I have MTC and have found it to be very easy to use.
I only do the basics, but the other more advanced stuff is there if you're into it. I haven't had a need to do/try all the other more advanced stuff.
My favorite thing is the shadow feature, it is literally a click and your word/ title has a shadow layer. ( one thing the Cricut world is missing!)
I have always read when this Q has been asked, that MTC seems to be a bit more user friendly, I've only ever used MTC so I can't compare the two.
I have both and the newer version of SCAL is much easier to use than previous versions. I still think MTC is a little bit easier to use though. I think you will be happy with either version. Once you purchase MTC, new versions are always free.
I have both but my vote goes to MTC....Very user friendly. If you know how to use a computer, you're all set. MTC has a forum and people in there are extremely helpful and also there is a MTC Yahoo Forum which is awesome. Julie, the main moderator there has written tutorials with graphics that you can follow through. Also, MTC has webinar live every Tuesday.
Oh that sounds like I could handle that especially with a tutorial. Does anyone have a Pazzles Inspiration and is it easy to convert files. I am leary of all of the techinical stuff. My cricut has me spoiled with wysiwyg.
I second the SCAL2 as well, but I also don't have MTC so I'm not sure which is easier to use. You might search for both on Youtube, there are a lot of video tutorials on them so perhaps you'll be able to get a feel for both of them.
I got frustrated with all of it and listed my Pazzles Inspiration on Craig's List. I am gonna just be content with my Cricut E for all that I do.
I know I just can't come out of my cave. Technology is really intimidating to me. Done deal now. Not gonna look back.
Thanks for all the info everyone.