I have had a Ruida based China blue for about 5 years now and have been using RDWorks with it the entire time, hating it the entire time. I stumbled across Lightburn a couple days ago watching Youtube and I now have it installed, talking over Ethernet, and working with a camera. It all just works! Wow! Lightburn is so, so much better than RDWorks. Very solid and highly capable. Lots of cool UI aspects that make it easy to use. Also, a couple of the killer features for me:
I am amazed at how well the camera integration works. I had an old 2MP logitech desktop webcam that I attached to the inside of the lid and it works great. Attaining registration of burns onto objects is one of the things that was always a pain with RDWorks- laser pointer, frame, trial and error. Now I easily place the design within less than 1mm of the intended location.
I use Affinity Designer for creating much of my vector work. It does not export the DXF file format which RDWorks wants to see for vector data. I was exporting from Affinity in SVG format and then converting the SVG to DXF (using a cloud service). Now, I export from Affinity in PDF, which Lightburn reads directly. (SVG also works, but there seems to be a scaling issue somewhere along the way). This is a great time saver and I am no longer reliant on the cloud service file format converter.
Anyway, Bravo! This makes the laser so much easier to use. Thanks!