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Old 09-12-2008, 16:07
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Default Useful Macro for Engraving

Hello, I've been looking through the posts here and at the macros on the main site... this looks to be a pretty active and informative place to be. I am looking to achieve some specific things with Corel and would like to get input for how to achieve them. I assumed that this functionality does not exsist and VBA would be required, so this forum seemed like a good place to start.

Things you need to know are:

There are two main ways I use Corel for engraving. Single item engraving and multiple items in one pass.

There are several templates I use to position artwork depending on what I am engraving.

If my positioning templates allow multiple items I may not need them all. Example - I go to engrave an order for 75 name plates but my template allows to engrave 100 in one pass.

There are a couple hundred drawings individually saved in its own file (If I try to use multiple layers the file becomes cumbersome).

I engrave multiple materials that require different laser settings.

Description of VBA or Existing function/software I am looking for:

What I'd like to be able to do is have a basic menu that prompts the user.

1. Engrave
2. Add/Delete (artwork from library)

If user selects (1.) then
A) Prompt for input of art catalog #(referenced by printed thumbnails of current artwork in a directory) then
B) Prompt for positioning template (file that has one or more squares that an instance of the artwork can cycle through and populate) then
C) Prompt for qty
D) Prompt for material selection to change printer driver settings

If user selects (2.) then
The main reason for this option is to password protect the artwork from accidental deletion, Import the new artwork into the proper directory and to reprint catalog from time to time.

I can spend some time on this over the next couple of weeks and I am requesting advice on ways to use existing Corel functionality. If any forum member can contribute any macros or code for any part of the functionality described I would appreciate it very much.

Keep in mind
I am on version X3
On a scale from 1 to 10 in VBA I rank about a 2.5
I will post the resulting code/macro for others here who could use it

TIA - inaph
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