You have to make a new workpiece then name it, that acts like a folder to hold your program. Then you create new part program(mpf) inside of the workpiece. Then you can add your code to the mpf file. I learned by reading the manuals, you are right in the manauls sucking. I would read, then try at the machine, write down the steps I took, and it starts to make sence if you read your own words. Its been awhile but i was very good with that machine, if you study and use the support functions you can make almost anything and fast also. Learn the support functions, it is almost fill-in-the-blank with them. I will try and answer any question you might have, i hope that gets you going on the right track.