Well guys, this is kind of a follow-up on my problem of opening the Tutorial .exe files in Windows XP. I never found the problem. But I did finally take some of your advice and got a new, used computer with Windows 10
, and behold, it worked fine. I then bought the Aspire program, and instantly found that it was well worth the effort.
It is quite the program, and I'm impressed with it's capabilities. I work mostly in metal, and to any of you that may notice that few on the forum use Aspire on metal, and may be wondering about its ability, or accuracy in doing so, "it does so just fine". It is simply a matter of having a machine that is has the strength and stiffness to work metal. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Aspire programs ability to maintain the increased accuracy that may be needed at times.
It is not a refined production output program that maximizes each machine movement, but that is not that much of a concern to me. I do custom belt buckles and knives on the side. Most of my work is one or two pieces. So accuracy, capability, and ease of use are the issues for me, rather than volume.
In fact I have chuckled several times, that though the mill is capable of handling a 500 pound block of metal, it spends most of its time pushing a cutter around with about a pound of force, that is about the size of a dental drill. While maintaining the machines accuracy of 1/0.0001 th of an inch, as the cutter creeps along. A bit different than the norm in cutting action, and flying chips.
Consequently I would highly recommend those looking for a program for similar uses in metal, purchase Aspire. I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to my questions, and put up with my frustrations. Your responses were extremely helpful, and convinced me to stick it out and purchase Aspire. You guys are impressive.
May all your projects be good ones; Cliff20