James Leonard’s Artwork Optimizer Standard – 64-Bit version now available

Written by Jeff Harrison
April 8, 2013

Now that some users are moving towards the 64 bit version of CorelDRAW X6, some macros and add-ons are being re-written for that environment.

This particular plugin performs shape sequence / stacking order optimization inside CorelDRAW.

The new version is compatible with CorelDRAW X6 (64 bit only)

Note: A 32-bit version is available here.

It
rearranges the objects in a drawing so they can be processed in the
optimum order for cutting on a vinyl cutter, laser or CNC cutting
system.

The optimization of the cutting order speeds up
cutting; and in the case of vinyl cutters, also improves accuracy. The
reason is that the vinyl is fed back and forth through the machine to a
lesser degree.

It’s common for objects to become scattered in the stacking order due to cut-and-paste and other operations. (Jeff’s note: especially after using a nesting tool such as ecut which aggressively optimizes spacing of various shapes to save material: ecut was used in advance for the examples below. The Artwork Optimizer does not nest shapes).
The red lines and arrows show the sequence in which the drawing will be processed.

Here’s some sample files showing before and after.

The
difference is dramatic: the Artwork Optimizer has processed drawings as
large as 12000 objects and the 6000 object drawing used during
development rearranged the elements in about 10 seconds. Files such as
the above only take a few seconds.

Compatible with CorelDRAW X6 (64 bit only) on Windows 7 / Windows 8

Note: A 32-bit version is available here.

Here’s The new version!

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Jeff Harrison

Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular MacroMonster.com site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at coreldraw.com.

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