As a general rule, professional software developers are best suited to produce professional software. If you’re measuring the quality and ease of use of software products, for a variety of user personas, you are most likely to find the bullet-proof, clear, usable, well-documented solutions coming from software companies. It boils down to the “Find what you do well…and do that” mentality. So many hardware companies think they can produce software (think IBM). Do any of these companies produce only software, or are they all developed to support their hardware businesses?
My first introduction to any of this came with CC, since my first CNC was my XXL and I had not done any work with CAM software in my past. Therefore, CC was a steep learning curve, primarily because of the quality of the documentation / videos - Remember: Viewed by a CNC novice.
CC Pro Modeling took the learning curve to a new level. It has zero documentation - and this has made adoption extremely difficult for me. Watching the videos of folks making ashtrays clarifies very well how to make an ashtray - but applying that to “any job” and understanding how the parameters work and interact has been a lesson in trial and error - and lots of questions here in the community.
However, having customers who are coming from a position of innocence is usually an asset to software companies. Having been in software development most of my life, I have a lot of opinions on quality of code, documentation, layout, testing, accessibility, ease-of-use, etc. I’ve tried to make those types of suggestions through this channel and through the CC 5 Pro beta - we’ll see if any of those make their way to CC Pro. If so, then Pro might be my choice.
This is a timely thread, as I was also beginning to think about purchasing CC Pro. It’s a hard decision because I don’t know what the product will have in it (features, usability, etc.) and what level of documentation is going to come with that $750 price tag. For the majority of 2.5, CC is fine…I understand it now and have become proficient at it. I would love to stay with one product. I suspect I will be doing more modeling, however…and so, if CC Pro stays as-is, might need to investigate other similarly-priced software options.