How to Download and Install FineCut 8 for Illustrator
FineCut 8 is a cutting software that works with Adobe Illustrator to create and edit cutting data for various Mimaki cutting plotters. FineCut 8 supports Illustrator versions from 8.0.1 to CC 2018, but not CC 2019. If you want to use FineCut 8 with Illustrator, here are the steps you need to follow:
Go to the Mimaki website and find the download page for FineCut 8 for Illustrator[^1^].
Select your operating system and download the appropriate upgrade file. You will need a FineCut product CD-ROM to install the upgrade.
Run the upgrade file and follow the instructions on the screen. You may need to insert your FineCut CD-ROM during the installation process.
Restart your computer and launch Illustrator. You should see a FineCut menu on the top bar.
To create or edit cutting data, select FineCut > Create/Output Cutline from the menu. You can also access other FineCut features from the menu.
Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded and installed FineCut 8 for Illustrator. Now you can enjoy the benefits of this powerful cutting software for your projects.What are the Features of FineCut 8 for Illustrator
FineCut 8 for Illustrator is a plug-in software that allows you to design, create and output cutting data for various Mimaki cutting plotters from inside Adobe Illustrator. FineCut 8 for Illustrator has many features that can enhance your cutting workflow and quality, such as:
Easy creation of cut lines and registration marks with various options and settings.
Support for multiple cutting layers and color separation.
Ability to output cutting data directly to a cutting plotter or save it as a file.
Support for contour cutting, perforation cutting, half-cutting, creasing and embossing.
Ability to edit cutting data on Illustrator or on the FineCut preview window.
Support for overcut, corner cut, tangential emulation and other advanced cutting functions.
Ability to create and output barcode data for automatic recognition of cutting conditions.
Support for ID cut function that enables accurate alignment of print and cut.
Ability to output to laser engraving machines of other manufacturers with FineCut 9 upgrade[^2^].
With FineCut 8 for Illustrator, you can enjoy the benefits of a powerful cutting software that works seamlessly with your design software. FineCut 8 for Illustrator can help you create high-quality and efficient cutting projects for various applications and materials.How to Use FineCut 8 for Illustrator for Your Projects
Once you have downloaded and installed FineCut 8 for Illustrator, you can start using it for your cutting projects. Here are some basic steps to follow:
Create or open your design on Illustrator. You can use any tools or features of Illustrator to create your design.
Select the objects or paths that you want to cut and go to FineCut > Create/Output Cutline from the menu. A dialog box will appear where you can adjust the settings for your cut line, such as color, width, position, type and direction.
Click OK to create the cut line. You can see the cut line on your design as a dashed line. You can also edit the cut line by using the FineCut tools on the toolbar or by double-clicking on the cut line.
If you want to create multiple cutting layers or color separation, you can use the FineCut Layer function. Go to FineCut > Layer from the menu and a dialog box will appear where you can add, delete, rename or reorder your cutting layers. You can also assign different colors or cutting conditions to each layer.
When you are ready to output your cutting data, you can choose one of the following options: Output directly to a cutting plotter connected to your computer, save the cutting data as a file on your computer, or output to a laser engraving machine of other manufacturers with FineCut 9 upgrade[^3^]. To output directly to a cutting plotter, go to FineCut > Output from the menu and select your plotter model and settings. To save the cutting data as a file, go to FineCut > Save Cut Data from the menu and select the file format and location. To output to a laser engraving machine, go to FineCut > Output Laser Engraving Machine from the menu and select your machine model and settings.
That's it! You have successfully used FineCut 8 for Illustrator for your cutting project. You can check out some examples of FineCut projects on Mimaki's website or on YouTube. You can also explore other features and functions of FineCut 8 for Illustrator by reading the user manual or visiting Mimaki's website. 061ffe29dd