This software is aimed at profesional comic book/ graphic novel artists. I run it under windows 7, and it hasnt seemed to slow my computer down or cause any issues- though alot of that depends on how much work your going to save to your computer from it and at how high a resolution you like to work at. So, lets break this down.
THE "USERS GUIDE"
The inbuilt "help/users guide".... well lets see. Its practically infamous all over the web for how ridiculously useless it is- and it makes the programme seem about as user friendly as a bulldog with a crocodile strapped to its head, prompting most newcomers to the program to feel completely and utterly lost. When you register it you can pester smith-micro on thier live support... my experience with this? They told me to check the manual....NOT impressed. This is the reason MS got only 4 stars and not 5, because you are basically going to have to teach yourself, even with all the manuals in the world.
As much as it infuriates me, as a graphic novel artist this is the best software you can get- no matter where your work fits in under the "sequential artwork" banner this is the ultimate labour-saving software. Instantly you will begin to discover and realise that this is software put together by people who truely understand the laborious nature of a comic artists work!
I love working with traditional media and was highly sceptical at how I'd react to the digital side of my work but now I've even switched to inking digitally as it has to be at least a million times easier and less tedious than if inking by hand, not to mention all the paper I've saved! In conclusion, there are far, far to many features to get into here but it is the holy grail for all those who want to save space (no need to store all that equiptment anymore when its all in a virtual form on your computer), time (set up shortcuts and macro's in seconds)and money (No more buying expensive screentones and fancy manuscript papers- yay)
A very complex, but incredibly well comprised piece of software which truely understands its intended market. Alot of money over here in the UK but compared to something as extortionate as "photoshop" or the like and you'll be absolutely saving the £££'s!!