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Software falls into several categories. The ones that you'll interact with most are the ShopBot Control Software that runs the tool and Design software that you'll use to create your part files. You'll probably also interact with other software like Utilities that might not be used to create Part Files but are useful in working with them, and Specialty software packages that serve one particular purpose...cabinetmaking, boatbuilding, etc.
- The Control software that runs your ShopBot, and the Design software that's comes with a tool
- Design software lets you be productive and create the thing you want to make...VCarvePro, Corel, Rhino, etc
- Some software just does one special thing, but hopefully does it well. Cabinetmaking, Sign software, etc
- Programs that just make your ShopBotting easier. Convertors, Editors, etc