Comparable alt. to Photoshop as well as other must-have software?

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Comparable alt. to Photoshop as well as other must-have software?
Oct 6, 2012

I'm currently using GIMP and would be happy to use it indefinitely except you can't save layers and it doesn't support RAW.  I cannot afford Photoshop right now so I'm interested to know if there is another software pkg. out there that is very comparable in terms of quality.

Also - though I know that our photographic interests and needs vary widely, is there some sort of cheat-sheet of the most commonly used software and what it's ideal for?

Thanks!

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