Using LaserCut 5.3 Elsewhere
While full functionality is only available on the Laser-attached PC, you can install a copy of LaserCut 5.3 elsewhere for prepping projects.
Install Wine (eg sudo apt-get install wine)
Install Winetricks (sudo apt-get install winetricks)
Install MFC 42 Drivers in Wine (winetricks mfc42)
Download and extract LaserCut Software archive
Install LaserCut 5.3 under Wine (wine <path_you_extracted_files_to>/setup.exe)
Create link for LaserCut 5.3 DEMO version (Lasercut53_demo.exe)
eg, Link path should be 'env WINEPREFIX="/home/makeitlabs/.wine" wine C:\\LaserCut53\\LaserCut53_Demo.exe'
Launch LaserCut 5.3 and see "Configuration" below
Download and extract LaserCut 5.3 software
See "Configuration" below to copy MakeIt's configuration file.
In the folder where you installed LaserCut, launch "LaserCut53_Demo.exe" (LaserCut53.exe will fail, do NOT use this file)
Install Wine and Winetricks (http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX)
Follow steps 4-7 of Linux install
To make your projects work on the MakeIt Labs big laser cutter, the configuration needs to match. To do this:
Download the syscfg.ini file for the MakeIt Labs laser
Copy the syscfg.ini file to the Wine directory where LaserCut 5.3 is installed
eg cp syscfg.ini /home/<username>/.wine/drive_c/LaserCut53/
Use and Limitations
The Demo version of the software does not require a softdongle, but it does have two major restrictions:
No "Save" or "Save As"
Workaround: When ready to save, exit the software - it will helpfully prompt you to save the file. :)
Workaround 1: Saved files can be opened on the MakeIt Labs dongle-attatched PC, so do your rough import/definition work on the file and any final work at the space.
Workaround 2: Export the file as DXF or PLT, then Import. This is a terrible option, so really focus on doing your from-scratch design work in a tool that can export DXF, then use LaserCut to import and adjust for cutting, not to modify shapes.