Photoshop is a favourite image editing tool for Lifehacker readers, and a topic we write about regularly. Unfortunately, it's not cheap -- and in the newly released version 5, it's not getting any cheaper, especially for Australian users.
As Renai LeMay reports at ZDNet, the just-released CS5 version of Photoshop costs $1168 for new users, or $337 for an upgrade. The equivalent US prices are $US699 ($757.48) and $US199 ($215.65). That's a massive increase, especially considering the minimal level of localisation needed.
Professionals working with Adobe will doubtless suck up the increases, but for everyone else it seems like a timely opportunity to look at whether other alternatives could do the same job for less. It's also evidence of the importance of shopping around to get the best deal.