Top apps: Productivity, Office suites
You will found something more financially viable in the GNU Image Manipulation Program, more commonly known as GIMP, which can be had for nothing. Paint.net is another free alternative to Photoshop that many people rely on, though its development has slowed down in recent months.
For something around the middle, we typically call upon the graces of Adobe Fireworks to accomplish our image related tasks.
There is no true “pick” here. I’ve personally used both extensively and have no complaints about either, although after using OpenOffice for lengthy periods of time (over a year in some cases) I always crawl back to Microsoft Office for no specific reason. For the opinions that aren’t already set in stone about the suites themselves and their origins (private vs open source etc.), I’d truly recommend using both to find what works best for you.
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