faqs

general frequently asked questions

general frequently asked questions

general frequently asked questions

faqs
faqs
faqs

yes, but only on the same computer that the trial version was installed on.

once you have opened the files in the release version and resaved them, you can then open them on any computer running the program.

if you do have files that were created in the trial version that you need to keep and use, it is a good idea to open and save them as soon as possible after installing the release version as any problems or hardware changes to the PC could prevent the program from opening those files from the trial version.

this article applies to the following Version 8.0 full and trial software:

  • Aspire
  • VCarve Pro
  • VCarve Desktop
  • Cut2D Desktop
  • Cut2D Pro

steps to use tutorial files.

  1. open trial software
  2. click video tutorial browser in left hand panel
  3. click view tutorials under by category
  4. click wing spar under the getting started heading
  5. click download files
  6. open downloaded installer and run it, following on screen instructions
  7. go back to internet browser with the tutorial window and press F5
  8. this will change the “download files” to “view files
  9. click on “view files” and you will be able to open the CRV files which contain toolpathing you can export with the appropriate Post Processor for your machine. please be sure to edit the existing toolpathing to correct the tool settings and Cut depth to be suitable for your machine to avoid creating commands that may damage your machine and toolbits.

if you are trying to decide which Vectric program will best suit your needs, you can find a software comparison chart at the link below.

if you need more information than that, asking on the main forum should get you some answers from experienced users, plus you can always download the free trial versions of the programs and work with your designs.

Click here to see the Vectric Software Comparison chart

when purchasing new software for your CNC machine it is vitally important to test that it is fully compatible before purchase. this applies to all Vectric software when purchasing for the first time.

to test if your CNC setup is compatible with our software, you will need to first download the trial edition for the software of your choice.

Vectric software is intercompatible and all use the same Post Processor files (except Cut3D and PhotoVCarve) so if one product is comptaible then the other software options will also be comptaible.

download the lastest trial software from: trial software downloads

yes, Aspire, VCarve Pro/Desktop and Cut2D Pro/Desktop have the ability to import the toolpaths that have been created in Cut3D (.v3d), Vector Art’s 3D Machinist (.v3m) and PhotoVCarve (.pvc).

once imported, the toolpaths can be used as part of the design in larger projects.

note: while Aspire is capable of almost all operations the other programs can perform, the ability to import toolpaths from these programs was included to provide flexibility between users.

here is an overview on how you would do this:

  • you first need to setup and create the toolpaths in Cut3D, 3D Machinist (limited to Vector Art 3D’s .v3m file format) or PhotoVCarve and save the file.
  • then in Aspire, VCarve Pro or Cut2D you would use the command file > import > import PhotoVCarve or Cut3D toolpaths.
  • once imported you can use the visible grayscale of the image and position it where you want for the project’s design. the program will then automatically provide an offset to ensure that is where the toolpaths will machine in your project.

click here to find a tutorial on importing 3D toolpaths into Aspire or VCarve Pro

click here to find a two part tutorial on importing a 3D project into Cut2D

note: some tutorial material is written for Vector Art 3D’s free 3D machinist program. the steps for Cut3D would be identical.

yes, for Aspire, VCarve and Cut2D, the trial software is available in alternative languages through our spanish website.

while the website is in spanish, the trial installers have our full range of International languages included.

for PhotoVCarve and Cut3D, the trial versions are available only in their English version.

if you are interested in what language versions may be available for purchase, contact support@vectric.com and we will help you.

no, you cannot activate a trial version.

when you purchase the program, you will receive an email with detailed instructions and a download link for the full version of the software. follow these instructions and you should have the full version installed and running quickly.

all Vectric products are available for purchase by registered educational establishments and we have very special pricing available for classroom licenses.

please send an email to sales@vectric.com for further information.

educational purchases cannot be made via the webstore front, only via the sales team.

vectric’s license allows any of our software programs to be installed on up to 3 PC’s for a single user.

if access to any one of the computers is shared with work colleagues, or anyone who is likely to access the software, then the software must only be installed onto one computer.

there is no time limit for your use of the trial versions.

however, to ensure the latest changes are included in the trial version available for download, they do have an expiration date and you may see a message that the trial version you have installed has expired. if this happens, simply download and install the latest trial version from the website.

each program comes with an assortment of sample files. you can open these in the trial version; adjust the toolpaths for your machine and save them with the correct post processor. then, with these toolpaths you can actually cut the sample files on your machine to be sure it is compatible.

once you have successfully cut the sample files at your machine, you can explore and create other designs in the trial version and see the results in the toolpath preview, having assurance that it would machine successfully at your CNC.

the Aspire, VCarve, Cut3D, PhotoVCarve and Cut2D software products will all run on virtually all home PC’s and do not require any special hardware or graphics card.

Aspire, VCarve Pro/Desktop and Cut2D Pro/Desktop software is 64Bit and 32Bit, and will work on both 32bit and 64bit Operating systems.

Cut3D and PhotoVCarve software is 32bit, and will work on both 32bit and 64bit Operating systems.

Vectric Software does not support Windows 8RT as this is not a full edition of Windows.

for running Aspire and VCarve Pro/Desktop we recommend a higher minimum PC specification:

computer:

2 Ghz multi Core CPU

2Gb RAM with Windows XP(SP3), Windows Vista & Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
300 Mb Disk space (Program)

DVD drive required for Media DVD if purchased.

7.7GB additional disk space required if you wish to store
the tutorials and clipart supplied, on your hard drive

display: 

1024 x 768 Graphics display

operating System:

Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or Windows 10 with 2Gb RAM

other:

a PDF reader program (such as Adobe PDF Reader) is required to read the documentation

 

for running Cut2D Pro/Desktop we recommend a higher minimum PC specification:

computer:

2 Ghz CPU
2Gb RAM with Windows XP(SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10
250 Mb Disk space (Program)

DVD drive required for Media DVD if purchased.

2GB additional disk space required if you wish to store
the tutorials and clipart supplied, on your hard drive

display: 

1024 x 768 Graphics display

operating System:

WindowsXP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 with 2Gb RAM

other:

a PDF reader program (such as Adobe PDF Reader) is required to read the documentation

 

the minimum PC specification for Cut3D and PhotoVCarve is:

computer:

1 GHz Pentium 4
512 Mb RAM
60 Mb Free disk space
CD Drive

display: 

1024 x 768 Graphics display

operating System:

WindowsXP (SP3), Windows Vista,  Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10

other:aA PDF reader program (such as Adobe PDF Reader) is required to read the documentation

 

 

note: The Intel 82810 & 82815 integrated graphics cards must be set to run in 16 bit color mode.

more Details: For more details contact – support@vectric.com

the trial versions will let you use all functions within the software with the exception of saving the toolpaths and performing some export functions.

the pro versions of the trials also do not allow you to use additional gadgets.

there are a collection of special “trial version specific” files made available for each program that are setup so you can save the toolpaths from them and verify compatibility with your CNC machine by actually machining the samples.

for Aspire, VCarve Pro/Desktop and Cut2D Pro/Desktop these are found in the getting started tutorials from the video tutorial browser.
for more information about these tutorials please use the link for “how do i use tutorials in the trial edition?” seen below.

you can also access the trial projects from the option evaluation files to machine found on the first screen of the trial.

Cut3D comes with a set of trial files that are accessed from the trials start screen.

PhotoVCarve can work with any photo image however restricts the toolpath output by applying a watermark to all images.