Only problem is that I've lost my copy of PaintShopPro (it's somewhere embedded within my XP image - and I'm not going back!) and Microsoft seem to have stopped shipping any paint programs - so I can't leverage my MSDN sub.
However, a quick search revealed... http://www.drawingcoach.com/free-drawing-software.html which has three good recommendations:
- Google Sketchup (I'm not sure I've seen G charge for desktop software before!)
- G Sketchup was way too complicated - I seemed to get straight into architecture mode... into designing buildings. It's probably very good if you want to design for Google Earth...
- But Gimp was gorgeous... I can't use it in exactly the same was as I could never use PaintShopPro nor Photoshop - so it's a winner!
- (will try inkscape later...)