Now, let me turn you over to the next reading for a discussion on image editors, multimedia editors and plug-ins.
Reading 3: 'How to choose Web software' (page 3 of 4)'.
Note: This reading only includes the section titled 'Choosing an image editor'.
You may want to note that there are a few open source image editors available. The most full-featured and supported open source application is the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). This free software is a great alternative to the more expensive Photoshop or even Fireworks.