I spent some time looking to upgrade my current photo editiong software. I was using Photoshop Elements 5 for a couple of years now. I've looked at the newer version 8 but i was put off by not so good reviews and user comments seemed worse overall. Elements is pretty good and cheap but missing alot of what the real Photoshop gives. Unfortunatly, Photoshop CS4 itself is way too expensive for my taste. Come on... 700$ for the regular standalone version. Adobe's creative suite standard is 1400$. Ouch! I can't afford that. After more Googling and such, i decided to check Corel out. I had used Corel Photopaint 6 for a short while during Windows 95 because one of my friends had it. The latest CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 seemed right as i wanted some extras and not just one single software. Reviews were pretty positive and pricewise, Corel's suite was'nt too bad. Btw, it's 100$ off until the end of the month. There was also 2 free guide books included. On top of that, i found a coupon code for an additional 10% off. Total was 310 buck$, so i went ahead and bought it. Installation was uneventfull in Vista. 7 is fully supported btw. I've heard some issues concerning 7 and CS4. I applied the latest patch/fix and was ready to go. I'll have some catching up to do it seems. I have'nt used vector graphics in eons and Photopaint despite having a lot similarities to Photoshop, it's not the same. Here a small comparison of the 2. Adobe's creative suite standard has the following: InDesign CS4 Photoshop CS4 Illustrator CS4 Acrobat 9 Pro Adobe Bridge CS4 Adobe Device Central CS4 Version Cue CS4 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 has the following: CorelDRAW X4 Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Corel PowerTRACE X4 Corel CAPTURE CorelDRAW ConceptShare Bitstream Font Navigator WhatTheFont Barcode Wizard Service Bureau Profiler Duplexing Wizard Of course, some of these features are probably useless for me but then again some of Adobe's stuff would suffer the same fate. A savings of more than 1000$ justified my purchase of Corel's Suite. P.S. Although i do use "freebies" software like 7zip and Faststone Image Viewer to name a few, i'd rather get a "paid" version in this matter. I strongly avoid and disaprove any pirated forms.