I to am in this boat, however I currently don't have a horse in the race. I've downloaded SolidCAM's demo software [off their site, you just have to register] but so far I haven't made too much headway w/ it. All I'm really looking for is a 5 axis CAM which does simultainious movement w/ a normal to vector. The head travel is then limited to a certain number of degree's over which the CAM would then switch out of normal to and use the side of the cutter. [ If that situation ever arose] I've had some problems getting them to reply to my questions via Email. Currently I've a buddy at SolidWorks World so he's going to check them out for me.
I also did a demo of Visual Mill's 5 axis software [ the new version 6 which is just coming out] but haven't had a chance to talk to anyone about the actual pricing yet.
Before I buy my next CAM [ I've got a 4 axis already] I'm going to get an actual part demo and real code to test. I plan to email them my part after I start the demo[so I get a 'live' demo], let them open it and use a prior sent list of tools to do the tool path for my part. This way I can hold the hype of a demo to a minimum and see things in the 'real world' situation vs their pre-planned barrage of techno babble... Then I'll run the code and see if I'm happy. If not, possibly do another run w/ the software demo people to see if it can be improved. If I do this w/ 2-3 CAM suppliers I think I'll get a better feel for what is going to work best for me. And see where one software set stumbled and where it didn't in comparision to the others.
I'm still 6mo away from needing a 5 axis CAM anyway so I'm reading and waiting patiently in the mean time.
Jerry [off to Teksoft's website for some more reading..]