Just became a Glowforge Pro owner yesterday and very happy to be part of this community. Can’t wait for my Glowforge to arrive! Estimated date is August 2019 (I’m located in Israel).
I’ve digged into some threads in the forum to gather information and learn about the Glowforge in advanced, and was surprised to find out that the Glowforge’s control application is actually a web-based, which requires an internet connection in order to communicate with the Glowforge servers to operate the machine.
Personally, I own the Silhouette Cameo 3 and very pleased with Silhouette Connect - its local Adobe Illustrator plugin, which can be accessed from within Illustrator itself:
I’ve read these threads but haven’t found anyone asking about / suggesting a local plugin for Adobe Illustrator:
I for one think that everyone will appreciate such local solution which will make everything much more simpler, as users won’t even need to save SVG files and to drag/copy them to the web page, but to send the project for cutting directly from within Illustrator. It’s much more convenient. And besides, in my opinion I think that such expensive machine should at least have a plugin for a powerful application like Adobe Illustrator.
The Silhouette Connect plugin for example calls an external window to operate the Silhouette machines. I trust that Glowforge development team could come up with such plugin too. If not a for a local solution just yet then at least to integrate the web-based page within a plugin for the time being, and further on to update it to be a local solution as I think it’s a must. People should be able to operate the machine even without an internet connection.
I would really like to hear what Glowforge support team and the community think.