OK, here's the deal. I have an opportunity to buy CS4 for $299 through Adobe. Which sounds like a good deal. But, I have a few questions about the product first.
I'm guessing that CS4 is the latest version of photoshop, but I have to ask whether it is due for an upgrade soon or if it is a relatively recent version. If it's old, I fear that it might not support near-term future cameras. How far back does Adobe offer ACR updates? I know that ACR 5.6 supposedly won't work on PSE-6 and older and I don't want to get caught up in the "have to upgrade for $300 every 2 years" mode of operation. That is expensive, and I'm not quite wealthy yet!
Is it cumbersome to use? I've been using PSE for several years. I've tried a few alternatives but keep coming back to the familiarity of Adobe.
What does the full version of PS do that PSE doesn't do?
I'm leaning towards getting it, since it is affordable at that price. But I don't want to dive into something that will give me little yet cost me a lot.