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VersaCAMM, Mac and Virtual PC 7: user report

Posted on Tue, 30 Nov 2004 at 10:36



Hello all,

I have recently installed a VersaCAMM SP-300 and although the primary Design/RIP station is Windows XP box, I also have it running quite nicely from an Apple iBook! For your information, here is the setup:
14'' Apple iBook 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4, 768MB DDR SDRAM, 60GB HDD, SuperDrive (DVD+-RW/CD-RW), Microsoft Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac with Windows XP Pro(with the 7.01 update installed) and Roland COLORIP vr 2.01.
VPC7 installed glitch-free in 31 minutes and from then on it was just a matter of loading the Roland RIP and SP-300 driver. There was a bit of an issue with the COLORIP in that all of the files did not install, so I merely copied the ones that didn't over from another network drive; problem solved. I also have CorelDRAW12 and Photoshop 7.0, both for Windows, installed and working just fine. The only item that required a bit of reading was to get the USB functionality working. If one follows the online help to the letter, and in sequence, it works just fine. Although I have only trialed smaller jobs so far with the iBook, the RIP seems to perk right along, even though it is not quite as fast as on the PC (which was expected, but quite acceptable for all but the largest jobs). No lock-ups, hiccups etc.; just as it is on the PC but a tad slower. I would expect that a G5 Mac with 2GB of RAM would be even better. Plus, it's kind of cool to just drag and drop a photo or file from the Mac over to the XP Window! If anyone has any comments or questions, please post and I will keep you up to date.

Salut!
Lyle Chamney
Do Tell Graphics
Québec, QC

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Anonymous says: Hello Lyle! We are just wondering if it worths to buy the new VersaCamm SP-540V. I see you are using the SP-300. What's your opinion on the machine? Is it good enough for outdoor use? Have you encountered ...

Hello Lyle!

We are just wondering if it worths to buy the new VersaCamm SP-540V. I see you are using the SP-300. What's your opinion on the machine? Is it good enough for outdoor use? Have you encountered any problems with it? Any weak sides? We will appreciate your advice as we haven't used a printer/cutter since now. Thanks.

Lina Stefanova
Tonal Co.
Bulgaria

tsvetelinas@yahoo.com

posted on: Tue, 11/30/2004 - 7:11pm
Anonymous says: Hello Lina, I would have gone for the SP-540 instead of the SP-300 except for the following reasons: 1) time - I was informed by my very capable dealer that a realistic delivery date for the 540 would ...

Hello Lina,

I would have gone for the SP-540 instead of the SP-300 except for the following reasons: 1) time - I was informed by my very capable dealer that a realistic delivery date for the 540 would be late Dec. 2004 or early Jan. 2005; too long of a wait for me 2) space - I really do not have the room!...for the machine and to handle the wider output for lamination/layup, etc. 3) cost - although very competitive and I could have done it, the other two factors were the determining ones. So far , the machine has performed flawlessly and up to and exceeding my expectations. I have had more difficulty dealing with learing the ins and outs of the ancillary equipment that I haven't used before, i.e. a cold roll laminator and a t-shirt press :) As I have mentioned in this forum before, all the machines discussed here have their pros and cons, but the main one for me, anyways, is a dealer who is reputable, has techs that really know what they are doing and are there any time I have a question (have their cell phone numbers!)...I really could not ask for any better! Plus, I am a tad biased towards Roland as I have used their equipment (cutters, pen plotters and digital pianos!) for over 20 years and have yet to have a problem with any of them that I haven't inflicted upon them myself :) Hope this helps.

Lyle Chamney
Do Tell Graphics
Québec, QC.

posted on: Tue, 11/30/2004 - 7:45pm

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