Roland Stika Design Cutter Driver For Mac

Apple Mac users sometimes feel like the red-headed step-children of the computing world. They have this great hardware, but most of the software on the market isn’t compatible.

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It’s not much different in the sign industry. Despite Apple’s legacy in desktop publishing, the Computer-Aided Sign industry is largely a Windows world. SAI and CADlink no longer offer MAC versions of their popular FlexiSign or SignLab software. CorelDRAW, another popular vector design platform, is also limited to the Windows platform.

Do MAC users who want to run vinyl cutters have to, as my Apple- loving Dad would say, “go to the Dark Side” and buy a Windows PC? Not necessarily. There is another option, but it requires the use of Adobe Illustrator and a brand name plotter. The good news is, those plotters are very good.

The Power of the Plug-in

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Although you can no longer buy FlexiSign for MAC, you can get MAC compatible software from Adobe. Illustrator, Adobe’s vector design application, is fully MAC compatible and is more than adequate for designing vinyl graphics. This should not be surprising because the .AI and .EPS file formats used for most sign industry clip art are derived from Adobe Illustrator and postscript drivers.

So if you have Adobe Illustrator, you can create vector vinyl signs and graphics. The problem with designing in Illustrator is the lack of plotter drivers. This is where the power of the plug-in becomes apparent. Plug-ins are software applications that are designed to work, not as standalone products, but as specific features inserted into other applications. All Graphtec and Roland vinyl cutters come with bundled software that includes a MAC-compatible plug-in for Adobe Illustrator.

Graphtec Studio & Cutting Master

Fig. 1: Graphtec Cutting Master 3 is a powerful MAC-compatible plug-in for Illustrator

Graphtec Studio is a basic vector design application that includes file management tools, standard editing tools, quick- edit toolbars, style tools, fill and stroke editing, shapes, gradient and pattern fills, shape libraries, welding tools, and more. Bitmap tracing and offset path tools make it easy to turn jpegs into contour-cut decals for shirts and signs. The software’s drop-down menus, graphical icons, preview area and drawing areas, and interactive side panels make it easy to learn and use.

Roland Stika Design Cutter Driver For Mac

Cutting Master 3 is a plug-in that adds a Cut/Plot function to Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW enabling DRAW and Illustrator users to send files to the plotter directly from their design software. Cutting Master also has plotter controller tools like weed borders, position, size, copies, rotation, etc.

In addition to allowing Corel and Adobe users to work in a familiar interface, Cutting Master has excellent support for contour cutting. It supports ten different kinds of Graphtec registration marks, and supports contour-cutting multiple copies on roll or sheet media. It allows users to change cutting tool conditions, cutting parameters, weeding line settings, and more.
System Requirements: Both Cutting Master 3 and Graphtec Studio work with MAC OS10.4 – 8 and are compatible with OS X Maverick. A Macintosh with an Intel Core processor is required. There is one important caveat. The Cutting Master 3 plug-in only works with full retail versions of Adobe® Illustrator CS4 through Creative Cloud. Student licenses may not work.

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Roland CutStudio

Fig. 2: Roland CutStudio is the newest in a long line of plug-ins for their cutters dating back to the 90’s.

Roland DGA also offers a MAC-friendly software solution for its vinyl cutters. Roland has been at this for quite a while. Their Stika hobby desktop cutters were among the first to offer a bundled software solution that doubled as a simple vector design program and a plug-in for Corel and Adobe customers. What started with the Stika as CutChoice is now called Roland CutStudio and comes with every Roland plotter from the 8″ Stika to the 64″ GX Pro 640.

Dr Stika Software

Cut Studio can be used as a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, or as a basic standalone design application. As a standalone program, it’s certainly not comparable to Adobe’s flagship vector design product, but for those who don’t have Illustrator, it offers a basic signmaking application. It supports common design functions including, rotate, resize, and text on a path. It quickly and easily enlarges, reduces, positions, rotates, and mirrors images, and it has a very powerful but easy-to-use bitmap tracing function. And it’s compatible with OS 9/X, including Maverick.

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Even though Roland has changed the name of their plug-in to CutStudio, the original CutChoice label may be more appropriate. Because these bundled design applications give MAC users a choice they wouldn’t otherwise have. Thanks to Graphtec Studio, Cutting Master 3, and Roland CutStudio, you can still buy a new vinyl cutter for your MAC sign shop or get into sign making with your new MACbook. There are still far fewer MAC than Windows users, so your software and hardware choices are limited. But they’re very, very good. You’ll pay a little more for your hardware, but you’ll have top quality equipment that will last for years.

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The ultimate portable vinyl cutters.
  • List Price

    SV-8 £379

    SV-12 £579

    SV-15 £699

The ultimate hobby and craft cutting machines for offices, schools, restaurants and stores, STIKA craft cutters produce stickers, decals, labels, iron-ons and more. Creating custom vinyl graphics has never been more affordable.

Small Roland, Big Features

For a compact product in its price-range and class, the STIKA desktop cutter has a variety of big features that make it stand out. Bundled with CutStudio software, STIKA machines also feature a simple USB connection for plug in and go simplicity and a sheet adjust lever for handling a wide range of media.

Available in 3 Sizes

Accepts 215mm wide media and cuts up to 157mm wide

Accepts 304mm wide media and cuts up to 248mm wide

Accepts381mm media and cuts up to 337mm wide

Easy and Fun to Use

Making professional-looking graphics is simple with the STIKA desktop cutter. Simply design your graphics with the bundled Roland CutStudio software, cut the graphics, peel away the excess vinyl, and apply. It’s that easy. You can even contour cut pre-printed graphics using your desktop printer and the STIKA driver.

Use a Range of Masks and Materials

Heat transfer
Reflective vinyls
Etching material

A Simple Print then Cut Solution

In addition to cutting vinyl and other materials, STIKA craft cutters can be used as a simple and cost-effective solution for contour cutting printed graphics. Simply include print registration marks on pre-printed graphics which can then be loaded into the STIKA and accurately contour cut.

CutStudio Software Included

Every STIKA comes with Roland CutStudio. This powerful vinly cutting software lets you reduce, re-position, rotate, tile and mirror images. It enlarges images as crisp as original size and cuts TrueType fonts without outlining. CutStudio supports BMP, JPG, STX, AI, and EPS file formats. Plugins for Adobe Illustrator (Mac and PC) and Corel Draw (PC) are also included. Learn more about CutStudio.

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