I received a pre- release unit just over a week ago, and TBH, it kind of caught me with my pants down!
As someone who reads the forums regularly, I’ve been bookmarking important tips and making mental notes on tables, vent set up, etc … but let me tell you, that machine showed up on my doorstep very shortly after Rita’s email!
Thankfully, I had a table down in the garage that’ll work for now, and we cobbled together a vent set up pretty quickly after looking at what other forum members had done (thank you Beta & PRU peeps for sharing those insights here). Even so, these basic aspects of set up - and rearranging our office - took more time than I would have liked. It took us a couple of days to iron out these details, but set up really can be plug and play if you’ve got this stuff dialed in ahead of time.
I started learning AI a week or so before it arrived, so that’s another detail that has slowed me down. Right now I’m doing a crash course in Illustrator and I sure wish I’d brushed up on my SW skills sooner. It would have been great to have a handful of designs waiting and ready to go. Don’t get me wrong, this machine is very intuitive and easy to use (and there are some good/simple starter projects to get you going) but if I had it to do over, I would have given myself a better running start in that regard.
Last but not least, I wish that I’d stocked up on a few basic supplies in advance, rather than just “bookmarking them for later”. Over the past few days, I’ve purchased a digital caliper, masking, small magnets and a lightbox just to name a few.
So to summarize:
- have your table/vent/workspace plans in order
- brush up on your design skills - if you need to learn a program, now’s a good time to do that! If you’re already comfortable with a design program, get a few projects set up so that you can actualize them right away
- start gathering all those little supplies and details that you’ve been bookmarking or pinning “for when the time comes” … it might come sooner than you think!
My suggestions may be obvious to many of you. Clearly, I’m not a girl scout so these are the things that I wish I’d had in place 2 weeks ago. It would be great if other PRU and Beta peeps shared their tips and suggestions here too. What do you wish you’d thought of before your arrived? Or, if you actually had your act together, what are some of the little details that you (thankfully) took care of in advance?