Well, I need to do both. GIMP crashes with some sort of warning that I don't have Tahoma 8 pt font (which I do have) whenever I try to select something with the selection box and move it to a different part of the image.
Seeing how I'm newly returned to student status, I guess I should look into academic pricing. How much did the academic photoshop set you back?
There's also the reasonably-priced JASC program, but I have no experience with it.
IrfanView looks cool as a viewer. I'm gonna grab that now. Thanks for the tip.
By the way, while poking around the dark corners of the internet the other day, I found this list
of freeware graphics stuff. It's worth a look.