Thanks Mike! One more post now!The software is easy to use. Download a Free Trial Version (website - LearningLab - Getting Started - Section 1.1 Latest Version) to see just how easy it is. Then go to our Step-by-step Design Projects (website - LearningLab - Tutorials - Project Designer) to quickly learn how to use it.
As for your second requirement, "not too expensive", the CarveWright is one of the most affordable available!
It is perfect for sign-making, but can do so much more. See example in our Ideas Galleries on our website.