I use Photoshop Elements 3 for what photo manipulation I do. Mostly lighting changes, some color work, dodge and burn, vignetting and blurring, etc. It does everything I need such software to do.
On the other hand, it is cludgy in it's use of computer resources, and noted for horrendous crashes, which I have experienced many times. One such Titanic event had me reformatting a hard drive.
Now it's time to purchase new photo software for a new machine in the house.
What is out there that I should pay attention to? Please... something that costs less than a new Canon L lens.