I love this thing, and it works right out of the box, you don't need to buy a single extra, EVER! Except for consumables, of course, which you have to resupply with any machine. I am not the type of person who would ever be happy with a standard image on a cartridge - I need to be able to customize to my heart's content, use any image or font I want, and create my own. The software definitely allows me to do this. In fact, except for the first image I cut to see how this thing works, I haven't used any pre-made images at all. I've used computers for .... well, decades, actually ... and I've used all sorts of different software programs. Because of this I found Funtime to be very easy to use. It has quirks, like all software does, but they're not bad at all. Customer service is excellent and the bosskut forums are very helpful.