Can’t Afford Photoshop? Try

Can’t afford Photoshop? is a great free option to Photoshop, sure, it’s not nearly as good, but, it makes Paint look like your old tricycle.

Startup time from zero and uncached, was around 1 second. The entire experience is very slick now, from opening windows, dragging selection boxes and applying Effect filters. Works fine on my Vista RC2. I’m gonna be using this more and more to edit my icons, images etc.

There’s a alpha build for their new Version 3.0 that you can try, but mind the dust. Source: Backstage at MED

You may have to install the latest .Net framework, but this is definitely a good looking program, and will make a good addition to your arsenal. Better review to come, after I play with the program some more.