I like this little program.
They intend for you to buy through them after using it but with CutePDF you can export it to photoshop or whatever you need. If you need gerber files you should find something else, they charge to convert to gerber. I do toner transfer so it's perfect for me.
For a soldering station, my research showed that the Hakko FX-888 was the best beginner station for the price. I got it and I love it. You can find tips for it on ebay pretty cheap from within the US. This is the tip I use.
It has been successful for SMD soldering... I quite prefer it over through hole now.