NCS MagiSign
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Adobe Illustrator plug-in creates custom plotter signs.   Demo ($299.00)
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NCS MagiSign allows you to create custom signs in 4 simple steps using Adobe Illustrator 10, CS, CS2, CS3 or CS4 over Mac OS 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6 (not all version of Adobe Illustrator are compatible with all those system one). NCS MagiSign is compatible with over 350 cutting plotters (major brands)
What's New
Version 2.3.3:
  • Added a solution to drive cutting plotter over OS X 10.6.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Adobe Illustrator 10 or later, Sign cutting plotter.





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nicksloan reviewed on 06 Sep 2009
Ok, better late then never.
So far as I know, MagiSign provides the only way to drive a cutter-plotter directly from Illustrator on a Mac. And it works, simply and beautifully. I have been using it for years, through many versions of AI and OS X. Sometimes it takes a little while to be updated, and currently there seem to be issues with the PPC version of the Leopard driver, but generally it is good.

If you use Illustrator for design, and if you need to output to a cutter-plotter, then the chances are that you are doing both professionally, in which case the price, though high, is not so much of an issue. It is a huge advantage to be able to cut directly from AI without having to use a bridging app.

Installation is a little tricky, especially if you are having to use a serial adapter to connect to your cutter: you have to follow the instructions to the letter, but once correctly installed, MagiSign is accessed as a palette in AI, and sending a job to cut is as simple as printing, with plenty of flexibility in terms of orientation, scale, offsets etc. It is worth noting that you will need a spare USB port for the hardware key.

I am a little puzzled as to why there is not more up-to-date information on the NCS website, which often fails to show the latest version, but an email to the developer (info@magisign.com) is all it takes. There are in fact specific versions up to Leopard/CS4, though possibly not demo versions, which may explain why the last version listed here is over 3 years old.
[Version 1.9.3]

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Nicksloan replied on 27 Feb 2014
This software has served me well in the past, though not without compatibility issues, and I wish it could continue to do so, but it appears that CS4 is the last version of Illustrator to be supported, and the dev no longer answers my emails. Time to look elsewhere—and unless you have a bundled version of MacSign Cut there is not now very much to look at on the Mac side of things.
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itbedave commented on 12 Jun 2007
I'm very interested in this software - but I've yet to find a single review online anywhere from anyone who's used it under OSX 10.4 in a production environment of any kind. So I'm looking for real-world feedback.

I also wonder if - @ $249 - it wouldn't be more economical to purchase a used PC and the necessary software? Sure, it's more convenient to use directly from your Mac. But if it were a $99 plug-in, I would be more apt to diving in head-first.
[Version 1.9.3]

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Mrelcee replied on 24 Mar 2010
Isn't really the only option. The app I am using doesn't get promoted nearly enough in my opinion, and should be a lot better known.

I have been very happy using SignCut Pro (www.signcutpro.com)

has an export from illustrator plugin to external app that does quite well giving weed line features, cut by color, scaling,tiling. controls tons of apps. works great with a keyspan usb to rs232 adapter with all sorts of old plotters...

Can get it dongled or pay monthly/yearly subscription fees. I was thinking about using my old already paid for windows plotter control app (cocut) to cut while designing from my Mac and finally gave up - it's easier going single platform.

I have no affiliation or personal stake in the developer..
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Downloads:6,031
Version Downloads:1,899
Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Demo
Date:27 Feb 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $299.00
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NCS MagiSign allows you to create custom signs in 4 simple steps using Adobe Illustrator 10, CS, CS2, CS3 or CS4 over Mac OS 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 or 10.6 (not all version of Adobe Illustrator are compatible with all those system one). NCS MagiSign is compatible with over 350 cutting plotters (major brands)


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