Who here's worked with it for some time now? I'm about to get a new laptop and it pretty much has to be Windows 8 else I'm gonna start having problems again a lot sooner. I've seen the ups at the store where the guy demo'd some stuff for me, but obviously a salesperson won't show the drawbacks. For instance, I saw in the wikihow page that you have to run it in "windowed" mode in order to have multiple applications running simultaneously. What does "windowed" even mean? What's the lightest-weight, shortest-to-load program to view images in, preferably one that will allow me to page through a series of images without closing and reopening the program? If I want to disable the touchpad to wipe off the screen or something, is there a setting control that will let me turn it off momentarily and then turn it back on without, say, rebooting?
...Tell me. What am I in for?
Update: because Adobe has adopted an obnoxious subscription service model that could end up costing me 4 times what I paid for my past version of Photoshop if I get the same number of years out of it, I also want to know how easily I could potentially switch from Photoshop to SAI. Can anyone name specific drawing, painting, and/or editing features of Photoshop (as of the CS4 edition) that don't exist in SAI? Am I going to be missing maybe a clone stamp or some equivalent of a pen tool?