I've always been searching for good but simple photo editor. I've tried GIMP and PS, and though I can see how they are very powerful, it seemed way too complex for my tastes and abilities!
I stumbled upon an article in PC Magazine about PDN being one of the best paint programs out there, and that it was free!
I've just started using it, so I've a long way to go to get comfortable with it, but thus far I love it, and all the tuts, advice and plugins (yeah!) here are great - now I've just got to absorb it all!
So much of the artwork I've seen posted is amazing, you really are a talented group!
BTW, every post I've read here has a tone of genuine friendliness and helpfulness which is really nice to see...