Thanks, I'll purchase Photoline without trying it out.
At this point in time this is not about the immediate value for me, it is about bringing PS alternatives to the right level before CS6 becomes unusable, which requires pro-active funding.
It is also pretty cool to support a software vendor from Germany, there are not that many around in the image editing field.
That's exactly the approach I'm taking.
I'm not going to dump the product I've already paid for after all but I need something viable to move to when my system outgrows CS6.
Photoline is very close already, with a bit of support I think they could leave Adobe in the dust of it's own arrogance.