Jacinto's price breakdown is should be pretty close to my wife's. since she's a prat time graphic designer, spending $600/yr on a sub for Adobe software is quite a lot, and doesn't make a lot of sense professionally. (And she's not a software geek, where buying the software for its own sake has value)Unfortunately, there no alternatives. Quark is dead. Acorn and Pixelmator at best compete with Photoshop. We've got a few years, though. Maybe upgrade to the last standalone suite next year, and then have four years after that to see what happens with the sub model. And if her business grows, or the subs pricing drops to what suits her, then she could switch.