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#1 posted 05-09-2013 12:44 PM

I prefer to use a light table to hand trace from photos/designs downloaded to my computer. I bought a very useful and simple program called ‘Rapid Resizer’ which can make a printable image in any size you wish. The program shows how many pages will be printed and overlap margins are automatically provided to enable easy glue up.

I like this program a lot because it also can render outlines in red color if you wish (great for visibility while sawing) You can also color the different segments of an outline pattern to try different color combinations to see what looks best and also to match whatever wood colors you have available or want to order.

Learning time to use the program is practically zero, and I am not a sophisticated computer user (understatement). Beware though that the program is only for Windows as far as I know. I have a MAC and I have to use my wife’s computer which is Windows based to run it.

This program is very handy when you find a wonderful picture, but it is either too small or too big to do a trace on it and get a proper sized printout.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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