Similar to Microsoft, adobe has penetrate the student market by offering cheap versions of their software. Making students to learn and use their product and infused the industry standards into them. Hence in the future, they will be reluctant to try out new software. Maybe TS was an art student? Just my 2 cents.
i use gimp, picasa and irfanview...all free and gd enough for my basic pp work.
you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye
I am only using DPP (Canon's own editing software), GIMP and Irfanview (with the Irfanview only doing batch resizing and sharpening and stuff like that only).
Cheap lenses are not good AND Good lenses are not cheap!