I've been thinking of switching to Mac for sometime now. The prices of ibooks and powerbooks are very competitive when compared to their pc counterparts. However, i'm not too sure about the amount of money i'll be spending on software. As a PC user, i've always been able to buy cheap 'hacked' software for my pc including powerful programs such as photoshop and macromedia flash. Any program i want would cost me almost nothing and they work just fine. I'm wondering how do those who swich to Mac justify the cost of mac programs. Buying photoshop alone would cost more than £300 which is about 30% of the cost of a new iBook. You can argue that such programs work smoother or better on a mac but this still doesn't justify the cost. From my experience, all the 'hacked' programs i've been using on my pc worked reasonably well. I'm not a professional computer user and i do not study graphics, design etc. But using a pc gives me the chance to experiment and play with such programs without worrying about MONEY! So, what is the real cost of switching to Mac? The cost of Mac programs are very unrealistic for a home amateur user. Is there a cheap way of purchasing mac software that i'm not aware of?!