Adobe practically extorts its users. Doesn't help that they generally have a monopoly going on imaging/video programs, causing what competition they do have to still be able to charge a lot. That said, I'm stuck on CS3 for a looooooooong time.
I've got the legal version of Photoshop (which I actually got for free when buying my tablet), but the rest is cracked (or free) Seriously, software are waaay too expensive. 3000$ for 3Ds Max. Like, are they kidding me or something ?
Well I'm using freeware at the moment and if i do get it crack is basically i want to try it before I consider buying it without the stupid advertisement and the lack of options from the free version. I do that with my anime if I really like it I will go buy it on DVD
I have Paint.Net (free/open) and Serif PhotoPlus x4 (free.. to an extent. You have to pay for special bushes and all). I'm trying to work with Paint.Net to get into digital work, but it's slow going. xD