If you ask most people that use Mach2, they'll tell you it's probably worth 10 times what you paid for it. He's not getting rich charging $150 for what he's selling.EDIT: I went to the Mach2 forum and was embarresed that for a bussiness that charges 150 bucks for its product, it uses yahoo geocities for its forum. Very cheap. SORRY ART
And if you'd have politely asked for help there instead of complaing about it, you might have found out that it's one of the best sources of info to be found anywhere, and that Art's support is second to none. Hopefully, since you did buy it, Art will help you out if you ask politely.
And yes, you should read every page of the manual. The Mach2 manual is an excellent source of information, and a thourough reading will help you get the most out of your purchase.