My main need is video editing software. My main considerations are Vegas, Pinnacle, Premiere, and Premiere Elements. In regards to Premiere, I've messed with the latest Elements and it's alright. In college I used a lot of Avid in classes and a pirated copy of Premiere outside of class, so that's what I'm used to. Elements seemed to have a surprising amount of features but was awkward to work in. However, full blown Premiere is so expensive and I hate the pricing structure of individual programs compared to packages offered. If you ever want more than one of their products, you may as well shell out for the package. So, I'm looking at Premium Production which comes with Photoshop, Premiere, Encore, Flash, After Effects, and whatever the audio one is called. Unlike the video editing software, I don't need any of these at the moment. I could in the future, and presently, I would definitely use them if I had them. Especially, Photoshop since I've never gotten too used to or good with GIMP. However, I can do without the others.
Anyway, I can get CS2 way cheaper than the current version, CS3. Is anyone experienced enough to say I'll really be missing out by going with the older (and cheaper) version? I'm a moderate user of all of these programs (except After Effects. I've never touched it) and I want to know if I would notice any difference in how I use it. Kinda like Microsoft Office where they keep releasing new versions and I haven't really noticed.