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Kiwib0y

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11-02-2015 05:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: computer program

With so many talented woodworkers out there is there anyone who can suggest a computer program that I can use to stretch, enlarge or generally manipulate designs or figures, I find so many good designs but will not fit the size of projects I propose to use it for. Weather it is for Marquetry or scroll sawing down here in New Zealand it is hard to find some one who can appreciate what I am doing.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand


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#1 posted 11-02-2015 05:14 AM

Yep….it is called “Sketch-up” Might have to download a bit of it….

As for myself, I use a Single Brain Cell Sketch-up.

Most on here will use the “normal” Sketch Up Programs….

I’m sure someone will soon show up with a site for you to download from.

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 06:31 AM

Here 1 New Zealander been bought up to speed with technology, I thought Sketch up was 3D only. back to the computer.. Thanks bandit571

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 06:36 AM

Sounds like you are looking for something to manipulate patterns for cutting out on the scroll saw? If so, between Gimp and Inkscape (both free), you can do most anything needed.

Cheers,
Brad

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Kiwib0y

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 07:13 AM

Thanks for your guidance Brad.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#5 posted 11-02-2015 02:59 PM

I really do like Corel Draw but it may be more than what you are looking for.

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#6 posted 11-02-2015 07:35 PM

If they are basic 2D drawings Draftsight isn’t bad and it’s free

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#7 posted 11-02-2015 09:24 PM

I do quite a bit of scroll saw work with puzzles and such. I will scan a pattern to jpeg and then insert it into PowerPoint. Once there I can change the size or make it longer or shorter. It is one way to do it.

As a footnote…...I got really upset using the AWFUL software with my HP scanner. I now use a program called Vuescan for all my scanning and works with a huge number of different scanners.

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#8 posted 11-03-2015 03:22 AM

Big print.you load the drawing on to the graph paper format,tell it how big the squares are.and it sizes it.

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Kiwib0y

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#9 posted 11-03-2015 06:09 AM

Thanks for the reply guy’s, certainly gives lots of wanted options.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#10 posted 11-03-2015 02:50 PM

I use inkscape. PM sent.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#11 posted 11-03-2015 04:43 PM

If all I’m doing is enlarging or shrinking an image my printer does that for me to the extent of the 8X11” paper it uses. If I need bigger than my HP Officejet can provide, I put a copy on my usb drive and go to Staples.

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#12 posted 11-03-2015 04:57 PM

sketchup is great for 3d and can even give you cut lists with the plug in

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#13 posted 11-03-2015 09:13 PM

I think he is looking for a program to draw and re-draw designs for cutting in marquetry (or general scrollsaw). Sketchup isn’t any good for that.
The nice thing about vector graphic programs like Inkscape is that you can do all the manipulations you like with the lines at any size and then re-size to any other size and retain (or change) the line thickness. This is really important for accurate cutting.
There are several of these but Inkscape is free and does all I need it to do.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#14 posted 11-04-2015 06:21 PM

If you only want to enlarge or reduce an image, you can do it with a copy machine.

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#15 posted 11-05-2015 04:11 AM

......... but the line thickness will change with the size.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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