They have been upfront about the cloud aspect. This is in their blog:
They’ve said that nothing we have currently seen in the software would be subscription based. Of course the operative word there is probably “currently”.
I read through some of the sawmill creek posts and figured out pretty quick that are a lot of pro laser users with $40k machines. Of course they look down on something consumer-targeting. That shouldn’t shock anyone - especially if you hit CNC forums looking for XCarve thoughts before you ordered yours.
To call this a cricut…c’mon. Seriously? But yeah - it’s definitely a household product, but they aren’t saying it isn’t.
Although to what Alan said about waiting to see what people think one they have it, that is exactly why I ordered one during pre-sale. I can cancel until my unit ships, and I am waaaaay far to the back of the line. I will have plenty of time to bail if it isn’t living up to expectations once it’s out in the wild.
I’m still reading up on Epilog, FSL, etc to see if something else may be a better fit for me. But so far, nope. (I have major space constraints, so external exhaust & cooling systems are deal breakers for me)