You could see what comes with the Mac. Maybe Photoshop LE (limited edition) would come with it Free. That would also do whatever you what to do (no need to upgrade, it won't be Photoshop CS2, but you don't need that cpmplicated or powerful of a program anyway). But the actual "Photoshop CS2" program will cost a lot!
Just wanted to agree that Photoshop Elements is a very good buy. That's what I decided to go for in the end. There's only a few features that I miss from the full blown Photoshop, but I've found ways of working around them. And they are slighly advanced features, so really not something most people would ever use. It doesn't come bundled with a Mac, but you probably could get the person at the shop to install it.
Re: Mac vs PC. What can I say? I love Macs. After all this talk of Spyware/Adware cleaning - I haven't once had to run any software to clean my mac (or any mac for that matter) of such junk, because quite simply I've never seen it on a Mac! I don't think you would have much trouble learning to use it - it really is very intuitive. I've never had a 'Thumb Drive' not work on a Mac. And as far as programs go, you just need to make sure the ones you use exist on a Mac. You can for instance get Microsoft Office for the Mac, which will pretty much cover most people's needs. If you're worried about pages not coming out the same on a Mac, then getting Microsoft Office would be your best bet. Apple also has its own word processing program Pages, which will open Word documents, but you're more likely to run into problems with layout differences, etc.. (I use Pages btw and really like it, but I'm not so concerned if a Word layout is exactly the same - if they cared that much, they should have saved it as a PDF)
Anyway, I'd suggest you list the programs you need and the things you need to do with your computer and take it into your local Apple store to see how they would suggest going about it.
Pardon the rant
Dont know if you still need a recommendation or not, but Ad-Aware SE Personal is free. I know this because something very embarrassing happened me at work the other day and I had to resort to this programme. Bascially, I was looking for a picture of Nancy Travis (remember her? from So I Married an Axe Murderer). Why was I looking for a picture of Nancy Travis ? Someone told me that I look like her and I was trying to prove them wrong.
Anyway, I ended up downloading porn or something (that Nancy is a dirty wench!) and lots of red flashing pop-ups started on my computer. I paniced and shut down. Apparently, that wasnt a good idea because it just became more deep-rooted or something (I dont really understand this stuff).
I eventually had to call the total perv of an IT Administrator at work and explain the situation to him. MORTIFICATION!! I could just see the pervy head on him...loving it all. He's still winking at me down the office.
I hate Nancy Travis now.
Thanks for all the info, Jeff & Peter! And don't worry about the rant. I think the Mac is sounding rather tempting. I just asked another Mac user today and she said it's much simpler to use than a PC. And the virus-free thing (well, almost) is so attractive. Hmm... now for some hard thinking...