Foy years, I have wanted to set up a small CNC machine in my shop. I stumbled across OpenBuilds, and Mark Carew. What a find! After watching nearly every video that he has produced (great work btw Mark), I lept into the parts store and had a shopping frenzy. I just completed my first build, well sorta. It's the Plate Maker C-Beam. Tonight I had started to put the power supply and controller on, then discovered that I was one m5 8 short. Not their fault, I'm sure that the wife has hidden it someplace just to get me back into the house. Here's where the real panic sets in. I'm at the point in the build video where Mark is explaining the controller and software. You mean to tell me that you need to learn another software program?!!! So while I sent the hounds out to search for the aforementioned screw, I began checking out the links to Sketchup, SchetchUcam, etc. The more I searched, the more confused I got! You've got to be kidding me I thought to myself. It's not just one program that I need to learn, it's several of them. You've got your CADs, your CAMs, Controllers, Compilers, heck, there's even a Gerble thrown in for some **** reason! At this point I'm thinking to myself, because my friends and family know well enough to not try and help me think my way through things like this. I'm too **** stubborn to listen to them anyway. So I said to myself, I said self, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!!!!!? So after a nice meal prepared by my lovely and patient wife, along with a frosty adult beverage, I now sit in isolation with my tablet, asking the one question that presumably has no answer. What is the easiest software for an absolute NEWBIE to learn, so that he might actually cut a plate? Signed, Frustrated and soon to be hammered in California.