Now that leaves us with Farmer and Schewe who as I have already pointed out kicked off with the disdainful remarks.
I've certainly flamed people in my time (and had my arse handed to me as well). In 20 years on the net, it's not hard to find examples of poor judgement or loss of temper!
In this case, I gave you an honest response and I'm sure you understood that it was not directed exclusively at you. I don't believe there was anything disdainful in my opening post, or subsequent.
You seemed to take offence at my interpretation of professional and my complaint about people complaining about price. That's fine - we all have different experiences and if that was your reading of my post then so be it. My point was simply that anyone who finds the price of PS to be other than incidental is isn't someone making a living from photography and as such it's unreasonable to complain about paying a professional level price for a professional level product. There was no personal attack intended. I am an amateur photographer. I'm an "industry professional" but if I had to make a living from photography, I'd starve! To the extent that you were offended, I apologise sincerely because at that point, it was not my intent to do so.
It did, after your next reply, seem to me like you were having a whinge and my mistake was continuing the discussion. I'll take responsibility for that. Further escalation is something for which we can both share the blame, though I'll tell you that I'm not offended or upset by anything that you said. Indeed, some of it was amusing (and I mean that genuinely, not in a "I laugh at you" sense).
I hope that you do take the time to download the trial versions of all the products discussed.