Best Adode Fireworks alternative

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I loved Fireworks for banners, web graphics etc.... !! Just started in a new job now and need a good alternative I am trying Gimp 2.8 which is driving me nuts and I tried pixlr the online editing one.
Anyone else like me have a fireworks dependency and now suffering withdrawal symptoms. Photoshop too pricey just in case !
Are you using Windows, Linux of Mac?
I can use windows vista and Window 8 or any good google chrome app.

Basically I need to design mailshot images. So need to be able to cut out background with a magic wand type tool, overlay text. Need to be able to add my own font or have good selection of fonts for overlaying.
Cut out images, overlay text, drop shadow, bevel and emboss, glow etc....
Tried Gimp 2.8 but need something more user friendly as i can't keep watching tutorials.

What suggestion do you have.
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