I don't know what compelled me to get into art rage again. maybe its the influence David Hong's work has had on me. Either way, my appreciation of the program has not really faded. It is true that I cannot really accomplish the same polished look I may get in Painter or PS, but that doesn't discredit the software. The incredibly stripped down interface is easy enough for a child. The look and feel of the paint is really believable and that means a lot to digital artists who got their start in oil painting. Long story short... I may be playing in this sandbox again.