Whilst I can't comment on your other options I admit to being a fan of Serif software generally. Photo Plus is very easy to use, good value and contains all of the features that the home user might need. It can't really be compared to Photoshop or Paintshop Pro, but then it is a lot cheaper! Have you visited the web sites of your 'possibles'? Some software houses will allow you to download a trial version of their products to 'try before you buy'.