Maybe some of you are familiar with the great slideshow program PicturesToExe which was written and developed by a couple great Russian pogrammers. I've been using it since the beta version five years ago, and have learned to trust and respect the author's and the company, Wnsoft.
Today I took a look at their new program PixBuilder Studio and was totally blown away! It has the majority of the features I use in PhotoShop such as levels, curves, levels, text handling, effects, several types of interpolation and sharpening, etc., and has a user interface very similar in some respects to PhotoShop but but serious improvements (I think). It's at a bargain basement price with differential pricing for individual users or commercial or institutional licenses. If you've been on the fence about buying a photo manipulation software you owe it to yourself to give this a look. Free trial download, etc...... Link below: