After my quite public trial of Vectric V Carve Pro, I have decided to try Carveco’s offerings. The advantages are many.
- It is only the price of entry for the version you wish to tryout 1 month. There is no further commitment required.
- The software is fully operational and not hobbled by any restrictions.
- One can see how the software operates in a realistic day to day situation.
- The software includes a library of vectors and 3D files.
I opted for the basic version with a price of $15 per month. I thought it would be wise to see how the software performed under macOS and parallels v16.5. If I like the way the software works I will then move to a more advanced package and probably purchase it.
The person with whom I had an e-mail conversation about running the software in a virtual machine had explained that until recently Open GL was an issue. However he noted that with the advent of Parallels v16, many users had report better success with running Carveco on a Mac.
My mac is an old MacBook Pro (Mid 2014) running macOS Catalina 10.15.7. It utilises a 2.5 GHz Quad core i7 CPU and a 2GB NVIDIA graphics card. It runs in 16GB RAM and storage is a 512GB internal SSD with a 2TB external drive.
How does it run? Really well without any noticeable lag for any of the activities undertaken thus far. More anon once I start to generate toolpaths and carve. I specifically asked about the means by which Carveco handles tool changes. I was told that it will handle tool changes as long as the Carbide 3D machine uses a BitSetter. That is great news and may save @neilferreri from poking around under the hood to try and make things work sensibly.
I have no idea if this software is good, bad or otherwise and I am not being employed by Carveco to push the software for any sort of inducement. One fact I did not mention is that the software was written in the UK. The Carveco business is relatively young (2018) and took over some of the functions of DelCAM and ArtCAM. It ought to be stable and usable.
Check back from time to time and you will be able to see my progress. Note that I currently only have the most basic version (Maker) running in my Windows 10 (home) OS inside the VM Parallels.