Probably the most used software is Adobe Illustrator, which is certainly very robust and powerful, but requires a monthly subscription.
Inkscape is free, but can be challenging to learn. (But does some things that alternatives don’t, so I always recommend having it installed).
While I started with Inkscape, I pretty quickly decided I wanted a powerful (and IMHO easier to use), but inexpensive alternative.
Based on some others’ recommendations, I tried the trial versions of Serif’s Affinity Designer (which has many of the functions of Adobe Illustrator), and Affinity Photo (similar to Photoshop).
These currently have, I believe, a free 30-day (or longer) trial, and are also on sale (for at least a few more days, I believe) for $24.99 each (Regular price $49.99 each). That price is for unlimited copies of each on a single (Mac or WIndows) platform. If you have both platforms, then you would need to purchase one license for Mac and a separate one for Windows. They also have iPad versions of Designer and Photo, which are regularly $19.99, and now are just $9.99,
Hope you find these helpful - I’d highly suggest getting the free trials, and then deciding if it is worth spending $50 or so (per platform) for the programs.
When you complete the WiFi set up it guides you to the First Three Prints - but almost everybody is so excited that they skip right over that to get started. My biggest suggestion would be to not skip over those. They literally let you try everything the machine can do - a basic intro - but it’ll serve you well!
The forum is a great place to find answers to questions, especially if you’re good with the search function, but also bookmark the official support page!
and lastly, when you post into the Problems & Support area you are opening a public ticket with staff. When you send an email you are opening a private ticket with staff. Do one or the other, not both, and it’ll speed up response time. If you’re asking about shipping, or money, or anything else private do it by email. If you want community input do it in P&S.
Invest in an external fan!! I run a Vivosun 6" with a 4" to 6" adapter. Many people buy the 4" but I HIGLHY RECOMMEND the 6" to make your GF investment a more peaceful endeavor. Order now… Just search the forum for the happiness that it brings owners. Do not procrastinate.
your reply was to me by accident. but I figure the OP will see it…
Actually I hadn’t thought about using an external fan. but it just occurred to me that with my pro i will have to move it to the middle of the room if I’m making something long. So I will likely need to invest in one. first I have to make the material supports for both sides of the cabinet.