If you are a designer who works with CorelDRAW software, you might be interested in eCut, a plugin that provides more than 40 different functions to enhance your design experience. eCut is a design toolkit created specifically for CorelDRAW software[^1^]. It allows you to create shapes, vectors, and cut lines for various applications, such as outdoor signs, light boxes, neon and LED signs, vinyl, CNC machines, or laser cutters[^2^].
In this article, we will give you a brief overview of eCut and some of its main features. We will also show you how to download and install eCut for CorelDRAW and how to activate it. Finally, we will provide some links to help you learn more about eCut and its functions.
eCut is a separate DLL file that you can launch only using macros. That is why VBA is necessary to use the plugin[^2^]. eCut has a user-friendly interface that integrates with CorelDRAW and gives you access to various tools and features. Some of the most useful functions of eCut are:
Nesting: This function allows you to arrange multiple shapes on a sheet of material in an optimal way to minimize waste and save costs. You can choose between true shape nesting, which fits the shapes according to their contours, or rectangle nesting, which fits the shapes according to their bounding boxes.
Cutter: This function allows you to prepare your design for cutting or plotting on different devices. You can create cut lines, weeding lines, crop marks, contour cutting files, and optimize the cutting path. You can also separate curves, remove duplicate edges, slice shapes, and connect opened paths.
Measure: This function allows you to measure various parameters of your design, such as perimeter, area, cost, time, volume, etc. You can also create reference scales and hotwire cutting files.
Effects: This function allows you to apply various effects to your design, such as creating lines, grids, drafts, LEDs, neon, variable edge rolls, eyelets, etc.
CAD: This function allows you to perform various CAD operations on your design, such as creating bridges, center lines, fillet curves, reducing nodes, composite signboxes, clever divide carriers, etc. You can also export your design as DXF files.
Useful: This function allows you to perform various useful operations on your design, such as aligning objects, setting sizes, replacing shapes, finding duplicates or intersections,
How to download and install eCut for CorelDRAW?
To download eCut for CorelDRAW, you can visit the official website of eCut at http://eng.e-cut.ru/ or http://ecutsoft.com/. You can choose between a free trial version or a paid version. The free trial version allows you to use all the functions of eCut for 14 days. The paid version costs $69 and gives you a lifetime license for one computer.
To install eCut for CorelDRAW, you need to have CorelDRAW X3 or higher installed on your computer. You also need to have VBA enabled in CorelDRAW. Then you can follow these steps:
Download the eCut installer file from the website.
Run the installer file and follow the instructions on the screen.
Launch CorelDRAW and open a new document.
In CorelDRAW menu bar go to Tools > Macros > Run Macro...
In Macro name list select GlobalMacros > Install_eCut6 > Run
In Install_eCut6 dialog box click Install button
After installing eCut for CorelDRAW, you should see a new toolbar with the eCut icon on it. You can click on it to access the eCut functions.