Just ordered Glowforge Pro!

It really is your preference. I had a Mac in college and was all about Mac. I then got a windows after college and mainly used that. I recently got another Mac and am trying to traction back to it but I do tend to use my windows more.

I have had a lot of people ask me about how to get the glowforge to work with a tablet. I always direct them to the forums.

In the end, my main recommendation is to pick whatever you are comfortable with.

And yes, there is a fun sense of humor on the forums. Never take anything personal. It’s hard to be creative when taking things personal and not just have a fun perspective.

And finally, stick around :slight_smile: it’s a good community

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Wordplay is pretty common here. Like how you tell a GF Pro from a GF Awesome

Hint, if you needed it

The GF Awesome is your girlfriend the other a machine

Some folk use a baby monitor to keep an eye on their Glowforge …

But not this kind

:crazy_face:

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OMG, that’s a baby? Do not want to run into the grownup.

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Welcome, you will love your new machine and this forum is a great place to be and a goldmine of useful info!

I personally use Illustrator with a Windows PC and I’m very happy with this combination.

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A Komodo Dragon is a monitor but there were recently extinct species several times larger than them, He is being carried like a baby in any case.

My favorite exception to the “true Scotsman” fallacy.

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And looks calm enough that this must be a regular mode of transport. I mean really, that’s a relaxed dragon.

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I think of him when someone asks what kind of baby monitor they should get to watch their new child :grin:

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Then it will be a plump dragon. :astonished:

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A wide monitor :wink:

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Welcome to the community!!

I am an Apple junkie and 99.9% of the time I use my iPad Pro with the Glowforge. Like you I also have a Glowforge Pro.

I find with experience I am quicker while using the iPad Pro.

There is one negative. You will need an external keyboard. Glowforge recently added copy, paste, group, ungroup, etc— to the interface but it is still glitchy.

Here is lots of valuable information for you.

GLOWFORGE LINKS

Massive Google Docs Link— MAKE SURE AND GO INTO ALL THE TOP HEADINGS

Glowforge SETTINGS - Google Drive

Glowforge Customers Training Center - Tips and Tricks, Handy Links - Google Sheets

A. Making boxes with the Glowforge

Make A Box: Generate Laser Cutter Templates for Enclosures!

MakerCase - Easy Laser Cut Case Design

Box Designer

Boxes.py

Online File Generators for Laser Cutting - Maker Design Lab

B. FREE SVGs

Laser cutting designs | Craftsmanspace

Free SVG Image & Icon. | SVG Silh

Free Laser Cut Templates, Download Laser Cutting Designs

SVGCuts.com Blog

Ponoko

C. Free Clipart

http://clker.com/search/new/1

D. 40 Places to get free SVGS

https://madewithforge.com/free-glowforge-files/

F. Different blogs and websites

Made with Forge - Tips, Tutorials, and Freebies for Glowforge

Make CNC DIY Projects & Products | MakeCNC.com

Hacker Factor: Glowforge Notes

Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers |

G. Converting websites Farwest makes it easy to convert inches to decimals.

CloudConvert

Zamzar - video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter

DXF to SVG (Online & Free) — Convertio

H. Supplies

Ocooch Hardwoods - Thin Wood for Scroll Sawing, Laser Engraving/Cutting, Woodturning, Intarsia and More

Glowforge SETTINGS - Google Sheets

I. Learn to design

Glowforge Training Center - Raster Design - Google Sheets

Glowforge Customers Training Center - 2D Vector Design - Google Drive

J. Online Classes

Online Classes by Skillshare | Start for Free Today

Online Courses - Learn Anything, On Your Schedule | Udemy

K. YouTube Channels

Lady Crockett Crafts

Troy the Maker

Fresh Start Customs

ToolMetrix

WayofWood

Panthera Press

ThinkLaser Limited

John Kuiphoff

When Geeks Craft

L. YouTube Channels to learn Inkscape

TJ Free

Logos by Nick

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Nice collection! Even as an old hand several of these look new to me.

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I use an iPad Pro (with pencil and keyboard), a MacBook Pro and Glowforge Basic (my GF is an amateur :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:).

I am an Apple fan boy and have been from the beginning (full disclosure : I am long on APPL stock). I won’t use anything else. There are times when I stumble across a glitch with the GFUI and Apple, but Apple products work seamlessly together. I can take any project with me anywhere I go and still be able to tweak a design or create a new one.

For software I use CorelDraw on my Mac and Affinity Pro, Photoshop, Snapseed, Illustrator and Procreate on my iPad.

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Thanks, I was also considering adding the pencil and magic keyboard for the trackpad feature.

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