I do not have a question to ask but some info to share. If you did not get directions with your (fabulous) Evolution Advanced, you can download them at www.weronthenet.com/Evolution_Advanced. So many people are saying they didn't get them......
But I can clear up several things I am seeing repeatedly in the questions. You only need two things for ANY die cut or embossing folder, the thick platform and the B plate.
If you letterpress, you will get a separate platform with the kIt.
If you get the magnetic platform, again you will only need the platform itself and the B plate. Don't let the A plate and foam pad that comes with it throw you off; these are needed when using with other machines.
The downloadable chart will tell you what the numbers on the right are for. In general, these numbers are presets for specific brands. You don't have to use trial and error on the emboss or die cut settings. I'll give you a few of the numbers to get you started.
3--ANY embossing folder. 11 for any thin dies, such as Sizzix, Die-namics, Stampin' Up, the dies included (Lifestyle Crafts).
12 for Spellbinders. 13 for Spellbinders D-lites.
For the thick Sizzix dies and the Tim Holtz movers and shapers, no platform, just die, paper, B plate.
And I've found that the Cuttlebug and other dies that are surrounded by foam are cut best with the dial in the die cut settings about mid-way.
When I run my Spellbinders dies through that cut and emboss, they usually get embossed and cut with a single pass. If it don't want the embossing, dial down to a 10. At least that's what works for me
Also, the directions state to put your dies in cut side up because the B plate is self healing. If you are trying to cut a die for a stamped image and need to see exactly where you are cutting, use repositionable tape to hold your image to the B plate. Then place your die over the stamped image and hold it in place with more tape. Now flip it into your platform and run through.
This is what I've had good luck with in the past year. I hope this will help others so the don't get frustrated and start hating the machine. I have previously used a Cuttlebug for several years and a Grand Caliber before that. I'll never go back!!