I’ve been using “Make the Cut,” which came with my vinyl cutter. It is honestly kind of terrible and so I would like to replace it with a new product, maybe even an Illustrator plugin.
I know that this sort of software is available at many price points–if anyone can vouch for a more modestly priced package I would like to hear about it. If my only upgrade path is the $500 pro-level product I just found, I will stick with the slow torture of Make the Cut.
(My last rhinestone projects were done on the vinyl cutter since I had the materials, but I cannot see a reason why you couldn’t find a laser-safe substitute.)