For laser engraving and cutting projects, you need to work with Image files. Those will define lines, points, curves, and shapes for the laser machine to follow. The right laser cutting software makes all the difference between wrestling your idea from your machine and working with it to create something harmonious.
That is laser engraving and cutting software comes in, it is the communication between the laser Machine and your image file using G-code
G-code instructions are provided to a machine controller (computer) that tells the motors where to move, how fast to move, and what path to follow. The two most common situations are that, within a machine tool such as a lathe or mill, a cutting tool is moved according to these instructions through a toolpath cutting away material to leave only the finished workpiece and/or, an unfinished workpiece is precisely positioned in any of up to nine axes around the three dimensions relative to a toolpath and, either or both can move relative to each other. The same concept also extends to noncutting tools such as forming or burnishing tools, photo plotting, additive methods such as 3D printing, and measuring instruments
Paid software are more reliable and stable, you can buy a annual subscription or if you have a space in your wallet, you can buy full software.
The subscription are more affordable, where the prizes could start for £30 a year, when the full software are from £1500, but in long run you will end up saving money
In both of them, you will find a lot of support from their staff, just drop a email to them and in less 2 hours you get an answer, some of them you just call them and you will have Technic supporting you
The open-source software is good for beginners and will find a lot of blogs and communities around the internet willing to help you but on the flip side, if you came across a specific situation, could take days until you find a solution. Another thing we should have in the count, the open-source software are very different to use, I had situations that I need use different open-source software to reach certain results, or the image file can work in one software and not in another one, I’m still trying to understand why, to be honest