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Eagle seems to be good for beginner but if you really need simulations: signal integrity, thermal and etc, then some software like Altium would be better. Well, the more functions a tool has, the more complex it is to use
Well, i say you go with eagle.It is simple and easy to use.Its trial version is freely available with some limitation for board size, board size is not a problem for newbie.Its help file is a good tutorial to start learning it. I started using it a year ago and know i have a professional version bought for myself.
And the complex cad softwares are for professionals or highly experienced people where they need to do a lot of test and trial for very complex circuits. And about the simulations in those cad softwares, It can be far from the reality but may be good to do so before paying the costs for prototypes to check their working abilities.
Uv method has its own advantages,very reliable method,very neat results. But for beginner paper toner transfer can be easy and low cost, its good for low count tracks. But may not be good for very fine pcb tracks. As for myself with my experience i can do the finest tracks(eagle generated pcb,s) easily with toner transfer method.
If some one want to know i can share my experience with paper and toner transfer method. Further paper and toner transfer method is not a good idea for double sided pcb for me.