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I just played around with nsis and the outcome is a Windows-Installer for VisiCut (see Downloads).
This installer installs VisiCut, it’s Inkscape-Extension, adds VisiCut to the PATH-Variable and also contains an Uninstaller which reverses all those operations.
If you are a Windows user, please try if it works correctly and if you are able to use VisiCut from Inkscape without further modification (Extensions->Lasercut Path->Open with VisiCut).
This relase contains many bugfixes and some improvements and an UNTESTED driver for the Lasersaur. I will add the changelog as soon as I have more time. Since I have no Lasersaur, I could not test the Code yet, so IT IS DANGEROUS TO USE ON A REAL LASERSAUR DEVICE.
in the last commit, I added LibLaserCut as a Git-Submodule in the lib/ folder of the VisiCut project. It contains a complete NetBeansProject (github.com/t-oster/LibLaserCut), whose build-scripts are also executed, when building VisiCut.
This makes maintenance and sync of both projects much easier and also, you always have the source of all Laser-relevant java files.
If you update now, the folder will be empty, because Submodules are not initialized by default. The easiest way is to just delete your local copy of VisiCut’s source and clone it again with the ‘–recursive’ command:
git clone --recursive https://github.com/t-oster/VisiCut.git
I just wrote some scripts which check github every 30 Minutes and build all packages if there was a new commit. From now on, you can get the bleeding edge version here: http://220.127.116.11:5080/wwwshare/VisiCutNightly .
Please check if the packages work and if the version number is shown correctly.
I think many of you got the “BadPacketException – Datagram length too short” when using the LAOS-Driver in the past. The problem was “spaces in the filename”. You can set a prefix for lasercutter-jobs in the preferences of the lasercutter, which defaults to “visicut “. This leads to filenames like “visicut 2.lgc” in the LAOS driver, which causes the error.
To fix this, either upgrade to 1.3.4, which automatically removes spaces in the resulting filename, or just change the prefix to something without spaces.
I just upladed the new Binaries for VisiCut 1.3.4. Please upgrade. It includes many Bugfixes, some UI-Improvements and Support for our new Inkscape Plugin.
For the Plugin you have to copy all files from this folder: https://github.com/t-oster/VisiCut/tree/master/tools/inkscape_extension to your Inkscape Extensions folder:
On MacOS and Linux: “~/.config/inkscape/extensions/”
On Windows: “C:\Program Files\Inkscape\extensions”
Then there should be the Menu “Extensions->Lasercut Path->Open with VisiCut”. You have to open VisiCut first or add the VisiCut binary to you path, for this to work.