I had a Silhoutte but gave it to a niece since I rarely used it but the Silhouette is probably the best cutter to buy on that price range. It is an awesome cutter.
I have both MTC and SCAL. I “grew” with MTC do I usually will use that program as I Don’t have to try and figure how to do something. SCAL is a program that one day Zibwill play around and do something with. I have friends who have used both and love SCAL. Check out PENNY DUNCAN CREATIONS.
Her blog is great.
I use Studio but I have several versions going. I have the old 1.9 version with the Designer Edition. This is important because I can convert studio files to SVG. Unfortunately, this is not something you can do with the newer versions of the software and even if you get your hands on the old version, you have to have gotten the Designer Edition several years ago, before they did a major change to the software.
Since I don’t really do anything other than convert studio Giles to SVG, I never bothered with the newer versions until Silhouette forced me into it. You can’t purchase files using older versions. I am on my iPhone now bit maybe when I get to my computer I can find the site, but there is s great FB group you can join where you can find out a lot about all the various softwares and cutters, as I think Julie has them all. And I agree that Jin has a great blog.
I haven’t used my cutter or done anything really crafty lately. I am hoping to get back into that world again. I haven’t been to the MTC forum or Silver Bullet forum in several years. Maybe the Glow Gorge will get me back into the swing of things. About the only thing I do keep up with is s Silhouette group on FB.