I am relatively new to the world of CNC and am unsure if my observations/complaints about CC are warranted. Am I crazy, or are these justified?
UPDATES - The update process for CC is laughable. Why does EVERY UPDATE require re-registering (with your email address) before you can download?! Why not offer the ability to update from within the program as 99% of software does?
ALIGNMENT TOOLS - Why does the alignment button ONLY show up when you select multiple objects?!? If I want to align only one object, I have to select two objects, hit alignment tools, CTRL-Select the unwanted object, then align the one object. WHY CC does not allow this on one object is maddening.
NO TIME ESTIMATES - Most other CNC programs can estimate a job’s machine time. Why can’t CC? Is this not as important as I think it is?
POOR TOOLPATH OPTIMIZATION- CC does a very poor job of optimizing tool paths when applied to multiple objects. Anyone who has tried to create a simple waste board with holes can attest. Furthermore, CC does not offer the ability to copy/paste ‘toolpaths’ to additional objects.
NO TOOL PATH SIMULATION - I have to actually run the job to see how efficiently (or non-efficiently) the toolpaths were created.
NO APPS/TEMPLATES - Other CNC programs seem to offer basic apps/templates to create things such as puzzles, simple boxes, simple inlays, etc.
TAB KEY - When you use the tab key to advance to the next field (such as in document setup), the values in the field are not automatically selected so that simply typing will replace what is in the field. You must backspace to erase the value.
Also, I love the way Easel automatically highlights areas of your design that WILL NOT BE CUT based on the tool selected. This is a HUGE timesaver when trying to size your design to fit a specific bit.
Am I asking too much of CC? Thoughts?