I'm using Adobe Photoshop C.S. it is better than the previous version. It haves some improvements, it is easier to use for adjusting digital photos. Also it helps to write text by path and some other good stuff Also for animated gif I'm using GIF ANIMATOR it is very easy to use for a non-experiments users.
From time to time I'm using Core Draw to make some strange forms that PS doesn't know to make them, or I didn't know