I finally broke down and bought PSP X9 at a reduced price, and found something that it has that I love when I use Photoshop (which I am thinking of giving up since I use it less and less). That has to do with the upgraded gradient tool. I also like the way it tidies up my photos…I don’t know why but I couldn’t figure out what to do with X8 but it seemed super easy in X9 (I wouldn’t be surprised if it works exactly the same….I just had a blind spot when it came to X8). Those two things on their lonely makeit worth something to me. I haven’t done much yet so I don’t know if it will be a keeper, but I feel better about letting go of some my earlier versions now.