the controller but the start light on the Vision Serial
Controller doesn’t turn green.
Solution:
1. Check the cable that runs from your computer to the Vision Serial
Controller. Unplug both ends and plug back in.
2. Make sure that the controller is in the proper mode. This can only be a
problem if you have been using the D1.4 program to run the Vision engraver
and have not changed it back to the standard Vision mode. You do this by
pressing the F2 key on the Vision Controller and then pressing the Set
Surface/Lift key.
3. Make sure that your engraver is hooked up to the correct serial port. A
quick way to check this is to look at the status line at the bottom left corner
of the screen. If it says “Waiting”, then unplug the cable that runs from your
computer to the Vision Serial Controller and follow the steps below:
A) If the status line changes to “Offline” than you are hooked up to
the correct port. There could possibly be a problem with the Vision Serial
Controller. Call your local sales representative or Vision Engraving
Systems.
B) If the status line stays at “Waiting” than you are not on the
correct port. Vision is probably detecting a modem or sound card in your
computer as being the engraver. Close all jobs, go to the System Menu and
then to Devices. Click on the machine type that you have under the Avail
Drivers. You will see a screen like the one below.
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Change the Serial port number to a different port. Generally the engraver
will be hooked up to either port 1 or 2. Once you change the Serial port
number, click on Okay. You will now need to exit from Vision and go back
into the program for the changes to take effect.
If the status line now says “Offline”, then plug the cable back into the
controller and see if the status line changes to “Waiting”. If it does, then the
problem should be fixed. If not, repeat the last step but change the Serial
port to a different number.
Problem 5:
The engraver will stop in the middle of a job or take off and move to the
wrong place in the middle of a job.
Solution:
Check the Windows Com Port settings to make sure they are correct. To do
this, follow this sequence: Right mouse click on the My Computer icon on
your Windows desktop. Go to properties. Click on Device Manager.
Double click on Ports and then double click on the serial port that the
engraver is connected to. Click on Port Settings. The settings should look
like the picture below. If not, change them to match.
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Click on OK twice and then re start Vision.
Problem 6:
You start the Vision program and it gives you an error that reads:
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This problem normally occurs if you install Vision into a directory other
than the default directory (c:\viswin). This would have been done when you
installed Vision. It can easily be corrected by doing the following.
Solution:
The Vision fonts are not in the correct place or the Vision Program looks for
them in the wrong place. Go to the Windows Start Menu and click on
Programs. Then click on Vision Engraving Software and click on Edit
Vision Defaults. You will get the Windows notepad with a file called
Cipher.sys opened that will look like the following:
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You will need to change the default font directory to match the directory
where your Vision fonts are installed. Once you change this, go to the File
menu and save.
Problem 7: You try to engrave a plate with a border or cut out lines and it
does not engrave the outside edge.
Solution: From the Execute layout screen, make sure that you have selected
the “Ignore Clips” field.
Problem 8: You have loaded a logo, but it does not engrave anything where
the logo should be.
Solution: Make sure that you have a capital letter A entered in the text area
for the line that the logo is loaded.
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Appendix C: Error
Messages
The following is a list of the known Vision error messages.
#
Error Message
Probable Cause
2
File not found
Invalid name entered in load screens
3
Path not found
Invalid path entered in load screens
5
File access denied
A network file is in use
100
Disk read error
Floppy disk is removed
101
Disk write error
Floppy disk is removed
106
Invalid numeric format
Cipher.sys or driver file (.cdf) is corrupt
150
Disk is write-protected
Change write protect on disk
152
Drive not ready
Floppy disk is removed
154
CRC error in data
Bad sector on hard or floppy disk
156
Disk seek error
Bad file on disk
157
Unknown media type
Unformatted disk
158
Sector not found
Disk has an error
159
Printer out of paper
Printer is out of paper
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Device write fault
Printer paper is jammed
200
Division by zero
Zero was entered somewhere
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Index
A
E
About the Manual.................... 7
About Vision ....................... 143
Autoplate............................... 93
Each Word............................. 78
Easy Arc ................................ 85
Edit By Centers ..................... 90
Email Technical Support ..... 141
Engrave ................................. 57
Error Messages.................... 183
Estimates ............................. 119
Exit ........................................ 63
Explorer............................... 130
Extend A Plate..................... 153
B
Blank work area .................... 35
Block Display...................... 121
Borders.................................. 98
C
Calculator ............................ 127
Calendar .............................. 128
Cascade ............................... 126
Change Screen Font ............ 140
Chg Devices Temp .............. 134
Clipboard Paste ..................... 64
Close Job ............................... 60
Columnize ........................... 109
Condense Mode..................... 97
Copy...................................... 65
Copying from a disk .............. 24
Counts ................................. 120
Creating a simple job............. 35
D
Delete Line ............................ 83
Delete Subline ....................... 77
Device status area.................. 35
Devices................................ 131
Dimensions............................ 96
F
First Word ............................. 78
Fixed Arc............................... 83
Flush Job ............................... 61
Font Load .............................. 72
G
Goto Vision Web Site ......... 142
Goty XY .............................. 124
Graphic Display................... 122
Graphical Print ...................... 56
H
Hot Keys.............................. 171
I
Import Job ............................. 51
Insert Line ............................. 82
Insert Subline......................... 76
Installing The Vision Software15
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International Characters....... 129
Intro Screen ........................... 32
Repeats ................................ 105
Rotation ......................... 87, 101
L
S
License Agreement ................ 10
Load Job ................................ 47
Load Logo ............................. 67
Sample Job 1 ....................... 157
Sample Job 2 ....................... 165
Save Device Change............ 136
Save Job................................. 49
Serialize............................... 106
Starting Vision....................... 31
Suggestions.......................... 118
System Requirements ............ 12
M
Main Screen........................... 42
Manual Edit ........................... 91
Menu select line..................... 33
Merge Text ............................ 80
Moving Lines Graphically... 145
Multiple Job Entry............... 152
Multiples ............................. 102
N
New Job................................. 46
Notepad ............................... 126
Notes ....................................... 8
P
Pass Depths ......................... 116
Paste ...................................... 66
Pause Point ............................ 79
Preferences .......................... 135
Print Job Details .................... 54
R
Re-Engrave.......................... 151
Registration ............................. 9
Re-order............................... 123
T
Taking Inventory ..................... 9
Terminology .......................... 30
The Software Protection Key. 13
To Upper ............................... 77
Toolbar .................................. 33
Translate to Bar Code............ 75
Translate to Braille ................ 74
Troubleshooting................... 175
U
Underline ............................... 88
Undo Columnize.................. 115
V
View Screens ....................... 146
W
Welcome to Vision!................. 5
Windows reference line ......... 32
Index
187