1995. New Ceres Solutions developped SignofNCS, the first plug-in based solution ever developped to drive cutting plotters directly from Adobe Illustrator 5.5 on MacOS 7.6.
2000. Our solution is worldwide known and used under the name NCS MagiSign. It runs over Adobe Illustrator 8, and later over Adobe Illustrator 9 and Adobe Illustrator 10 over Mac OS 8 and later Mac OS 9. It evolves on regular basis to enlarge its compatibility with new versions of Adobe Illustrator and Mac OS.
2009. NCS MagiSign 2.3 is available for :
- Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3 on Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
- Adobe Illustrator CS 1.0.2 on Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
- Adobe Illustrator CS 2.0 on Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
- Adobe illustrator CS 3.0 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
- Adobe illustrator CS 4.0 on Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
The current version 2.3.3 includes all the minor releases we develop to add new drivers
A simple USB cable is enough to drive the major brand of cutters using our solution, as we developped our own USB driver to proceed from Adobe Illustrator over Mac OS X. This includes i.e. :
- Graphtec FC5000, FC7000 and FC8000, CE3000 and CE5000 series and CraftROBO-Pro series
- Summa SummaCut series, SummaCut Pharos series, SummaSign and SummaSign Pro series, and Summa S Class series (with OPOS)
- Mutoh Ultima series
In addition to those NCS USB internal drivers to drive those cutters through a direct USB-USB cable, NCS MagiSign drives more than 300 other models of cutting plotters through serial cable with or without USB-to-serial adapter from all the most recent Apple computer models (G4, G5, etc...). Among those are all the major brand models from this industry : Allen Datagraph, Aristo, Dilli, GCC, Graphtec, Ioline, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland, Summa, Zünd,...
Some of you will be happy to discover we keep in touch with some legacy plotters brands : Anagraph, Aristomat, New Star, Houston Instrument, Summagraphics, Wild,..
Driving a Zund, a Wild or an old Roland Camm-1 PNC 1000 for instance from a most recent Mac (MacIntel) running the latest OS (Leopard), Adobe Illustrator 10.0.3, Adobe Illustrator CS 1.0.2, Adobe Illustrator CS 2 or Adobe Illustrator CS 3 with NCS MagiSign 2.0 is an astonishing rebirth experience !
Some other plotters could be driven also through our generic drivers for HP-GL, DM-PL and GP-GL cutting plotters. Other drivers added on regular basis...
Our mission is to continue the development of our products in a way that make our solutions as open as possible to the graphic world, as we are convinced the conception of signs or screen printed artworks is not a different job, but just a part of the graphic world and, by the way, must be approached by developers as an extension of existing tools, and not as the object of dedicated and closed software.
We commonly share cutting experiences with our customers through forums there and elswhere.
NCS is one of the major sponsor of Lalogotheque.com, the french "bank of vectorial logos", where you may download few thousand logos in Illustrator format for free.
This french website offers logos, not to diffuse them in purposes of hacking or forgery, but to facilitate all the printing professions to found them easily for their graphic creations.
The same offers dedicated forums where a majority of french graphic peoples are sharing their experiences on regular basis.
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