ArtRage is basically Painter on a budget...there is a free limited feature version, and a Pro version that used to cost about $30, but the price went up with the recent 'Studio' release. Like Painter, it's a natural media simulator, and it's really quite good. The nice thing about it is that it is indeed tablet friendly; the previous version had an interface similar to Sketchbook Pro's and it would disappear from the screen until your stylus came close the 'hidden' tools. This kept the screen clutter down. (Actually the latest Photoshop does this too, though not as elegantly.) Sadly this feature seems to be gone (maybe) in the latest ArtRage Studio upgrade, though I haven't used it enough to be sure yet. Like Painter, you can't really compare ArtRage to Photoshop. There is certainly some overlap in features, but it's meant to simulate 'real' art tools and for drawing directly in the program, not so much for photo-retouching or compositing. If you do a lot of 'analog' drawing and painting, the feel is much more realistic than Photoshop, but you may be surprised that you'll experience some of the limitations of 'analog' drawing as well. But that's really the point of the program: to simulate actual drawing tools in a digital enviroment. Compared to Painter, ArtRage's feature set will appear slim, but it's also a fraction of the cost of Painter. I use both, but basically I use ArtRage for quick sketching, and Painter for more finished pieces for print. BTW, ArtRage, Painter, and Photoshop can exchange formats, so with some planning and thought, you can easily exploit the features of all three on a project. And now, back to the topic: When I get the chance, I'll test every paint program I can get my hands on with the tm2 and post some 'review' videos.