I'm using an ancient Gecko drive setup with DeskNC and DesKAM 2000. Where I load DXF into DesKAM and save it.

DesKAM practically does all I want in that aspect, but it's user interface is pure hell for functionality, yet it is pretty simple and straight forward. I know, seems odd, but ..

Is there anything that has a more modern interface that would allow zooming in/out, changing the order, and direction of an item?

The default tooling order that is created with most cuts is usually obscenely stupid. It starts out making parts near each other and then just goes off on a tangent and goes way "over there" and does some stuff, then comes back and does it over here, than goes somewhere else. Like it's drunk and lost.