when I originally started digital work, I was Photoshop heavy (admittedly this was initially PS 4, then 7, then CS4). I've been considering more lightweight tools for my laptop. I think when it comes down to it, I'd step back from 3D for the time, since I've really only used Lightwave and very basic 3DSMax, and Rhino. Even more basic animation with Lightwave and early Flash.
I bring out the Gimp when I play with colours, but I don't do much with it.
SAI is one I'm considering, but I've been told the guy doesn't update it anymore.
Believe it or not, I was told to get a Fan translated Manga Studio 5 because it's ALWAYS updated (I guess the U