True. It made no great difference to me in the sense that I was a long time Mac user and VCarve and CarveCo are both only available for a Windows PC. I am running CarveCo (Maker) edition in a Windows 10 Home, Virtual Machine (Parallels). It runs very well without lag and costs $15 per month plus VAT @ 20%.
My issue with Vectric V Carve Desktop Pro, which I had on an extended trial, is the archaic GUI. It looks like something Noah may have used on the ark. It may be a Windows issue but in the world of Mac software it is not usual to find every function that cannot be seen, is hidden behind its own graphic and drop down menu. It required a painful amount of clicking ok just to approve a certain workflow. I found it tedious and unhelpful. I was also not impressed by a trial that would not let the user run a couple of their own files. The ability to see how the software would run in real life was very severely restricted.
The CarveCo software was also run in Windowss 10. I was instantly at home with the modern GUI and the desktop metaphor. Buttons behaved as expected with no constant requirement to push ‘ok’ after selecting an action that you want to perform. The design language will be familiar to any person who has used a design software for CAD, photo image manipulation or vector drawing.
Interestingly, the software was developed from the hideously expensive pro version which is used to run large farms of CNC machinery in production environments. This means that the features which have been removed are not needed by the average user. It also means that what remains is very well put together and works very well. I am on the cusp of producing some video footage that demonstrates the use cases and how easy the software is to use. I have had my time occupied by several unexpected events so I had to shelve that project for a while.
Carbide Create in its current form is good for the simple things one can do. It has a pro version which I could not see myself paying for because the software is insufficiently developed. While the CC interface is simple, CC can do much that is asked of it. I guess the GUI is what puts me off paying for a pro version. It would need to be much more user focussed, with more choices and persistence settings for every option than the current offering permits, before I would pay for it.
The software dance is probably going to depend on what you want to do, what you see yourself doing in the future and how much work do you want to expend on learning software. It takes a while to figure out the three components required in software. CAD/CAM and a post-processor/sender. The likely outcome is that you will want, eventually to use parts of many offerings.